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TV Moms: An Illustrated Guide

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TV Moms: An Illustrated Guide

Current Status:
In Season
TV Books
Television, Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

Whether you have a soft spot for cheery supermom June Cleaver or Crack Whore cover girl Mrs. Cartman, Ray Richmond’s ode to television matriarchs TV Moms: An Illustrated Guide highlights them all. Chronicling the evolution of media mommies — from the repressed pearl-wearers of the ’50s and ’60s to the ground-breakers of the ’70s to the neurotics of the ’80s and ’90s — Hollywood Reporter critic Richmond serves up a series of lively (albeit gushy) character studies, complete with ”Classic Mom-ents.” But it’s the gleeful juxtaposition of moms like Carol Brady, Lily Munster, and Livia Soprano that makes it worth a look. B-