When they recently started a story arc that had Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer facing a worrisome medical problem, I was worried that it would be one of the two things it always seems to be for TV characters: pregnancy or cancer. It was with great relief that it turned out she is going through early menopause, a much more interesting (yet quite common) dramatic situation.
This led me wondering: How many recurring characters in serial TV have gone through menopause? I never saw much of All in the Family, but I seem to remember there being quite a sensation when Edith faced it (was she the first to do so on TV?)
I imagine that one of the ladies in Cagney & Lacey (probably the latter) might’ve gone through it, but I can’t be sure. And Selma on The Simpsons went to China to adopt Ling when she learned she had reached that stage in life and could no longer have kids.
Can anyone think of any other examples?