As families, parental roles, and gender expectations have evolved over the years, so have those roles we see reflected with added drama and comedy on our televisions!
In the 50's and 60's, we had moms like June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver who was the picture of domestic perfection, and then we started to move into the times of the still pretty darn perfect, but a lot more busy, moms like Carol Brady.
Soon enough, America was evolving right along, and their TV families were evolving too - a lot of moms were still shown spending plenty of time in the kitchen and taking care of their families, but also running to work like Roseanne Conner, Clair Huxtable, Harriet Winslow, Jill Taylor, and plenty more!
Now we have more moms like Tami on Friday Night Lights who continue to care for their families, but like real American women, have found much more of a compromise to their work and family lives than mothers of TV past. We've also evolved into much more of a satirical view on families as so many appear in comedies, even in the animated variety like The Simpsons and Family Guy poking fun at American families instead of teaching us life lessons like the days of many family shows of the past.
So with all these changes for TV families, and specifically TV moms over the years, who have your favorite TV moms been of present and past, from the classic and traditional to the quirky and the crazy?
Here are just a few of the many to ponder, so comment with those you like on the list or not.
The Brady Bunch: Carol Brady
The Cosby Show: Clair Huxtable
Boy Meets World: Amy Matthews
Full House: Becky Donaldson
That 70's Show: Kitty Forman
Home Improvement: Jill Taylor
Family Matters: Harriet Winslow
Roseanne: Roseanne Conner
Friday Night Lights: Tami Taylor
Kyle XY: Nicole Trager
7th Heaven: Annie Camden
Family Ties: Elyse Keaton
Married with Children: Peggy Bundy
Brothers & Sisters: Nora Walker
Who's the Boss?: Angela Bower
The O.C.: Kirsten Cohen
Gilmore Girls: Lorelai Gilmore
The Simpsons: Marge Simpson
Family Guy: Lois Griffin
American Dad!: Francine Smith
Arrested Development: Lucille Bluth
Desperate Housewives: Lynette Scavo, Bree Hodge
Dirty Sexy Money: Letitia Darling
Everybody Loves Raymond: Debra Barone, Marie Barone
90210: Debbie Wilson
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