According to this poll, the most popular moms on television are:
1) Kitty Fornan of That '70s Show
3) Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
5) Marie Barone of Everybody Loves Raymond
6) Brady Bunch matriarch Carol Brady.
This is one strange list, if you ask me. And I'm not just saying that because my own personal favourites didn't make the top five. Those would be Lois from Malcolm in the Middle, naturally - the one with four wild boys and a screech like nobody's business. And the grand dame of maternal martyrs Ruth Fisher (Six Feet Under) who won my heart early on when she ham-handedly tried to have the sex talk with her grown sons at the breakfast table.
Of course, no one with an ounce of humour or perspective would dispute the presence of the glorious Marge or Carmela on that list, their personal flaws and frightful mates notwithstanding. But seriously, Clair Huxtable? And wouldn't you rather hear Estelle Costanza shrieking at George (Seinfeld) than listen to Carol Brady chirp away at her three cloying daughters and three perky stepsons?
Lists, eh. Everybody's got an opinion. What's yours?