TV Sitcom Moms - My Favorites

Brett Butler seen at the 1994 Emmy Awards
Brett Butler seen at the 1994 Emmy Awards | Source
Knee Deep in Paradise
Knee Deep in Paradise

In this best selling autobiography Brett talks about becoming of age in the south, her abusive marriage and her rise to stardom with her TV sitcom Grace Under Fire.

 

Grace Kelly (Brett Butler)

This TV sitcom mom is from an older TV show called “Grace Under Fire”. It was about a single mom named Grace Kelly, who was played by stand-up comedian actress Brett Butler.

It ran from 1993 – 1998. Grace was a recovering alcoholic who had divorced her abusive alcoholic husband. She has three children; Quinton the eldest, daughter Libby a and baby boy named Patrick.

Personally I just love Brett’s humor. I find her to be very funny and I rarely missed one of these shows.

Brett has suffered from depression and has a drug addiction to alcohol and marijuana. She was fired from the show due to wild behavior because of these addictions. We have not seen much of her after this sitcom ended. In 2008 she did say she wanted to write a second book. Her first being “Knee Deep In Paradise” about her life before becoming a celebrity.

Update on Brett Butler

Brett is playing the role of bartender on Charlie Sheen's new show Anger Management. I was thrilled when I saw her on Charlie's new show.

Patricia Richardson after the 1994 Emmy Awards
Patricia Richardson after the 1994 Emmy Awards | Source

See what Jill & Tim are up to.

Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson)

I am sure many people will remember the sitcom “Home Improvement” that aired from 1991 to 1999. Jill, played by Patricia Richardson, was married to Tim Taylor, played by Tim Allen. This show was based around Tim having a TV show called Tool Time. Tim loved power tools and was always wanting “More Power”.

Jill and Tim had three sons on the show and a philosophical neighbor named Wilson. Jill would always go into her backyard and talk across the fence to Wilson. You'd never actually see Wilson's face but you'd hear his voice. Jill was always ask asking him for advise, which in turn he'd be happy to give.

I always enjoyed the whit, and humor of Jill on this show and could picture myself as her. After Home Improvement Patricia Richardson went on to play more dramatic roles.

Publicity photo for the Lux Radio Theatre, 1951
Publicity photo for the Lux Radio Theatre, 1951 | Source

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball)

“I Love Lucy”, played by Lucille Ball, was one of my all time favorite shows when I would watch the re-runs. This show aired from 1951 to 1957.

Lucy’s husband Ricky Ricardo was played by Desi Arnaz. These two actors were married both on set and off. Ricky was a Cuban American singer and bandleader.

Lucy was always getting herself into some kind of trouble and was quite the clown. Little Ricky their son came into the show in the second season.

Lucy always wanted to sing in show business with her husband but she could not sing for the life of her.

I Love Lucy was the most watched TV show in the USA and can still today be seen all over the world.

Elizabeth Montgomery  during her time starring on the television series Bewitched.
Elizabeth Montgomery during her time starring on the television series Bewitched. | Source

Catch up on all the episodes you missed.

Samantha Stevens (Elizabeth Montgomery)

Would I ever like to have the powers that Samantha Stevens, played by Elizabeth Montgomery, had on this TV sitcom called “Bewitched”. All she had to do was wiggle her nose, snap her fingers or wave her arms and poof the vacuum cleaner cleans the house, poof everything is done.

Samantha is married to Darin Stevens, (Durwood, DumDum or Darwin, as Samantha’s mother played by Agnes Moorehead called him) played by Dick York then, and later by Dick Sargent.

Darren is mortal but all of Samantha’s families are witches and warlocks. Even their two children Tabatha and Adam have supernatural powers.

Bewitched ran from 1964 – 1972. It was quite funny seeing how Samantha tried to live a normal life with mortals while at the same time hiding the fact that she was a witch.

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Do You Have A Favorite TV Sitcom Mom? 33 comments

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

grand old lady, So did I :)


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Bewitched was a great show. I used to try to perfect her nose twitch.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Claire was great!


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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

I guess I would have to say my most memorable tv sitcom mom was Claire Huxtable of the Cosby show. Thumbs up on your hub Just ask Susan.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

W1totalk, There are so many great sitcom moms! I grew up with a step-monster so all the TV moms looked great to me :- )


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dianna, I don't think I've ever seen The Middle before.


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W1totalk 2 years ago

Great hub. I was going to say don't forget the mother from Malcolm in the Middle or Grounded for Life. They was just interesting takes on mothers.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I still watch old reruns of Home Improvement. The only sitcom I enjoy, similar to this, is The Middle. I try to catch this when I can. Thanks for the reminder of how much these shows brought value to TV enjoyment.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I wish there were more of these type of shows on now instead of all the reality shows.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

I love them all too. Grace Under Fire was an awesome show.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

trusouldj, Clair Huxtable was an awesome TV mom too!


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Clair Huxtable of course.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Jane, Kenneth and Sunshine,

There are so many TV Moms that were wonderful. Thanks everyone for stopping by to read and for your comments.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Peg Bundy from Married With Children is my favorite followed by Roseanne Barr!! Two hilarious shows!! Voted UP, great hub!!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Der Susan, GREAT read. Great, I tell you! I agree with your thinking on sitcom moms. In my day, June Cleaver, Donna Reed, Harriet Nelson were the icons that women wanted to copy...I did love Donna Reed. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Susan, a great overview of some classic TV Mums. I have to go with Lucy as my personal favourite...she was irresistible!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I loved that show, she sure was a good comedian!


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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

Brett was great, we must think alike as I still can recall most episodes even after this much time has elapsed ...


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Chatkath, Denise and vocalcoach!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is a fun and memorable hub. Thanks so much!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great lineup of mother sitcoms. I enjoyed all of them.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Thanks Susan - Unfortunately I do remember most of these, what fun memories too.

Great hub.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sally I do the same LOL :)


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Thank goodness for Nick at Night! I love Bewitched. Always pretending I could/can wiggle my nose and magic happens!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Marie I too love to watch all the re-runs and thanks so much.

Christy Lucy was pretty hilarious.


Christy Zutautas 5 years ago

Fun and interesting hub, Lucy is my absolute favorite, she was so funny!


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SweetMarie83 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub! I had forgotten about Grace Under Fire but I loved that show back in the day. Home Improvement/Jill were my favorite though, I still watch the reruns!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks rachel :)


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rachelsholiday 5 years ago

What an awesome post! Samantha is my favorite too =).


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for stopping Will.

cardelean you could do one as well. Last week Docmo and I did History of Cards. These were good shows!

nightbear Samantha was pretty awesome!


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nightbear 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

Great job. Samantha is my favorite.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Great hub idea, wish I would have thought of it! :) I too remember them all and enjoyed spending time with them.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Memories!

And I remember them all.

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