Today is Mother’s Day in the United States. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days around the world, but in the United States it is always celebrated on the second Sunday of the month of May. In honor of Mother’s Day today I thought I would highlight a few famous American TV moms from the last half a century or so.
First, there is June Cleaver (played by actress Barbara Billingsly) from the TV show Leave it to Beaver, which aired from 1957 to 1963. June Cleaver was considered to be the perfect apron-wearing, cookie-baking housewife and mother, who always knew best.
Next there is Carol Brady (played by actress Florence Henderson) who was the mom of a unique blended family with six children (three girls and three boys) on The Brady Bunch sitcom that was on TV from 1969 to 1974. Carol Brady was seen as a loving mother always encouraging her children to be honest, help one another, and try their best.
Another famous TV mother is Clair Huxtable (played by actress Phylicia Rashad) from the sitcom The Cosby Show that was on TV in primetime from 1984 to 1992 in the United States. Clair Huxtable was a lawyer and working mother who, even though she was busy, always seemed to know exactly what was going on with her family and was able to keep everything under control. She was considered to be a clever, fun, and helpful mother.
A more modern TV mom icon is Debra Barone (played by actress Patricia Heaton) who was the often frazzled, very frank, and funny wife and mother on the show Everybody Loves Raymond, which aired in the United States from 1996 to 2005.
Now a days we have many more ‘reality TV’ moms out there, but before the days of reality TV, these four TV mothers (as well as others) were symbols of motherhood that were often emulated by real moms in the United States.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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