Barbara June
First appearance "Pilot"
Portrayed by Cloris Leachman
Name Barbara June Thompson
Nicknames Maw Maw
Gender Female
Date of birth 1926-27
Relatives Wilfred Thompson (Husband)

Norma June Mayfair (Mother)
Louise Thompson (Daughter)
Unnamed Son (Son)
Delilah Thompson (Granddaughter)
Unnamed (Grandson-in-law)
Virginia Chance (Granddaughter)
Burt Chance (Grandson-in-law)
Jimmy Chance (Great-Grandson)
Sabrina Collins (Great-Granddaughter-in-law)
Hope Chance (Great-Great Granddaughter)

Barbara June Thompson (nee' Mayfair), usually referred to by her family as simply "Maw Maw", is Louise Thompson's mother, Virginia's grandmother, Jimmy's great-grandmother, Hope's great-great-grandmother and Burt's grandmother-in-law.

Character BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

The exact date of Barbara June's birth is unknown, but in "Don't Vote for This Episode" she turns 85.

She married Wilfred Thompson and had her only child, Virginia's mother, Louise. Louise became pregnant at a young age with Virginia, and soon abandoned her. After Louise left, Maw Maw and Paw Paw were left to raise Virginia.

Later LifeEdit

When Maw Maw's granddaughter Virginia was fifteen she was impregnated by Burt Chance and had a son, Jimmy. In a flashback in the episode "Say Cheese", Maw Maw tells a young Jimmy to kill her if she ever gets as crazy as Burt and Virginia, suggesting that she may have been lucid when Jimmy was a child.

When Jimmy was 23, he impregnated his serial-killer one-night-stand, Lucy Carlyle, and she had the baby in prison. Jimmy gets custody of the baby after Lucy's execution, and Virginia names the baby "Hope". Hope is Maw Maw's first great-great granddaughter.

It is expected that Maw Maw will live well into her great-great granddaughter's life, since in the episode "A Germ of a Story," it is implied that poor hygiene has made Jimmy's family live long lives.

In Season 3 Maw Maw met her mother on Mothers Day after Burt and Barney went to take pictures of Maw Maw's childhood home.


The SeriesEdit

Season 1Edit

Maw Maw is shown to be a heavy smoker in the first few episodes, and likes to burn Burt with her cigarettes. In the episode "Dead Tooth" however, she tells Burt when she is lucid that she quit smoking in 1971 because she wanted to live long enough to find out what Virginia would turn into and seems horrified at the idea that Virginia and family are letting her smoke.

In the episode "Don't Vote for This Episode", Jimmy tells Hope about his 18th birthday and how, on the morning of his birthday, he, along with Burt and Virginia were kicked out of the house by Maw Maw.

Season 2Edit


  • ​She sometimes thinks that Jimmy is her late husband Wilfred Thompson.
  • She is rarely lucid, and it generally lasts for only a few moments.
  • She likes to eat spaghetti in the bathtub.
  • Burt and Virginia have to lock her in her room because she does crazy things in her sleep, such as bringing a horse to the house.
  • She appears to be a heavy smoker in the first few episodes, but in later episodes is no longer a smoker.
  • She was once a cheerleader for the Baltimore Colts.
  • She shares a birthday with her great-grandson, Jimmy.
  • She Loves pickles and taffy.
  • She was once Miss Natesville.
  • She used to be a bathing suit model.

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