In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite television mom’s who hold our favorite (and dysfunctional) TV families together. Of course, nothing compares to my own mother, but these fictional moms have definitely taught me a thing or two about love, laughter and and hardships. So, let’s step inside the world of television and reminisce:
1. Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
One half of the ultimate TV parents, Claire Huxtable was the holy grail of moms. She was the kind of mom who played pranks on her children to teach them lessons and would dance and sing down the stairs with you for fun. She was totally cool and mothered everyone who walked in her door.
2. Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch)
As one of the most famous TV moms of all time, Carol Brady held a household of six kids (with the help of Alice, of course) together. This bunch was definitely one well-behaved and happy family with this mom leading the way.
3. Haley James Scott (One Tree Hill)
Throughout the nine year show run, we followed Haley through her teenage years and into motherhood. Not a surprise to any Tree Hill fan, but Haley ended up being the world’s greatest mother, bringing up little Jamie Scott to nodoubtedly be the world’s greatest man!
4. Grams (Dawson’s Creek)
The Grandmother, guardian, care taker and ultimate advice giver of troubled teen Jen Lindley. Throughout the years she became a grandmother to all the Creek kids, even moving to college with them. She’d give you sex advice while baking you a cake. There is no cooler Grandmother out there!
5. Aunt Becky (Full House)
Okay, so Aunt Becky wasn’t a mom to DJ, Stephanie and Michelle, but she was the most loving Aunt ever. She did go on to become a mother of her own with the ever sexy Uncle Jessie. But, to me, she’ll always be Aunt Becky (minus the Rippers)!
6. Kirsten Cohen (The O.C.)
She’s the mom of the fast-talking and witty Seth Cohen. She took in Ryan Atwood, a brooding, kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and treated him like her own. Sure, she might like her occasional glass of Vodka. Or 10. But, hey, everyone has their problems. And she never stopped loving her boys!
7. Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
She was a mom and a best friend. Being such a young mom, she struggled through life right alongside her daughter, but always did the best job at steering Rory in the right direction. And, who doesn’t want their mom to date a Cafe owner? Free breakfast!
8. Amy Matthews (Boy Meets World)
She raised Cory Matthews. Need I say more? And if that isn’t enough, she also raised a son who once changed his name to “Plays With Squirrels”. She did something right!
9. Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
She doesn’t always get it right, and makes many (albeit hilarious) mistakes. But, the point is she tries. And always comes from a loving place.
10. Kitty Forman (That 70’s Show)
Just the sheer sound of her laugh is enough for anyone to want her to be their mom. The shows matriacrch was good at taking care of everyone: her husband, two kids, and all their pot-smoking friends. She even enjoyed a little “special brownie” every now and then!