An ode to TV moms
If television has taught me anything, it’s that when it comes to family sitcoms, moms are the more hilarious parent. TV moms are sassy, tough, wise and can dish out witticisms as easily as they can take ’em. Sure, there were those “classic,” perpetually-aproned mothers all the way into the 70s with “Eight is Enough” who always said the right thing, but I’ll take a brazen Peg Bundy over June Cleaver any day. This year for Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share a few of my all-time favorites. Feel free to add yours.
The Midwestern Moms: Tellin’ it like it is
Lois is the type of mom who coined the “eyes in the back of your head” cliché. You don’t want to piss her off, but somehow that’s unavoidable. She’s unintentionally hilarious… but for the love of god, don’t let her catch you laughing. Also, Jane Kaczmarek’s Milwaukee roots give her character that often-imitated, never-duplicated Midwestern accent that’s especially thick when yelling. It’s so good, and slightly terrifying.
The trailblazer in a blazer.
Don’t let her demure exterior fool you: Clair Huxtable will break you off a piece of her mind if provoked. Impeccably fly (no one did the late 80s and early 90s better), ivy league intelligent, and funny enough to match Bill Cosby. If you didn’t (or don’t) have a crush on Clair Huxtable, check your pulse.
The Original Cougars
Age ain’t nuthin’ but a number, right? No plays the “sexually progressive” WASPy Connecticut prowler better. I got two bits that says Kim Cattrall got a lot of her “Samantha” from Mona.
Not your typical cougar, for sure, but Sophia did aiiiight. She’s the ma (that’s right, “ma” — not “mom”) and eventual grandma that always has Entemann’s, but no homemade cookies. She gives you cash for your birthday because she knows that’s what a 12-year-old wants (the bills will be ironed, and perfectly crisp). You’d never expect it, but she’s the type of mom with a steamy, sordid past, filled with all sorts indiscretions that she never wants you to find out about. She’s one of those moms you’ll like a lot more once you’re older… and out of her house.
Probably only funny if she’s someone else’s mom…
The TV Mom I’ll Most Likely Resemble If I Ever Have Kids (God help us)
I, too, enjoy narrating events as they happen with song and choreographed dance moves. My boyfriend will attest to this.