Name the best (and worst) movie and TV moms of the '80s
And yes, Mother's Day is around the corner again, so prepare yourself for hundreds of thousands of media pieces on great TV and movie moms. But don't kid yourself: The good, bad and ugly all start and end in the '80s.
Still, we want to know YOUR PICKS for the best and worst TV and movie moms of the 1980s. We'll name the top 10 on a Stuck in the '80s podcast later this week. (It'll also give me a chance to chide my own mom for her top 5 mothering triumphs and mistakes of the '80s. No. 1 on the mistake list remains her refusal to let me see Duran Duran on the Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour with my girlfriend Alisa. The scars remain!)
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In the meantime, here are five '80s moms I can't forget:
COACH MOLLY McGRATH (Goldie Hawn in Wildcats): She finally gets her dream job -- coaching a high school football team -- but almost loses her daughters in the process. (But the tub scene makes up for all her sins.)
C.J. WIATT (Diane Keaton in Baby Boom): Maybe the frontrunner for world's greatest '80s mom after dumping her NYC job and taking her baby to the sticks of New England, where she makes a fortune with gourmet baby food.
JENNY MEYER (Kim Darby in Better Off Dead): You know her as "Lane's Mom" and she gets all the good lines in this John Cusack classic. "Fraaaaanch fries!" (I'm partial to, "You like raisins!")
JERIBA SHIGAN (Louis Gossett Jr. in Enemy Mine): Ha! You figured it'd be an all-male list. But lest you forget "Jerry" is both male and female and that Dracs can reproduce asexually. Oh god, I'm such a nerd.