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13 Best TV and Movie Moms

From Marge Simpson to Mrs. Gump, these TV and movie moms give us even more reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day.

These memorable movie and TV moms have made us laugh (and cry) over the years. They've entertained and inspired us, and at times even taught us. Through silly classic sitcoms to animated adventures and beyond, here are some of our favorite moms from screens big and small. Happy Mother's Day to all!

Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch
The ever-chipper matriarch of a large blended family, Carol Brady became an icon of the '70s while raising six happy kids.
 

Claire Dunphy and Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family
There's never a dull moment in these modern mamas' households, as they juggle the realities of 21st century life with flexibility, stamina, and always humor.  
 

Queen Elinor, Brave
With a headstrong teenage daughter to raise, Elinor manages the incredible task of loving, guiding, and also valuing young Merida's opinions, mostly while she's in the form of a fierce bear.

Lorelai Gilmore, The Gilmore Girls
The close friendship this wisecracking young mom has with her teen daughter inspires openness and honesty.
 

Mrs. Gump, Forrest Gump
This mom's unconditional love incites her son to believe in himself and achieve amazing things.
 

Elyse Keaton, Family Ties
This liberal ex-hippie raised four kids while working as a self-employed architect during the dawn of the Reagan years -- and she never loses her cool.
 

Helen Parr, The Incredibles
Helen is the ultimate supermom. She's smart, capable, loving, and will do anything to help and protect her family, even if it means using her elastic powers and jet-flying skills to rescue her husband and children from evil villains.

Rochelle Rock, Everybody Hates Chris
She may be loud and unafraid of lobbing a saucy comeback, but Rochelle is also fiercely protective of her kids and sincerely cares about them and their future.
 

Marge Simpson, The Simpsons
For 25 years, America's blue-haired sweetheart has been a rock to her perpetually young kids -- and her husband, too.
 

Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights
This small town Texan is a titan of motherhood. With a busy marriage, vibrant career, and two daughters many years apart, she still opens her house and arms to any teen who lands on her doorstep.

Leigh Anne Tuohy, The Blind Side
The Southern firecracker with a heart of gold sure loves football, but her family always comes first.
 

Maria Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This proud Greek mother encourages and supports her daughter's decisions regarding career, love, and life -- even when they differ culturally.
 

Sierra Filucci, Executive Editor of Parenting Content, contributed to this story.

Angela Zimmerman
As manager of editorial partnerships, Angela is responsible for packaging and distributing articles and reviews to Common Sense's many content partners, helping people far and wide access advice and information around tech, entertainment, parenting, and everything in between. Angela's background is in music journalism and digital media. Prior to Common Sense, she was the editor-in-chief of the digital incarnation of Crawdaddy! Magazine, the first magazine of rock journalism in the US, and worked as a writer, editor, music researcher, and product supervisor for Wolfgang's Vault, a massive multimedia archive of music and rock memorabilia. When she's not watching episodes of Freaks and Geeks or Homeland, Angela is enjoying live music or happily outdoors in nature. Though she's an East Coaster at heart, born and raised, she currently lives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Google+