10 of Our Favorite TV Moms of All Time
There are countless film and TV moms and maternal figures, and all of them bring something different to their fictional families — and to us. Some remind us of our own mothers, while others are more like caricatures. Some make us laugh, while others make us cry. (And cry and cry, in the case of This Is Us.) It's not easy to pick favorites, but in honor of Mother's Day, here are just a few of the many TV moms we adore.
Rebecca Pearson, This Is Us: Rebecca (Mandy Moore) isn't a perfect mom to her three kids — her relationship with Kate (Chrissy Metz) is especially complicated — but she never stops trying or fighting for her family. She puts her children first, always, even in the face of unimaginable personal tragedy, like the stillborn birth of her other baby and the death of her husband (and her kids' father), Jack (Milo Ventimiglia).
Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin: Jane (Gina Rodriguez) wasn't ready to be a mom when she was accidentally artificially inseminated with a stranger's sperm, but as with everything else in her life, she has tackled the challenge with gusto. There have been some bumps along the way — like the thing with the tooth fairy, and that time her newborn son was kidnapped by an evil crime boss — but when you see her with her son Mateo, you just know that is who she was meant to be.
Claire Dunphy, Modern Family: Neurotic, type-A Claire (Julie Bowen) is the perfect complement to head-in-the-clouds dreamer Phil (Ty Burrell). As the mom of Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould), she keeps the family grounded, but make no mistake — she's just as quirky and fun as the rest of them.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family: Claire Dunphy isn't the only lovable mom on Modern Family. Gloria (Sofía Vergara) is hilariously overbearing as the mom to overly mature Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and little Joe (Jeremy Maguire).
Jessica Huang, Fresh Off the Boat: Jessica (Constance Wu) can be tough on her kids, but it's only because she wants them to succeed. She and Louis (Randall Park) have worked hard to give their kids a good life, and she has big dreams for their future.
Rainbow Johnson, black-ish: Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) is independent, opinionated, feminist, fierce, and super-smart, but she's also warm, nurturing, and the first to admit she's flawed. She's the heart of the family, and of the show.
Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls: Lorelai (Lauren Graham) was just 16 years old when she became a single mother to Rory (Alexis Bledel), but she never let that hold her or her daughter back. Determined to be true to herself while also giving Rory every opportunity, Lorelai paved her own way in Stars Hollow, juggling her ambition with her daughter's and navigating a tumultuous relationship with her wealthy, overbearing (but mostly well-meaning) parents.
Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development: As a mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter) is pretty terrible. But as a character on a TV show about a fictional, dysfunctional family, she's everything you could want and more. We love her for her biting wit, her manipulative tactics, and her weird-as-hell relationships with each of her children. Although Walter passed earlier this year, her spirit will live on in Lucille for many years to come.
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