15 Best TV Moms

Whether they had you laughing or crying, there's something special about these 15 TV moms that made us wish we were a part of their families.

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    Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

    She's not like a regular mom; she's a cool mom. Lorelai is the ultimate friend to her daughter, Rory. Their wit and banter is a love language any mother-daughter duo would want.

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    Tami Taylor (Connie Britton), Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

    Hey y'all, Tami Taylor is a great mom not just to her girls, but to all of the students at Dillon High. Not afraid to offer advice to her family and friends, she meddles because she cares, and she's always a supporter of dreams and ambitions. Everyone takes her luscious locks and stylish aviators seriously.

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    Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad), The Cosby Show (1984-1992)

    Clair is the perfect balance of elegance and toughness. She's both book-smart and street-smart. This matriarch can hold her own in a discussion with her husband or children, but also laugh it up with her hilarious family.

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    Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter), Parenthood (2010-Present)

    The epitome of unconditional love, she's the constant champion of her teenage daughter and autistic son. Her continual well of love helps her, like any mother, as she frets, cries, and gracefully stumbles through the difficulties of parenting. Kristina's cancer scare only makes her more lovable as her family glimpses all that they stand to lose.

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    Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern), Downton Abbey (2010-Present)

    Putting the lady in ladyship, she stays classy through drama and scandal. She's supremely loyal to her financially unfortunate husband and her headstrong daughters. Cora is not just a lady of leisure; she's a peacemaker and mediator for her daughters.

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    Carol Lambert (Suzanne Somers) Step by Step (1991-1998)

    Trying to blend families is no small order. When Carol gives her quotable cry of "Frank!" to her husband, it's clear she's going to get frank about the best ways to lovingly integrate the two groups. A modern-day Carol Brady, she has great hair, and is a salon owner to prove it.

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    Peggy Bundy (Katey Sagal), Married With Children (1987-1997)

    At times it may be questionable whether she loves her children as much as she does her stiletto heels and spandex, but Peggy puts the fun in dysfunctional. She's a lackluster housewife with a wicked shopping habit. Underneath that teased red 'fro, though, is a heart that not only wants to buy gold, but is gold, and she has a genuine love for her family.

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    Carol Brady (Florence Henderson), The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

    Here's the story of a lovely lady who is an iconic American mother with a famous haircut and a trademark smile. She delivers her mothering pearls of wisdom with love. She makes raising six kids look easy, especially when aided by a trusty housekeeper.

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    Estelle Constanza (Estelle Harris), Seinfeld (1989-1998)

    Her screech could stop traffic, but it usually falls on deaf ears when she's offering advice to her son, George. Melodramatic, meddlesome, and moody, she's not a mom known for her perma- smile, or any smile, for that matter. But her overbearing ways are not without some reason and it's hard not to love this stereotypical sitcom mom.

  • Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), Modern Family (2009-Present)

    Never has a controlling and often uptight mom been so likeable, trying to make up for her wild teenage years by bossily guiding her four children (husband included) to make responsible decisions. Claire's deadpan sarcasm gets her through the daily family shenanigans. She has just the right amount of motherly crazy town to keep her kids (and the audience) coming back for more.

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    Becky Katsopolis (Lori Loughlin), Full House (1987-1995)

    First appearing as Danny Tanner's morning show co-host, Becky marries into Tanner's family, mothering his girls and eventually her own twins. She's compassionate, understanding, and successful, an excellent role model for the motherless Tanner girls. Plus, the love between her and Jesse makes everyone want to say, "Haaaave mercy!"

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    Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle), Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)

    Mothering seven kids is not for the faint of heart. Mothering seven kids on a prairie, before modern conveniences? Sainthood. A tireless worker, Caroline Ingalls kept it all together amidst frontier life.

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    Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp), That '70s Show (1998-2006)

    She's sweeter than sugar and the perpetual smile on her face isn't a façade. Kitty embraces all the teenagers in the neighborhood, showering them with treats and sunbeams of well-intentioned wisdom. She's a quirky character with an insanely infectious laugh and the occasionally hilarious potty mouth, so it's no surprise all her kids' friends wanted to hang at her house.

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    Reba Hart (Reba McEntire), Reba (2001-2007)

    She's a single mom who works too hard, loves her kids, and never slows down. Reba's life is a soap opera, albeit a comedic one, with a cheating ex-husband, his newly impregnated wife, and her own pregnant teenage daughter turned pregnant teenage bride. She may be sarcastic, but her love for her family, and the family that unexpectedly lands in her lap, runs deep.

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    Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey's Anatomy (2005-Present)

    Meredith overcomes her fear of being like her cold, workaholic, absentee mother, and this formerly dark intern becomes an affectionate and doting mother. She and her husband, Derek Shepherd (better known as McDreamy), adopt Zola, an orphaned baby from Malawi; later, Meredith gives birth to a son. Not one to always follow the rules, she breaks them only when doing so will leave others better than she found them, especially her children -- or her patients, who are like her children.

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