16 of the most iconic TV moms who ever graced our television sets

From Carol Brady to Marge Simpson

(Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for MDA)
(Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for MDA)

We all love our own moms, but there is something special about being greeted every week by our favorite TV moms. 

Back in the early days of TV, the moms were perfection, showing audiences that you can have wonderful children, a husband that adores you and still make the best pot roast in town. But as TV shows changed over the years, so did the moms who run the households. 

We were introduced to moms who make mistakes, are genuinely hilarious and sometimes care more about themselves than the kids. The moms looked a lot more like the moms that we know and love at home, and not just a caricature of what a mom should be. 

That's why we rounded up a list of some of the most iconic TV moms to show up on our television sets. Not all of these moms are great moms, but they redefined the way we watched motherhood on the small screen. Let's just say these women aren't your average 1950s TV moms. 


Clair Huxtable 

No one comes close to the matriarch of the Huxtable household. Clair had it all: a funny and loving husband and a fantastic career. Seriously, how many TV moms back then worked a full time job - let alone being a lawyer - and had a family who adored her? Despite what happened to the show's creator, "The Cosby Show" still goes down as one of the best family sitcoms, ever. It also helped that Phylicia Rashad played Clair with equal parts warmth and fierceness. We bow down to you, Clair Huxtable. 

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