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Mother's Day Shoutouts to Our Favorite TV Mamas

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Peacock with some of our favorite TV moms. 

By Jennifer Bendik
Julie Bowen in Modern Family

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The greatest mothers are superheroes without capes and exhausted without breaks. They smile with us in the good times and sit with us in the hard times. What others do with two hands, they achieve with one.  

Both in life and on screen, moms give us the best advice. This Mother’s Day, we’re shouting out some of our favorite TV moms who make us laugh, cry, or simply reflect on life when we need it most.  

Hear what these TV mamas have to say about motherhood in their own words. 

Claire (Modern Family) 

“If Haley never wakes up on a beach in Florida half-naked, then I’ve done my job.” Claire Dunphy

Julie Bowen in Modern Family

In Modern Family, Claire and Gloria couldn’t be more different in their parenting styles. While they may not always get along, their fun, competitive, and loving spirits radiate through them both. 

Stream Modern Family S2E21 “Mother’s Day.” 

Shirley (Community) 

“I let my kids be kids instead of acting like a jail warden.” — Shirley Bennett

Shirley Bennett Community

Greendale’s resident mama bear Shirley Bennett isn’t just a fantastic mom to her two boys, but also a mother figure to the study group. But even though she’s a devoted mom, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t take time for herself, like starting up a sandwich shop or getting quite competitive in an all-campus paintball game.  

Stream Community

Kat (The Way Home) 

"The explorer found a home, but he still looks to the stars when he feels lost." Kat Landry

The Way Home

Hallmark’s The Way Home is an emotional journey that follows three generations of strong and independent women. Starting from the first episode, “Mothers and Daughters,” The Way Home is one show that beautifully highlights the complexities of motherhood. 

Stream The Way Home.

Rochelle (Everybody Hates Chris) 

“If I ain't getting any sleep, you ain't getting any sleep.” — Rochelle 

Everybody Hates Chris

Sometimes, as a mom, you need to lay down the law. Rochelle's the ultimate tough mom in Everybody Hates Chris, wielding her sharp wit and no-nonsense attitude with finesse. But beneath her strict exterior lies a deep well of love for her children and devotion to her family that makes her lovable nonetheless. 

Stream Everybody Hates Chris S3E21 “Everybody hates Mother’s Day.” 

Violet (Downton Abbey) 

“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”  Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham 

Downton Abbey

Between Maggie Smith’s Violet and Elizabeth McGovern’s Cora, the Downton mothers handle even the trickiest situations with grace, elegance, and poise. And in Violet’s case, she'll always bring her fiery sense of humor. 

Stream Downton Abbey.   

Marie (Everybody Loves Raymond) 

"That's what parents do: they all lie to their kids for their own good." Marie Barone

In this classic sitcom, Debra, the ever-caring mother, must endure Marie, the ultimate overbearing mother-in-law.  

Stream Everybody Loves Raymond S6E24 “Mother’s Day.”

Nancy (Weeds) 

“I'm the suburban baroness of bud, Nancy.” Nancy Botwin

Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds

The resilient single mother Nancy shows us that, when it comes down to it, mothers are capable of a lot more than we’d expect. For instance, raising three boys alone while running an illicit marijuana empire.

Stream Weeds

Angie (George Lopez) 

“I like helping people.”  — Angie Lopez

George Lopez

Angie is the cool mom we’d all love to have, quick with a joke and even quicker with a hug. Selfless, friendly, warm, and nurturing (and maybe just a touch idealistic) she’s the glue that holds the Lopez family together. Her good nature is contrast with George’s Mom Benny, who’s, well, maybe a bit less caring:  

Very Cavallari 

"I'm with you because I love you, not because I need you." Kristin Cavallari 

Kristin Cavallari in Very Cavallari

The smart & savvy Kristin Cavallari juggles motherhood and running a business, and in Very Cavallari, she balances it all in heels.  

Stream Very Cavallari

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