As a society, we’ve decided mothers must follow a unique set of unspoken rules. The new HBO series The Baby proclaims if you’re not scared by that, you should be.
The darkly comedic horror series comes from HBO and Sky. The series “gleefully deconstructs the ‘joy of motherhood,’ explores the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children, and questions who gets to choose motherhood and who doesn’t.”
Check out the official description of the series below.
When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back?
In short: Natasha doesn’t want a baby. The baby wants her.
What The Creators Of The Baby Are Saying
Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer co-created the show.
“With The Baby, we want to explore the powerful anxiety around the question of whether or not to have children,” Robins-Grace and Gaymer said in a statement. “The ambivalence of not knowing, the bafflement at everyone else’s certainty, and the suspicion that the whole thing is one millennia-long scam.”
Representatives from both HBO and Sky praised the series and creators.
“Siân and Lucy’s exploration of motherhood is as funny and resonant as it is twisted,” said Amy Gravitt, Executive VP of HBO Programming. “The Baby gives voice to all the women who just don’t know.”
“The Baby is by turns dark, comedic, and horrifying,” said Cameron Roach, Director of Drama at Sky Studios. “The vision that Siân and Lucy are bringing to life is truly unique.”
The eight-episode series films in the UK in 2021.
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