TV characters are not often cited as role models. Neither are mothers, though they certainly should be and more frequently than TV, movie and sports stars commonly idolized by popular culture. In honor of Mother’s Day, Fox News came up with a list of the top ten TV Moms, proving that while not all TV characters give sound advice, there are a few worth listening to and maybe even learning from.
10. Bree Van de Kamp (“Desperate Houswives” actress Marcia Cross) is the epitomy of modern-day unconditional love not only covers up for her son’s mistakes and crimes, she lets him know in no uncertain terms: “I would love you even if you were a murderer.” Unconditional motherly love is great, but we still hope sonny-boy has to take responsibility for his actions sooner rather than later.
9. Elyse Keaton (“Family Ties” actress Meredith Baxter) demonstrates that not everyone has to have the same values, beliefs and political views to get along, even in the same family. She may not understand or approve of some of son Alex’s rabid-Republican views, but she always supports his right to have them. Too bad more people don’t.
8. Carol Brady (“The Brady Bunch” actress Florence Henderson) blends two very different households into one loving, functioning family and makes it look, maybe not easy, but certainly not as hard, as it really is. As she knows “the times may have changed, but people haven’t.”
7. Caroline Ingalls (“Little House on the Prairie” actress Karen Grassie) is one tough woman despite her sweet seeming demeanor. She survives floods, poverty, life threatening sickness, injury, and more and still manages to produce a safe and happy home for her family.
6. Marion Cunningham (“Happy Days” actress Marion Ross) works wonders even with bad boy and tough guy Fonzie. Fortunately, her own children are much easier to deal with, allowing her to explain “life would be so much more pleasant if we just had more closet space!” She should see all the stuff that fills kids’ rooms today!
5. Lorelai Gilmore (“Gilmore Girls” actress Lauren Graham) is a single mom and her daughter’s best friend. She knows life and love aren’t always kind and that keeping your wits about you is the best way to survive. She’s also practical enough to know that “once your heart is involved, it all comes out in Moron.”
4. Olivia Walton (“The Waltons” actress Michael Learned) is another tough lady who survives incredible adversity to raise her family. Along the way, she sacrifices her dreams, but still manages to encourage her children to pursue their dreams saying “I think you could be anything you wanted to be, doll.”
3. Clair Huxtable (“The Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad) shows the world that a woman can have a career and a family, too. This no-nonsense lady balances work and home by standing up for herself and her needs as well as those of her family. “If you don’t get it together and drop these macho attitudes, you’re never going to have anyone bring you anything, anyplace, anytime, ever!”
2. June Cleaver (“Leave it to Beaver” actress Barbara Billingsley) has to be on any list of top moms. Who else could (or would) vacuum in high heels and pearls? This 1950’s mom never had a hair out of place and has set the motherhood bar so high that many real moms despair of ever reaching it. Her biggest complaint was “I wish Wally wouldn’t use words like ‘flaky’ and ‘kooky’.”
And the Top TV Mom is….
1. Marge Simpson (“The Simpsons” animated character voiced by Julie Kraver) is a venerable blue-hair who somehow manages to keep chubby hubby Homer, trouble-maker Bart, brilliant Lisa and baby Maggie happy, healthy and whole without losing her mind or dignity too much. In this animated TV world, problems exist but can easily be forgotten over a bowl of strawberry ice cream. Too bad that solution doesn’t have the same effect in the real world.
So there you have it, the Top Ten TV Moms. They may not be our mom, but we love them just the same.