my top 9 movie and TV moms

*This post was originally published in 2012, but in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I decided to repost it. Because who doesn’t love a little pop culture? 

I’ve been needing some pop culture in my life. And I happen to love watching some of my favorite TV shows on Nick at Nite. (When did all of the TV shows from my young adulthood end up on Nick at Nite?) And my favorite movies are constantly on TBS or TNT. So I have access to my favorite movies, TV shows, and characters a lot!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I came up with a little list of my favorite movie and TV moms.

1. Tami Taylor

As the wife of the wonderful Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Tami keeps Coach Taylor, their daughter Julie, and all the football players in line. She has sass, style, and so much grace. Yet she is always honest and loving. Her love for her husband comes second only to her faith. I want to be Tami Taylor when I grow up.

2. Leigh Anne Tuohy

Speaking of style… This woman is spunky and not a lot different from Tami Taylor. In The Blind Side, she fights for her family and opens her heart and her mind to welcome a boy into their family. She is kind, generous, and loving. And she loves SEC football.

3. Claire Huxtable

Claire Huxtable shows more grace than any TV mom I can think of. She’s smart. She’s a hard-working mother. She’s beautiful. She is absolutely in love with her husband and has a no-nonsense approach to parenting. I love her! I live for reruns of The Cosby Show.

4. Debra Barone

Poor Debra has a lot to put up with. On Everybody Loves Raymond, she has pushy in-laws that live across the street. Her mother-in-law is critical of everything she does. Her hilarious husband plays a lot of golf and can be very forgetful. But he sure does love Debra and she has a great sense of humor. And she is a great mom to her kids- setting a great example. So what if the house isn’t perfectly clean and she doesn’t prepare gourmet meals?

5. Carol Connelly (or Carol the Waitress)

In As Good As It Gets, Carol is a single mother who works as a waitress. She had to put up with such a rotten customer every single day. She’d go home to her sick little boy every day and spend night after night in the emergency room. She would do anything for her son. Carol found love and her son was connected with a wonderful new doctor.

6. Kate McAllister

Sure, she left her son behind on two family trips in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. That’s not so good. But she was willing to do whatever it took to find her son and get to him. And lucky for her, he was very forgiving.

7. M’Lynn Eatenton

One of the beautiful Steel Magnolias, M’Lynn’s world revolves around her daughter Shelby. She loves her and wants to protect her from anything that would harm her. M’Lynn even gives Shelby a kidney. She is strong, she is Southern, and she would die for her children if she had to.

8. Isabel Kelly and 9. Jackie Harrison

As the mom and stepmom-to-be in Stepmom, Isabel and Jackie show that they both adore Jackie’s children, but they love them in different ways. The strength of both of these women causes me to sob during this movie every single time I watch it.

What TV or movie moms would make your list? Would any of you put Regina George’s mom on your list?

“I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.”

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  1. says

    The mom on My Big Fat Greek Wedding! I love when Tula tells her mom that she’s in love and her mom says, “Oh Tula, eat something.”

  2. says

    I definitely agree with Lorelai Gilmore! But truthfully, you hit the nail on the head with every single one of these woman. I also loved Sally Field as Forrest Gump’s mama.

  3. says

    Such a great post, I love it! As Good As It Gets and Stepmom are two of my all-time favorites, and I haven’t seen them in years. I must remedy that soon! Tami Taylor would be at the top of my list too.

  4. lauren says

    This list has ROCKS! Totally agree with your list. You have also motivated me to watch Friday Night Lights.

  5. maria maria says

    omgosh, I cannot watch Stepmom without bawling either! That whole movie is just so good.. Love that you included Clair Huxtable. Love the Cosby Show, and always loved how their family was portrayed. Kids get punished, but you know their parents love them and only want the best for them.

  6. Tiffany says

    Great list! But I agree with whoever mentioned Mrs. Gump and Lorelei Gilmore! I also LOVE Mrs Anderson from Father Knows Best. You might need to follow up with a part two. 🙂

  7. Aaron Davis says

    I would put Leigh-Anne Touhy first, because she’s the best one I’ve seen, but that’s just my opinion. I haven’t seen the first mom you put down, so I guess my argument is invalid.

  8. says

    Love this post :). And my favorite is Steel Magnolias. I reference that movie all the time when it comes to the power of motherhood and the love for your children.

  9. says

    Great list, but I’d add Norma Arnold from The Wonder Years, and Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch! Also, Elise Keaton from Family Ties 🙂

  10. Jessica says

    Oh my goodness, how I love Everybody Loves Raymond. My husband and I watch that (almost) every night before we got to bed. Debra is my fave! And of course, gotta love Steel Magnolias and Home Alone. In fact, Erin, you listed most of my all time favorite tv shows and movies in this blog post! I really can’t pick a fave from this awesome list:)

  11. says

    I definitely agree on most of these- especially Leigh Ann Tuohy, Claire Huxtable, M’Lynn Eatonton and Tami Taylor, for sure!

    I would probably have the mom from Wonder Years on my list for sure!

  12. Becky says

    Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment. When she had to say goodbye to her boys….box of tissues every time, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

    I also love Bambi’s mother, but she’s a cartoon. Does that count?

  13. says

    Ahhh Stepmom! Just seeing that picture makes me want to boo-hoo! I also love the Duggars (no judgement! ha!) and Samantha on Bewitched. Those magic powers sure do seem to help a lot! 🙂

  14. Karen Ward says

    I just saw this post (always late to the party) and had to comment on your choice of the moms from Stepmom. I could kiss you! I adore that movie because I am a stepmom. I’m completely thankful though that my bonus kids didn’t act like the pre-teen girl in the movie. Thankfully, they accepted me and didn’t dislike me just for being their stepmother. While we never shared Christmas mornings together, my husband and I, his ex and her husband banded together like nobody’s business when it came to raising those two boys. They got nothing over on us!! Anyway, such a great list!

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