Our Favorite 1980s Sitcom Moms
Elyse Keaton—Family Ties
With a ready supply of no-nonsense advice, the tirelessly earnest baby boomer matriarch Elyse Keaton—played by Meredith Baxter
—was the template for sitcom moms for generations to come.
No show has captured the freewheeling anarchy of family life like Roseanne Barr's
fearless Midwestern slice-of-life sitcom Roseanne
Where is the cast of Roseanne now?
Marge Simpson—The Simpsons
Marge—voiced by Julie Kavner—is easily the most patient wife and mother in television history. And her longevity as the better-half parent of America's favorite dysfunctional family has been repaid in everything from a starring role in The Simpsons Movie to getting her picture on a U.S. postage stamp to an appearance on the cover of Playboy.
Copyright © 1984, 1985 ELP Communications.
Angela Bower—Who's the Boss?
In an era that saw women chipping away at the corporate glass ceiling, Who's the Boss?
found plenty of laughs in the target-rich environment of traditional gender roles. Tony Danza
played an ex-jock who takes a job as a Connecticut housekeeper, while Judith Light played the buttoned-up ad exec mother, Angela Bower.
Copyright © 1991, 1992 ELP Communications.
Peg Bundy—Married...with Children
She was never going to win mother of the year—and Married...with Children
picked up more viewer boycotts than Emmy awards—but Katey Sagal's
outrageous Peg Bundy was the original "Real Housewife" of America's blue-collar suburbs.
Photo: © 1985 Mario Casilli/mptvimages.com
Sophia Petrillo—Golden Girls
What's the best part about getting old? Finally getting to say exactly what's been on your mind, no matter who it might offend. In the South Florida home shared by four retired women on Golden Girls
, the sharpest tongue belonged to Dorothy's mother, Sophia.
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