We know. Calling sexually charged middle-aged women cougars has become a cliche. But before the term clawed its way into our pop-culture lexicon, there were pioneers. Prior to ironic caricatures, there were iconic characters. Cougar Town was decades away from construction when these horny heroines blazed a trail, encouraging warm-blooded women everywhere to saucily sow their wild oats, menopause be damned.
self-respecting cougar club would be complete without this fiery
fire-crotch. Though she made daughter Angela Bower uncomfortable in her
own home by chiding her proper ways, Mona rolled out her red carpet for
myriad men in her adjacent guest house, all the while ogling hunky
housekeeper Tony Micelli.
2. Blanche Devereaux: Golden Girls
60-something siren was equal parts sexpot and Southern Belle. Born into
family money, this daddyâs girl shamelessly charmed the pants off many a gentleman. Though she lived with three other seniors, she only
frequented early-bird specials when man meat was on the menu.
3. Estelle "Mother" Winslow: Family Matters
a seemingly modest matriarch, this Winslow widow was wilder than the
teenagers she lived with, worrying son Carl sick by carousing all night.
She eventually settled down with church-going silver fox Fletcher
4. Helen Roper: Three's Company
her signature muumuus reeking of sexual frustration, Helen was reduced
to wryly lamenting her lack of action with cold-fish husband Stanley.
Though she lived below Jack Tripper, Helen always yearned to be on top
5. Suzanne Sugarbaker: Designing Women
melodramatic Miss Georgia World was divorced from a baseball star, but
never quit playing the field. Though her motherâs name was Perky, this
narcissistic financier was always ready to get down.
6. Naomi Harper: Mama's Family
racy rube was the object of husband Vintonâs desire and mother-in-law Thelmaâs disdain. Affectionately called âSkeeterâ by
Vinton, this checker was suspiciously promoted to assistant manager,
suggesting groceries werenât the only thing being bagged at Food Circus.
7. Peg Bundy: Married with Children
big hair and little ambition, this sedentary housewife only left the
couch to blow disgusted husband Alâs money -- often on male strippers.
She became a feminist icon by torturing her husband and refusing to work
in the kitchen.
8. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan: M*A*S*H*
naughty nurse used her sexy wiles to persuade superiors into meeting
her demands. Hot Lips ensured no soldier left the mobile hospital without pitching a tent of their own.