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TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

Take a trip down nostalgia lane as we reminisce about 10 of our favourite stay-at-home parents, from TV series' past and present

By Laura Grande
TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

I Love Lucy (1951-1957)

While Lucy cooks, cleans, shops and raises little Ricky Jr., she still manages to find time to embark on madcap adventures and hilarious schemes with best pal, Ethel.
 

Where to Buy? I Love Lucy DVDs, from $20, Amazon.ca

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963)

Iconic homemaker June looks after the kids (between doing needlepoint and decorating cakes) while dad Ward dispenses advice and does not so much as wash a dish.

Where to Buy? Leave It to Beaver DVDs, from $32, Chapters Indigo

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

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Bewitched (1957-1963)

Samantha is a stay-at-home witch, who casts spells and practises magic, while also raising the two children she shares with her mortal husband, Darrin.
 

Where to Buy? Bewitched DVDs, from $19, Amazon.ca

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

Television's favourite blended family was often led by its cool and collected matriarch Carol Brady, second wife to Greg and SAHM to six children (with help from Alice the housekeeper).
 

Where to Buy? The Brady Bunch DVDs, from $21, Chapters Indigo

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

Good Times (1974-1979)

Money is tight, but love is large in the Evans family — a tough yet tender SAHM, three teens and a dedicated dad who works several jobs in the Chicago housing projects

Where to Buy? Good Times DVDs, from $20, HMV.ca

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

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Who's the Boss? (1984-1992)

Forced to retire from the major leagues after an injury, baseball player (and single father) Tony Micelli takes the first job he finds — as the live-in housekeeper of career-minded Angela Bower.
 

Where to Buy? Who’s the Boss, Season 1 DVD, $20, Amazon.ca

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)

A harried SAHM, three kids, meddling in-laws and mountains of laundry — sounds about right.
 

Where to Buy? Everybody Loves Raymond DVDs, from $32, Chapters Indigo

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006)

Bernie and his wife take on his sister's three children when she decides to enter rehab. Staying at home to raise the kids ultimately teaches Bernie life lessons, both hilarious and poignant.
 

Where to Buy? The Bernie Mac Show, Season 1 DVD, from $15, Amazon.ca

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

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Modern Family (2009-Present)

This hit sitcom has it all: an interracial blended family, a devoted gay SAHD and a (mostly) got-it-all-together SAHM.
 

Where to Buy? Modern Family airs on CityTV. Visit CityTV.com for scheduling info and to view past episodes.

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

Parenthood (2010-Present)

SAHD Joel Graham is devoted to his young daughter, Sydney. He's also quite popular among the SAHMs in his neighbourhood — a point of contention with his spouse, Julia. Humorous and poignant reflections of real life ensue.
 

Where to Buy? Parenthood DVDs, from $38, Chapters Indigo

TV's top 10 stay-at-home parents

More pop culture fun

Don’t miss Celebrity Candy, Haley Overland’s entertaining blog on Hollywood’s favourite parents (to gossip about)!
 

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This article was originally published on Dec 21, 2011

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