The 60s Official Site

 

 

Eva's Retro 60s Flashbacks

Roses to Honor Select Sixties Sitcom Moms

 

Roses to Honor Select Sixties Sitcom MomsUnder the mushroom cloud of the Cold War, ever contemplating the threat of nuclear warfare with the drop of Khrushchev’s shoe, by the mid 1960s there ensued fallout with  America’s nuclear family. Along with this shift in cultural winds to affect social climate, the values and ideals that once held us in their grip like a mother’s embrace, became relegated to the past. Bequeathing roses to honor select Sixties sitcom moms which include: Harriet Nelson, June Cleaver, Donna Stone, Laura Petrie, and Samantha Stevens.

  

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966) – This long running family series largely based on the actors involved, focused on the Nelson family’s run-of-the-mill problems.  Striving for realism, the set was recreated to look like their actual home at 1822 Camino Palmero St. in Los Angeles.  Though the show is still considered the longest running live-action American sitcom in TV history, its ideals eventually rounded the bends to form a square. Never mind that during all those years none of us ever knew what the genial, bumbling Ozzie did for a living as he was never seen at work, going to work, or coming home from work.  Harriet, exemplifying the wise homemaker and the voice of reason, often rescued Ozzie and her sons, David and Rick, from the consequences of impulsive behavior. Ever clad in elegant dresses and fancy aprons, it struck me odd that I never once saw Mrs. Nelson treat a scraped knee with Mercurochrome.  

 

Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963) –A wholesome “All-American Family” sitcom centered on the Cleavers, in particular Theodore (the Beaver), who got off the hook, running unscathed from dilemmas and jams, fueled by moralistic, parental advice.  Lady of the house, June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), always elegantly formal, never exposed cleavage or let her hair down. She steals nearly every scene wearing pearls—including gardening!  This mom’s hair is always coiffed and her makeup is tastefully applied.  Cool as a cucumber, whether doing housework or relaxing in her immaculate home, her wardrobe runs the gamut of tailored dresses, suits, and skirts paired with blouses or sweaters.  Even her housedresses were paired with high heel pumps!  Quite content to be a stay-at-home mom, she occupies her leisure time with needlepoint, cake decorating, arranging tea roses, and reading women’s magazines. Whether or not Mrs. Cleaver struck us as a mom from Venus, she knew the score. “Eddie has that look about him that makes you think something's always about to happen.” 

 

The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966) – The Stone family consisted of homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex, and their two kids, Mary and Jeff.  The family Stone exemplified quintessential Middle America, while leading wholesome lives in a Chicago suburb. Donna Stone (Donna Reed) struck me as a mom who is approachable, flexible, witty, wise, and kind.  She certainly exercised patience and understanding while raising her boy-crazy, teenage daughter Mary through her trials by setting a good example.  I definitely could envision Mrs. Stone rolling up her sleeves and pitching in to help strangers without a moment’s hesitation.  In response to son Jeff’s compliment that she is the best and prettiest cook in the world—“I may not be the prettiest, but with all this buttering up, I am the slipperiest.” (The Football Uniform, 1958). 

 

Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) – The show centered on the misadventures of Rob Petrie, head writer of a comedy variety show filmed in Manhattan, as well as home life with his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), and their son Richie in suburban New Rochelle.   The series was considered a trailblazer for its realistic portrayal of relationships—although Rob and Laura slept in separate twin beds where they resided at 148 Bonnie Meadow Road. Laura wore Capri slacks in an era when most sitcom moms wore dresses and skirts.  Mrs. Petrie’s pretty face, tight body, and perfect teeth, no doubt endowed her with potential to inspire teenage boy crushes or infatuation. Exuberant, full of energy, pert, perky, and sexy, I never equated this mom with much warmth or depth.  “Oh, Rob!”  See what I mean?  

 

Bewitched (1964-1972) – Unique to the Sixties, the show portrayed a “strange” couple—stuffy, clueless, easily bamboozled, businessman Darrin Stevens and his saucy sorceress of a wife, Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) who easily charmed the pants off of him. Samantha walks the fine line of trying to comply with her husband’s wishes for normalcy and sparingly using her magical powers.  Not a mean and ugly witch like her mother, Samantha Stevens is one of the hottest sitcom moms you’d turn a dial to.  Pragmatically down to earth, she judiciously twitches her nose to fly, stop time, or change people into animals.  When children Tabitha and Adam arrive in the world, Mrs. Stevens strives to instill in each a sense of self-worth and fair play. As much as she’d like to downplay her magic powers and assume the role of “normal” housewife, there’s no denying she has the world at her fingertips or the edge of her nose.  “I am a witch.  A real house-haunting, broom-riding, cauldron-stirring witch.” 

 

Mama mia! On the mom-o-meter, Sixties sitcom moms got a little hotter under the collar. They evolved from stuffy, stiff, serene, stereotypical imposters to self-confident, spontaneous, sentimental, and seductive flesh and bones. I’ve got plenty of roses to spare for real moms of the Sixties who didn’t wear pearls or heels while they strived to keep their homes immaculate, prepared meals, and raised their voice an octave or two in their futile attempts to quell sibling rivalry. I’m lucky my mom didn’t have magical powers to twitch her nose to make my sister and I disappear.

 

 

Click the book images to order your copy of the books.

 

Underlying Notes by Eva Pasco  An E. Quiche by Eva Pasco

 

 

 Signed copies of the Paperback, 40 % off suggested retail, may be acquired at the Authors Den Signed Bookstore via Eva’s web page: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

 

 

Your Daily Oldies Fix

CQHams

An Enlightening Quiche, a novel by Eva Pasco

 

Hullabaloo! Dave Hull

 

My Summer on Haight Street by Robert Rice Jr.

 

Inside Songs of the Sixties by Brian Forsythe 

Culinary Tributeto the Beatles 

 

The 60s - Carl - 1968 - Vietnam

 Vietnam -1968

The 60s - Webmaster - 2006

 Today

 

HollywoodMegaStore.com

Altamont AugieEva Pasco's Book

 

Somewhere in the Distance by David Soulsby 

The Isla Vista Crucible

 

Read my Blog

 Franchise Trees

40th Anniversary of Woodstock

Vibration of a Nation Video 

Sign the Guestbook 

 

Jukeboxes

Go to The 60s Official Site Jukebox

 

 

 

 

 

Home
Updates and New Content
My Home Town - Circleville Ohio
Cruisin'
My Jade East Adventure
The 60s Tradition of Eating Together as a Family
The Blown Perfect Game
The Great Pumpkin Caper
The Haunted Bridge Near Yellowbud
Union Street Beat
Union Street Peeping Toms
What Ever Happened to The Cool Jocks?
Top Ten Countdown
The Sixties With Eva Pasco
David Soulsby Reflections
Ask Big Dog
Things You Just Don't Hear Anymore
1960s Candy
60s Articles - Baby Boomers
60s Fads & Fashions
60s Music A Decade of Great Music
60s Songs That Peaked on the Charts in 1970
Grammy Award Winners
Our Music, Our Times, Remember When?
The 60s Craziest Songs
The Top 100 Recording Artists of the 50s and 60s Era
Webmaster's Pick of the Top 100 Songs of the Decade
60s Rock 'N Roll Headline News
A Story of Life - A Thousand Marbles
60s Slang- Do You Remember These?
A Tribute to Elvis
Elvis Presley's Top Recordings
Stories About Elvis Presley
Baby Boomer Cities
British Music Invasion
British Top Hits of the 1960s
Chickenman
Chickenman Has Been Identified
Class Reunion Tips
Dance Crazes of the 60s
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech"
Drive-In Theater Memories
Flashback Time Capsule High School Years
Great TV Commercial Jingles
Living in Black and White
Moms Cookbook
Movies of the 60s
Quotes of the Baby Boomer Generation
Remembering Valentine's Day
Previous Spotlighted Artists
Vikki Carr
Bob Dylan
Lovin' Spoonful
Rhythm and Blues Music of the 1960s
Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame
Route 66 - The Mother Road
Summer of Love
Television in the 60s
The Economy and Prices
The Headlines and Key Facts of the 1960s
The Pickle Jar
The Top Ten Songs on this Day
The Vietnam War - The War that Changed a Generation
Medal of Honor Soldiers
Music Favorites from 'Nam
My Tour Pics of Vietnam
Pictures From The Vietnam War
Tet Offensive - An Explanation
Vietnam War Myths
Vietnam War Time Line
Today in Baby Boomer History
Top DJs of the 60s
Toys and Games
Whatever Happened to
Woodstock Rock Festival

 Your Daily Oldies Fix

CQHams

 My Blog

 

Go to The 60s Official Site Jukebox

Sign the Guestbook