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

Modern Family and In the Middle: Telling it Like it is.

As they’ve become the entertainment highlights of my week – the one hour when I’m guaranteed to enjoy several laughs of the out loud variety – Modern Family and The Middle have slowly evolved into comedic high-water marks for the 21st century family sitcom. more

Doctor Mothers.

Ah, Grey’s Anatomy how you befuddle and intrigue me. I’ve watched you from day one, followed the ups and downs of the Meredith Grey-Derek Shepherd love affair, watched beloved cast members depart and suffered through some of your moments of weakness. more

TV is Terrified of Teens.

This is the year in which my eldest two children – boy/girl twins – will officially become teenagers. And I’m, frankly, petrified. more

A Rabbit Hole, Indeed.

Part of me wants to see the critically acclaimed film Rabbit Hole, but I won’t.


Time Out for a Healthy Marriage.

I almost canceled. Several times in fact. The swirling chaos of my three children’s oppressive schedules nearly made me throw in the towel because it just seemed too difficult to get away with my husband to celebrate our 18th anniversary. more

Elizabeth Edwards: A Graceful Woman against Ugly Media.

The life of a political spouse isn’t easy in this harsh, often cruel 24/7 media climate. And for Elizabeth Edwards, who passed away this past week, it was particularly ruthless. more

Mother as the Supporting Role.

While perusing the Christmas movies and specials in my DVD collection while attempting to make a holiday viewing selection for my family recently, I had a realization: In most of the TV Christmas specials and Yuletide-focused films that have become holiday classics, the mothers – when and if they appear on screen – are largely cast as supporting characters, depicted as the helpmates for their husbands or their kids. more

Myriad of Moms.

Moms across primetime programs this past week ran the gamut of maternal behavior. There was bravery, defensiveness, idiocy, cluelessness and all things in between just like what might be going on in our homes right now. Or not. more

Holiday Season Stress.

When I was a kid, I just loved this time of year, particularly Thanksgiving Day itself. I adored breathing in the smell of the roasting turkey while watching the Macy’s parade on TV with my brother while we were still in our pajamas. more

In to In Treatment.

Since Mad Men concluded its fourth season a few weeks ago, there’s been a void in my Sunday evenings that used to be filled with delightfully deep, complicated and infuriating scenes set in the 1960s. One of the things has helped me fill the empty space left behind by Mad Men is the intensely claustrophobic yet equally rich HBO therapy drama In Treatment. more

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