In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of the best moms on TV.
Reba Hart, Reba
This single mom is a survivor, and does she know it. She works way too hard to support her kids, taking care of everyone and staying in control during the toughest situations. Sensible but sarcastic, this lady will fight for those she cares about, and even bite those who cross her. Jokingly, of course.
Jill Taylor, Home Improvement
Jill Taylor may not be the best cook but she’s definitely earned her spot in this list. Not only does she serve as the voice of reason for her husband and children, she also proves that she can happily manage her family as a typical housewife or even as a successfully career woman.
Gloria Delgado Pritchett, Modern Family
It takes a special kind of mom to raise a precocious kid like Manny. And while she’s a horrible driver, she knows her son better than anybody in the world and she supports him in whatever outrageous pursuit he sets his sights on. She’s also a knockout.
Roseanne Harris Conner, Roseanne
Roseanne is bossy, loud and controlling. But as a mother, she works hard and devotes as much as time as she can for her kids Becky, Darlene, D.J. and Jerry.
Martha Kent, Smallville
If Martha Kent didn’t save baby Kal-El from that meteor shower, we wouldn’t have Superman to save the world. Her objective thinking influenced this would-be hero and her teachings made him embrace his powers as well. Her love for Clark even got her to overcome his Kryptonite-addled state, raising him to become a selfless and hardworking young man.
Nora Walker, Brothers and Sisters
It’s taxing to handle drama in a family, especially when your husband cheated on you and eventually died, leaving five kids in your care. But Nora Walker has remained strong throughout every ordeal, be it politics or romance. What’s more, she has developed a close and trusting bond with her children – a feat difficult to achieve these days.
Marge Simpson, The Simpsons
Not all moms can pose for Playboy, land on the cover and still be home in time to cook a feast for a gluttonous husband. Marge Simpson puts up with everything that Homer and their children do, even when they neglect her. This makes her the epitome of patience and good values among the Springfield community, just as long as you don’t let her near a casino.
Hilda Suarez, Ugly Betty
Appearances aren’t the only thing concerning Hilda Suarez, since she displays a good deal of inner beauty too. She’s extremely protective of her loved ones, going to great lengths just to keep them away from harm. Despite her many failed relationships with men, there’s really only one relationship that really matters to her: with her family.
Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch
Carol Brady will always be known as the matriarch of TV’s hippest family. She’s cool, sympathetic and has no qualms about raising three sons that aren’t even her own. And according to our Facebook follower Roxanne Brower, “that’s a lot of male testosterone to handle.”
Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
Witty, quirky and intensely independent, Lorelai Gilmore is as great a mother to Rory as she is horrible to her own. She agreed on “Friday night dinners” just so her kid can attend an expensive private school. At the end of the day, she is just the best friend her daughter can ever have.
Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is not all about football. One of its most beloved characters Tami Taylor proves that. Mrs. Coach, as the Dillon Panthers call her, is the wife of Coach Eric and mother of Julie. She is often the voice of reason and a willing sub for a father who may not be always present in the show’s nuclear household.
Lois, Malcolm in the Middle
Lois may often come across as a villain on Malcolm in the Middle but that’s just because she’s a no-nonsense mother who only wants what’s the best for children, even if it means sending them to military school.
Kitty Forman, That ’70s Show
It takes a lot to live with a grumpy husband, a smart-aleck son and a promiscuous daughter but Kitty Forman does her best to be a cheerful doting mother that provides the coziest home—complete with homemade apple pies and sandwiches.
Caroline Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie
Not all mothers can chop wood, milk cows and maintain a happy household all at the same time but Caroline Ingalls proved she can. She also manages to find good in everyone—a quality that isn’t that common nowadays.
Clair Huxtable, Cosby Show
According to Facebook follower Shannon Williams, Claire Huxtable is “loving, but definitely didn’t take any crap from the husband or kids!”