While thinking about – and then researching – my favorite TV moms from my childhood, I ended up with an unexpected problem. I had the theme songs from each of the shows above stuck in my head for days! “And there ain’t no nothing we can’t love each other through. What would we do baby, Without Us? Sha la la la….” Any guesses?
With Mother’s Day approaching, I reflected on my other favorite moms (beyond my own!) and this is my list:
Claire Huxtable – successful attorney and mother of five, Claire kept it classy for 8 years on The Cosby Show! I loved how sensible and strong she was, yet she could also get silly (how could she not with a husband like Cliff?)
Maggie Seaver – Maggie was the working mom, while husband Jason worked from home. This was certainly new territory in the 80’s (sadly, still in 2013 too!) and Growing Pains handled the issue well, along with many many more in the series span.
Roseanne Conner – Probably my favorite TV mom ever, Roseanne would always tell it like it is. No pretentiousness, no perfect-mom award being presented here. Roseanne showed all of us that it didn’t matter how much money you had, as long as you raised your kids the best way you knew how and didn’t take yourself too seriously, all would be OK.
Elyse Keaton – Working from home as an architech, Elyse Keaton demonstrated the dual roles of a working mom in the 80’s and the show did well showcasing her in a job that was still traditionally male dominated in the 80’s. Looking back at her now, I’m not sure how she didn’t drink being a mom to the ever-challenging Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox)! P.S. Did you know that Family Ties Season Six was just released on DVD earlier this month (April 9th!) I love being able to catch all my favorite 80’s shows on DVD, especially with my own kids! I just received it and can’t wait to sit down and relive my childhood watching, eeek!
Edna Garrett – Technically not a mom to any of the girls at Eastland Academy, we all wished she was our mom or grandmom! I loved her no nonsense parenting and guidance and the love she showed her girls. TV trivia – Edna’s character actually had two sons!
Did you enjoy the walk down TV memory lane? Are any of the theme songs stuck in your head now? You’re welcome for the earworm! Now go call your mother.
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I would have to pick Claire Huxtable. I watched all the time and it was such a good family show.
I loved Angela Bower on Who’s the Boss!
Carol Brady from the Brady Bunch aka Florence Henderson
Tough choice. Out of the list above, I would say Claire Huxtable. She was so caring and nurturing, but didn’t let the kids get away with everything either.
Lynette Scavo from Desperate Housewives!
Another vote for claire huxtable.
What a fun question! I think my favourite tv mom is Norma Arnold from The Wonder Years. Remember her? She was such a sweet lady and a good mom. Loved that show!
Awe I loved Norma!
When you asked which mom was my favorite TV mom growing up FIRST thought was Maggie Seaver! She was such a good mom, who worked but took care of her family with her husband… and her kids grew up to be responsible good kids in the show. And if she got mad at them… that was life… but they made up and the point was made. GREAT TV MOM…
Okay not a MOM per se, but I always wanted to be like the girls on full house with 3 dads 🙂
Edna Garrett……..oh I wanted to live in that home….
Carol Brady from the Brady Bunch. I loved that show. Now I see a re-run and can’t believe how bad it was 🙂
i loved mrs. C on happy days if though i watched it in re-runs!
Vivian Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! Loved her!
Claire Huxtable for sure.
Roseanne was my fav TV Mom.
Gotta love Claire Huxtable
Loved Claire Huxtable, and later loved Roseanne
Loved Roseanne…and my Mommy!
shirley paetridge,,,the partridge family
Claire Huxtable for sure!
I loved Roseanne
My favorite was Claire Huxtable!
I’d have to say Claire Huxtuble. Warm, loving, stern, and angry when needed.
Loved Elyse Keaton …. her kids has such different personalities but she always stayed calm!
Claire Huxtuble was a cool mom. Reasonable most of the time.
I really liked Katherine Helmond (as Jessica Tate) on ‘Soap’.
I would say it is a toss up between Reba MacEntire and Claire Huxtable! Both great women and fabulous moms!
Sorry, can’t think of any. But even if I could remember any, they would be unknown here. I grew up in a very different culture.
for me it was Shirley Partridge from The Partridge Family
Claire Huxtable- my fave!!
Reba!! I loved that show!! 🙂
My favorite TV mom growing up was Roseanne. That family’s attitude is a lot like mine.
My favorite TV mom was Marion Cunningham from Happy Days.
the mom on 90210
I liked Mrs. Partridge on the Partridge Family because she seemed so easy-going and groovy!
I loved Angela Bower!
Edna Garrett 🙂
I loved Roseanne. Thanks for the great giveaway! 😀
I liked Carol Brady!
I liked Claire Huxtable.
I liked Elyse Keaton
I guess from Who’s the Boss
I love Rosanne Connor
I grew up watching Golden Girls, and I loved Dorothy’s Mom Estelle. She was sooo cute and funny.
i like the mom from 7th heaven. dont remember her name though.
Roseanne….she reminds me of my mom with her quick, sarcastic one liners.
I liked Rosanne, she seemed more down to earth to me.
Claire Huxtable – definitely the most sane and put together mom.
Loved Roseanne! This phone looks so cool!
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It would be great to win The VTech 2 Handset Connect to Cell Answering System with Caller ID/Call Waiting .
In response to your question of Who was YOUR favorite TV Mom growing up?
My favorite was Roseanne Conner.I still enjoy watching this show.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!
Rosanne i liked
I loved watching Roseanne. She is so down to earth and I like that.
Has to be Carol Brady
I liked Carol Brady!
Maggie Seaver. Loved the Growing Pains episodes! (Kirk Cameron had a LOT to do with that! ) lol
Marge simpson 🙂
Carol Brady from the Brady Bunch!!
Not when I was growing up, but as an adult I always thought the mom from Malcolm in the Middle ROCKED!
who’s the boss mom!!””
Fresh Prince mom of course
Elise Keaton – Family Ties
clair huxable!!! she was great!!!
Elise Keaton – Family Ties
I was a Growing Pains fan, so Maggie Seaver 🙂
Married with Children – Meg!!! Love Comedy!
My favourite TV moms growing up were Rosanne Conner from Roseanne and Peggy Bundy from Married with Children.
I love roxanna as a mom.
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Lucille Ball – I love Lucy.