30+ Iconic and Memorable Moms from Our Favorite TV Shows

Peggy Bundy

Peggy from Married … With Children was not your average TV mom. TV moms in the 80s were always perfect with their caring character, yummy foods, and loving nature. At that moment, Peggy came with a completely opposite and unlikeable side.

Peggy Bundy

She was rude, lazy, and selfish at times. We guess this is what made her so iconic and lovable. With amazing hair, she wasn’t only the best mom but also a great TV character.

Clair Huxtable

Clair Huxtable – the full-time mom with a full-time job. A woman juggling her successful career as a lawyer along with her family isn’t something you would see in shows of that time.

Clair Huxtable

However, the mom of the Huxtable clan had it all and she juggled everything like a boss. She raised a beautiful family that adored her. She really was a role model. Clair Huxtable was played by Phylicia Rashad in The Cosby Show.

Nancy Botwin

Moms – they put their lives in danger for us. However, there are some moms like Nancy who are a bit different. Nancy from Weeds, a widowed suburban mom turned to a substances business to raise her children.

Nancy Botwin

As she progressed and got to the bigger picture, she couldn’t turn back. Her way to raise her boys wasn’t the ideal one. She realized with time; more power means more problems. Mary-Louise Parker played this role.

Rainbow Johnson

How can we forget Rainbow Johnson, the pillar of the Johnson family from Black-ish? Rainbow Johnson was played by none other than Tracee Ellis Ross. Rainbow had to deal with her hypersensitive husband Andre Johnson, her in-laws and their shenanigans, and her crazy neighbors all while raising five children who one by one went through puberty.

Rainbow Johnson

Oh, did we mention she was a doctor? Rainbow Johnson never backed down from her challenges. She was a supportive, loving, and open-minded mom who let her children explore the world on their terms.

Claire Dunphy

Claire Dunphy portrayed by Julie Brown is the matriarch of the Dunphy clan. Claire, the mom in Modern Family dedicated her life to raising her children. She did re-join the workforce later. Claire had to deal with a wild teenager, an overachiever but not-so-social daughter, and a troublemaker goofy son.

Claire Dunphy

She did have many meltdowns on the show, she made mistakes but she really did everything for her kids. She loved them more than anything and pushed them to be their best.

Lois

Lois is the hot-headed member of the family in Malcolm in the Middle. She is a decisive and slightly ill-tempered woman. All these are owed to her four destructive boys who need to be kept in check throughout.

Lois

Lois is in battle every day with her boys. Aside from her being outspoken, she is a great mom who wants to provide a better life for her boys. She manages a house with her four boys, and she also has a job. Jane Kaczmarek played the role of Lois.

Edith Bunker

Edith Bunker is another iconic 70s mom from the show All in the family. She did a phenomenal role dealing with her hot-headed husband, Archie. She was also an incredible mom to her daughter, Gloria.

Edith Bunker

Edith focused all her energy on keeping her family safe and protected. Her daughter often relied on her to put a unique perspective on her problems, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. Jean Stapleton added all the love and warmth into the character.

Lorelai Gilmore

With all the perfect moms on TV, Lorelai from Gilmore Girls made a place in everyone’s heart with her mistakes, vulnerabilities, wit, and humor. This character was portrayed by Lauren Graham. Moms and people outside the TV set related to her.

Lorelai Gilmore

She, a single mom raised a witty and smart girl, Rory. She wasn’t afraid to make a mistake or show her weak points. This is what made her so relatable. She showed that moms are human beings too.

Catelyn Stark

Lady Catelyn Stark was the wife of Ned Stark who was the Head of House Stark. Catelyn had five children – Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. Catelyn had some political influence over her husband.

Catelyn Stark

She was a great mom to her children. One such instance of that is when the war broke loose in Westeros. Catelyn would do anything to protect her children. This iconic role was played by Michelle Fairly in the iconic Game of Thrones.

Carmela Soprano

It is not easy being a mob’s wife. Nevertheless, Carmela played by Edie Falco did it with grace. From the show, The Sopranos, we see that she married her high school sweetheart Tony.

Carmela Soprano

She had two children whom she raised all while dealing with her husband and his crimes. She was a supportive and loving mother to her two children. Though she had her fair share of rocky moments with her children, it’s a part of being a mom, right?

Rebecca Pearson

Rebecca Pearson is a great mom to her triplets. Rebecca has gone through many difficult times in her life. She had to endure financial difficulty, her husband’s over-consumption issue, and his sudden demise. However, she stayed strong for her children.

Rebecca Pearson

She guided her children from adolescence to adult while dealing with their different problems. Rebecca also had to deal with issues of her own. She made mistakes but never really gave up. Mandy Moore portrayed the character really well in This is Us.

Carol Brady

Carol Brady was the matriarch of The Brady Bunch who told the story of a blended family in the ’60s. Carol Brady worked on keeping her blended family with six children together under all the adjustments, resentments, and rivalries.

Carol Brady

It’s not an easy job to keep six children together. It included a lot of challenges which made the role iconic. Florence Henderson did the role justice. She was phenomenal in the series.

Kitty Forman

Kitty Forman, the sweetest mom you can ever find (excluding her outbursts during her menopause stage). She is a nurturing figure to her son and his friends. Kitty’s over nurturing her son Eric is often disapproved by her ill-tempered husband, Red Forman.

Kitty Forman

Kitty is a cheerful and doting figure who loves her children more than anything. She also plays a big role in Eric’s friend’s life. Debra Jo Rupp did the role justice in That 70’s Show.

Selina Meyer

Selina Meyer played the role of the first woman vice president of the United States in the series Veep. Selina was a mom to her daughter, Catherine. As successful as she was in her career, she was not that successful in her role as a mom. She never had any time for her daughter.

Selina Meyer

She was always busy achieving her goals. It’s not an easy road to the White House. This role was played by none other than Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Mindy Lahiri

Mindy Lahiri played by Mindy Kaling represents a single mom who is trying to balance her professional life and personal life. Mindy from The Mindy Project is an OB/GYN. She is surrounded by her quirky colleagues and family members.

Mindy Lahiri

Amidst all this craziness, Mindy is raising her baby Leo. She is trying to become a functional mom to her baby which is hard with everything that goes on around her surroundings. However, we do appreciate her trying and doing everything she can for her child.

Teresa Giudice

We have Teresa Giudice from the reality show The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Teresa has four daughters. She is not the best mother to her daughters. However, there is no doubt that she loves them unconditionally.

Teresa Giudice

Teresa leads a very extravagant life. She is associated with legal and financial troubles. Moreover, she is also a celebrated cookbook author. With all these, it is not really possible to give time to her daughters.

Violet Crawley

Violet Crawley is the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey. Violet is played by Maggie Smith. She wants the best for her family. So, she doesn’t back down from meddling in her children’s life. She is very vocal.

Violet Crawley

She always speaks what’s on her mind which doesn’t always give good results. Violet is set in her traditional thinking and she does things according to her way. It does sometimes clash with other people.

Jessica Huang

Played by Constance Wu, in Fresh off the Boat, Jessica Huang is a mother of strict discipline. She wants the best for her three boys. Jessica is outspoken and is not to be meddled with. She goes all out for her family.

Jessica Huang

She is frugal. Sometimes her frugality habits go a little extreme. Jessica has to deal with her rebellious son Eddie, and a sarcastic mother-in-law. Jessica wants her boys to succeed in life. She takes it very seriously.

Lucille Bluth

Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development is probably the worst mom you can find. She is seen constantly insulting and putting down her children. She always puts her needs before. In this pursuit, she doesn’t back down to manipulate her children.

Lucille Bluth

She turns them against each other. She has completely ruined her youngest son’s life by turning him into a dependent man-child. The role is played by Jessica Walter. She did a great job in this.

Bonnie Plunkett

Bonnie Plunkett from Mom is not the best mom. She had a difficult childhood growing in foster homes. She became a teenage mom. However, in the show, she sobered up and got in back with her estranged daughter.

Bonnie Plunkett

Bonnie truly cares about her daughter but her fight with addiction does make her do some weird things. She, along with her daughter, tries to build a stable life for them and Christy’s children. Allison Janney is the person behind this character.

Beverly Goldberg

Played by Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beverly Goldberg tells the story of a very overprotective and overbearing mother in The Goldbergs family. Beverly has three children – Erica, Barry, and Adam. She constantly embarrasses them.

Beverly Goldberg

Beverly doesn’t want her children to be independent and leave the house for which she often clashes with her husband Murray, who wants the opposite. Beverly snoops into her children’s lives as she wants to be included in everything. The children, however, demand the opposite.

Roseanne Conner

Roseanne Conner is a strong and controlling mom who wants nothing but the best for her children. Roseanne and her husband work extremely hard to provide a stable life for the children. They struggle with financial difficulties at times but she gets in the spirit.

Roseanne Conner

She has a strong presence in her children’s lives even though she works full time. The children do not always enjoy her meddling, though. Roseanne Barr does the role justice with her fabulous acting in Roseanne.

Rachel Green

We all know the iconic Rachel Green from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Rachel had a daughter Emma. Rachel was not very maternal and lacked maternal instincts which made her worry if she would be a good mom during her pregnancy.

Rachel Green

However, with the birth of her daughter, she stepped up and grew into a loving and caring mother for her daughter. Rachel made mistakes but she made a quick effort to fix those. She proved to be a great mom.

Bonnie Wheeler

Bonnie was a loud, dramatic but also loving and caring mom. She had two sons – Danny and Ben. She loved her boys and was always there in their hard times. She fixed their problems. Bonnie helped her son become a professional hockey player.

Bonnie Wheeler

She also tried to keep her younger son, Ben, on a straight path but failed many times. Bonnie would do anything for her children. She is not someone to be messed with. Melissa Peterman played the role of Bonnie in Baby Daddy.

Sophia Petrillo

Who doesn’t love Sophia from Golden Girls? We know where Dorothy gets all that humor from. Sophia has three children – Dorothy, Gloria, and Phil. Apart from her sarcastic comments, Sophia shares a great bond with her daughter, Dorothy.

Sophia Petrillo

She is also a maternal figure to Blanche and Rose. They are often comforted by her. She provides them with wisdom and support when needed. The girls often seek and follow her advice.

Judy Geller

Judy Geller was the mother of Ross and Monica Geller from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Judy is a great mom; however, she prefers Ross more. She is quite open about it.

Judy Geller

She constantly criticizes her daughter for not having a boyfriend, her ears, and many other things. Judy, however, played a great role in pushing her children to the best. She had to deal with a nerdy kid Ross and an overweight teenage Monica. Christina Pickles portrayed the role perfectly.

Rose Weissman

Rose Weissman is the mother of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Rose cares deeply about her physical appearance and she taught her daughter Miriam the same. She is superstitious. She is often worried about her daughter Miriam and her marriage.

Rose Weissman

She has to deal with a very hotheaded husband, Abe. Rose disapproves of her daughter’s career in comedy. She wants her to settle down with a man. Rose Weissman is portrayed by Marin Hinkle.

Joyce Byers

Joyce Byers is literally the best mom out there. She finds her son from a parallel universe and would travel there to save him. She is all ready to fight any demon out there is a completely different dimension for her son.

Joyce Byers

While everyone has given up hope, Joyce remained positive. She communicated with her son through Christmas lights and at last, found him. Winona Ryder portrayed the role of Joyce Byers in Stranger Things.

Marge Simpson

Marge Simpson is a typical TV mom. Guiding her family for more than 30 years, Marge from The Simpsons is always found in the list of top TV moms. Marge has three children, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.

Marge Simpson

She always tries to guide her family to the right path and often lays the final ground in important matters. For more than 30 years, Marge has been a moralistic and maternalistic character in her fan’s lives.

Tami Taylor

Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights was really a perfect mom. She was a mother to half the students in her high school along with her children, Julie and Gracie. She guided them towards a bright future.

Tami Taylor

She had to deal with her teenage daughter and we can say that she was great. She helped kids from the high – school by saving them from getting abused, opening her home to them. She really was an angel for them.

Jane Villanueva

The start of motherhood for Jane from Jane, the Virgin was rocky, shocking, and not ordinary. She got impregnated through accidental insemination. However, she turned out to be a great son for her son Mateo. She had to juggle a lot of issues.

Jane Villanueva

Her son got kidnapped soon after birth and she had to deal with that. Jane was a loving mother to her son while dealing with her crazy family, estranged father, boyfriend, baby daddy, murderers, and her unstable career in writing. Gina Rodriguez did a great job.

Temperance Brennan

Temperance from Bones was an anthropologist. She had to deal with many issues with her child, to which people outside the screen related. Temperance struggled with child care problems as she rejoined her work.

Temperance Brennan

She dealt with a different set of problems after the birth of her child. The problems seemed far solvable by an anthropologist. However, she came through. The role was portrayed by Emily Deschanel. She did great work on this.

Ruth Fisher

Ruth is the widowed matriarch of the fish family in Six Feet Under. She is not very well-mannered. She helps her children keep their family business at hand.

Ruth Fisher

She has to deal with many problems at her home and with her children. She doesn’t have the best choice in men. Ruth has her children’s best interests at heart. She wants them to stay well in this world. Frances Conroy played the role of Ruth Fisher.

Linda Belcher

Linda is by far the best-animated mom. She is a carefree spirit who loves her family. Her heart and soul are in the burger joint that she and her husband run together. Linda also has to manage her three children, Tina, Gene, and Louise.

Linda Belcher

Her most loving and annoying habits include making up and singing random songs, irritating her family for no absolute reason. She really is the one of best characters in Bob’s Burgers.

Gloria Pritchett

Gloria Pritchett from Modern Family is a loud outspoken mom. She is a loving mom to her boys – Manny Delgado and Joe Pritchett. She often coddles her sons for which she is criticized by her husband and other people.

Gloria Pritchett

She loves her children very much and would go to extreme lengths for them. She wants to be always included in her children’s life so she can shield them from getting hurt. She has a hard time letting go.