14 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.
Angela Zimmerman Manager, Editorial Partnerships Categories: Screen Time, We Recommend
Manager, Editorial Partnerships

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.

Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show
The glamorous Mrs. Huxtable has a busy and successful law practice, but she's always available for her kids.

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.

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Comments (5)

Adult written by Senser123

If I had to Pick a favorite TV Mom It would be Mrs. Camden from 7th Heaven and favorite film mom would be Mrs. Parr from The Incredibles A.K.A Elastagirl
Parent of a 7 and 8 year old written by JenMKconsultant

Marge Simpson??? Seriously??? You couldn't find someone better? That show is a disgrace to parenting & saying she was a "good/entertaining" is an insult to moms and everything a mother should try to be--- the hardwork to raise respectful, good kids. Disappointed in Common Sense Media for allowing this & the author as putting the character on a pedestal. At least I know not to trust any of Angela's reviews.
Parent of a 8 and 10 year old written by Amalthea

One of my favorite TV moms is Annie Camden, from "7th Heaven". She raised 7 children, was kind and fun but was NEVER their "friend", submitted and supported her husband without being a doormat, wasn't afraid to speak her mind, but did so with love and courtesy...and she wasn't afraid to be afraid.
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old written by Amalthea

I also agree with Annie Camden. She's a glaring omission from this list. Another one is Libby Thatcher, from "Life Goes On". She's the mother of three: a stepdaughter, a son with Downs Syndrome, and a biological daughter. She works, but also totally supports her husband, especially when he wants to live out his dream of owning a restaurant. She loves her stepdaughter, even though at the beginning the stepdaughter doesn't love her. She works hard to "mainstream" her son, to give him every possible advantage in life. She, as portrayed by Patti LuPone, is, was, and always will be one of my absolute favorite TV moms. She and Annie Camden should definitely replace the sorry excuses for moms on "Modern Family" and Marge on "The Simpsons".