Favorite TV Moms From The Past Few Decades

Favorite TV Moms From The Past Few Decades


With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought we’d do a nod to some of my favorite TV moms from the 80s, 90s, and today.  I didn’t include any animated shows, though there are some great options there.  These are in no particular order.

Top TV Moms

Angela Bower – Who’s The Boss (Played by Judith Light)

Angela changed up the rules on being a mom in the 80s.  This was one of our first looks at a single mom, who worked on her high-powered career over being a homemaker.  For that, she enlisted the help of everyone’s favorite “manny” and house cleaner, Tony Danza.  Angela showed women that they had just as much opportunity as guys and that gender roles didn’t always apply.

best tv moms of the 80s

Peggy Bundy – Married With Children (Played by Katey Sagal)

Where Angela Bower was too busy being a professional to tackle cooking & cleaning, Peggy Bundy just didn’t want to.  Peggy was the opposite of so many housewives betrayed on TV before her.  She refused to cook, clean, and consistently belittled her husband and her children.   She was also known her amazing animal-print-based fashion and how she walked in high heels.  At the end of the day, though, Peggy was always quick to defend her family, when they came up against an outside challenge.

top tv moms

Roseanne Conner – Roseanne (Played by Roseanne Barr)

Roseanne was similar to Peggy Bundy, with her take no crap attitude, but was a tad more extreme and scary.  While she was tough and critical of pretty much everyone in her family, she was still what held them all together and made them work.  She was definitely the most sarcastic mom in recent tv history.

sitcom moms

Norma Arnold – The Wonder Years (Played by Alley Mills)

Norma was your prototypical housewife from the 80s.  She took care of the home, had dinner ready when her husband got home and supported her family at all costs.  She constantly had to cool down situations between her husband and the kids, or between the kids themselves.  She was definitely the voice of reason for the Arnolds.

best tv moms

Clair Huxtable – The Cosby Show (Played by Phylicia Rashad)

Clair was a strong, career-minded woman, who was able to balance her 5 children and a high-powered legal career.  She always showed off her elegance and professionalism, while, at the same time, being able to keep up with her challenging husband, Heathcliff.  Clair did it all.

top sitcom moms

Beverly Goldberg – The Goldbergs (Played by Wendi McLendon-Covey)

This is probably my favorite on the list.  Beverly Goldberg is a hilarious, over-the-top mother that will do anything for her family.  She is every embarrassing thing a mother has ever done to their children, personified in one hilarious woman.  We watch as time and time again she embarrasses her children with hilarious pet names and crazy amounts of affection.  She also goes above and beyond to defend and protect her family from anything she views as a threat.

favorite tv moms

Jill Taylor – Home Improvement (Played by Patricia Richardson)

Tim The Toolman Taylor wouldn’t have been the easiest guy to live with, but Jill was always able to take his antics in stride.  She was the glue that held their family together and she was always able to look past her husband’s many flaws.  She showed women that it was possible to raise a family and then go back to school and seek a profession.

90s tv moms

What did you think of my list?  I am sure there are plenty of moms that I missed or that you feel were better. Please comment and share.  Thanks!

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