With Mother’s Day fast approaching and my own mother far, far away (at her computer), I’ve been thinking about some of my favorite TV mamas. There are so many classics — June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson, Clair Huxtable, Roseanne Conner, Marge Simpson, “Aunt Becky,” and so on. As a viewer, I tend to marvel the most in “caricature moms” like Arrested Development‘s Lucille Bluth, Married…With Children‘s Peg Bundy, Seinfeld‘s Estelle Costanza (“George likes the bananas!”) or, more recently, Mad Men‘s Betty Draper. As a daughter, I have the biggest soft spots for those who remind me of my own mom, Dee. Kitty Foreman from That ’70s Show is probably the closest TV representation of Dee Barrett — suburban Midwestern, obsessed with providing snacks, sweet, savvy, goofy, all my friends love her, etc. Actually, maybe Dee falls somewhere between Kitty and the more staid Norma Arnold from The Wonder Years. I think of these moms and want to hug my TV.
EW’s Michael Slezak and Dave Karger both instantly named Nora Walker from Brothers & Sisters as the closest TV doppelgänger to their own moms. “Except no one fights at dinner,” assures Slezak. Whatever, Slezak. For Kate Ward, it’s Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy: “Obsessed with Hollywood and celebrity,” Kate says. “She once walked in front of [Project Runway winner] Jay McCarroll when we saw him in Midtown, stopped, and stared at him for at least three seconds to make sure it was him before exploding into an ‘Oh my God!’” An anonymous EW staffer admits, “My boyfriend’s mother is re-incarnated Lucille Bluth, without the alcohol addiction. Too bad that doesn’t count.” Nope. It totally counts.
Who’s your favorite TV mom — and does she remind you of your own?
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