Top TV Mother Figures

Agatha Krzewinski

Mother's day is when we celebrate our mom's and the mother figures in our lives. In honor of this, we took a look at some of our favourite Mother Figures on Television.

Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) on Gilmore Girls

No mother is as hip and cool as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Having had her daughter at 16 years old, the Gilmore girls engage in sneaking around the grandparents, double dates, and movie nights. Their witty and comedic banter is a relationship that any mother–daughter duo would want.

Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) on Modern Family

Claire’s wild teenage years has had her make up for it by being the most controlling and uptight mother; raising three kids while also having to look after her clueless husband! But her sarcasm, wit, and dead pan looks always have the audience coming back to see more. 

Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) on Downtown Abbey

Cora Crawley is the real definition of a fine lady. Looking after her financially unfortunate husband and head-strong daughters, she maintains peace and calmness through drama and scandal, all while maintaining class, poise, and dignity.

Janet King (Lally Cadeau) on Road to Avonlea

Janet King is the not the typical mother you would find playing house in the 1900s. Her devotion and outspokenness on family, financial, and political issues have always had everyone’s eyes and ears wide open. Janet King is more than just an independent-minded wife and mother, she’s a fighter!

Honey Sutton (Cynthia Belliveau) on Wind at my Back

No mother is as strong and fierce as Honey Sutton on Wind at My Back. Raising her two sons, losing her husband, and battling tuberculosis and the great depression,(not to mention also her mother in law!) Honey Sutton is a mother to truly watch and admire.


Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle) on Little House on the Prairie

If any mother has worked harder than ever before it’s definitely Caroline Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. Mothering seven kids on a prairie before any technology and modern conveniences, Caroline Ingalls is the ultimate Mother Champion!

Marilla Cuthbert ( Colleeen Dewhurst) Anne of Green Gables

Marilla may not have given birth to Anne Shirley, but she was the Mother that Anne needed. Marilla may be harsh at times, and slow to warm up to people, but she has a kind heart and always does her best by Anne. The bond between Anne and Marilla is beautiful and one the many would envy.

Who is your favourite TV mother figure?

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