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23rd Feb '18 1:21:39 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Arnold's mother Stella ''and'' his father Miles are missing on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
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Arnold's mother Stella ''and'' his father Miles are missing on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.missing. ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie'' reveals that they [[spoiler:contracted the illness that they were trying to cure and were alive, but comatose. Arnold and his friends brought them out of it]].
** Lila Sawyer lives with a single father and no mention is made of a mother.
21st Feb '18 8:16:13 PM AreYouTyler
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}'''s mother died in a circus fire, so he is raised by his father Gus.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}'''s mother died in a circus fire, before the series premiere, so he is raised by his father Gus.
21st Feb '18 8:15:24 PM AreYouTyler
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}'''s mother died in a circus fire, so he is raised by his father Gus.



** [[AlphaBitch Chloe]] is a spoiled daddy's girl, but her mom has never been mentioned. [[BetaBitch Sabrina]] too, for that matter.

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** [[AlphaBitch Chloe]] is a spoiled daddy's girl, but her mom has never been mentioned.parents divorced when she was a toddler. [[BetaBitch Sabrina]] too, for that matter.
17th Feb '18 5:40:40 PM Vir
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* Buddy's mother/Mr. Ernst's ex-wife on ''Series/HeyDude''.

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* Buddy's mother/Mr. Ernst's ex-wife on ''Series/HeyDude''.''Series/HeyDude''


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** Referenced in ''Series/GameShakers'': The kids visit Creator/NathanKress to get a straight answer on if whether Freddie was in love with Carly or Sam. At one point, he assumes they're going to ask him what happened to Carly's mother and says that he doesn't know either.
29th Jan '18 5:02:37 PM louisXVI
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* In ThimbleweedPark, Delores's mother is never seen or mentioned, and Chuck brings this up at one point. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that she in fact ''has'' no mother, and the fact that no one thinks about this is evidence that their world is actually a computer simulation.]]
26th Jan '18 12:32:35 PM Maddoxsort
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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Seriously averted, since all guys except of Raj have some sort of mommy issue, although different in each case. Sheldon's father is dead, Howard's left his wife and son long ago and Leonard's wasn't shown (yet). Both of Raj's parents were shown.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Seriously averted, since all guys except of Raj have some sort of mommy issue, although different in each case. Sheldon's father is dead, dead (and cheated on his mom), Howard's left his wife and son long ago (and then the actress who played Mrs. Wolowitz died suddenly and TheCharacterDiedWithHer), and Leonard's wasn't shown (yet). Both of Raj's parents were shown.


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* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' shows Andy Griffith has an adherence to this setup, once again playing a widower with one daughter, later amended to two when we meet a previously unseen older sister.
26th Jan '18 12:30:02 PM Maddoxsort
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%%* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': Yet another dead mother.

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%%* * ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': Yet another dead mother.mother, and quite possibly the TropeCodifier for live-action TV. Andy is written as a widower because the time the show was made had a stigma against divorce, and Andy Griffith had reservations about working alongside a female lead. The mother is almost never mentioned and never even has her name or face shown. Eventually, Helen Crump would become his second wife, in a marriage shown on AfterShow ''Series/MayberryRFD'', which serves to give us a SuspiciouslySimilarReplacement with widower Sam Jones and his young rambunctious son.



* ''Series/FullHouse'': yet another dead mother. The reason why Jesse (said mother's younger brother) and Joey (Danny's best friend) moved in with the Tanners was to [[HasTwoMommies help Danny with the three girls]]. Jesse later gets married and Aunt Becky becomes [[ParentalSubstitute a mother figure]] to the Tanner girls. By the sequel ''Series/FullerHouse'', Danny has finally gotten engaged to a new woman, but the trope has flipped to DisappearedDad when DJ's [[RememberTheNewGuy never-before-seen firefighter husband]] who she met and married in the interim [[HeroicSacrifice dies on the job.]] Why can't Death quit screwing over the Tanner family?

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* ''Series/FullHouse'': yet Yet another dead mother. The reason why Jesse (said mother's younger brother) and Joey (Danny's best friend) moved in with the Tanners was to [[HasTwoMommies help Danny with the three girls]]. Jesse later gets married and Aunt Becky becomes [[ParentalSubstitute a mother figure]] to the Tanner girls. By the sequel ''Series/FullerHouse'', Danny has finally gotten engaged to a new woman, but the trope has flipped to DisappearedDad when DJ's [[RememberTheNewGuy never-before-seen firefighter husband]] who she met and married in the interim [[HeroicSacrifice dies on the job.]] Why can't Death quit screwing over the Tanner family?



* ''Series/MyThreeSons'': Another dead mother. However, this show overcomes this state much later on when Steve decides to remarry.

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* ''Series/MyThreeSons'': Another dead mother. However, this show overcomes moves past this state much later on when Steve decides to remarry.remarry to the widow Katie, whose daughter Dodie has the DisappearedDad status. Essentially, we ultimately end up with a downplayed precursor version of ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.



* ''Series/TheRifleman'': Mark's mother and Lucas' wife died due to disease leaving Lucas to care for his son alone. It comes up frequently in the various episodes whether from Lucas reminiscing, Mark asking a question, or another character bringing it up in someway.

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* ''Series/TheRifleman'': Mark's mother and Lucas' wife died due to disease leaving Lucas to care for his son alone. It comes up frequently in the various episodes whether from Lucas reminiscing, Mark asking a question, or another character bringing it up in someway. However, in a surprising twist, she appears in the afterlife in Season 3, Mary actually makes a sole appearance as a spirit when Mark is critically reeling from sickness and meets her in the realm between life and death, waiting for the day they can all be together again.
26th Jan '18 12:21:24 PM Maddoxsort
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''Unbelievably'' prevalent in pre 1970's American television, where it was frowned upon to talk about divorce. Most plots to stick to a two-at-a-time one-off character scheme where writers would find it hard to write for both parents and usually limit themselves to the one who is relevant. Such plots generally involve an less-than-ideal parent and a troubled child and the one parent who could solve the conflict is dead or absent, with the mom or dad being the toss-up depending on the gender of the child. Sometimes subverted if the characters return and the absent parent ''does'' return, or the ParentWithNewParamour trope is invoked to fill the missing piece.

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''Unbelievably'' prevalent in pre 1970's American television, where it was frowned upon to talk about divorce. Most plots to stick to a two-at-a-time one-off character scheme where writers would find it hard to write for both parents and usually limit themselves to the one who is relevant. Such plots generally involve an less-than-ideal parent and a troubled child and the one parent who could solve the conflict is dead or absent, with the mom or dad being the toss-up depending on the gender of the child. Sometimes subverted if the one-off characters actually return and the absent parent ''does'' return, get a chance to drop in, or the ParentWithNewParamour trope is invoked to fill the missing piece.



%%* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': Another dead mother.

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%%* * ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': Another dead mother.mother. The loss of the mother actually kicks off the story as the father is also absent and her will was to put her children in the care of Mr. Drummond.



* ''Series/FullHouse'': yet another dead mother. The reason why Jesse (said mother's younger brother) and Joey (Danny's best friend) moved in with the Tanners was to [[HasTwoMommies help Danny with the three girls]]. Jesse later gets married and Aunt Becky becomes [[ParentalSubstitute a mother figure]] to the Tanner girls.

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* ''Series/FullHouse'': yet another dead mother. The reason why Jesse (said mother's younger brother) and Joey (Danny's best friend) moved in with the Tanners was to [[HasTwoMommies help Danny with the three girls]]. Jesse later gets married and Aunt Becky becomes [[ParentalSubstitute a mother figure]] to the Tanner girls. By the sequel ''Series/FullerHouse'', Danny has finally gotten engaged to a new woman, but the trope has flipped to DisappearedDad when DJ's [[RememberTheNewGuy never-before-seen firefighter husband]] who she met and married in the interim [[HeroicSacrifice dies on the job.]] Why can't Death quit screwing over the Tanner family?



* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac's mother left when she was a kid. They eventually reunited, but it didn't go well.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac's mother left when she was a kid.kid because her dad was a violent drunk who attacked her so much she finally fled. They eventually reunited, but it didn't go well. It was at her abusive dad's deathbed where Mac was too angry to say goodbye properly.



%%* ''Series/MyThreeSons'': Another dead mother.

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%%* * ''Series/MyThreeSons'': Another dead mother.mother. However, this show overcomes this state much later on when Steve decides to remarry.



* ''Series/TheNanny'': Sara Sheffield died before the show started in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': We never meet or hear about Tony or Gibbs' mothers until season 7, when we found out they died. ''NCIS'' is bad about this. We know so much about Tony, Gibbs and Ziva's fathers, but where are any of their mothers?

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* ''Series/TheNanny'': Sara Sheffield died before the show started in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
driver. The exact same situation used on ''Full House''. [[FridgeHorror Hope it wasn't the same drunk...]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': We never meet or hear about Tony or Gibbs' mothers until season 7, when we found out they died.died- or in Gibbs' case, wasn't just dying from cancer, but separated and decided to commit suicide rather than wither. ''NCIS'' is bad about this. We know so much about Tony, Gibbs and Ziva's fathers, but where are any of their mothers?mothers? Shannon Gibbs also counts, as she was a mother... but daughter Kelly Gibbs died, too.
26th Jan '18 12:12:55 PM Maddoxsort
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''Unbelievably'' prevalent in pre 1970's American television, where it was frowned upon to talk about divorce. Most plots to stick to a two-at-a-time one-off character scheme where writers would find it hard to write for both parents and usually limit themselves to the one who is relevant. Such plots generally involve an less-than-ideal parent and a troubled child and the one parent who could solve the conflict is dead or absent, with the mom or dad being the toss-up depending on the gender of the child. Sometimes subverted if the characters return and the absent parent ''does'' return, or the ParentWithNewParamour trope is invoked to fill the missing piece.
25th Jan '18 1:55:59 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock's father died ''not'' fixing a fight he was supposed to take a dive in, but his mom's absence is never really explained. The closest a nun comes is telling Stick that "that's a whole other story".

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock's father died ''not'' fixing a fight he was supposed to take a dive in, but his mom's absence is never really explained. The closest a nun comes is telling Stick that "that's a whole other story". Ultimately subverted as she finally makes an onscreen appearance in ''Daredevil'' season 3.
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