The BEST Episodes of Instant Mom

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Network: TV Land

"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.

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Not Your Mother's Day

#1 - Not Your Mother's Day

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 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.

star 9.19
52 votes
Directors: Shannon Flynn
Writers: Annie Levine, Jonathan Emerson
Distant Mom

#2 - Distant Mom

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 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.

star 9.06
52 votes
Directors: Shannon Flynn
Writers: Colin Garland
Dances with She-Wolves

#3 - Dances with She-Wolves

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 9.03
60 votes
Writers: Regina Y. Hicks
48 Hours

#4 - 48 Hours

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 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.

star 9.02
52 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Yamara Taylor
Chore Money, Chore Problems

#5 - Chore Money, Chore Problems

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.95
56 votes
Directors: Bryan Barber
Writers: Yamara Taylor
True Romance

#6 - True Romance

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 9, 2014

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

star 8.90
58 votes
Directors: Shannon Flynn
Harp & Soul

#7 - Harp & Soul

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.66
70 votes
Writers: Annie Levine, Jonathan Emerson
Should Old Acquaintance Be for Hire

#8 - Should Old Acquaintance Be for Hire

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.65
52 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Glenn Gers
Babysit This

#9 - Babysit This

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 12, 2014

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

star 8.61
62 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Russ Woody
In Blog We Trust

#10 - In Blog We Trust

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.52
60 votes
Writers: Glenn Gers
Not a Date

#11 - Not a Date

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.46
63 votes
Writers: Jody Margolin Hahn
The Last Auction Hero

#12 - The Last Auction Hero

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 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.

star 8.45
49 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Sean Presant
Buy Any Jeans Necessary

#13 - Buy Any Jeans Necessary

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.45
47 votes
Writers: Sean Presant
The Gift of the Maggies

#14 - The Gift of the Maggies

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.38
60 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Glenn Gers
A Kids' Choice

#15 - A Kids' Choice

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.37
60 votes
Writers: Jessica Butler, Regina Y. Hicks

#16 - Staycation

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 5, 2014

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

star 8.33
66 votes
Writers: Glenn Gers
Dine Hard

#17 - Dine Hard

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 19, 2014

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

star 8.33
58 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Sean Presant

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.32
84 votes
Writers: Jessica Butler, Warren Bell
Yelly Monster

#19 - Yelly Monster

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 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.

star 8.15
20 votes
The Lying Game

#20 - The Lying Game

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.13
70 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Lori Kirkland Baker
Popular Mechanics

#21 - Popular Mechanics

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.10
21 votes
Writers: Glenn Gers
Off the Hook

#22 - Off the Hook

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 24, 2015

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

star 8.10
21 votes
Mysteries of Maggie

#23 - Mysteries of Maggie

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 2015

Aaron learns that Maggie has a secret career as a romance novelist, but when she denies it, the family tries to get her to reveal her secret identity.

star 8.05
22 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Forty-Two Inches of Pure Evil

#24 - Forty-Two Inches of Pure Evil

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2013

Stephanie tries to intervene when Aaron is given a hard time at school, but she makes matters worse. Meanwhile, Gabby’s trying out for cheerleading and Maggie volunteers to coach her, but comes off more like a drill sergeant.

star 8.02
66 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Colin Garland
Basket Case

#25 - Basket Case

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 10, 2015

After Stephanie helps Aaron beat James at a game, Charlie worries that she has upset the balance of power in the family. Gabby gets caught in the middle of a fight between Stephanie and Maggie.

star 8.00
23 votes
Directors: Neel Keller