One of our local television stations put out a poll on their website this past Friday soliciting their visitors/viewers to vote for their favorite TV mom in observance of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. Now who ever picked the choices that they made available did an extremely poor job in my opinion. I thought that their choices they listed might be based on network affiliation but a double check confirmed that was apparently not the case. The following are the TV moms they chose for soliciting a “favorite” vote.
The Brady Bunch – Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) – ABC
Leave It To Beaver – June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) – CBS & ABC
The Cosby Show – Claire Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) – NBC
The Simpsons – Marge Simpson – FOX
Now if I had to vote for one of those I suppose it would be Claire Huxtable, who by the way did do the best in the TV station’s poll. However, I would not have voted for her if any one of a number of other moms had been listed including my favorite TV mom who was not listed on the poll. I’m guessing there have probably been some twenty-five to thirty TV shows over the years where a “mom” has had a prevalent role. Here are just a few major ones that they didn’t mention that come to mind including my favorite.
Married With Children – Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal)
Roseanne – Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr/Arnold)
The Waltons – Olivia Walton (Michael Learned)
The Little House On The Prairie – Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassie)
Happy Days – Marion Cunningham (Marion Ross)
All In The Family – Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton)
The Addams Family – Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones)
One Day At A Time – Ann Ramano (Bonnie Franklin)
That 70’s Show – Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp)
Everybody Loves Raymond – Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton)
Good Times – Florida Evans (Esther Rolle)
Seinfeld – Estelle Costanza (Estelle Harris)
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – Harriet Nelson as herself
Family Ties – Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter)
The Partridge Family – Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones)
The Donna Reed Show – Donna Stone (Donna Reed)
Everybody Loves Raymond – Marie Barone (Doris Roberts)
As far as my personal favorite – well nothing comes close. By a wide margin I choose Kitty Forman from That 70s Show. She loves her family, works as a nurse, and has been known to sip the schnapps from time to time. Now that’s a real mom.
My Favorite TV Mom – Kitty Forman
And let’s face it for those who may propose or suggest that the “perfect” mom has somehow been portrayed on one of our television shows, either past or present. Fact is, there are no perfect moms – only perfect children. This, of course, is what makes a mom so special and endearing to us who are their children.
Happy Mother’s Day…. 🙂