Here's one thing Hollywood gets right about motherhood: moms don't get the respect they deserve!
Just think about it. On every TV show, when it's time to solve a problem or learn an important life lesson, the mom is usually the person in charge.
No matter what era you grew up in, the airwaves probably featured plenty of bold, inspiring, and seriously funny mothers.
Everyone will tell you their mom is the best, but these 21 TV mothers deserve an honorable mention.
1. Lucy Ricardo - I Love Lucy
Lucille Ball paved the way for other TV moms by insisting on making her real life pregnancy part of I Love Lucy.
At the time, network censors wouldn't even let her say the word "pregnant," but Lucy insisted on making her growing family part of the show.
While Lucy's and Ricky's antics stole the show, her love for Little Ricky shone through in all their scenes.
2. Samatha Stevens - Bewitched
Samantha and Darrin's relationship proved that all couples deal with the same problems.
Child raising, balancing work and home life, dealing with in-laws, and magical hijinks were part of every young couple's day-to-day life in the '60s, right?
3. Wilma - The Flintstones
If it wasn't for Wilma, this classic family cartoon would never have lasted six seasons.
Nobody but Wilma could be as patient with Fred as she was, and all while raising Pebbles using stone age technology too!
4. Lois Wilkerson - Malcolm in the Middle
While other shows featured perfect, happy families, Malcolm in the Middle was more realistic.
And Lois, the show's domineering but caring mom, was definitely true to life.
Yes, she was tough. But only because she worked long shifts at the Lucky Aid before coming home to total chaos every single day.
5. Rebecca Pearson - This is Us
Right now, no TV show can make us cry quite like This is Us. Through heartbreak and tragedy, Rebecca has done an incredible job raising her three kids.
We don't know what's in store for the Pearsons next season, but we just hope Rebecca makes it out alive!
6. Amy Matthews - Boy Meets World
One of the best parts about this long-lasting ABC sitcom was watching the Matthews family grow and change.
Amy and her husband Alan welcomed a fourth child, while Cory and Eric moved out to live on their own.
But throughout the series, Amy's love and care for her kids was always a big part of the show.
7. Peggy Bundy - Married With Children
Let's face it, not every mother is cut out for housework, and not every father is a handsome and successful. The Bundys made it work anyways.
You have to admire the way Peggy ruled the roost, spent every dime of Al's salary from the shoe store, and raised two teenagers while keeping her beehive hairdo in perfect shape.
8. June Cleaver - Leave it to Beaver
There have been plenty of TV housewives through the decades, but none of them could hold a candle to June Cleaver.
Every episode she managed to have dinner on the table and a few handy pearls of wisdom for her boys.
Did you know her signature scarves, collars and necklaces were used to disguise a surgical scar on Barbara Billingsley's neck?
9. Rainbow Johnson - Blackish
In the tradition of so many classic TV moms, Bow balances her job as an anesthesiologist while bringing up four kids and keeping her husband, Dre, in line.
She's is the first one to nurture her family members when they need support, or set them straight when they step out of line.
10. Debra Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond
Living across the street from your in-laws sounds like a horror story, not the premise for a TV sitcom. But Debra managed to make it work.
With three kids to wrangle and all of Ray's hijinks to put up with, they should have called this show Everybody Loves Debra.
11. Vivian Banks - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Whether you're more attached to Old Viv or New Viv, she stood out from other TV moms for her devotion to her family.
Vivian didn't just look out for her three children (who could each be a handful), she also welcomed her nephew Will into her home, and helped him sort out his problems.
Plus, she had killer dancing skills.
12. Morticia Addams - The Addams Family
As much as we like to judge and mom shame, every family is different.
The fact is, Morticia knew just how to take care of her homicidal kids and keep her macabre husband happy. So what if her mansion has a few cobwebs hanging around?
You may argue it's unhealthy to let your kids keep dragons and lions in the house, but who are we to judge?
13. Lorelai GIlmore - The Gilmore Girls
There aren't very many single moms on TV, and even fewer who are as close to their children as Lorelai is to Rory.
Gilmore Girls fans definitely dreamed of having a parent as cool as her, but honestly trading witty banter over breakfast every day would get exhausting quickly.
14. Carol Brady - The Brady Bunch
We all know the story of this lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. The only thing harder than being a single mom to three kids is raising six of them - even with a housekeeper.
But despite life's challenges, Carol always had a smile on her face. Her only fault was getting a little too cozy with one of her costars.
15. Claire Dunphy - Modern Family
Real moms know that, no matter how much you love your family, sometimes they're wrong and you need to tell them.
Claire is never afraid to speak her mind and is lightning quick with her sarcasm, which is great because she cuts through a lot of the Dunphy family's nonsense.
16. Marion Cunningham - Happy Days
Okay, so she was a bit of an airhead, but so was everyone on this show if we're being honest.
Marion had heart to spare and plenty of smart advice for her children, which is what really counts.
Oh, and she let Fonzie stay over the garage for free, which was very cool of her.
17. Clair Huxtable - The Cosby Show
And attorney and a mother of five? Clair could do it all.
While Cliff's fatherly advice to Theo and his other children is what most people remember about the show, Clair was the one working behind the scenes to keep the Huxtable household running like clockwork.
18. Caroline Ingalls - Little House on the Prairie
You can argue about which mom on this list had it the toughest, but Caroline did it all without electricity.
The Ingalls family were on the brink of starvation and poverty in plenty of episodes, and Caroline was usually the one to save the day.
19. Jane Villanueva - Jane the Vrigin
Jane is in a league of her own when it comes to TV moms. She's a single, working parent, and also religious, Latina, and a virgin (duh).
In spite of all the crazy ups and downs of her soap opera-inspired life, Jane handles all of the chaos gracefully - like a good mom should.
20. Roseanne Conner - Roseanne
Lately Roseanne has been under fire for her parenting choices in the show's revival, but the original series was very relatable.
Roseanne featured one of TV's few blue collar families, and the Conners were very down-to-earth.
That went double for Roseanne herself: she wasn't sugary sweet like most TV moms, but you could tell she loved her family.
21. Marge Simpson - The Simpsons
I think a lot of moms know just how Marge feels on the average episode of The Simpsons. They feel like the well-adjusted and sensible voice in their crazy family.
Marge is the person Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie depend on to keep their family on the straight and narrow.
All that and she has great hair.
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