Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch)
Here’s the story, of a lovely lady… You know the rest. No matter who broke a nose or lost a Kitty Karry-All doll, Mrs. Brady managed her blended family with gentleness and poise.
Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
This mother of five balanced family life, a successful law career, and a rambunctious husband (Bill Cosby) while simultaneously breaking racial stereotypes of the time.
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)
Who could forget Juno’s heartwarming story? Although she chose adoption for her baby, she survived teenage pregnancy and learned invaluable lessons about love, compassion, and the true meaning of motherhood.
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)
Marge Simpson has her hands full. Between Homer being a buffoon, Bart causing trouble, and Lisa protesting new causes all the time, it’s a wonder Marge keeps her unusual family at least somewhat organized.
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.
Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
Perhaps one of the most melancholic mothers of all time, Morticia Addams governed her morbid family before the term “Goth” even existed. From spiders, to guillotines, to short, furry cousins, she dealt with more than her fair share of strange happenings.
Angelina Jolie adopted her first son from Cambodia in 2002. Since then, she has adopted a daughter from Ethiopia and a son from Vietnam in addition to giving birth to three children of her own. Her motley brood has gained media attention and caused more people to consider international adoption.
Nicknamed “Octomom” by the media, this infamous mother of 14 made headlines when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. The fact that she already had six young children to care for, was unemployed, and relied on public assistance generated a negative reaction from the public.
Josh, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa… I would name them all for you, but their names would just become jumbled in your mind. Their mother deserves a medal, not just for giving birth to 19 children, but also for remembering all those names that begin with the letter J.
June Cleaver (Leave It to Beaver)
Ever the dutiful housewife, Mrs. Cleaver could often be found preparing wholesome meals in the kitchen, hosting parties for the ladies in her social club, or bailing her youngest son, Beaver, out of trouble. Real housewives of the time aspired to be like her – faultless to the point of being robotic.
This fashionable female powerhouse redefined the role of First Lady. She makes supporting her husband, caring for her two daughters, and advocating the prevention of childhood obesity in the United States look easy.
The spirited and brave matriarch of the Kennedy clan survived heartbreak after heartbreak. She buried her husband and four of her nine children, yet she emerged more resilient than ever, living to the ripe old age of 104.
Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
It doesn’t matter if she’s running for city council or catapulting a pumpkin across a football field – Claire will stop at nothing to be the best. Through her hilarious misadventures, this neurotic but loveable mother of three reminds us that we can’t let our desire to be perfect keep us from enjoying life.
Graceful, beautiful, and kind-hearted, Princess Diana ruled with compassion. Despite the strict guidelines imposed upon her as a royal, Diana always strove to expose her sons to everything the world had to offer. Her charity work and caring disposition earned her the admiration and love of people all over the world.
Maria Von Trapp (The Sound of Music)
How do you solve a problem like Maria? Whether she’s making play clothes out of curtains, singing about her favorite things, or frolicking through Austrian meadows with her seven boisterous stepchildren, Maria makes every day an adventure and inspires us all to live in the moment.