Thursday Open Thread: World’s Greatest (TV) Moms

Mother’s Day is just a few days away, and it’s time to celebrate those great women who have made such a difference in our lives: TV moms.

(Ok, I’m teasing. I know our real moms — mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, guardians, mother-like-people — have had much more of an impact than the fictional ones we see on TV, but for the purposes of my TV blog, let’s just go with TV moms.)

Who are some of your favorite TV moms?

Once you start thinking about it, it’s really hard. There are a lot more prominent TV dads than there are TV moms. Of course, the Gilmores come to mind. But let’s face it: Sometimes Lorelai isn’t the best role model, as fun as she may be.

My mind keeps going to Kitty on That 70s Show. She was always sweet, hospitable. Sure, she had her alcoholism issues, but she knew how to treat her son well, and she knew how to give her slutty daughter a hard time. She was quite entertaining, and hey, I just like her.

Now, before I share any other mothers, who are some of your favorites? Who’s your vote for greatest TV mom?



3 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread: World’s Greatest (TV) Moms

  1. Kitty was a good mom. I don’t know how she dealt with Red, though.

    When you say “greatest TV mom” though, do you mean actually a great mom on TV, or could it also mean “totally insane, crazy, awful, guilt-inducing drama queen mom” like Estelle Costanza from Seinfeld? Because if you mean that, I’d vote for her!

  2. This is a tough one! I’m thinking of all the shows I watch (or used to watch) and most of the mothers are either crazy or awful in some way. For example, Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith’s mother was not very good to her. She was never there and always put work first. I think Gloria from Modern Family is a good mother to Manny. She always supports him in whatever he wants to do. But I think the “greatest” TV mom would have to be Claire Huxtable. She was a full time lawyer and yet she had plenty of time to take care of her family.

  3. Awww, Claire! You’re right. She was great. Man, is it sad that we have to go back in time to find good Moms?

    Though to be fair, both the moms on Switched at Birth do a really good job with their kids. So I’m also raising a glass to Katherine and Regina.

    And JC…I don’t even know how to respond to that.

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