Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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Hottest sitcom moms

TV's hottest sitcom moms, in no particular order. My favorites are Erin Gray, Patricia Heaton, and, of course, Florence Henderson as Carol Brady.

Idea and some of the entries shamelessly stolen from greedo at

Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson (Lori Loughlin)
Full House (1987-1995)
TV Mom Credentials: Mother figure for the Tanner girls before having twins in Season 5.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Loughlin has two daughters, 7 and 8.
Trivia: Dated John Stamos before being cast as his love interest on Full House.

Carol Brady (Florence Henderson)
The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
TV Mom Credentials: Mother to three girls of her own, Carol doubled her offspring when she married Mike Brady. You try raising six kids with a smile.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Henderson has four grown children.
Trivia: While filming The Brady Bunch in L.A., flew home to New York every weekend to be with her family.

Joy Turner (Jamie Pressley)
My Name is Earl (2005-present)
Mom Credentials: Earl's ex-wife, mother to Dodge and Earl Jr. Neither kid is Earl's.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Just gave birth last month to her first child, a son.
Trivia: Was scheduled to take one of the flights that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, but changed her reservation at the last minute. Does not like to discuss this in interviews.

Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery)
Bewitched (1964-1972)
TV Mom Credentials: Mom to Tabitha and, later, Adam. Endured a meddling mother, nosy neighbors, assorted kooky relatives, and a husband who inexplicably became someone else midway through the series.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Mother to three grown children
Trivia: Montgomery died of cancer in 1995.

Wanda McCullough (Kellita Smith)
The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006)
TV Mom Credentials: While technically not a mother, Wanda (with Bernie) serves as parental guardian for her sister-in-law's three kids.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: No kids.
Trivia: Beat out Robin Givens for the role of Wanda.

Lily Munster (Yvonne De Carlo)
The Munsters (1964-1966)
TV Mom Credentials: Mother to werewolf-boy Eddie.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Two grown sons.
Trivia: Took the role of Lily Munster to help pay the medical bills of her husband, stuntman Bob Morgan, who suffered near-fatal injuries in 1962 while filming How The West Was Won. She died earlier this year.

Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton)
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)
TV Mom Credentials: Mother of twin sons and one daughter.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Has four (count 'em!) sons under 13.
Trivia: Ray Romano said that one reason Heaton got the part in Raymond was because she was the only actress willing to kiss him during auditions.

Kate Summers (Erin Gray)
Silver Spoons (1982-1986)
TV Mom Credentials: Became Ricky Stratton's stepmom when she married his father in season 3.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Has a grown son and a teenage daughter.
Trivia: Was one of the final candidates to play Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, but the role went to Kate Mulgrew.

Maggie Seaver (Joanna Kerns)
Growing Pains (1986-1992)
Mom Credentials: Mother to Mike, Carol, Ben, and later, Chrissy, while working full-time as a journalist.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Has one grown daughter.
Trivia: Tried out for the 1968 Olympics in gymnastics. Now a TV director with episodes of E.R., Medium, Scrubs and Ghost Whisperer among her credits. Appears in the current movie Knocked Up.

Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves)
Frasier (1993-2004)
Mom Credentials: Became a mother in the final season after marrying Niles.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Leeves has a son, 3, and a daughter, 6.
Trivia: Was not the original choice to play Daphne. British actress Lois Maxwell won the part but was fired before taping began after having repeated disagreements with the show's producers about the character.

Jordan Sullivan (Christa Miller)
Scrubs (2001-present)
Mom Credentials: Ex-wife of Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley), has two kids on the show.
Real-Life Mom Credentials: Mother of three kids, ages 7, 4 and 8 months.
Trivia: Started modeling as a teen, and was on the cover of the first issue of Maxim magazine. Her husband, Bill Lawrence, is creator of Scrubs.


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