Top 5 TV Moms of the 80s [LIST/VIDEOS]
Happy Mother’s Day weekend from New Jersey 101.5 and Saturday Night Jersey 80s. Some of the best and worst life lessons were learned from our favorite 80s TV Moms. From the traditional Claire Huxtable to the often unorthodox Roseanne, here are our top five TV Moms of the 1980s.
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Marge is the well-meaning and extremely patient matriarch of the Simpson family. With her husband Homer, she has three children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Marge is the moralistic force in her family and often provides a grounding voice in the midst of her family's antics by trying to maintain order in the Simpson household. She is often portrayed as a stereotypical television mother and is often included on lists of top "TV moms". She has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons—including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials, and comic books—and inspired an entire line of merchandise.
Roseanne, in a takeoff of her stand-up comedic and presumed real-life persona, is a bossy, loud, caustic, overweight, and dominant woman. She constantly tries to control the lives of her sister, husband, children, co-workers, and friends. Despite her dominating nature, Roseanne is a loving mother who works hard and makes as much time for her kids as possible. She and her younger sister Jackie are the daughters of Beverly and Al Harris. Roseanne is married to Dan Conner and, when the series begins, they have three children: Becky, Darlene and David Jacob ("D.J."); a fourth child, Jerry Garcia, is born late in the series. She and her family deal with the many hardships of poverty, obesity, and domestic troubles with humor.
Played by Meredith Baxter-Birney, she played an ex-flower child mother, Elyse Keaton. In reality, she is only fourteen years older than Michael J. Fox, who played her son Alex Keaton. She and co-star Michael Gross (who played her husband Steven) share exactly the same birth date.
Played by Katey Sagal, she is Al Bundy's wife who is always on his case about money and refuses to clean or cook around the house. She is a lazy, big-haired, red-head who spends most of her time parked in front of the TV watching talk shows such as Oprah or robbing Al blind to go shopping; a famously inattentive mother and nagging wife who uses every opportunity to humiliate Al about his job, his meager earnings and even sexual abilities. Her big taste for things like clothes and male strippers have run Al into debt on numerous occasions. A recurring joke in the series is Al's regret of having married Peg in the first place, which was a union forced upon him at the point of a shotgun. Peggy's best friend is Marcy, with whom she occasionally colludes to conspire against Al.
Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashād, is the very eloquent, elegant wife of Cliff. Clair is playful, sometimes silly, yet very assertive. She is articulate and remarkably intelligent. She rarely ever loses an argument on the show. She has terrific recall about facts and dates, which she uses during discussions or arguments: in one episode she is shown quoting a passage and even the page number of a book during an appearance at a television roundtable. Clair is bi-lingual but is only shown speaking Spanish on a couple of occasions. Although she is very strict, she is a very loving mother to her family.