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8 Working Moms Who Rock the TV Season

Posted by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:25 PM
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The fall TV premiere season is here, and devoted fans of the small screen (like us!) can’t wait to view this season’s crop of workmoms. From a downgraded detective to a fierce First Lady, here are varied and compelling characters we love...or love to hate...or a little of both!

 

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by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:26 PM
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Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife

Job: Law Partner, Florrick/Agos, possibly running for Chicago State's Attorney's office

Mom of Zach, 18, and Grace, 17

Played by: Julianna Margulies (CBS)

Even though she's polling well, Alicia Florrick isn't really into running for Chicago State's Attorney. Sure, she's recovering from the shocking death of Will, getting over hubs Governor Peter Florrick and finally divorcing him. Then again, The Good Wife wouldn't be so good without all the juicy, sexy drama. But will Alicia run? Will she win? Will Florrick/Agos survive all of its internal upheaval? Julianna Marguiles plays workmom Florrick with such cool elegance, we don't really care-as long as we get to watch!

Vertical15
by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Carrie Mathison, Homeland

Job: CIA Station Chief, Afghanistan

Mom of a newborn daughter

Played by: Claire Danes (Showtime)

Emmy Award-winning Claire has mesmerized us for four seasons with her riveting performance as tortured, mentally-unstable, yet brilliant CIA agent and U.S. protector Carrie Mathison. This season finds her grieving the loss of Brody-the double agent father of her baby-and throwing herself into her dangerous career as she weighs leaving her baby daughter to accept a position as Station Chief on the front lines in Afghanistan. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice and leave her child behind for her career? We can't wait to find out! 

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by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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Rainbow Johnson, Black-ish

Job: Anesthesiologist

Mom of Zoey, 15, Andre Jr., 13, Jack and Diane, 6

Played by: Tracee Ellis-Ross (ABC)

Black-ish is already garnering positive reviews for its portrayal of an upper-middle-class family grappling with perceptions of race, culture and labels that are (or aren't, as the show questions) affixed by society. Biracial workmom Rainbow Johnson is a successful anesthesiologist and wife of ad exec Dre (played by Anthony Anderson), living with their four kids and his dad (played by Laurence Fishburne). In the pilot, Rainbow sagely defuses Dre's concerns about his impending promotion while underlining the working woman's age-old plight: "You don't think I go through this all the time being a female doctor? You've got to keep it real." We're excited to see what else Rainbow goes through, and how real this show will get. 

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by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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Elizabeth McCord, Madam Secretary

Job: Secretary of State

Mom of Stephanie, Jason and Alison

Played by: Téa Leoni (CBS)

We're super stoked to see Téa Leoni star as Elizabeth McCord, a former professor and CIA analyst, as she assumes and adapts to the demanding job of U.S. secretary of state on this brand new series. A mom with three smart young kids ranging from active grade-schooler to rebellious college student, it's yet to be seen how she'll handle the pressure of her demanding political position as she meets the needs of her family. Cue the inevitable parallels to Hillary Clinton.

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by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU

Job: Sergeant, NYPD Special Victims Unit

Mom of Noah, 1

Played by: Mariska Hargitay (NBC)

For years and years, we've seen SVU detective Olivia Benson toss her personal life aside to bravely defend and demand justice for victims of the most heinous sexually-based crimes in New York City, while putting herself at risk in the process. But the end of last season saw our hero face a few pivotal plot changes: She was promoted to sergeant and became a new mom, adopting an abandoned baby she became attached to while working a case. Time for this office den mother to figure out how to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.

Vertical15
by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM
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Mellie Grant, Scandal

Job: First Lady of the United States

Mom of Jerry, 16 (now deceased), Karen 15, and Teddy, 2

Played by: Bellamy Young (ABC)

Scandal's twists and turns may lap faster than the Indy 500, but our eyeballs remain adhered to the antics of scheming First Lady Melody Grant and all the drama it took for her for her to land-and keep-her title (It may not be a paying job, but we think she works beyond hard 24/7 at keeping her husband in office). Let's see, she was raped by her father-in-law and kept her son's paternity a secret for the duration of his life, said son was murdered before her eyes, she's put up with her President hubby's true-love affair with Olivia Pope, she played an instrumental role in fixing his election, and she finally got some action of her own with the President's running mate, Andrew. What's next? Bring it on, Mellie! 

Vertical15
by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM
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Fiona Brewer, About a Boy

Job: Nanny

Mom of Marcus, 11

Played by: Minnie Driver (NBC)

This Nick Hornby novel and film spin-off show has blossomed into a cute sitcom-a format with room to further explore how ex-rocker and ne'er do well Will could befriend Marcus, the 11-year old boy next door. As Marcus's mom, Fiona, Minnie Driver infuses a smart, witty energy into this neurotic, overwhelmed single workmom, as well as sufficient soul to convincingly convey a woman who'd do absolutely anything for her kid. Her solid depiction of a working mom who doesn't have it all sewn up strikes a refreshing balance between cheeky and heartfelt, and who can't relate to that?

Vertical15
by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM
 

Ellie Miller, Gracepoint

Job: Detective

Mom of a young child

Played by: Anna Gunn (Fox)

As huge fans of Anna Gunn, the two-time Emmy winner for her gut-wrenching performance as Skyler White on Breaking Bad, we can't wait to see how she tackles this TV mystery. Gracepoint is the stateside adaptation of the hit U.K. TV show Broadchurch, and Anna takes on the role of a detective who suffers a workmom's devastating defeat-she's passed over for a promotion after returning from vacation. Still, she's charged to rise above it and work with her newly annointed successor to solve the murder of a 12-year-old boy among a series of suspects she knows in her small, scenic hometown. This emotionally-charged performance is sure to pluck at many a heartstring.

SpiritedWitch
by on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:35 PM

This is the only show I've seen on this list but haven't watched it in a very long time. Did not know that Olivia had adopted a kid. 

Quoting Vertical15:
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Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU

Job: Sergeant, NYPD Special Victims Unit

Mom of Noah, 1

Played by: Mariska Hargitay (NBC)

For years and years, we've seen SVU detective Olivia Benson toss her personal life aside to bravely defend and demand justice for victims of the most heinous sexually-based crimes in New York City, while putting herself at risk in the process. But the end of last season saw our hero face a few pivotal plot changes: She was promoted to sergeant and became a new mom, adopting an abandoned baby she became attached to while working a case. Time for this office den mother to figure out how to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.


TigerofMu
by Bronze Member on Nov. 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

My kids have seen the previews for this show and want to watch it, but I have not caught it.

Quoting Vertical15:
 

Rainbow Johnson, Black-ish

Job: Anesthesiologist

Mom of Zoey, 15, Andre Jr., 13, Jack and Diane, 6

Played by: Tracee Ellis-Ross (ABC)

Black-ish is already garnering positive reviews for its portrayal of an upper-middle-class family grappling with perceptions of race, culture and labels that are (or aren't, as the show questions) affixed by society. Biracial workmom Rainbow Johnson is a successful anesthesiologist and wife of ad exec Dre (played by Anthony Anderson), living with their four kids and his dad (played by Laurence Fishburne). In the pilot, Rainbow sagely defuses Dre's concerns about his impending promotion while underlining the working woman's age-old plight: "You don't think I go through this all the time being a female doctor? You've got to keep it real." We're excited to see what else Rainbow goes through, and how real this show will get. 


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