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Your mom is surely the best mom… for one specific reason: she’s yours! We have no plans to swap out any moms, but there are plenty of TV matriarchs we wouldn’t kick out of the kitchen for spilling pancake batter on the floor. And, with Mother’s Day coming up in the U.S. (May 14), we all should be the ones stirring the bowl and inviting the women who raised us to take a load off.

So let’s take a moment to celebrate these fictional TV moms (who we kind of wish were real):

1. Lucy Ricardo

(Photo: CBS)
(Photo: CBS)

The 1950s all-star mom, Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) was very doting to her little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux) in I Love Lucy (1956-1957). But still… she had her eye on becoming a star, like in this unforgettable scene when she auditions to be the Vitameatavegtamin spokesperson. Who wouldn’t be keen on vegetables if Lucy was divvying them out?

2. Maureen Robinson

(Photo: CBS)
(Photo: CBS)

One great mom trait is being someone your kids can look up to. Maureen Robinson (June Lockhart), the matriarch of the star-bound Robinson family in Lost in Space (1965-1968), absolutely received a check mark in that category. She was not only forward-thinking, taking on the role of astronaut, but imagine the family vacations. They’d be out of this world! (Sorry…).

3. Shirley Partridge

(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)

Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones) had a very talented brood, with her five children making up a band of pop stars. She not only managed the household on her own, being a single mom, but the band, too. Anyone who has been across The Partridge Family (1970-1974) daydreamed of becoming a one of them. We’d settle for a ride on the decked out bus.

4. Elyse Keaton

(Photo: NBC)
(Photo: NBC)

With a handful of a son like Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) in Family Ties (1982-1988), Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter) should be awarded some sort of medal. Even so, the working mom had a way of putting a spotlight on all three of her children, making sure they were all supported. We’d definitely shine under her leader-momship.

5. Angela Tanner

(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)

It takes a strong woman to admit when she might need some help. And, a smart woman. Angela Tanner (Judith Light) hired a “manny” (Tony Danza) in Who’s the Boss? (1984-1993). This mom on the go, who was an exec at an ad agency, would be way too busy to sort out breakfast in the morning. So, this time, it’s on us!

6. Mrs. Kim

(Photo: Warner Bros.)
(Photo: Warner Bros.)

Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) have a tight mother-daughter relationship in Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), but it’s Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda) who takes the cake — or should that be pancake? (Sorry. Again…). Mrs. Kim is serious about her momming, which we see in full-force in this scene, where she interrogates Dean, her daughter Lane’s (Keiko Agena) science partner. You could call her a helicopter parent, but she always had Lane’s best interest in mind. She’s the sort of mom we’d want fighting off our bullies. 

7. Pam

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

Gavin and Stacey‘s (2007-2010) Pam (Alison Steadman) is the mom of all TV moms. Her mission in life is to please her “little prince,” Gavin (Mathew Horne). She even has time to make sure his best mate, Smithy (James Corden), is fed and, ultimately, loved. We’d take a bit of motherly smothering, Pam-style, any day.

8. Catherine Caywood

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

Happy Valley (2014-2016) may have a misleading title, being a crime drama and all. Sergeant Catherine Caywood (Sarah Lancashire) has lost her daughter, she’s recently divorced, and her son isn’t speaking to her. Even so, she can still hold onto her sense of humor… and, keep her head on straight to catch the baddies. She’s not just a police officer, she’s a mother, and a gran and would take a bullet for a loved one. 

9. Janine “Smurf” Cody

(Photo: FX)
(Photo: FX)

This is not the Partridge Family. Janine Cody (Ellen Barkin), who goes by her childhood nickname, “Smurf,” has three sons, an honorary son, and teenage grandson in Animal Kingdom (2016-2017). She groomed her children to carry on a life of crime, specifically heists. The rough and tumble boys are beyond loyal to her. They do their thing, but always come home to mom. She must be doing something right. 

10. Sharon Morris

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

It could have been a disaster when Sharon Morris (Sharon Horgan) and Rob Norris (Rob Delaney) conceived a baby during a brief fling in the opening episode of Catastrophe (2015-2017). Not really a spoiler because we’re on season three, but in season two we fast forward and see the new mom and dad have gotten into their stride, with not one but two children in tow. Sharon is one of the most honest and relatable moms on TV. We love how she presents a realistic version of motherhood, learning as she goes, taking it one day at a time — and making some stuff up while she’s at it.

And, if you need a reminder of why your mom is in fact #1, this vintage Anglophenia post, Five Terrible British Mums for Mother’s Day, might do the trick.

Don’t forget to wish your mom Happy Mother’s Day on this Sunday, May 14!

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Filed Under: Mother's Day, TV Moms
By Brigid Brown