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Celebrate Mother’s Day with these 20 awesome TV moms

Mother’s Day is almost here - Sunday, May 12 to be exact. What better way to celebrate the special day that recognizes moms and all mother-figures than by honoring some of our favorite TV moms? Here are just a few, so if we left out some of your favorites let us know!


1. Kristina Braverman

Monica Potter as Kristina Braverman on Parenthood

Actress: Monica Potter

Show: Parenthood

Kristina Braverman is definitely the ultimate mom. From supporting her autistic son to dealing with breast cancer to ensuring her entire family has her full attention, Kristina constantly puts her family ahead of herself.


2. Donna Stone

Donna Reed as Donna Stone on The Donna Reed Show

Actress: Donna Reed

Show: The Donna Reed Show

Back in the late ‘50s, Donna Reed fans praised the actress for her role as housewife Donna Stone. Not only did she have a loving relationship with her hubby and children, but she also made time to volunteer and serve time as a nurse.


3. Debra Barone

Patricia Heaton as Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond

Actress: Patricia Heaton

Show: Everybody Loves Raymond

She might not have been a great cook, except for her famous lemon chicken, and she might not have been great at housekeeping, but Debra Barone was a good mother and loving wife.Technically, she had four kids to take care of if you count her child of a husband.


4. Lorelai Gilmore

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls

Actress: Lauren Graham

Show: Gilmore Girls

As a single mother, Lorelai went above and beyond to ensure her daughter, Rory, had the best life possible. They were extremely close, and at times they seemed more like sisters than mother and daughter.


5. Claire Matthews

Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews on The Following

Actress: Natalie Zea

Show: The Following

Talk about a kickass mom. In addition to trying to keep her son out of harms way - from her serial killer ex-husband - Claire Matthews risks her life to save the lives of others, but most importantly to keep her son young and innocent.


6. Carol Brady

Florence Henderson as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch

Actress: Florence Henderson

Show: The Brady Bunch

After marrying Mike Brady, Carol took on her mom duties full force. In addition to her three daughters, she adopted Mike’s three sons and treated them no differently than her own biological children.


7. Riley Parks

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks on The Client List

Actress: Jennifer Love Hewitt

Show: The Client List

After her husband abandons his family, Riley is strapped for cash and finds the best job possible to provide for her two children. At a massage parlor, she performs not the cleanest of duties by giving “extras” to special clients. She’s definitely not your average mom.


8. Reba Hart

Reba McEntire as Reba Hart on Reba

Actress: Reba McEntire

Show: Reba

As the theme song says, Reba was a survivor. She learned how to be a single mom to her three children, after her husband’s affair and after getting his mistress pregnant. If that wasn’t enough, her 16-year-old daughter also got pregnant. Reba’s plate was always full.


9. Clair Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show

Actress: Phylicia Rashad

Show: The Cosby Show

Claire Huxtable had a house full - her husband and five children - but that didn’t stop her from being a successful lawyer and a successful mother at the same time. She took working mom to a whole new level.


10. Ashley Marin

Laura Leighton as Ashley Marin on Pretty Little Liars

Actress: Laura Leighton

Show: Pretty Little Liars

She’s definitely a loving mother who gets into all types of shenanigans with her daughter. From stealing money to sleeping with a detective to keep her daughter out of jail to almost killing that same cop, Ashley Marin doesn’t have the best track record, but it’s all for her kid.


11. Mary Winchester

Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester on Supernatural

Actress: Samantha Smith

Show: Supernatural

Sam and Dean Winchester got into the hunting business because of their mother’s death. Even though Mary’s not on the series often, she is always in the back of her sons minds pushing them to do the right thing and to fight evil.


12. Marie Barone

Doris Roberts as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond

Actress: Doris Roberts

Show: Everybody Loves Raymond

She’s the overbearing mother who still sees her grown sons as little boys. Marie is best known for constantly getting in the way of her daughter-in-law’s, Debra Barone, parenting and housewife duties. Her mothering never ends.


13. June Cleaver

Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver

Actress: Barbara Billingsley

Show: Leave It to Beaver

June Cleaver was your typical ‘60s housewife running the Cleaver household. In between cooking and cleaning, June taught her sons, Wally and Beaver, how to be moral and ethical.


14. Karen Roe

Moira Kelly as Karen Roe on One Tree Hill

Actress: Moira Kelly

Show: One Tree Hill

The best thing that came from Karen sleeping with burly jerk Dan Scott is her son, Lucas. She raised him herself, and they had a strong mother-son relationship. Karen never failed to teach Lucas right from wrong.


15. Claire Dunphy

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family

Actress: Julie Bowen

Show: Modern Family

Sometimes Claire has an unconventional way of getting the point across to her kids, and even her husband, Phil. She uses tricks, jokes and at times fake scenarios to illustrate the right way, aka the Claire way, to correctly live their lives.


16. Elyse Keaton

Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton on Family Ties

Actress: Meredith Baxter

Show: Family Ties

The Keaton’s were a favorite family in the ‘80s. Matriarch Elyse, a liberal and former hippie, had her work cut out for her. Not only did she manage her four kids and family life, but she also managed her work-from-home job as an architect.


17. Allison Dubois

Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois on Medium

Actress: Patricia Arquette

Show: Medium

Some might say Allison Dubois was an out of this world mom; after all she was psychic. In between helping the police catch murderers, Allison acted as wife and mother. She also had to teach her daughters how to cope with the “gift” they inherited from her.


18. Annie Camden

Catherine Hicks as Annie Camden on 7th Heaven

Actress: Catherine Hicks

Show: 7th Heaven

Annie Camden definitely had her hands full with a house of seven children. As a stay-at-home mom, Annie integrated morals, ethics, values and religion into her kids lives, even though at times they didn’t always listen.


19. Jill Taylor

Patricia Richardson as Jill Taylor on Home Improvement

Actress: Patricia Richardson

Show: Home Improvement

As the only woman of the Michigan household, Jill dealt daily with male testosterone, but that never stopped her from speaking her opinion or giving her three sons a talking to. She was the voice of reason for the Taylor’s.


20. Sophia Petrillo

Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls

Actress: Estelle Getty

Show: The Golden Girls

Last, but definitely not least, we have Sophia Petrillo. She’s known for giving daughter Dorothy a hard time about men and her “manly looks,” but one thing remains true is that she held immense love for her “Pussycat.”


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