The BEST episodes of Instant Mom

Every episode of Instant Mom ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Instant Mom!

"Instant Mom" follows young party girl Stephanie who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie, with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role as a full-time stepmom while struggling to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible life.

Last Updated: 6/19/2024Network: TV LandStatus: Ended
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Not Your Mother's Day
star
9.31
49 votes

#1 - Not Your Mother's Day

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/8/2014

Stephanie is excited about celebrating her first Mother's Day until she learns that the family plans to celebrate her on Stepmother's Day instead; Stephanie takes her mother to a day spa and gets some unexpected "mom" advice from a few experts who attempt to cheer her up.

Directors: Shannon Flynn
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48 Hours
star
9.17
46 votes

#2 - 48 Hours

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 6/5/2014

Stephanie's old pal visits when Charlie's on a business trip, and Stephanie struggles to deal with the kids while living up to her old party-gal reputation.

Directors: Victor Gonzalez
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Chore Money, Chore Problems
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9.12
52 votes

#3 - Chore Money, Chore Problems

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/3/2014

Stephanie cancels the maid service and gives the kids chores in an attempt for them to learn responsibility, but her plan backfires when the kids go on strike.

Directors: Bryan Barber
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Distant Mom
star
9.10
50 votes

#4 - Distant Mom

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/24/2014

The kids return from vacation with their mom Kimberly in Mozambique, and then they learn that they'll be moving there, far away from Stephanie and Charlie. Meanwhile, Stephanie is responsible of hiring a clown for a one year old's birthday party.

Directors: Shannon Flynn
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Dances with She-Wolves
star
9.05
57 votes

#5 - Dances with She-Wolves

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/10/2013

Stephanie attempts to get more involved by participating on the parents’ dance committee at James’ school only to find the other mothers mean and unwelcoming to the too pretty, too excited, binder-ready Stephanie.

Directors: John Fortenberry
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True Romance
star
9.00
54 votes

#6 - True Romance

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/9/2014

Aaron misunderstands Charlie's advice and gives Sam all of Stephanie's jewelry; Gabby decides to torment James.

Directors: Shannon Flynn
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Harp & Soul
star
8.80
65 votes

#7 - Harp & Soul

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/13/2013

Stephanie’s determined to bond with the kids and uses her love of music to do it. But by forcing them to take up an instrument against their will, Stephanie learns a very public and embarrassing lesson in parenting.

Directors: John Fortenberry
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Babysit This
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8.79
58 votes

#8 - Babysit This

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/12/2014

Stephanie leaves Gabby in charge when the babysitter cancels on the night of a big event where Charlie is the speaker.

Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writer: Russ Woody
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Should Old Acquaintance Be for Hire
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8.73
49 votes

#9 - Should Old Acquaintance Be for Hire

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 6/12/2014

Stephanie bribes Gabby and James to keep a secret when she hires an old boyfriend to install a new sound system for Charlie.

Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writer: Glenn Gers
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Buy Any Jeans Necessary
star
8.58
43 votes

#10 - Buy Any Jeans Necessary

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/17/2014

Stephanie and Charlie take sides when Gabby is held for shoplifting after returning a pair of jeans with the sensor still on; James sells unopened wedding presents to make extra money.

Directors: John Fortenberry
Writer: Sean Presant
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The Gift of the Maggies
star
8.55
56 votes

#11 - The Gift of the Maggies

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/8/2013

Stephanie surprises the family with a visit from her father at Christmas; Stephanie is surprised by Maggie's reaction to her father's visit.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writer: Glenn Gers
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In Blog We Trust
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8.53
58 votes

#12 - In Blog We Trust

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/24/2013

Stephanie seeks parenting advice by starting an anonymous blog and receives helpful tips until she discovers that the “helpful” users are the kids living under her roof, who have an agenda of their own.

Directors: John Fortenberry
Writer: Glenn Gers
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Staycation
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8.53
58 votes

#13 - Staycation

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/5/2014

Stephanie plans activities at home when the family gets snowed in on their vacation.

Writer: Glenn Gers
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The Last Auction Hero
star
8.53
45 votes

#14 - The Last Auction Hero

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/29/2014

Stephanie organizes a charity auction to inspire the children to give back; Stephanie goes to extreme measures to beat the previous fund-raising record.

Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writer: Sean Presant
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Not a Date
star
8.53
59 votes

#15 - Not a Date

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/27/2013

Gabby gets asked out by a boy and she wants to go, but Charlie doesn't want her to date until she’s 16. Maggie backs him up, but Gabby sneakily gleans advice from Stephanie on how to get around the rule.

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Pilot
star
8.44
77 votes

#16 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/29/2013

Stephanie trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries a man with three kids. Her new role of full-time stepmom is challenging as she struggles to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible self.

Directors: John Fortenberry
Watch Now:AmazonApple TV
Dine Hard
star
8.41
56 votes

#17 - Dine Hard

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/19/2014

When Charlie invites his boss over, Stephanie and the children make the wrong impression.

Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writer: Sean Presant
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A Kids' Choice
star
8.40
55 votes

#18 - A Kids' Choice

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/29/2014

Gabby and James both submit their own videos to win tickets to a sold-out Cody Simpson concert, but when Aaron wins the tickets with his own video, the family fights over who will go with him.

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Yelly Monster
star
8.29
17 votes

#19 - Yelly Monster

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/6/2015

After Aaron describes Stephanie as a 'yelly monster' when she tries to get the family ready in the morning, Stephanie realizes that she must do better.

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star
8.17
18 votes

#20 - Off the Hook

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 10/24/2015

James gets a "get out of jail free" card from Stephanie and Charlie and the kids exchange the card among themselves.

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The Lying Game
star
8.17
66 votes

#21 - The Lying Game

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/6/2013

Stephanie tells James that lying is acceptable if it makes someone’s day better, which leads him to tell a huge lie. When everyone is called to the principal’s office, the family must find a balance between honesty and shading the truth.

Directors: Victor Gonzalez
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Ain't Misbehavin' or Else
star
8.13
15 votes

#22 - Ain't Misbehavin' or Else

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/13/2015

When Stephanie's neighbor has better success getting the children to do things, Stephanie worries about what it is doing to them.

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Popular Mechanics
star
8.12
17 votes

#23 - Popular Mechanics

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/4/2014

James becomes popular at school after others incorrectly believe he's a bad boy, and when one of his new pals does something wrong, he's reluctant to tattle; Stephanie lectures James about doing the right thing.

Directors: John Fortenberry
Writer: Glenn Gers
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star
8.11
18 votes

#24 - S-A-Tease

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/14/2015

The night before Gabby takes the SATs, a secret about Stephanie is exposed; James and Aaron have a hard time sharing a room.

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star
8.07
15 votes

#25 - Playa Hata

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 12/12/2015

Charlie approves of a boy that Gabby's interested in, which makes her doubt her decision; James finds himself with two girlfriends at the same time.

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