Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch)
Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
Roseanne Conner (Roseanne)
This outspoken matriarch led her Midwestern family while working outside the home, something never before seen on television. She portrayed the life of an American blue-collar mother and tackled provocative subjects through humor.
Juno MacGuff (Juno)
Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
This spunky single mother gave birth to her daughter, Rory, at age 16, much to the chagrin of her wealthy parents. She ran away from home and settled in the quirky, small town of Stars Hollow, where she and Rory experienced no shortage of interesting characters, hilarious situations, or priceless life lessons.
Mrs. George (Mean Girls)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Regina George. Mrs. George taught mothers everywhere how NOT to raise their daughters – unless of course, they want them to be as conniving, insincere, and downright mean as Regina.
Lady Tremaine (Cinderella)
Cinderella, make the fire! Cinderella, do the mopping! The nonstop barking of orders from Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine, made everyone shudder in this classic Disney film. Fortunately, she didn’t succeed in keeping Cinderella from marrying Prince Charming.
Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter)
Don’t mess with Mama Weasley if you know what’s good for you. This fearless woman acted as a surrogate mother to Harry Potter while keeping her own mischievous brood in line. She knits the coziest sweaters, is always willing to lend a helping hand, and is never afraid to send a howler to let you know how she really feels.
This Infamous mother was tried for murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, and acquitted in 2011. A public outcry erupted after the announcement of the verdict, leading Time magazine to describe the case as “the social media trial of the century. “
Kate Gosselin starred in the reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8, which documented her chaotic life raising twins and sextuplets with her former husband, Jon. Gosselin also authored several non-fiction books, two of which debuted at number five on the New York Time Best-seller list.
Leigh Anne Tuohy
Better known as the mother from The Blind Side, Leigh Anne Tuohy is the real life mother of two who took a risk by adopting a troubled adolescent. Michael Oher, her adopted son, went on to play college football for the Ole Miss Rebels before becoming offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.
Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)
Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Call her insulting or manipulative, but one thing is certain – Marie Barone loves her children. This helicopter mom lives right across the street from her grown son, Raymond, and his family. Her close proximity and desire to help causes stress for both her son and daughter-in-law, but without her, the show wouldn’t be nearly as hilarious.
Mrs. Gump (Forrest Gump)
Hardworking and brimming with wisdom, Forrest Gump’s mama was his teacher as well as his mother. She taught us all that life is like a box of chocolates because “you never know what you’re gonna get,” that stupid is as stupid does, and that it’s ok to be different.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
One of the youngest and most stylish women ever to grace the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a breath of fresh air as First Lady. Despite her political duties, she saw motherhood as her main priority. She insisted that her children have regular access to their father and made sure their childhoods remained as normal, playful, and private as possible.