The Good Mothers

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Based on a true story, Denise (daughter of Lea Garofalo), Maria Concetta Cacciola, and Giuseppina Pesce dare to stand up to the fearsome ‘Ndrangheta mafia. Helping them in their efforts is prosecutor Anna Colace, newly arrived in Calabria from Milan with a strategy to topple the ‘Ndrangheta clans; focus on the women.

It’s an approach that comes with risk—the ‘Ndrangheta are known and feared for their iron fist and insidious power. “The Good Mothers” is the gripping story of three women who turn against everything they know in order to fight for their lives and the future of their children and overcome a criminal empire.

Year: 2023 Running Time: 50 min.
Seasons: 1 Episodes: 8

Director's Notes

This story of the women who dared to defy the N’drangheta – Italy’s richest and most ruthless crime syndicate – was so powerful and moving it completely drew me in. Based In Calabria, we closely follow the women who were prepared to break the code of silence, escape their misogynistic social and family bonds and bear witness against fathers, brothers, and husbands in the hope of a new life of freedom. It is a twisting, dangerous journey of betrayal and courage.

The first thing that struck me about this project was the topic.
After reading the script for the first episode, I immediately felt the urgency to stage the stories of these women, invisible heroines who’ve given a significant contribution to fighting organised crime. Lea Garofalo, Giuseppina Pesce, Concetta Cacciola, Denise Cosco had the courage to run those risks to achieve freedom, something that had never been granted to them.

The series carries with it a message of great emancipation and freedom, not only for the characters it portrays, but for all women who have been victims of violence, whether physical or psychological, in their family and in sentimental relationships. And it is this sense, necessary and universal, that prompted me to tell this story, seeking, more than anything else, empathy and truth.

Elisa Amoruso and Julian Jarrold


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Artistic Cast



Technical Cast

Productions companies

House Productions and Wildside, a Fremantle Company

Executive Producers

Juliette Howell, Tessa Ross and Harriet Spencer for House Productions and Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Gangarossa for Wildside, a Fremantle Company and Alessandro Saba for Disney+. Butchard and Jarrold are also Executive Producers.


Vittorio Omodei Zorini, Ferran Paredes Rubio (ep. 1,2,3), Martina Cocco (ep.4,5,6)

Costume Design

Cristiana Ricceri

Production Design

Laura Pozzaglio

Adapted for the screen

by Stephen Butchard – based on the book “The Good Mothers” by Alex Perry


Julian Jarrold (ep. 1,2,3) Elisa Amoruso (ep. 4,5,6)


Simona Paggi (ep. 1,2,3), Chiara Griziotti (ep. 4,5,6), Irene Vecchio (ep. 5,6)


Giorgio Giampà


Teresa Razzauti