To piggyback on Tela’s TV Guilt post, I thought about we’d explore TV for us mommies. In the last few years, storylines around moms have delved deeper in the frustrations and guilt of juggling work with family. What a concept! My fellow WMAG contributors helped me list these new wave of TV moms. If you’ve know of ones we may have missed, please share.
Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives
We first met Lynette as a stay-at-home mom who gave up her career to raise with her four children. Now Lynette’s working again, full-time at an ad agency while her husband Tom stays at home.Alison Dubois on Medium
This psychic mom who sees dead people is a part-time consultant to the district attorney’s office. At home her and her husband are raising three young children. They’re often in negotiation about child-care issues and making time for themselves as a couple.
Catherine Willows on CSI
A single mother with a tumultuous background. She’s passionate about her job as a Crime Scene Investigator, but is also raising her young daughter on her own.
Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy
She’s the tough senior resident who recently had a baby. Now she’s trying to prove she can be all-surgeon and all-mommy all the time.
Annabeth Chase on Close to Home
This newly widowed character faces challenges of being a single mother while juggling her job a prosecutor. In one episode, she tries to use a breast pump in a tiny bathroom stall.
Christine on The New Adventures of Old Christine
She’s a divorced mom and owner of a 30-minute workout gym. The “meanie moms” at her son’s school mock Christine for having a job.
Jordon McDeere on Studio 60
When the actress Amanda Peet became pregnant the writers decided to go with it—who cares if her character (the president of the NBS network) isn’t married or dating anyone.
Sure we’ve seen working moms on TV before. For example, Claire Huxtable, Maggie Seaver, Kate and Allie, and Murphy Brown. But today’s storylines seem to be more realistic and close-to-home than ever before. Well, except I don’t know too many moms who make a part-time career out of seeing dead people… but you know what I mean.
Who is your favorite TV mom (past or present)? Working mom or stay-at-home mom?