There’s one thing all new mamas have in common – we’re in need of a lot of R&R. From labor recovery to late night marathon feedings, you might just find yourself curled up on the couch (or the bed, or the floor…) quite a bit, and that’s completely okay. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite old and new shows for you to watch with hilarious, dramatic, and just all around awesome housewives.
Whether you love to hate her, or hate to love her, Betty
Draper (played by the beautiful January
Jones), is the quintessential 60s housewife of our modern TV era. Swoon
over Betty and Don’s romance, bite your knuckles through her questionable
mothering techniques, and cry with and for her over seven amazing seasons.
Available almost everywhere – Netflix, Amazon, iTunes,
Google play, VUDU, and very often your local library’s DVD section.
just a moment. Now that you’re a mom, you can truly appreciate the struggles of
Mrs. Matthews (Betsy
Randle) with her dim-witted and overly emotional sons, firecracker
daughter, sweetheart of a husband, and fabulously bizarre next-door neighbor. A
staple of TGIF on ABC (the millennial’s “good ol’ days”), Boy Meets World
is a fun throwback with surprising moments of heart.
Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google play, and VUDU.
3. The Sopranos
Those nails. The hair. The accent. Carmela Soprano (played
by the incredible Edie
Falco, who won three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors
Guild Awards for the role) is the iconic Italian-American mama on arguably the
greatest drama in the history of television. Fiercely protective of her family
and always ready to fill your plate or wine glass, Carmela is a dynamic
character, evolving dramatically over the show’s six blockbuster seasons.
Note: not for the faint of heart when it comes to language,
sex, and violence.
Available on HBO GO, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google play, and
4. I Love Lucy
Although the show premiered 64 years ago, I Love Lucy
is a perennial classic, still hilariously funny on many different levels (we
dare you to watch Season 1’s “Pioneer Women” without cracking up). We can
relate to Lucy’s mishaps, her struggles to be the perfect housewife, and
uncontrollable urges to step into the spotlight whenever possible. Lucy (Lucille Ball) has
her unconditional BFF by her side (Vivian Vance as
Ethel Mertz), ready to jump into every hair-brained scheme. Good, clean fun
that really holds up.
Available on Hulu, CBS All Access, iTunes, VUDU, and you can
find lots of clips on YouTube.
Real Housewives of [insert city]
No self-respecting list of housewife-related TV could ignore
with many metros in between. While calling these women “housewives” is a bit of
a stretch (a massive leap?), the Housewives dynasty is deliciously
addictive and requires very little concentration – perfect for zoning out on
the couch after a sleepless night. Pro tip: DO NOT skip the reunions.
Available on Hulu, iTunes, Google play, VUDU, and
BravoTV.com (availability of select seasons are subject to change).