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Why My Perfect TV Mom Is A Cartoon Character

Linda Belcher is all riiiight.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and while our real-life moms deserve all the love and appreciation we can give them, it's also a good time to pay tribute to some of our favorite fictional moms.

Anyone who watches enough television has probably discovered at least one mom they'd be happy to have as their own. For some, it might be an old-school option like June Cleaver or Carol Brady or Claire Huxtable. Or maybe you have a more contemporary choice, like Lorelai Gilmore or Gloria Pritchett.

Those choices are fine and dandy, but my ideal TV mom is a little different. More specifically, she's a cartoon character ... who's voiced by a man. Yes, that's right — she's Linda Belcher of Bob's Burgers.


Of course, I would never want anyone for a mom other than my own, but if you forced me to pick a back-up, it would have to be Linda. To be honest, I really just want to join the Belcher family in whatever way I can — weird cousin who hangs around too much, goldfish who watches their shenanigans from the corner, you name it. Bob's Burgers is my comfort food, and the Belchers are the most realistically loving family I've ever seen on television.

What sets Linda apart from her non-animated counterparts is precisely that — she's animated. And I mean that in both senses of the word. Comparing someone to a cartoon character doesn't necessarily have a flattering connotation, but in Linda's case, it just means she has more pizzazz than your typical TV mom. Yet at the same time, she's totally real. Considering voice actor John Roberts based his performance on his own mother, (whom he used to imitate in a series of hilarious videos), that's not surprising.

As Tina Belcher said in the show's most recent Mother's Day episode, Linda is "a badass, protective, queen bee alien with acid for blood." Check out five more reasons she's my favorite below:

1. She's silly.

Linda is never afraid to look a little (or a lot) ridiculous, and she's always thinking of new and fun things for her family to do — like when she premiered a dinner theater show at the restaurant. And let's not forget all the songs she makes up on the spot. Before I watched Bob's Burgers, I never would have expected to love a song about diarrhea, but here we are.

2. She's supportive.

Linda is always a cheerleader for her kids' interests and activities, no matter how weird they may seem to other people — like Tina's hobby of writing erotic friend fiction. Or Tina's role as Sigourney Weaver in the Working Girl musical. Or most things Tina does, let's be honest.

3. She's self-sacrificing.

When her family needs her, Linda's always ready to step up to the plate. Take, for example, a recent episode in which she risks an opportunity to organize the school bake sale to help Louise escape from an in-school suspension she doesn't deserve — and show her that being nice to people is always worth it.

4. She speaks her mind.

Linda may be loving and supportive, but she won't let anyone walk all over her. Take, for instance, the time Tina told her not to have "a crap attack" when she got detention. To quote Linda: "Don't you tell me not to have a crap attack! I'll have a crap attack any time I want!" 

5. She loves her life.

Linda's life isn't exactly glamorous. She helps her husband run a less-than-successful burger restaurant, above which she and her family live in a modest apartment. Sure, she may dream of living like the rich characters in her favorite show Winthorpe House, but deep down she wouldn't have it any other way. She's always positive and fun-loving. All riiiight!

So here's to Linda. May we have many, many more seasons with her. (Seriously, Fox, please don't cancel this show.)

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