Little and Big Screen Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s talk about some of my most memorable television moms out there.

KittyKitty Foreman (That ‘70s Show)
Kitty falls more in the “typical mom” section of this list. She is loving and kind, but has a bit of a wild streak when the kids aren’t around. And watch out for that temper! I love the odd balance of fun and overprotectiveness she brings to the family.

MorticiaTVMorticia Addams (The Addams Family)
Dark, witty, and fiercely loyal to her family, Morticia is not a mom you would want to cross. You might want to join her for a glass of wine though.

peggybundyPeggy Bundy (Married . . . with Children)
I grew up with Peggy Bundy. Lazy, inattentive, television and bon-bon loving, big-haired, tight-skirt mom. Ah, love her.

ClairClair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
Best television mom of all time? Oh yes.

roseanneRoseanne Conner (Roseanne)
I’m probably more Roseanne than Clair. Sarcastic, crass, overweight, but loving and loyal. Roseanne is fun and confident.

And just for fun, let’s tackle movie moms too.

MorticiaFilmMorticia Addams (The Addams Family)
Yes, again. The Morticia of the movies, while similar, is distinctly different. This Morticia has a bit more sex appeal and maybe even a bit more likability, but remains sarcastically witty and fiercely loyal. She will support her children in any venture.

MollyMolly Weasley (Harry Potter)
One of the only representatives of a healthy and normal family image in the series. Molly is loving and wise . . . and pretty damn tough. All of the best qualities a wizarding mom can have.

ParkerMrs. Parker (A Christmas Story)
She doesn’t get the luxury of a first name, so you know this mom has to be memorable to make the list. She does the best she can to give her family a comfortable life and – perhaps most importantly – completely understanding when she needs to be.

GriswoldEllen Griswold (Vacation, Christmas Vacation, etc.)
She puts up with Clark – loves him even – and ends up being the grounding force in her family. I’m more of a Clark than an Ellen, but I love her anyway.

MLynnM’Lynn Eatenton (Steel Magnolias)
I’ll let M’Lynn demonstrate her own awesomeness: “I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something. I just sat there. I just held Shelby’s hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life.”


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