BEST TV MAIDS: these individuals played roles for their bosses much larger than what was listed in their job descriptions. As a result, their out-of-the box behavior led to hilarious goof ups, but also taught fans about the intricacies of relationships. Wisdom doesn’t always require years of schooling and companionship comes in many forms.
Best TV Maid: Hazel Burke
Actress Shirley Booth starred in the 1960s sitcom “Hazel” as best TV maid Hazel Burke. She brought big laughs to the small screen with a down home accent and penchant for bumping heads with the boss. Of course, her character Hazel was always right and through her take-charge, no nonsense mentality kept the boss and his family in line.
Best TV Maid: Florence Johnston
Actress Marla Gibbs stole the show as best TV maid Florence Johnston in the 1970s mega hit “The Jeffersons”. Ultra religious, single and always ready with a snappy comeback, Florence was the peon that actually said to her boss what fans of this show wish they could say to their own. Through eleven seasons, her status in the Jefferson household grew from hired help to one of the family giving her more opportunities to voice opinions on controversial issues.
Best TV Maid: Nellie Ruth Harper
Actress Nell Carter played best TV maid Nellie Ruth Harper in the early 1980s comedy “Gimme A Break”. After a dear friend dies of cancer, Nell moves in with this woman’s family as a housekeeper. Almost immediately, she becomes a surrogate mom helping her boss raise three daughters. She’s no pushover and doles out straightforward advice to these girls about boys, friendship, sex and family.
Best TV Maid: Tony Micelli
Actor Tony Danza delighted female viewers as best TV maid Tony Micelli in the mid-1980s show “Who’s The Boss?”. Unlike his peers on this list, he provided loving support to an uptight boss who just happened to be female and like him a widower. After a while, their working relationship turned into a romance depicting how opposites attract and complement each other.
Best TV Maid: Berta
Actress Conchata Galen Ferrell brings best TV maid Berta to life in the 2000s comedic sensation “Two and a Half Men”. Her sharp tongue always brings levity to an uncomfortable situation. Also, she’s a perfect example of a working class gal who accepts life as-is. This ability helps her deal with a boss most decent people wouldn’t want to work for.
The above best TV maids were unforgettable characters. Are they true-to-life? Maybe not. But they all are examples of how to make the most of a job.
Sources: Self, Yahoo TV, IMDb