Through the years, TV and movie moms have made us laugh, cry, and maybe even taught us a thing or two. Through silly classic sitcoms to animated adventures and beyond, keep reading to check out Common Sense Media’s list of favorite moms from screens big and small.

Claire Dunphy and Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family
There’s never a dull moment in these modern mamas’ households as they juggle the realities of 21st-century life with flexibility, stamina, and always humor. Common Sense Seal.

Mrs. Gump, Forrest Gump
If only real life was a simple as a box of chocolates. This mom’s unconditional love invites her son to believe in himself and achieve amazing things. Common Sense Seal.

Maria Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This proud Greek mother encourages and supports her daughter’s decisions regarding career, love, and life—even when they differ culturally. Common Sense Seal.

Elyse Keaton, Family Ties
This liberal ex-hippie raised four kids while working as a self-employed architect during the dawn of the Reagan years—and she never loses her cool. Common Sense Seal.

Helen Parr, The Incredibles
Helen is the ultimate supermom. She’s smart, capable, loving, and will do anything to help and protect her family, even if it means using her elastic powers and jet-flying skills to rescue her husband and children from evil villains. Common Sense Seal.

Rochelle Rock, Everybody Hates Chris
She may be loud and unafraid of lobbing a saucy comeback, but Rochelle is also fiercely protective of her kids and sincerely cares about them and their future. Common Sense Seal.

Marge Simpson, The Simpsons
For 25 years, America’s blue-haired sweetheart has been a rock to her perpetually young kids—and her husband, too. Common Sense Seal.

Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights
This small town Texan is a titan of motherhood. With a busy marriage, vibrant career, and two daughters many years apart, she still opens her house and arms to any teen who lands on her doorstep. Common Sense Seal.

Queen Elinor, Brave
With a headstrong teenage daughter to raise, Elinor manages the incredible task of loving, guiding, and also valuing young Merida’s opinions, mostly while she’s in the form of a fierce bear. Common Sense Seal.

Lorelai Gilmore, The Gilmore Girls
The close friendship this wisecracking young mom has with her teen daughter inspires openness and honesty. Common Sense Seal.

Which TV and movie moms are your favorite? If you want to check out the long-list of best TV and movie moms, head over to Common Sense Media!


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