My admiration for Clair Huxtable runs deep
and, and with “The Cosby Show” recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, I’d say it’s pretty long lasting, too. Clair was a brilliant
combination of all good things: smarts, sass, beauty, grace and grit. The
woman even walked the work-life balance beam with superlative style and aplomb. She
remains my standard against which all other TV moms are measured. But that doesn’t
mean that the other Queen Bees of the small screen need to pack up and go home.
In fact, there are plenty of World’s Best Mom mugs to go around.
Here are five other TV mamas who we think
deserve some shine as well:
Florrick, “The Good Wife”
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She’s known (usually
snidely) as Saint Alicia, because despite being humiliated by her state’s
attorney husband’s sex scandal, she nobly stood by him — at first, then in
name only — and she never let her detractors see her broken. No matter what arrows
come flying at her, Alicia always makes sure that her two children Zach and
Grace are protected. Through the show’s five seasons, Alicia has settled into her
skin and started calling her own shots, making choices that aligned with who
she really is and her true wants and wishes (Exhibit A: Her steaming hot affair
with her then boss Will Gardner), and let the optics be damned.
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She married into the large, messy, crying, cross-taking, loving family but
Kristina has managed to become a centerpiece of the Braverman crew. She’s
constantly juggling all the family drama — and there is plenty with this lot — while being a mom to three kids, including Max, who has Asperger’s. She’s
battled breast cancer and won; ran for mayor of Berkeley and lost; and this
season she built a charter school called Chambers Academy. Yes, there’s a lot
on this woman’s plate and things often get a little hectic, but Kristina’s
priorities are clear: family, family, family.
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an anesthesiologist, her husband’s an ad exec and they have four kids,
including 6-year-old twins named Jack and Diane. Come on. A Mellencamp
shout-out? That gets her some instant points. The show, about an upper
middle-class African-American family living in the suburbs, has a Cosby-esque vibe to it and brings some
much-needed diversity to TV Land. It’s still so brand new, debuting three weeks
ago to booming ratings, but from the episodes I’ve seen, Rainbow is goofy,
sweet, loving and present for her family. It all makes me think Dr. Rainbow is
angling for a place in my C-Hux shrine.
Dunphy, “Modern Family”
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Yes, she can be a tad hyper. Some call her nagging, pushy and overbearing, but
Claire’s working with a lot over there in the middle of that nutty
Dunphy-Pritchett clan. We’re talking: three very different kids; a goofball, but hilarious, sweet husband; an ever-cynical
father; a same-age, hot-as-hell step-mom; an uptight brother with a lovable, but
sometimes dramatic husband. And then there’s that niece of hers — Lily. Don’t
even get me started that one. Truth told, most of us would opt for a wine I.V.
if we had to walk (stomp around? jk.
Don’t kick me, Claire!) in her stressed-out shoes for a month. But Claire
loves those people and wouldn’t trade them in for anything. Well, maybe that
niece. Bring back Baby Lily!
Although I don’t watch the show, it does
get lots of praise, especially around this flustered mom of three kids (lazy
teen son, awkward tween daughter and a weird youngest named Brick) living a
working-class life in the Midwest. Her tall husband is short on emotion and
excitement. We’ll call him plainspoken. It reads like a "Roseanne" meets "Malcolm in the
Middle" hybrid show, and Frankie acts as our guide, providing the narration.
While she would rather bring home sandwiches for dinner than cook and the house
is on perma-mess mode, Frankie makes sure that she’s there for her family, and
they love her for it. She’s not perfect, and that’s OK. In fact, it’s pretty
I miss anyone? Who are some of your favorite moms on TV this season?