TV Moms and Dads - New School Moms Round 1


TV Moms and Dads

They raised us! These are the moms and dads that we've all looked to over the years for advice, mentorship, and love. They've been our models for how to parent (and some of them have been our models for how NOT to parent). We've laughed, cried, and loved with them. But who's the greatest? There's only one way to find out. VOTE!

New School Moms

(1) Marge Simpson v (16) Violet Crawley

729 episodes of being an amazing mother to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie (and Homer most of the time, too). She’s talented, wise, and has the scratchiest voice around. She’s a parental, spousal, and fashion icon of the highest order. Being the matriarch of the longest running tv sitcom of all time is no small feat.

Owner of the best title in the bracket, the Dowager Countess of Grantham is a force to be reckoned with. She's the matriarch of the Crawley family, and no one spits a one-liner better.

(8) Daenerys Targaryen v (9) Beverly Crusher

SHE’S THE MOTHER OF DRAGONS, PEOPLE. What more do you need? Sure, her babies aren’t cute and cuddly like some on this list, but they’re better behaved than most. And, if you need someone to shoot fireballs at your enemy, they’re nice to have around.

She’s a single mom, she’s a fantastically successful physician. She’s gorgeous. And she always gets the job done. What more can she do? The only knock on Beverly Crusher is the fact that her boy is a little bit of a whiney baby.

(5) Roseanne Conner v (12) Lucille Bluth

In terms of cultural impact, it’s hard to overstate the importance of Roseanne. A family sitcom about a blue collar woman and her family in the 90s was huge. We all felt closer to the Conners than any other show on tv. And it doesn’t hurt that it was insanely funny.

Being the matriarch of a wealthy and powerful family is no easy task, especially when all of that wealth is taken away and your husband is put in prison. And your kids are idiots. Like, super idiots. Who would begrudge you a drink or ten?

(4) Marie Barone v (13) Moira Rose

We’re not sure if Marie should go in the Mother in Law Hall of Fame, or the Hall of Shame. She’s the cautionary tale of all cautionary tales - never live next door to your in-laws! Still, she loves her boys deeply and only wants what’s best for them. Of course, only SHE knows what’s best.

I mean, just because she doesn’t know her daughter’s middle name, that doesn’t mean she’s a bad mom. She only wants the best things for her kids, even if she forgets that they exist most of the time.

(6) Peggy Hill v (11) Lois Griffin

While so many of the characters in this bracket live in perfect houses in perfect neighborhoods, the Hills are simply normal. Peggy raises Bobby with what she considers to be an iron fist, but it’s really an oven mitt. She and Hank chose to raise Luann as their own as well, and Peggy, always one for a challenge, rose to that one too.

I think that even Lois would agree that she’s not the best mom on this list, strictly speaking. Her kids are a disaster, and there was that one incident involving the dog that we don’t talk about. But she’s the only grown up in the house, and that counts for a lot.

(3) Claire Dunphy v (14) Rebecca Pearson

Is Claire a little intense? Sure, but wouldn’t you be if you were the one that had to control the madhouse that is the Dunphy family? Played by the fabulous Julie Bowen, Claire maintains a level of composure far beyond reasonable limits.

Rebecca Pearson is unique in this bracket. We get to see all phases of her life and her motherhood, the good parts and the bad ones. She’s complicated in all the best ways. She’s one of the few that we get to see a complete picture of.

(7) Joyce Byers v (10) Kitty Forman

At the end of her rope, with two boys to look out for, what’s the saving grace for Joyce Byers? Demogorgons. And a no-good sheriff with a heart of gold. Even with people dying all around her (RIP Bob), Joyce becomes the mom she was always meant to be.

It’s the 70s, folks. We can’t expect moms to have total control over what their kids are doing. Sure, Eric is in the garage smoking weed with his buddies, but he’s a good kid. And Kitty is a fantastic mom. She’s always ready with the right thing to say, right after she tells Red to shut up.

(2) Lorelai Gilmore v (15) Beverly Goldberg

The primo Gen X mom. Lorelai is the cool mom you always wanted, but never had. Whenever Rory screwed up or needed advice, Lorelai was always there to tell her about how she’d done the same thing as a kid. Was she a responsible parent? Not usually. Did you want her to be your mom? Definitely.

Sure, she likes to say “I have failed as a mother,” but we all know the truth. While she can be overbearing and overprotective, she’s a loving wife and mother, and, the family would fall apart if she weren’t around.


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