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The 12 Best Moms In TV History

They're just like your mom, only they can't make you clean your room.

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12. Kate Tanner (ALF)

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Any mom who allows a furry, smart-mouthed, cat-eating alien to live in her home deserves a spot on this list.

11. Cookie Lyon (Empire)

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Cookie Lyon might be an actual lion. She'll throw down at the drop of a hat to defend her family, and who doesn't want to see their mom get into a fistfight every once in a while?

10. Grace Kelly (Grace Under Fire)

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She’s a recovering alcoholic and a single mother with a biting sense of humor and blunt parenting style that prepares her kids for the real world, just like a good mom should.

9. Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)

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Morticia is a witch who is obsessed with death, so it's a miracle that any of her children even survived to see adolescence.

8. Patty Chase (My So-Called Life)

As a kid, you hated Patty because she didn't "get" Angela, but she was right all along! Rayanne was a bad influence on her daughter, and Angela should have just dated Brian Krakow instead of chasing that dreamboat Jordan Catalano.
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As a kid, you hated Patty because she didn't "get" Angela, but she was right all along! Rayanne was a bad influence on her daughter, and Angela should have just dated Brian Krakow instead of chasing that dreamboat Jordan Catalano.

7. Linda Belcher (Bob's Burgers)

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Linda just wants her kids to have fun all the time. Combine that with an insatiable love of wine, and you have the recipe for a perfect mom.

6. Sarah Braverman (Parenthood)

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Nobody loves their kids as much as Sarah Braverman. NOBODY.

5. Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)

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Lucille openly dislikes one of her four children (it's Gob, obviously), but what mom doesn't play favorites every now and then? Most of her kids are incompetent, but Michael grew up to be a smart, responsible adult, and a 25% child-raising success rate is all a mom can hope for.

4. Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)

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Claire is a neurotic, anxiety-ridden spazball who is constantly juggling all of her family's problems so that they don't have to worry about it, which makes Claire Dunphy the most realistic depiction of motherhood on television.

3. Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)

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Leslie is only an actual mom (to triplets) in the final season of Parks and Recreation, but she's basically the acting mother to an entire Indiana town of adult babies for the entire series.

2. Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)

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For 26 years, Marge has done everything in her power to ensure that her kids (and her childlike husband) live the best life they possibly can, which is exactly what moms are supposed to do.

1. Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

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She's a loving wife, a supportive mother of five children, the best grandma Olivia could ever have, and a full-time trial lawyer to boot. When it comes to TV moms, nobody can compare to Claire.

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