Who’s Your Favorite TV Mom?

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I know it’s fiction, but what TV mom are you most like?

For me, I’m just like Roseanne. Yes, I have fewer children and no – technically I’m not married – but Roseanne and Dan Connor are our doppelgangers. I really do miss that show and how it broke the rules about what families looked like, how they struggled, and how – deep down – laughing about crappy situations can get you through to the next day. Plus, the Halloween episodes are just awesomely festive.

I love that Roseanne didn’t look or sound like any other TV mom: she was large and loud and at times was the breadwinner for her family. Like most mothers, Roseanne had a slew of jobs over the course of the show’s run: factory worker, waitress, secretary for a day, small business owner, and even felt the sting of unemployment. Yes, she eventually won the lottery, but the last two seasons I write off as not really Roseanne.

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I even loved that Roseanne desperately wanted to be a writer and get out of Lanford. Dan went so far as to build her a tiny nook in the basement where she could write. As a writer – and one that will be moving soon from Philadelphia to Atlanta – I get it. Like Dan, my partner has done both big and small things to support my career. The cutest by far was when he bought me a bag for my laptop and went the extra step to have it embroidered with the name of my blog.

Most of all what I loved about Roseanne was its lack of perfection. I could look at this fictional family and place them in my neighborhood. I know that most guys that are as big as Dan do not have wives with tiny waists and designer threads. I know that most families – at one time or another – struggle with the cost of raising a family, would rather their mother not visit, and have kids they love but also drive them batty. I miss seeing a mother on TV that looks, sounds, and acts like me.

Now that I think about it, I miss watching shows that aren’t based in “reality” and follow the worst that women have to offer. I’m looking at you Real Housewives franchise (even though I am completely guilty of being in New Jersey’s clutches).

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I know what this night calls for: epic Netflix marathon.    

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Who’s Your Favorite TV Mom?

Liz Henry is the irreverent voice behind the award-winning blog The Six Year Itch. She lives with her daughter and her partner, Slasher, in Philadelphia. That's not his real name and that's not her real hair color. Her soft middle is totally real. Liz graduated summa cum lazy with a degree in English literature, which means she knows how to write properly, but rarely does. She loves Harry Potter and Luna is her favorite. ... More

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4 comments

  1. Angie Lopez. Been watching lots of Nick@Nite,

  2. Roseanne Hands down LOL

  3. Sarah says:

    Lorelai Gilmore for me. I saw SO much in the relationship she had with Rory with my own mom. Never cooked but the take out people knew you by name and order. Having a great mother daughter relationship even with it’s ups and downs. Miss this show so much

  4. Aisha says:

    I would have to say that Roseanne is my favorite TV mom. Her character never seemed to portray the "perfect housewife" and the Conner family always had real fights and arguments. I’m going to be like a lot of other moms.. cleaning the house in sweats and spending my time with my child… NOT cleaning my already-immaculate house in a sun dress and heels and spending my time baking pies.. Just my little input 🙂

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