In the storied history of television, moms get short shrift. They're often shallow, underdeveloped, and generally wind up more stereotypes (or, more charitably, archetypes) than actual women. But every now and then you get a fully developed, complex, and fascinating human beingwho happens to be a mom. And in this Year Of Our Lord 2019, with prestige television ever raising the bar, we're seeing it more and more.
While children's shows are, well, for kids and not meant to be picked apart for their symbolic or psychoanalytical themes, I've noticed a lot of mom characters these days — even on kids' shows — are a bit more well-rounded than they were when I was a small lass. (Honestly I don't think I could name more than a handful of moms on literally any of the shows I watched, much less give you a defining character trait aside from "the mom.") And I wonder what that's going to do to how this generation sees motherhood. Will this be the generation that is comfortable seeing their moms as actual people? Dare I dream?
The examples kids are exposed to on TV may have more influence than we think. So in order to understand their little baby brains a little more fully, I asked 10 kids to share their favorite TV moms — I believe the insight here could prove invaluable. So here are some of the top mom picks in children's entertainment according to 10 kiddos aged 4 to 9.