Favorite TV Families: Who's Your Fav TV Mom?

As families, parental roles, and gender expectations have evolved over the years, so have those roles we see reflected with added drama and comedy on our televisions!

In the 50's and 60's, we had moms like June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver who was the picture of domestic perfection, and then we started to move into the times of the still pretty darn perfect, but a lot more busy, moms like Carol Brady.

Soon enough, America was evolving right along, and their TV families were evolving too - a lot of moms were still shown spending plenty of time in the kitchen and taking care of their families, but also running to work like Roseanne Conner, Clair Huxtable, Harriet Winslow, Jill Taylor, and plenty more!

Now we have more moms like Tami on Friday Night Lights who continue to care for their families, but like real American women, have found much more of a compromise to their work and family lives than mothers of TV past. We've also evolved into much more of a satirical view on families as so many appear in comedies, even in the animated variety like The Simpsons and Family Guy poking fun at American families instead of teaching us life lessons like the days of many family shows of the past.

So with all these changes for TV families, and specifically TV moms over the years, who have your favorite TV moms been of present and past, from the classic and traditional to the quirky and the crazy?

Here are just a few of the many to ponder, so comment with those you like on the list or not.

The Brady Bunch: Carol Brady

The Cosby Show: Clair Huxtable

Boy Meets World: Amy Matthews

Full House: Becky Donaldson

That 70's Show: Kitty Forman

Home Improvement: Jill Taylor

Family Matters: Harriet Winslow

Roseanne: Roseanne Conner

Friday Night Lights: Tami Taylor

Kyle XY: Nicole Trager

7th Heaven: Annie Camden

Family Ties: Elyse Keaton

Married with Children: Peggy Bundy

Brothers & Sisters: Nora Walker

Who's the Boss?: Angela Bower

The O.C.: Kirsten Cohen

Gilmore Girls: Lorelai Gilmore

The Simpsons: Marge Simpson

Family Guy: Lois Griffin

American Dad!: Francine Smith

Arrested Development: Lucille Bluth

Desperate Housewives: Lynette Scavo, Bree Hodge

Dirty Sexy Money: Letitia Darling

Everybody Loves Raymond: Debra Barone, Marie Barone

90210: Debbie Wilson

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Default avatar cat
Nov 18, 2008 8:02PM EST

my favorite tv mom is Lorelai Gilmore and Roseanne Connor

Nov 18, 2008 8:34PM EST

I dunno about everybody else, but I love Sarah Conner wit her kicking and killing and crying and nock out looks. Terminator: Sarah COnner Chronicles She's the coolest.

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Nov 18, 2008 10:32PM EST

Clair Huxtable. hands down.

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Nov 19, 2008 12:17PM EST

What? No Malcolm in the Middle Mom?

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Nov 19, 2008 1:54PM EST

@kateums. I totally forgot about the Malcolm mom. She was fantastic!Of the current TV moms, I am a huge Nora Walker and Tami Taylor fan.

Default avatar cat
Nov 20, 2008 11:24AM EST

marge!the simpsons!

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Nov 23, 2008 3:23PM EST

Nora Walker - Ace to keepin the family together

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Nov 30, 2008 3:07PM EST

Clair Huxtable!!

Default avatar cat
Nov 30, 2008 9:18PM EST

It's all about Nicole Trager from Kyle XY ... though she may be too hot to be mom!!!

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Dec 2, 2008 2:46PM EST

It has to be Nora Walker. best TV mom ever!

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