Beverly Goldberg in The Goldbergs (Played by Wendi McLendon-Covey)
Beverly Goldberg is the typical overprotective, embarrassing “smother” who loves her kids deeply. Despite her cliche domineering Jewish mom role, we love Beverly for her wits, and incessant striving for excellence, always pushing her children and herself to be the best at what you do, no matter what that is.
Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan)
Midge Maisel is the quintessential Jewish American housewife who, after being left by her husband, discovers her passion for stand-up comedy and — to the shock of her traditional Jewish parents — becomes a working woman and stand-up comedian. Midge is an example to all modern-day Jewesses to forge their own path forward despite social conventions.
Charlotte York Goldenblatt in Sex and The City (Played by Kristin Davis)
Whether you’d rate the quality of Jewish representation in Sex and the City as questionable or affirming, we can’t argue that hopeless romantic Charlotte York Goldenblatt was one of TV’s most devoted moms. Plus, Charlotte puts the disheveled Pinterest mom stereotype to shame as one of the chicest characters in Sex and the City, becoming more stylish throughout the seasons (even while pregnant!!!).
Joyce Brewster in The Guilt Trip (Played by Barbra Streisand)
In The Guilt Trip, Joyce Brewster portrays a different side to the stereotypical Jewish mom trope. Despite the leading name, the “guilt” Joyce invokes on her son Andy (Seth Rogen) is full of playful humor, awareness, and even features the recognition of boundaries. Instead of playing a character riddled with stereotypes of the overbearing Jewish mother, Barbra Streisand gives us the perfect balance of sensibility matched with some required ‘obsessive nurturing and overly involved’ Jewish mother energy.
Didi Pickles in Rugrats (Voiced by Melanie Chartoff)
The matriarch of the Pickles’ household, Didi Pickles, is a classic Jewish matriarch. It’s Didi, alongside her parents, Boris and Minka, who carry the Yiddishkeit tone throughout the Rugrats. Didi teaches Home Economics and dotes on her children endlessly. Whenever her sons misbehave, she consults with various media published by her favorite child psychologist Dr. Lipshitz, and follows his words to a tee.
Originally Published May 10 2021 09:12AM EDT