SURVEY SAYS: Which TV Mom Do You Have?

May 12, 2014 ( – Last week, I asked NewsDash readers which TV mom is/was their mom like, and why.

From the list provided, none of the responding readers chose Peggy Bundy from “Married… with Children,” Lois Griffin from “Family Guy,” Mary Cooper, Sheldon’s mom from “The Big Bang Theory,” Lorelai Gilmore from “The Gilmore Girls,” or Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from “Modern Family.” Nearly 17% said no TV mom is/was like their mom.

However, 13.9% each chose Claire Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” and Marie Barone from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Eleven percent said their mom is/was like June Cleaver from “Leave It to Beaver.” The other TV moms on the list—Sophia Petrillo from “The Golden Girls,” Roseanne from “Roseanne,” Marge Simpson from “The Simpsons,” Beverly Hofstadter, Leonard’s mom from “The Big Bang Theory,” and Claire Dunphy from “Modern Family”—were each selected by 2.8% of respondents.

The biggest percentage of responding readers chose “other,” with the most-cited TV moms being Edith Bunker from “All in the Family” and Ann Romano from “One Day at a Time.” “Other” responses also included:   Hyacinth Bucket from “Keeping Up Appearances,” Samantha Stephens from “Betwitched,” Jeannie’s mother from “I Dream of Jeannie,” and Lois from “Malcolm in the Middle.”

When asked to share the personality traits that made them select the TV mom they chose, readers shared:

Divorced women raising her children as best she could.

Mom, like Edith, was always kind of ditzy, but she loved her family immensely, was kind to everyone, and stood up when she thought something wasn't right.

I chose Marie Barone because my mom has never learned how to let her adult children be adults.

Hyacinth maintains her modest suburban British home as if it were Buckingham Palace itself. Order, tidy, and proper are the greatest concerns for Hyacinth while her husband, Richard, is relaxed about everything and frequently responds with "yes, dear." Hyacinth likes to spend her days visiting stately homes (convinced she will meet and strike up a friendship with the owners, especially if they are nobility) and hosting "executive-style" candlelight suppers (with her Royal Worcester double-glazed Avignon china and Royal Doulton china with "the hand-painted periwinkles"). She ostentatiously brags about her possessions to others, including her "white slimline telephone with automatic redial," which she always answers with "The Bouquet residence, the lady of the house speaking."

always interferes with the best of attentions but sometime a little too much

Clean house, home cooked meals, and active in the community.

Since my father is a mirror-image of Archie Bunker, my mom has to be Edith. She caters to my dad's every whim and doesn't have much of a life of her own.

My mom was the best! She put her heart out there and took care of foster babies and my dad until her dying breath.

My mom does not fit into any of those moms. When I was a child wished for a mom who would be like Sam-- Able to fix things so that her family would be happy.

Claire Huxtable seems to fit, as my mom is a professional with a great career, but still was able to raise 4 kids while pursuing her PhD. Great role model.

My mom was a high powered executive and president of the subsidiary of the large company she worked for. I don't know any TV moms that come close to that!

My mom passed away this past September and at her memorial the one word I used to described her was "FUN"


My mother is 87 and tries to pretend time has not passed since 1940. Although she doesn't dress like June Cleaver, she still wonders why all mothers don't act like her.

In verbatim responses, readers chose to share stories or more traits of their mothers. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “God blessed me with the best mom ever. Really no comparison.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!


Divorced, untrusting of men, married again because she felt she needed to be, always looking for a better social position...

My husband and I joke that my mom thinks she is on "The Truman Show" - All of her FB posts, e-mail and even in-person conversations are mini advertisements of every product! She can't say she stopped at the store, she has to say "I stopped at ABC Store for XYZ product" - or "Today I was sewing with my XYZ Model 123 machine." And she is completely serious - she thinks people truly care about the specific make, model, brand, etc that she uses.

While my mother is much more loving than Hyacinth Bucket (prononunced Bouquet), some of Hyacinth's fastidious, social climbing qualities remind me of home.

God blessed me with the best mom ever. Really no comparison.

My mom is like no other - she is one of a kind, a very special kind.

TV moms are one dimensional. My mom was multi-dimensional and multi-faceted. I would not be able to pick one TV mom due to this.

The one gift my mom gave me is the ability to use the right profanity at the right time: sends a message, without being tabbed as a potty mouth.

You left Edith Bunker off your list!

The other person that reminds me of my mom is Betty White who is 92, they were the same age.

I wish my mother were like Claire Huxtable! Smart and independent!


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