“Mad Men” is back on the air this Sunday night, and we can’t wait to see Betty Draper resent and belittle poor Bobby and Sally with every interaction. (Just you wait Baby Eugene, your turn will come too.)
In the pantheon of TV mothers, Betty Draper may be the worst. She doesn’t seem to like her children at all and in fact seems determined to make them non-entities in their own home. (We haven’t even mentioned the CONSTANT drinking and smoking around her kids — and while pregnant. I also was shocked by scenes of her dieting while pregnant.)
Michael and I were trying to think of other bad TV moms. He suggested Roseanne and Peg from “Married with Children.” But I would argue that those mothers, while not the best at physically caring for their children, actually loved their kids. (Maybe Hyde’s mother on the “That ’70s show,” ironically also played by Peg Bundy. She actually walked out on her kid in the show.)
Betty Draper makes sure that Bobby and Sally are nicely dressed and are well coifed but leaves them without affection and avoids interaction whenever possible. I’m pretty sure Betty Draper only had kids because that’s what married women did in the 1960s.
As we await the season premiere, please indulge in a montage of Betty Draper’s best parenting from New York Magazine! (It seems like the video, even though embedded, sends you to their site to watch it. But no worries just click the back arrow and you can come right back and comment.)
God bless Bobby and Sally (and poor baby Eugene). They will all be in therapy for years.
Tell us what you think: Is Betty Draper the worst TV mom ever? Who was worse than her? What do you think of her character and parenting on the show? What did you think of her montage? Do you ever catch yourself saying things that Betty says?