OK let’s have some fun! Who are your favorite working moms??? Here are mine! Of course I can’t do anything fun without a little social commentary so…. let’s see if we notice any themes or trends here.
The Duncan Family
Amy Duncan – Good Luck Charlie: She’s got 5 kids ranging in ages newborn to 18 years. She loves the spotlight and loves her family. The show has episodes dealing with daycare issues, crazy schedules, and frequent run-ins with her boss. Plus, it’s a show our whole family can watch together! In the last episode I saw, she decided to quit her job as an ER nurse… but she rocked the working mom role since the show started 3 years ago.
Brenda from Little Bill
Brenda Glover – Little Bill: OK, she’s a cartoon. So what? I love Little Bill’s mom Brenda. I rarely get to watch this show but when I do, I always think – gee, I want to see every episode of this show with my kids! It has great lessons and I love her calmness. She always seems to know how to handle situations with grace and wisdom… and she has 3 kids and works as an assistant bank manager. I love the description of her character on the show’s website. I want to be her.
Audrey Bingham on Rules of Engagement: OK, so her baby hasn’t been born yet but she’s worked for a design magazine for a long time and is about to have a baby. One of the shows story lines has been Audrey and Jeff’s struggles with infertility. After exhausting all other options, they are having a baby with a surrogate. The show’s smart writing made episodes like her baby shower heartbreaking and funny all at the same time, as her co-workers fawned over the surrogate and she felt left out. I can’t wait to see her holding that baby – and how she proceeds in her career at the same time.
Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show: Let’s take this back to my growing-up days (as if they are over! Sha!). Everbody wanted Ms. Huxtable to be their mom. She was cool. She was an attorney. She was calm and collected and could straighten you out with just a look. She had 5 kids, tended a garden, cooked, knew how to sing and dance and have fun, and kept everybody in check with love and patience…. including Mr. Huxtable. She’s certainly been an inspiration to many. (photo not available)
Reba - from Reba:
We were addicted to this show for a long time. What a mom! She personified grace under pressure as her teenage daughter got pregnant and married the goofy-but-lovable star of the football team. She also remained on good terms with her ex-husband and his wife! To boot (pun intended), she worked to help support her family and eventually started her own business in the real estate biz.
OK. Quiz time – did you catch the trends? Except for Audrey, all moms here have at least 3 kids, are constantly surrounded by people needing them… and manage to cook, garden, solve problems with grace and dignity, and look great while doing it all with few or no complaints. I guess anything more ‘normal’ wouldn’t make for good TV, though. Interestingly I saw an episode of Home Improvement yesterday where Jill – the mom – interviews for a job and, when she doesn’t get it and Tim almost burns the house down, she literally freaks out. She was real and it hit close to home. Maybe that’s why the story line of her looking for a job didn’t seem to last long. Shucks – there goes my hopes of having a show based on my life! But am I reaching to say that TV may be setting the bar a littttttle too high? Just sayin’. All that said – I still love these moms and am so glad they’re representin’ on TV!
Who are your favorite TV working moms – and why? Be on the lookout for my followup list with more TV working mommas I dig!
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