Being a mom is both rewarding and difficult. Portraying the reality of motherhood and all of its challenges and triumphs as an actress is not a small feat. But, luckily we have had some inspiring and relatable mothers on the small screen. Here is a list of some of our favorite moms on television.
Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
This 80’s TV mom had it all: a great career, a fabulous home, a caring husband and a house filled with loving children. She knew the perfect balance between being a mom and supporting her children. When she wasn’t doling out advice, being a boss at work and making sure her kids were on track, Claire also knew how to have fun.
Roseanne Connor (Roseanne)
Not one to sugarcoat things, Roseanne’s parenting style was real and straight to the point. Sure, her delivery could be abrasive at times, but she always had the best intentions. It was refreshing to see a more realistic portrayal of a woman dealing with the challenges of being a working mom. She was a strong woman who taught her children to be strong and independent. Roseanne also tackled controversial issues such as teen pregnancy and poverty while representing life in blue-collar America
Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
Dealing with her family’s antics can be tough, but Claire manages to survive it (by trying to control the situation). Her know-it-all and perfectionist personality may drive her family nuts and put her in awkwardly funny situations, but underneath it all, Claire loves her family dearly. At the end of the day Claire knows what her family needs to be happy and she isn’t afraid of voicing her opinions.
Peggy Bundy (Married With Children)
On the outside Peggy Bundy appeared to be a traditional middle-class housewife, but in reality she was far from it. Her clothing may have paid homage to the ‘60s and ‘70s tv housewife but Peggy was not a devoted homemaker. Instead of making elaborate meals and keeping the house spotless, Peggy was indifferent to housework. Peggy loved her family but had dreams and aspirations outside of the home.
Rainbow Johnson (Black-ish)
A modern-day Claire Huxtable, Rainbow Johnson is a successful doctor that cares for her three children and husband. Unlike Claire Huxtable, Rainbow’s hippy upbringing gives her more of a relaxed approach when raising her three children. In addition to dealing with the normal aspects of being a parent, Rainbow faces challenges that technology and social media present while trying to keep her children grounded in their upper-middle class environment.
Xiomara “Xo” Glorianna Villanueva (Jane The Virgin)
As a young teenage mother, Xo learned about being a mother as she raised her young daughter. Although her parenting styles and choices may be unconventional, Xo’s number one priority is being the best mother she can be to her daughter. Family has and will always be the most important thing in Xo’s life.