There you are, binge-watching your
favorite TV show while you bounce baby on your lap and pause occasionally to shoo
the 4-year-old away from your pint of Ben & Jerry's. "Don't
these people have children to worry
about?" you think.
Well, my kids are grown now, which means I have even more time to ponder this question, and here's how I think Hollywood could make a few shows more
relatable to us moms. Cue the SATC theme! (Played on a kazoo.)
and the City
Jessica Parker plays Carrie Bradshaw, a sex and health columnist for Parent
Magazine. Follow her and her three best friends—Miranda, Charlotte and
Samantha—as they dine (at Starbucks), shop (at Target) and dance (at
Gymboree) their way through Manhattan. Don't miss the episode where the ladies all have way too many Cosmos on a playdate lunch and forget they have children.
the newest offering from Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a
kindergarten mom who becomes known for her crisis management skills on the
school playground. Other parents seek Pope out for her expertise on hot-topic
issues like jungle gym lines, freeze bells and bathroom passes. What they don't
know is Pope is harboring a secret: She's having an affair with the PTA
president. That's why they call it "Scandal."
There is no blood in this series, only life lessons being shared with dead people.
deputy Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln, who will always be Mark from
"Love Actually" to us) runs out of ideas to survive in a post-apocalyptic world
overrun by flesh-eating zombies … until he meets mom June Cleaver. Cleaver, who
has just awoken from a coma she's been in since the 1950s, simply locks all
the doors and windows and tells the zombies to go back to their own homes
for dinner. There is no blood in this series, only life lessons being shared with dead people.
Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow play friends Rachel, Monica and Phoebe
who are all moms but somehow still manage to spend hours every day at Central
Perk, their favorite neighborhood coffee shop. Sometimes their husbands Ross,
Chandler and Joey offer to help take care of the kids but hilarity ensues
because one of them always forgets a baby on the bus. There's a really catchy
theme song with clapping that is done by kids, which is super-cute.
Louis-Dreyfuss plays single mom Elaine Benes who is raising her daughter on
Manhattan's Upper West Side with the help of friends Jerry Seinfeld, George
Constanza (Jason Alexander) and Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards.) Sometimes they
all go out to eat at the deli, but mostly they just sit around, complain and talk about their lives.
Elaine gets angry when they say mean things about her kid, but she forgives
them when she realizes Jerry just needs material for his stand up.
ER: SMU (Special Mom's Unit)
Clooney plays the impossibly hot doctor Doug Ross in the emergency room of fictional
County General Hospital in Chicago. All the moms want to bring their kids to
see Dr. Ross because hello, he's George Clooney! Administrators start to get
suspicious when there are just too many kids being brought in with things like
paper cuts and hangnails, but then Dr. Ross just looks at them with those eyes
and they stop investigating STAT.