Instant Mom is an American sitcom developed by Howard Michael Gould and starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict (also seen in Sister, Sister) as a stepmother of three children alongside her husband. It aired on Nick at Nite and TV Land from September 29, 2013 to December 19, 2015.[1][2]



Set in Philadelphia, Stephanie Phillips is a food blogger and party girl, who has to drastically tone down her lifestyle when she marries Charlie Phillips, an older man with three children. She now has to be a mother to Charlie's teenage daughter, Gabrielle, and his grade school-age sons James and Aaron. Stephanie has to quickly learn how to be a full-time stepmom with the help of her overbearing mother, Maggie, while attempting to keep her social life active.


Main cast

  • Tia Mowry as Stephanie Phillips, Stephanie is the new step-mom and trying to be the best that she can be. She is a food blogger and a party girl.
  • Michael Boatman as Charlie Phillips, Charlie is Stephanie's older husband who is a doctor and the father of three children by his first wife.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Maggie Turner, Maggie is Stephanie's mom who often butts into her daughter's personal life, usually with the explanation that she's trying to make the inexperienced Stephanie a better mother when there is a family crisis.
  • Sydney Park as Gabrielle "Gabby" Beatrice Phillips, Gabby is the eldest sibling and only daughter of Stephanie and Charlie. She is 15 years old at the start of the series and, like many other teenage girls, she is very fashion-conscious. She is also a very smart honor student. She is seen as the most unimaginably smart, pretty, popular, talented, funny and stylish person ever.
  • Tylen Jacob Williams as James Phillips, James is the middle sibling of Gabby and Aaron. He is known as the trickster of the family, and is frequently pulling pranks on both his siblings and parents.
  • Damarr Calhoun as Aaron Phillips, Aaron is the youngest sibling of Gabby and James. He is seen as the child who acts the cutest among all the family members. He’s a big fan of his new stepmom, but he’s also easily manipulated by his siblings and enticed by their schemes.


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