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Small-Screen Mothers

Who is your all-time favorite TV mom?

By Brian Caulfield, FFG Editor

Sit-com moms come in all varieties and a range of ages. Shirley Jones looked too young in her hipster 70s dress to be the mother of so many Partridge kids, and Edith Bunker was the middle-aged mom whom everyone could love – funny and slightly dizzy. One mother was even a “1928 Porter” in “My Mother the Car,” in which Jerry Van Dyke’s mother undergoes reinCARnation (get it?) to live out her days in her son’s garage, dispensing advice.

Catholic pro-life mom Patricia Heaton is joined by her children as volunteers serving a Good Friday meal at a Los Angeles mission.

Catholic pro-life mom Patricia Heaton is joined by her children as volunteers serving a Good Friday meal at a Los Angeles mission.

Whatever their faults and limitations, however, all good television mothers had something in common – they knew how to love and they stole your heart by the end of the show.

But who is the best TV mom of all time? Well, according to the website Mothers Day Central, the prize goes to Marion Cunningham, Richie’s mom in “Happy Days.” Fonzie, no doubt, would vote for “Mrs. C.”

No. 2 on the list you would never guess: Kitty Foreman from “That 70s Show.”

My favorite Catholic actress mom – Patricia Heaton, who promotes Feminists for Life – rated #11 on the list for playing Debra Barone in “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Yet my all-time favorite TV mom didn’t even make the online list of 31. Have today’s viewers forgotten Donna Reed, the star of the show by her name? There was something lovely, funny and reassuring in her smiling manner that made me feel so good as a kid.

Who is your favorite TV sit-com mother? One thing is for sure: she probably still lives on some 24-hour cable network.

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