Originally Posted by JMulder
This is true, and actually something I'd consider among the show's flaws. All these women are basically interchangeable -- Joan's mother is the exact same way. Perhaps it's period-accurate, and authentically portrays an actual generational clash... but it makes me think Weiner must have had a very domineering mother figure in his childhood or something, because it's like once you break fifty your only remaining option as a woman is to be pettily jealous of your daughters and sabotage their attempts at independence with rigid patriarchal dogma.
I don't know, I'm not seeing it.
Peggy's mom watched her get impregnated and dumped and nearly destroy her life already; telling her to "get a cat" is harsh, but it very well might be the best thing. It's certainly defensible.
Sally's new Bluto has shown to be strict but caring, and certainly a step up from Betty.
Joan's mom is clearly who she got her hang-ups from, as the old lady was still blinded by Doc Handsome's perfect exterior. She's behind the times, but we can assume she's also taking care of the kid so joan can pursue her career.
These characters are all commonly used as antagonists or contrary viewpoints to the main characters, so it's natural for us to disagree with or even dislike them, but none of them strike me as particularly mean-spirited. Betty's still the reigning queen of bad mothers, although Megan's mom has come out of nowhere to move into second.