While we should all be showering our mothers or mother figures with love today, it’s important to remember what we learned from our TV moms along the way. Sitcom moms are in a category all their own, and we celebrate Mother’s Day by acknowledging 10 of the best sitcom moms of all-time.
Carol Brady – The Brady Bunch
Mrs. Brady is an iconic sitcom mom. Played by the recently passed Florence Henderson, Carol introduced us to blended families while teaching us to never play ball in the house.
Maggie Seaver – Growing Pains
Mama Seaver (Joanna Kerns) blazed a trail for mothers of the ’80s as she went back to work as a reporter while husband, Jason (Alan Thicke), was the stay at home dad.
Judy Miller – Still Standing
Jami Gertz played sarcastic Judy Miller on this former CBS sitcom. While she and her husband Bill (Mark Addy) were often getting into hijinks, they were teaching their kids important lessons of what not to do.
June Cleaver – Leave It To Beaver
Another iconic sitcom mom (played by Barbara Billingsley) taught her sons right from wrong as they went through their adolescence.
Kitty Forman – That ’70s Show
Played by the hilarious Debra Jo Rupp, Kitty was the quintessential ’70s mom who played a mother figure to her son’s friends who frequented her house.
Marion Cunningham – Happy Days
This Wisconsin mom (played by Marion Ross) raised kids Richie and Joanie (and the disappearing Chuck) by teaching them to learn from their mistakes.
Elyse Keaton – Family Ties
Another ’80s trailblazer, Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter) instilled in her children that it is important to fight for the changes you’d like to see in the world.
Fran Fine – The Nanny
Played by Fran Drescher, Fran Fine (who, SPOILER, didn’t become a mother until later in the series) was the nanny to three young kids who had recently lost their mom. She proved how important a mother figure can be, even if not biological.
Shirley Partridge – The Partridge Family
Mrs. Partridge (played by Shirley Jones) was a single mother who taught her children the significance of music.
Angela Bower – Who’s the Boss?
Despite questionable fashion decisions, Angela (played by Judith Light), was a divorced mother of one who ran her own advertising agency while co-parenting with housekeeper, Tony Micelli (Tony Danza). [Honorable mention to Mona (Angela’s mom, played by Katherine Helmond) who was the actual boss of that household and showed that grandmas can still be cool.]
*All photos belong to the respective production company of each sitcom.