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Series / Daughter From Another Mother

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Daughter From Another Mother (Spanish: Madre sólo hay dos) is a 2021 Mexican Netflix streaming television series starring Ludwika Paleta as Ana Servín and Paulina Goto as Mariana Herrera.

The series tells of two very different women — career woman Ana and free-spirited university student Mariana — who discover four months after giving birth that they took home the other's newborn, and bring their families together to raise under one roof.

Ana's family includes her husband Juan Carlos (Martín Altomaro) and elder children, Ceci (Dalexa Meneses) and Rodrigo (Emilio Beltrán). Mariana's family includes her mother, Tere (Liz Gallardo) and her exes Pablo (Javier Ponce) and Elena (Oka Giner).

Season 1 premiered on January 20, 2021. Season 2 premiered on December 24, 2021



  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: While Tere was young when she had Mariana, the age gap is bigger than that between their actors (Paulina Goto is 30, and Liz Gallardo is 42, and Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez is 62).
  • Above the Influence: A retroactive version, in that it was not yet revealed that Mariana was in love with Ana when Ana kissed Mariana under the influence of drugs. But Mariana didn't take that as any sort of opportunity.
  • Bisexual Love Triangle: Between Mariana and her exes Pablo and Elena, neither of whom are over her, and both of whom want her back. But then subverted—or at least downplayed—in that Mariana doesn't really seem that interested in either of them. She is still friendly with both of them, and wants them both in her life as friends, but she's not really interested in rekindling a relationship with either of them, and is more likely to pick a Third-Option Love Interest.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: Mariana's sexuality. At the beginning of season 1, she seems like she's probably bi—she's had both a girlfriend and a boyfriend in the past year. But as the season wears on the situation starts to look more like a straight girl who gave it a try when her lesbian friend asked her out, but it never really took. In the season finale, Mariana's attraction to women comes back with a bang.
  • Competition Freak: Ana. Her husband tries couple's cooking and dancing classes as date activities, and she can't even enjoy them because she's not better at it than the couple next to them.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: Culminates in Ana and Juan Carlos pettily sticking post-it notes on all the objects in the house they think belong to them.
  • Fake Relationship: Season 2 finale Mariana and Ana faking being a couple as a ploy for custody of their daughters.
  • First Father Wins: Zigzagged. In the last episode of season 1, Elena tells Pablo he stands more of a shot with Mariana because of this trope. At her urging he makes his move, again citing this trope as a reason they should be together. Mariana turns him down. Later in the same episode, Mariana makes her move on the other co-parent of her child—although she does not explicitly cite the kids as a reason they should be together.
  • Give the Baby a Father: Anuar is not Mariana's biological father, but he offered to take on the role of her father when Tere was pregnant, because the biological father was so much of a dick.
  • Granola Girl: Mariana is intermittently portrayed as such, mostly to contrast her with Ana.
  • Has Two Mommies: Ana and Mariana very much consider Regina and Valentina both of theirs. With Ceci and Ro, the relationship is different, although still present as a Downplayed Trope—more like a Cool Aunt or Cool Big Sis.
    Ceci: You should be grateful I have a friend like Mariana. It's like having two moms. Just like Regina and Valentina.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Mariana (bisexual) and Ana (heterosexual).
  • Jailbait Taboo: When Ceci (17) develops a crush on Pablo (22) and kisses him. Ceci wants to know if it's reciprocated, and Pablo completely circumvents the question—she's a minor, and that's all that matters.
    Ceci: What? You don't... you don't like me?
    Pablo: No. No, that's not it, Ceci. You're a minor.
  • Love Epiphany: Elena realizes Mariana's feelings for Ana during Mariana and Ana's suspiciously wedding-like baptism. She tells Mariana. It's unclear if Mariana herself knew before this, but if she did, she was hiding it quite admirably. Hours after Elena points it out to Mariana, Mariana confesses her feelings to the object of her affections.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Pablo calls Mariana "the queen of mixed signals." Elena might agree. In general she treats her exes like best friends—that is to say, friendly and affectionate—which is confusing for said exes. Mariana herself views it more like Amicable Exes or Better as Friends.
  • Maternity Crisis: Ana is very annoyed to go into labor during a big day at work.
  • Metaphorical Marriage: The season 1 finale: it's actually a baptism, but it certainly has some of the trappings of a wedding: Ana and Mariana in white dresses, gathered before their family and friends, clasping hands and talking about how much they love each other.
  • Odd Couple: Ana and Mariana. It's the core gimmick of the show.
  • Practically Different Generations: Ana's kids are 17, 12, and 0 respectively.
  • Secretly Dying: Downplayed, but Ana keeps her possible cancer a secret for a few episodes.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: In season 1, Ceci—knowing that Elena and Pablo would both like to be with Elena—ships Mariana with Elena, hoping to free up Pablo for herself.
  • Switched at Birth: The Inciting Incident, when the bracelets are taken off newborns Valentina and Regina—two babies of the same sex, born in the same hospital in the same hour—and put on again incorrectly. Uncommonly for this trope, the switch is reveled relatively early on, 4 months later—but still late enough that the mothers have bonded with the other babies.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Mariana's biological father was her mothers professor. Also, terrible.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Mariana and Ana. Ana is ostensibly heterosexual, resulting in Incompatible Orientation—but also they're the main characters, and the final of every season ends on a strong Ship Tease note. So the structure of the show itself points to them ending up together.
  • Working with the Ex: Mariana is working on an app with not one but two of her exes.