By: Andrew Guido
Still from Modern Family, Season 3 episode 20;“The Last Walt.”
As we discuss the dynamics of the nuclear family in the 1950s, I find it fascinating at how much this ideal has changed. Personally, I find the expectations of the mother the most fascinating. Traditionally, mothers have conformed to their traditional roles in family sitcoms. They are depicted as intrinsically feminine, nurturing, and, above all, they are what society would define as “good mothers.” But, as sitcoms progress towards new gender dynamics and familial functions, I am pleased to observe that mothers are being illustrated as more and more imperfect.
Why do I think that this shift is amazing? Because mothers are being shown as who they truly are: human! For instance, there is Claire in Modern Family, whose family is constantly making fun of her for being awkward, lame, or stiff. I always loved the episode, where Claire cannot stop smiling when terrible things happen and therefore cannot console her son about the death of a neighbor, hilarious because she is so awkward and unlike our conventional definition of a mother. In addition, although it is a movie and not a sitcom, my mind wanders to the movie Bad Moms, which recently came out, because its hilarity is centered around mothers being truthful instead of traditional.
I specifically wanted to recommend the TV show Odd Mom Out, which I recently started watching with my own mom. The sitcom is situated around an “edgy” mom who most attempt to adapt to living on the Upper East Side and weaving through the popular mommy cliques. She is typically antagonized by these socialites and finds herself perpetually out of place in the upper echelons of society. My mother and I bonded over this show, because, due to living in the suburbs, she has had to socialize with the “trophy wife” type and always would come home and talk to me about how terrible they all were. Odd Mom Out is a hilarious show which has become sentimental to my mother and I. In my opinion, moms are so much funnier which they are human instead of perfect.