Mothers Day! A time to celebrate how awesome our mothers are, how little we appreciate them and how next year we will definitely buy them a better present. In all seriousness, though, Mums are incredible beings that have the power to stop our tears, read our minds and always make everything better.
In honour of Mothers Day (U.K. edition) I have compiled a list of our favourite TV Mums. Ranging from those we wish we were born to and those that we expect to meet in the inner circle of hell, here is to Mothers everywhere! Cheers!
Roseanne Connor (Roseanne)
The no-nonsense mother you always wish you had. Sure she could be tough, but Roseanne was hilarious and always there supporting her kids. Not to mention, ‘Roseanne’ was one of the first T.V. shows centered around a mother figure.
Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
Love her or hate her, Cersei does what she does for her children. And for herself. Either way, she loves her children to death (too soon Joffrey?) even if she has some other character flaws.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Modern Family)
Gloria is full of love, life and funny one-liners. She successfully manages to teach all of us that it isn’t what you see on the outside that matters, it’s what is on the inside.
Lois (Malcom in the Middle)
Control freak, overbearing and bitter. Then again, Lois is the mother to three completely unruly boys. She is unrelentless in disciplining them, but we sure as hell love her anyway.
Shirley Bennett (Community)
Not that we see that much of Shirley’s home life, we know exactly how much Shirley loves her children and the lengths she would go to for them. Even if she did leave her kids at a supermarket.
Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife)
One of my all time favourite characters, Alicia starts as a trophy wife for her cheating husband and ends up as a successful lawyer with her own firm, and still manages to there for her kids.
Betty Draper (Mad Men)
Oh Betty. Not many people would argue in favour of you being a ‘good mother’, but let’s face it – you’re a sympton of your generation. Betty wanted to be a model, but she traded it in to raise Don’s kids. 1950s, you suck.
Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)
T.V.’s most famous and favourite mother of all time. She puts up with Homer, she loves her children and she’s a damn good person. Not to mention her iconic hairstyle.
Malorie Archer (Archer)
Instigated years of emotional abuse for Archer, provided him with the biggest ‘Mummy Issues’ around and never seen without a drink in her hand. Hilarious and horrifying.
Eddie (Absolutely Fabulous)
Most of Eddie’s relationship with Saffy is an intense role reversal – Saffy being the mother and Eddie being the child who cannot look after herself. She’s fabulous anyway darling.
Vivian Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
A wonderful warm woman who, again, puts up with a family of idiots. I’m joking, but seriously Vivian was definitely the queen of sass. Even if she did have a total body make-over partway through the show.
Nancy Botwin (Weeds)
Mother’s don’t come much better than one who deals weed to avoid having to get a J-O-B. Nancy dealt grief, anger, frustration and having teenage boys by becoming a semi-successful weed dealer, and y’know screwing everything up in the meantime.
Linda Belcher (Bobs Burgers)
Linda Belcher is your fantasy mother. Don’t deny it. She likes singing, dancing, drinking (mostly drinking) and she’s damn good at all three. She’s uber supportive of all her children, no matter what they do and she even makes up names for the racoons in the alley. Model Mother.
Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)
The list wouldn’t be complete without Lucille. The worst of the worst. She doesn’t play favourites (but she doesn’t care for Gob), she is perpetually drunk and should probably be in prison. Still, she’s an inspiration to all of us with her ‘screw all of you’ attitude.
Joyce Summers (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
If you find out your daughter is a vampire slayer, do what Joyce did. Have a minor freakout and don’t let her leave the house and then be cool with it. Which is why Joyce gets a place on this list. Also she also wins first prize for the saddest death ever…
Peggy Mitchell (Eastenders)
Here’s one for all you Brits, BBC’s most iconic mother in the history of broadcasting. She raised two horrendous thugs, participated in some heinous deaths and spent a lot of time shouting ‘Get out of my pub’. But you know you wouldn’t want her any other way.
Now go call your mother and let her know how much you love her!