Paula Small


Paula Small
42 years old
Writer & Creative Writing Teacher
1st Appearance:
Last Appearance:

Paula Small (voiced by Paula Poundstone, eps 1-5, Janine Ditullio, eps 6+) is Brendon’s mother.

Background Edit

She is a divorcee, teacher, and author. Usually she supports Brendon's filmmaking, but sometimes views it as a nuisance or unhealthy. She talks very frankly with Brendon about life issues, and they both make age-inappropriate jokes to one another, thereby creating much more of a friendship between them than is usual between a mother and son. She is highly critical of Andrew's (Brendon’s father) relationship with Linda, frequently mocking the age disparity. Paula occasionally interferes with Brendon's movies, out of boredom or thanks to manipulation by Jason or Melissa. She frequently attempts to improve Brendon's apathy towards his schoolwork, but to no avail. Paula performs terribly in pressure situations, such as job interviews and parent-teacher conferences. For roughly three years paula worked as a creative writing teacher for Roth University. After briefly losing this job she was asked back. At one time she won the nicest teacher of the month award. Her love life is practically non-existent. In the first episode of the series, Paula and Coach McGuirk go out on a date, but Paula can barely handle sitting through dinner, and they do not go out on a second date. In episode 2, she claims to have O.C.D., or Obsesive Complusive Disorder, stating it is the cause of her blurting out swear words at parent-teacher confrences, lending to the episode's title. Jason and Melissa suggest in the series finale that Paula and McGuirk belong together, and Brendon hesitantly admits they look good together. Her Aunt Fea was mauled by a bear. She stands at 5'6".

Trivia Edit

  • Earlier in the first season, she used to wear gray sweatshirt, gray pants and a red cap.
  • She likely gave birth to Brendon when she was 34 years old.
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