The Best TV & Movie Moms of All Time

Mother's Day is around the corner and we don't want to forget the many screen moms we've grown to love, and sometimes occasionally loathe!

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Sofia Vergara arrives at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The cast from the popular television program are in Australia filming their Australian vacation episode.
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In "Murphy Brown" Candice Bergen played the titular role of a hard-talking, soft-hearted TV news journalist. In the 1991-92 season Brown becomes pregnant and decides to raise the baby, a boy named Avery, as a single mom. The storyline made the show a subject of political controversy during the 1992 American presidential campaign, with Vice President Dan Quayle publicly criticizing the character for "ignoring the importance of fathers by birthing a child alone." Quayle's remarks caused a public discussion on family values even as he became a figure of mirth on CBS' "Brown."
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Queen Cersei Baratheon, "Game of Thrones": Lena Headey's Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms is fiercely protective of her three children. Even before she was married to Robert Baratheon, she was involved in a relationship with her twin brother, Jaime. She's evil, but just how far will she go? Click through for more of our favorite fictional moms.
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Gloria Delgado Pritchett, "Modern Family": Sofia Vergara's portrayal of an adoring mom wins us over week after week. Manny's a special kid, and she'll do whatever it takes within reason to let him be himself.
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Tami Taylor, "Friday Night Lights": Tami Taylor is the rock of Dillon, Tex. She handles the pressure of her husband's coaching job, her teen daughter's angst, and her job as high school principal with aplomb. Her marriage to Eric is one of the most beautifully written relationships on television.
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Downton Abbey
Violet Crawley, "Downton Abbey": The hit British drama "Downton Abbey" wouldn’t be complete without sharp tongued Lady Violet. Maggie Smith plays the Dowager Countess who is most often a stickler for tradition, but bends the rules for those she loves most.
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Mary Cooper, "The Big Bang Theory": Laurie Metcalf plays a loving, if quirky, fundamentalist Christian mother who's wise yet occasionally makes politically incorrect statements such as “I thought it was our Indians that had the occasional drinking problem” to a character from India. Yet, she’s the only person on the show who can truly control her son Sheldon, and for that, we thank her.
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Sony Pictures
Rosemary Penderghast, "Easy A": Emma Stone charmed audiences as Olive Penderghast, but Patricia Clarkson nearly stole the show as her quirky, TMI-prone mom. "I dated a homosexual once," Rosemary mused to a horrified Olive. "Don't worry, your father is straight as they come. A little too straight, if you know what I mean, girlfriend!"
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Lorelai Gilmore, "Gilmore Girls": The ultimate friend relationship between a mother and daughter, Lorelai and her daughter Rory get along like best friends. Although their fast talking and buddy-buddy friendship can sometimes be annoying, we appreciate a great mother-daughter relationship when we see one.
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Alicia Florrick, "The Good Wife": Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies stars as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce by resurrecting her career as a defense attorney after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.
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Buena Vista Pictures
Elastigirl, "The Incredibles": Far beyond her mothering duties, this super heroine kicked butt and captured criminals. Oh yeah, and she teamed up with her kids to save their super dad.
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Betty Draper, "Mad Men": Betty, played by January Jones, is a cigarette-smoking young mother and housewife in the 1960s. She makes her children stand in the closet when they are bad and refuses to put up with her husband's affairs. Soon enough, the former model develops some affairs of her own.
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The Bride, "Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2": While we only get a wee glimpse of the Bride being cozy and cutesy with her daughter, the entire point of her sword-wielding journey is to seek her revenge on the man who stole her away. Gotta love a mommy toting weaponry.
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HBO
Carmela Soprano, "The Sopranos": Played by Edie Falco, Carmela tries to raise her two children while living among a New Jersey mafia family, which her husband Tony eventually leads. She often has to turn a blind eye to her husband's criminal activities and his infidelities, all while dealing with her children's attitudes and her own temptations.
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Miranda Hobbes, "Sex and the City": Miranda Hobbes is a partner at her Manhattan law firm and very type-A. So when she gets knocked up, she obviously struggles with her new role as single working mom and how that will change all of her adult relationships. How she deals with being a mommy often leads to hilarity, but she always puts Brady first.
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Lois Griffin, "Family Guy": Only a true mother could still unconditionally love her son, Stewie, as he repeatedly tries to kill her.
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Paramount
Mrs. Gump, "Forrest Gump": Mrs. Gump did everything she could for her son Forrest, from working long hours running a boarding house to sleeping with his elementary school principal to get him into class with his peers.
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Donna Sheridan, "Mamma Mia!": Donna Sheridan, played by Meryl Streep, never told her daughter who her father was—because she never knew which of her lovers he was. As she prepares for her daughter's wedding, the three would-be dads turn up, and Donna struggles to deal with ghosts from her romantic past.
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Leigh Anne Tuohy, "The Blind Side": Sandra Bullock stars as Southern mom Leigh Anne Tuohy, a no-nonsense woman who welcomes a homeless young man into her family. With her guidance, her adopted son Michael Oher shares the family's love for football and eventually makes it to the NFL.
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Columbia Pictures Television
Peggy Bundy, "Married With Children": Peggy of the famous Bundy family is wife to Al and mom to Kelly and Bud. Played by Katey Sagal, Peggy is a housewife that doesn't cook or clean, and instead of washing clothes, she buys them.
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Jackie Peyton, "Nurse Jackie": Edie Falco plays "Nurse Jackie," a hardworking mom and New York City emergency room nurse with a hidden life. She struggles with her chaotic work environment, an affair with a co-worker and a prescription drug addiction—all while raising two girls with her unknowing husband.
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June Cleaver, "Leave It to Beaver": June typifies the perfect '50s housewife by having a perfectly clean and tidy home and always cooking something delicious and nutritious. She's definitely the sweetest mom on our list. Who wouldn't want to come home from school and have Mrs. Cleaver and fresh baked cookies waiting?
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Sheryl Hoover, "Little Miss Sunshine:" Sheryl's got a lot on her plate: Her suicidal brother just moved in, her father-in-law is an addict, and her husband's steps-to-success program is tanking. But she still shines as Olive's mom for the big things (road-tripping to the beauty pageant) and the seemingly small things (the infamous ice cream scene).
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Endora, "Bewitched": Sure, Endora belittled Samantha's husband Darrin constantly, sometimes even transforming him into something unnatural. But she only did it out of pure love for her daughter and the hope that she would end up with a husband just as extraordinary as she was. Plus, we only felt bad for the original Darrin.
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Aurora Greenway, "Terms of Endearment": The ultimate mother-daugther relationship flick. Aurora is an overly possessive mom to daughter Emma, causing her to rebel and move far away. But as the film progresses, the pair realize that, more than the men in their lives, they really need each other.
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Clair Huxtable, "The Cosby Show": Clair Huxtable epitomizes the '80s mom persona: She's got a high-paying job as an attorney but still manages to spend a lot of time at home, cooking dinner and riffing with Cliff. She's a loving mom who helps her kids through their adolescent crises, but can get them in line with one lift of her eyebrow.
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Marge Simpson, "The Simpsons": Marge has her hands full raising three kids, and her numbskull of a husband Homer is practically a child himself. Yet she remains eternally cool and patient. Favorite Marge quote: "The way I see it, if you can raise three kids who can knock out and hogtie a perfect stranger, you must be doing something right."
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Estelle Costanza, "Seinfeld": Estelle epitomizes the overbearing mom, worrying about and nit-picking everything George does. But through it all, we realize Estelle is just trying to take care of her middle-aged, balding baby.
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Florida Evans, "Good Times": "Good Times" was one of the first shows on TV to deal with racial discrimination and low-income life. The Evans family lived in a housing project in Chicago and faced a lot of tough times, but Florida's warmth let everyone know that everything would turn out all right.
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Roseanne Conner, "Roseanne": Roseanne, while not the sweetest mother in TV history, loved her kids and taught them a lot about life. She showed America that a low-income family with two working parents can still be loving, if dysfunctional.
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Angela Bower, "Who's the Boss": Judith Light played Angela Bower in the popular '80s sitcom "Who's the Boss." She portrayed a divorced and uptight advertising executive who employed "Tony" (Tony Danza) as a live-in housekeeper, reversing the roles where a woman was the breadwinner and a man—not her husband—stayed home to take care of the house.
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Sophia Petrillo, "The Golden Girls": The eldest Golden Girl sure is a tough cookie (credit the Sicilian ancestry and possible mob connections). She's known for her sharp criticisms — particularly when it comes to her daughter Dorothy's love life, Blanche's promiscuity and Rose's flakiness — but her wise cracks don't hide this Italian ma's real love for all three women.
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Mrs. Parker, "A Christmas Story": Let's face it, Mr. Parker was no charmer. He wanted to put a giant light-up, fish-netted plastic leg lamp in the family room window. But she manages to let him have his pride, thinking he's the king of the roost when she's really running things: washing Ralphie's mouth out but keeping the secret about his fight.
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20th Century Fox
Maria, "The Sound of Music": Although not technically the Von Trapp children's mother, Maria shows them what it's like to have a loving and sweet maternal figure.
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Debra Barone, "Everybody Loves Raymond": Let's face it: Ray was a lazy bum who never did anything around the house and Debra wouldn't stand for it. She has a serious attitude that let's everyone know — from her indolent husband to her nosy and overbearing mother-in-law — that she is the queen bee. She made every female viewer cheer.
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Sarah Connor, "Terminator 2": The ultimate mama bear, Sarah will do anything to save her son's life, including go into the seedy underworld and end up in a mental institution in an attempt to keep her son safe and teach him how to defend himself for the upcoming war between humans and cyborgs.
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Peg Boggs, "Edward Scissorhands:" Peg, an Avon lady, discovers Edward living alone in a creepy mansion and compassionately takes him home to live with her family. Even after things go awry and Edward is framed for a crime, she still shows him maternal compassion.
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Edith Bunker, "All in the Family": Edith is the ultimate moderator: Her hubby Archie hates their son-in-law and isn't afraid to show it. Plus, she tempers his racism and intolerance with her sacrine attitude and bubbly personality.
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Rusty Dennis, "Mask": Much like Mrs. Gump, Rusty is a single mom whose sometimes out-of-control lifestyle seems to contradict her tenderness toward her son, Rocky, who has a serious facial abnormality. She busts chops and fights for Rocky's chance to have the same opportunities every one else takes for granted.
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Kitty Foreman, "That '70s Show": Kitty allows Eric and his friends to hang out in her basement and even lets one of them, the ultimate pot-head Hyde, live with the Foremans. But despite her sweet, cookie-baking exterior, Kitty's the only one who can get away with returning her husband Red's favorite one-liner by calling him a "dumbass."
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Kate McCallister, "Home Alone": Yes, she left the country and left her 10-year-old behind — that' s surely enough to have child services knocking on her door. But the passion with which Kate works to get back to Kevin shows how much she truly loves her son.
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Elyse Keaton, "Family Ties": Elyse and her husband Steven were liberal hippies who were married in the '60s. Imagine their surprise when their son, Alex, becomes a teenager and a raging Republican. Despite political and lifestyle differences, Elyse and her kids have a loving and sometimes hilarious relationship.
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Jill Taylor, "Home Improvement": As if Jill didn't have enough on her plate by having three rambunctious boys and being married to Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, she decided in later episodes to go back to school. The balance between being a homemaker, wife, mom and student could have driven any one crazy, but she managed with humor and grace.
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Elaine Miller, "Almost Famous": At first Elaine seems overprotective of her teenage son, William, but when it comes down to it, her mothering makes sense. Her 15-year-old was off gallivanting with rock stars, and when he eventually brought one home, Elaine has no shame in laying down the law with rocker Russell.
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Mrs. Jumbo, "Dumbo": Mrs. Jumbo loves her son with all her heart, despite his enormous ears. But when she finds others tugging on his giant ears, she goes into a rage only a protective mother can. It lands her in the slammer and separated from her son, but he's learned from her example that he's great, perhaps because of his differences.
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Mrs. Cunningham, "Happy Days": Mrs. Cunningham is cut from the same cloth as June Cleaver: an exceptional house keeper and amazing cook, everything is always in its place in the Cunningham household and every problem can be solved in 30 minutes or less.
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Harriette Winslow, "Family Matters": Always ready with a sarcastic quip or a look that could kill, Harriette lets her kids know when to get back in line and Carl always understood who was the true head of the household.
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Lucille Ball, "I Love Lucy": Lucy was the zany mom that we all wish we had. Here she is with on-and-offscreen hubby, Ricky (Desi Arnez) after he discovers another one of her wacky schemes went awry.
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Vivian Banks, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air": Aunt Vi took on a maternal role when Will moved out to Bel-Air from Phllly. She always managed to take care of the family, without losing her temper – that job was left up to Uncle Phil.
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Morticia Addams, "The Addams Family": Morticia was the sensual Addams family matriarch. She always kept her cool with Wednesday and Pugsley's trickery and kept her husband, Gomez, dancing.
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Bren McGruff, "Juno": When Bren finds out her stepdaughter Juno is pregnant, she immediately takes her for pre-natal vitamins and looks to the next step of finding adoptive parents. Bren and her husband Mac are surprisingly cool about the teenage-pregnancy thing, and her acceptance of Juno for who she is shows how much she really cares.
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Norma Arnold, "The Wonder Years": With her blond bob and nurturing ways, Norma was the perfect '50s housewife and stay-at-home mom to sons Kevin and Wayne. Although she was often left to diffuse her husband's hot temper, Norma strived for something beyond her homemaker status, eventually earning her degree and getting a job outside the home.
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