Whether they’re real or fictional, moms are the greatest. While biological moms deserve major props for seeing us through our formative years, serving as role models, and literally giving us life, we must never forget all the comfort and wisdom that TV moms bestowed upon us over the years.
From reliable matriarchs like Beth Pearson on This Is Us, to chill best friend types like Gilmore Girls’ Lorelai Gilmore, here are eight television moms we’d absolutely love to have around IRL.
1. Beth Pearson, This Is Us
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Fans of This Is Us might assume Rebecca Pearson, who raised the beloved “Big Three,” would make this list, but now is the time to celebrate Beth.
While Rebecca will always hold a special place in our hearts, Beth Pearson, who’s brilliantly portrayed by Susan Kelechi Watson, slays the mom game on a daily basis. Not only does she go above and beyond to take care of her husband and two biological daughters, Tess and Annie, but she extends her affection far beyond her immediate family.
Beth fiercely loves each and every member of her husband Randall’s family and does her best to make everyone who enters her home feel as comfortable as possible, all the while remaining chill as hell. And after watching Beth work to connect with and empower her foster daughter, Deja, in Season 2, is there a single soul who didn’t wish this mom could pop straight out of the TV screen and give us a hug??? Nope.
2. Kristina Braverman, Parenthood
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Before This Is Us was to blame for our weekly ugly cry sessions, the heartwarming NBC drama to watch was Parenthood. Though the show was chock full of great moms, looking back, the absolute angel that is Kristina Braverman reigned supreme.
Portrayed by Monica Potter, Kristina proved time and again to be a crucial star of the tight knit Braverman family. As a wife and mother of three — Haddie, Max, and Nora — Kristina handled every situation life threw at her with strength and courage. From taking care of her son with Asperger syndrome, to supporting her daughter’s coming out, and coming to terms with her own breast cancer diagnosis, Kristina was consistently caring and loving — the ultimate supermom.
3. Rainbow Johnson, Black-ish
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Tracee Ellis Ross shines as Rainbow Johnson on the ABC comedy, Black-ish. When she’s not busy being a supportive wife or talented anesthesiologist, Bow is serving up a whole lot of mom realness, parenting her five (yes, FIVE) kids, and working hard to make sure they have better lives than she did growing up.
Tracee has even taken her Golden Globe-winning role to the Black-ish spinoff show Grown-ish, where she visited her oldest daughter Zoey at college to share some invaluable advice about love, sex, and the importance of education. You rock, Rainbow.
4. Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights
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Friday Night Lights’ Tami Taylor gave the world ultimate #MomGoals. After her husband took on the demanding job of high school football coach, Tami, played by Connie Britton, took over maintaining the house and taking care of their (kinda snotty) teenage daughter, Julie. But she wasn’t about to sacrifice her own dreams of doing more meaningful work in the community.
As a high school guidance counselor and eventually principal, Tami constantly worked to positively impact the school community and encourage students to do their best. She later gave birth to another daughter, Gracie Belle Taylor, and essentially raised her on her own, as her husband and oldest daughter were ~busy~ living their lives. Over the years Tami served as a positive role model for many young women in her life, even helping Tyra and Lyla attend colleges.
She always kept her eyes clear and her heart full, which might explain why she never lost. 😎
5. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
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Mindy is fun, fierce, and fashionable always keeps it real and is an inspiring and accomplished woman in the workplace. In The Mindy Project, we saw her wholeheartedly embrace motherhood and put Leo before herself. But as a mother she also admirably made sure to continue perusing her career goals as an OB/GYN and fertility specialist.
Sure, Mindy isn’t always the best mom. I mean, she did accidentally lock her son Leo in the house alone when he was a newborn, and forgot to bring snacks to his school and dressed him in an offensive t-shirt — but hey, we’d still love to have her around.
If Mindy, who also goes by the warrior name Beyoncé Phad Thai, was our mom, there’s no doubt we’d always be up-to-date on the latest celebrity gossip, learn a slew of invaluable life hacks, and always have someone to stay in with and watch rom-com marathons.
6. Sheila Hammond, Santa Clarita Diet
Sheila Hammond is an, uh, different mom, but honestly she handles being undead as well as one could be expected. After learning she’s essentially become a zombie, the Santa Clarita Diet mom makes a solid attempt to control her impulses to feast on human flesh so as not to be separated from her family. That’s nice!
Yeah she’s slightly terrifying, but she’s a confident mother with endless energy and an upbeat attitude. Despite the fact that she’s basically half-living, we think having Sheila around would liven things up a little.
7. Penelope Alvarez, One Day at a Time
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Netflix recently brought the 1970s sitcom One Day at a Time back to life, and with this reboot we were given one of the most badass moms on television.
Justina Machado portrays Penelope Alvarez, an understanding and hard-working nurse, war veteran, and single mother of two, Alex and Elena.
Penelope, who openly suffers from depression and anxiety, isn’t afraid to have serious and meaningful discussions related to mental health and other important issues like sexuality, immigration, religion, and more. But she’s always down to have fun while inspiring her family.
8. Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
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Rory Gilmore is perhaps the luckiest daughter to ever exist on television, because her mother and cool as hell best friend just so happened to be the same person.
While Gilmore Girls was full of complex mother-daughter relationships, Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, was without a doubt the single most impressive mom on the show. She made sacrifice after sacrifice to ensure her daughter was happy, well educated, and had the freedom she felt she never did growing up. She gave great advice about boys, fashion, and food, and was fluent in a language that even the best of moms often fail to master: pop culture.
And though Lorelai was always encouraging when it came to drinking an extra cup of coffee, lying to get out of dreaded plans, or deviled-egging someone’s car, she wasn’t afraid to play The Mom Card when necessary, calling Rory out when she made poor decisions — like dropping out of Yale, hooking up with a married man, or stealing a yacht, for example.
Who wouldn’t want to hang with Lorelai on a daily basis?
Bonus: Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development
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When you think of an ideal mother your mind probably doesn’t jump to Arrested Development’s sassy and blunt beyond belief Lucille Bluth. But hear us out — wouldn’t it be fun if you got to watch the character, portrayed by Jessica Walter, be someone else’s mom?
As Mashable’s MJ Franklin explained, Lucille’s unconventional approach to motherhood, though sometimes flawed, can certainly teach us a lot. (Not to mention, serve as a quality source of entertainment.) So Lucille, we cordially invite you and your low-key intimidating parenting techniques to join us in the real world to provide laughs and keep us all in check.
Let’s hear it for the moms, everyone!
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