10 Great TV Moms

Today is Mother’s Day in a number of countries around the world, including South Africa where my mom and several moms that I love and admire live. Although it’s not Mother’s Day in the UK I have decided to celebrate today and in honour of my mom and all the other amazing moms out there I am showcasing my most-loved TV moms.


Tara Knowles-Teller
Played by: Maggie Siff
Show: Sons of Anarchy (2008 – )
Mom to: Abel and Thomas
Mom skills: Keeping shit together when her husband is out causing trouble, first aid, thwarting her mother-in-law’s schemes
“Tara Knowles: Normal people call the authorities when their lives are threatened.
Gemma Teller Morrow: You don’t have a normal life, baby. You have this one.”
 Sue Brockman
Played by: Claire Skinner
Show: Outnumbered (2007 – 2014)
Mom to: Jake, Ben and Karen
Mom skills: Answering unanswerable questions, patience, tolerance
“Pete: My mother’s playing swingball?
Sue: Yeah, it’s round three of Ben’s paralympic heptathlon. They’re only allowed to use one arm and one leg.
Pete: Isn’t that dangerous?
Sue: You should have seen the blind archery.”
 Lorelai Gilmore
Played by: Lauren Graham
Show: Gilmore Girls (2000 – 2007)
Mom to: Rory
Mom skills: Resilience, independence, making things fun, creativity
“Lorelai: You don’t take off without telling Mommy!
Rory: I love that I didn’t have to clear it with you to go on spring break but I had to clear it with you to come home.
Lorelai: I had visions of you being swallowed by a whale, or taking off with some surfers to go chase the perfect wave and not inviting *me*. “
 Lois Wilkerson
Played by: Jane Kaczmarek
Show: Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006)
Mom to: Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey and Jamie
Mom skills: Snooping, yelling, manipulation, surviving on almost no money
“Lois: Just let me talk to him, and I can end this in five minutes.
Sgt. Rowdy: I’m sorry, ma’am, I don’t think that’s a good idea. We have trained psychologists to handle kids in these situations. We know how they think.
Lois: Think? My son doesn’t think. He’s just driving around in circles. He’s made three laps around this city already.
Hal: [watching the TV coverage] There’s our drycleaner again.
Dewey: [handing the officer a nude baby snapshot] Here’s another picture of my brother you can show on TV.
Lois: Just get him on the phone and let me handle this. I’m the only one who knows how.
Sgt. Rowdy: Trust me, we have this under control.
Lois: [spitting angry] Don’t think I don’t know what’s gonna happen. You’re gonna do your standard police thing and my son is going to get killed in a hail of gunfire.
Sgt. Rowdy: Ma’am, that almost never happens.”
Lagertha Lothbrok
Played by: Katheryn Winnick
Show: Vikings (2013 – )
Mom to: Bjorn and Gyda
Mom skills: Fighting, taking absolutely zero shit
“The Seer: What is it you wish to ask the gods?
Lagertha: Will I ever bear another child, o wise one?
The Seer: I cannot see another child, no matter how far I look
Lagertha: Then… what do you see?
The Seer: I see a harvest celebrated in blood. I see a trickster whose weapon cleaves you. I see a city made of marble. And a burning broiling ocean.
Lagertha: Not one of your prophecies do I understand
The Seer: It is the way of the prophecy. Only to be understood when it has happened and it is too late to change it.”
Kitty Forman
Played by: Debra Jo Rupp
Show: That 70’s Show (1998 – 2006)
Mom to: Eric, Laurie and sometimes Steven Hyde… and de facto mom to every kid that hangs out in her basement
Mom skills: Baking, talking sense, organising everything and everyone
“Kitty Forman: [about Hyde’s brownies] Well, I know Steven put the special ingredient in.
Eric: I told him not to!
Hyde: [At the same time] Special ingredient?
Kitty Forman: Of course! Love!
Hyde: Yes, ma’am, Mrs. Forman. There’s a whole big bag of love in here.”
 Joyce Summers
Played by: Kristine Sutherland
Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)
Mom to: Buffy and Dawn
Mom skills: Keeping the fridge full, banishing vampires, giving excellent advice
“Joyce: I’m, uh, guessing I missed some fun?
Willow: The spirit of the first slayer tried to kill us in our dreams.
Joyce: Oh, you want some hot chocolate? “
Della Garry
Played by: Rebekah Stanton
Show: Raised by Wolves (2013 – )
Mom to: Germaine, Aretha, Yoko,  Wyatt and Mariah
Mom skills: Living off the land, telling it like it is, seducing workmen
“Della: What’s  this? Are you playing Shithead?
Germaine: Yep!
Della: You know the rules. No gambling without me.”
 Claire Dunphy
Played by: Julie Bowen
Show: Modern Family (2009 – )
Mom to: Hayley, Alex and Luke
Mom skills: Organisation, giving advice, reigning in her crazy family
“Cameron Tucker: [Surveying a lot for a baseball field] I see home plate there, I see the pitchers mound over here, and I see little boys’s dreams sprouting everywhere.
Luke Dunphy: I found a dead snake.
Claire Dunphy: It’s perfect.
Luke Dunphy: [Running away] Not dead! Not dead!
Claire Dunphy: I’m gonna be mom of the year.”
 Cersei Lannister
Played by: Lena Hedley
Show Game of Thrones (2011 – )
Mom to: Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen
Mom skills: Manipulating, scheming, lying, failing to see her children’s faults
“Cersei Lannister: When Aerys Targaryen sat on the Iron Throne, your father was a rebel and a traitor. Someday, you’ll sit on the throne, and the truth will be what you make it.
Joffrey Baratheon: [about Sansa] … Do I have to marry her?
Cersei Lannister: Yes, she’s very beautiful, and young… and if you don’t like her, you only need to see her on formal occasions, and when the time comes, to make little princes and princesses… and if you’d rather fuck painted whores, you’ll fuck painted whores. And if you’d rather lie with noble virgins, so be it. You are my darling boy, and the world will be exactly as you want it to be.”


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  1. Some really goo choices here but I must admit.. Lorelai Gilmore to the win!

    1. abbiosbiston

      She’s the mom everyone wishes they had. I am really hoping Gilmore Girls is going to come to Netflix.

      1. smilingldsgirl

        I’m pretty sure Gilmore Girls is on Netflix

        1. abbiosbiston

          Not in the UK.

        2. smilingldsgirl

          Oh too bad. It is in US

  2. I think my favorite Mom skill is Sue Brockman’s Answering unanswerable questions. 🙂 Cool post.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Considering that the show is mostly unscripted it’s a miracle Claire Skinner hasn’t gone mad trying to answer all of Ben and Karen’s mad questions.

  3. Oh, very cool post! Love Lorelai, Lois, Kitty and especially Claire, the best thing about Modern Family!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I often feel like I am turning into Claire and I don’t even have the kids yet.

      1. Hahaha! You could do much worse!

  4. smilingldsgirl

    Fun list. I’d add Marge Simpson and a few I haven’t seen but great job

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! I’ve actually only seen a few Simpsons episodes here and there. It’s never really grabbed me.

      1. smilingldsgirl

        Ah I love it. My favorite show of all time

  5. GaryGreg828

    Abbi, where is Marie from “Everybody Loves Raymond”?? LOL.

    Your blog layout is looking good now! Very stylish wallpaper and the font is nice, as well. 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank-you! I don’t like Everybody Loves Raymond. All the characters are assholes!

  6. jmount43

    Great list! I must confess to being a huge Gilmore Girls fan (along with my lovely wife) and Lorelai Gilmore is 50% of the reason for that.

  7. Love Lagertha and Lorelai making this list!

    1. abbiosbiston

      They’re both badass moms for totally different reasons.

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