Meredith O'Brien
Do you pay attention to how the mom characters are portrayed on your favorite TV shows? Loathe the so-called "mommy wars" on which the news media love to focus? Each week, Meredith O'Brien's Working Moms in Pop Culture & Politics column provides a reality check on how TV shows, movies, and the media depict moms. A longtime journalist and mother of three, Meredith O'Brien formerly taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts, is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum and writes the Picket Fence Post blog for GateHouse Media. Follow Meredith on Twitter: @MeredithOBrien

Six Times Two.

WEtv recently kicked off a brand, spankin’ new TV series with a very familiar premise: Their cameras are following a set of parents who have sextuplets – three girls, three boys – who are 16 months old. The dad works full-time and is gone from the house for the vast majority of the daylight hours, while the mom works part-time as a nurse. more

Role Model Nurses.

Move over Drs. McDreamy and McSteamy. Two brainy nurses have come to primetime and they’re kicking some serious behind. And they, frankly, don’t give a whit about hair gel like the Grey’s Anatomy hunky doctors do. more

The Tough Careers of Army Wives.

The third season of Army Wives -- one of the few primetime programs which dramatizes the lives of the families of soldiers at a time when the nation’s still engaged in a two-front war -- kicked off Sunday night and the premiere was filled with a whole lot of people grappling with a collective identity crisis. more

Silverman's Slip-Up.

When I tune in, I see a busy, disorganized family, just like mine. Sure, the mom’s a bit unusual because she can talk to the deceased and sometimes sees what she thinks is the future and all of that, but when I think of NBC’s, er, CBS’s drama Medium, I see a typical mom of three who struggles daily with things like keeping on top of the kids’ homework, discipline, house stuff and balancing her and her spouse’s careers . . . except for that communicating-with-the-dead-to-solve-crimes angle. more

Jon Minus Kate, Still Eight.

We’re on the brink of a reality show first. After years of programs that have chronicled the ups and downs of dating, child-rearing, cooking, home decorating, plastic surgery, etc., it looks as if we’re going to see the highest profile reality show documentation of the disintegration of a marriage. more

The Grandmas Are In the House.

Move over “mommy wars.” The grandmas are in the house. Baby Boomer grandmas -- being described as “glam-mas” in some circles – are forewarned to be on guard. They seem to be in the media’s crosshairs. more

Mothers in the Media.

During the past week, Time Magazine feted what its editors considered to be the “100 world’s most influential people,” two high-profile wronged wives of politicians publicly aired their disappointment with their spouse’s behavior, and a well known reality TV show wife/mother who was promoting her book had to endure embarrassment on national television as she fielded questions about her husband’s rumored dalliance. more

Sending Me to Therapy.

HBO’s In Treatment, the drama about talk therapy, is scaring the hell out of me. Why? Because parents and the damage they inflicted on their children when they were young seem to be the root cause of almost all the patients’ problems. more

Mainstream Media Mommy Box.

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Dave Barry tackled a lot of topics during his tenure as a nationally syndicated columnist. For example, he once wrote in detail about his daughter’s love of ballet more

The Cougar Bites.

Despite its attempt to position itself as a show that levels the dating playing field and normalizes older woman-younger man relationships, TV Land’s new reality show, odiously named The Cougar, isn’t a you-go-girl rallying cry packaged inside a pink bubblegum wrapper. more

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