Happy Mother’s Day: TV Moms We Love

by | May 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM | Bates Motel, Dance Moms, Downton Abbey, Family Guy, Friday Night Lights, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Parenthood, The Simpsons, XFINITY Streampix

Denise Sherwood from “Army Wives

Series: “Army Wives” is an ensemble drama on Lifetime that centers around the lives of a group of military spouses living on a U.S. Army base.

Why We Love Her: Catherine Bell plays nurse Denise Sherwood, a hard-working wife and mother who is a constant source of support for her Army husband Frank and a dedicated mom to her two children, Jeremy and Molly.

 

 

Norma Louise Bates from “Bates Motel

Series: A&E’s new series “Bates Motel” explores the teenage years of Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

Why We Love Her: Academy Award-nominated actress Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”) is excellent in her portrayal of Norma Bates, a complex incarnation of the classic “Psycho” character. Norma struggles with extreme jealousy, especially when it comes to her favorite son Norman, and she has a more tumultuous relationship with her son Dylan (Max Thieriot), Norman’s older half-brother.

 

The Moms of “Dance Moms

Series: “Dance Moms,” a Lifetime reality show following competitive-dance instructor Abby Lee Miller, her young students and their moms.

Why We Love Them: These ladies bring a whole new meaning to the term “stage mom.” While they may seem a little too tough on their young daughters at times, it is evident that they just want the best for them. And to win.

 

 

 

Violet Crawley from “Downton Abbey

Series: “Downton Abbey,” a British period drama centered around the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff that maintains their massive Yorkshire estate.

Why We Love Her: Maggie Smith‘s Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, is set in her ways and has difficulty accepting change but is always there to support her family. At first glance, she appears to be a bit of a snob, but time shows that she is both compassionate and loving.

 

 

 

Lois Griffin from “Family Guy

Series: “Family Guy” follows the animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that puts some fun in dysfunctional.

Why We Love Her: Lois, voiced by Alex Borstein, is constantly tasked with correcting the wrongs of her dim-witted husband Peter. She is a loving mom to teens Meg and Chris and sassy baby Stewie. Not to mention caring for Brian, the talking dog.

 

 

 

Tami Taylor from “Friday Night Lights

Series: “Friday Night Lights,” a drama created by Peter Berg, centers on the players and coach of a high-school football team in a small Texas town in which football is near religion.

Why We Love Her: Tami Taylor, played by actress Connie Britton (“Nashville”), is the extremely committed and understanding mother of two daughters, Julie and Gracie Belle. Tami resides in Dillon, Texas with her husband Eric (Kyle Chandler), the varsity football coach of the Dillon Panthers.

 

 

Kris Jenner from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Series: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” chronicles the privileged lives of L.A.’s blended Kardashian-Jenner family.

Why We Love Her: Kris Jenner, 57, is constantly committed to aiding the careers of her her six children (Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner). She is often credited with growing her family’s reality television empire, but she’s also always there to lend a shoulder to cry on if something goes wrong for one of her kids.

 

 

Peggy Bundy from “Married…With Children

Series: This lowbrow hit about the Bundys, TV’s first family of raunch, made the new Fox network a player. The long-running series prospered, despite threats of sponsor boycotts and the ire of some critics, who objected to the show’s offbeat, sometimes coarse humor.

Why We Love Her: Katey Sagal plays the outrageously funny redhead known for constantly annoying her husband. Though quirky, Peggy is a loyal mom to teens Kelly and Bud.

 

 

Camille Braverman from “Parenthood

Series: A comedy-drama following a large and imperfect family as they tackle the challenges of raising kids and starting over after setbacks. Based on the hit 1989 film.

Why We Love Her: Quiet Camille, portrayed by actress Bonnie Bedelia, is the matriarch of the outspoken Braverman clan. She is the backbone of the entire family and never fails to give advice to her four children.

 

 

 

 

Marge Simpson from “The Simpsons

Series: “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening’s subversive, animated satire about Springfield’s hapless first family, is TV’s longest running comedy.

Why We Love Her: Who else could deal with Homer’s antics? Marge Simpson, voiced by Julie Kavner, is the constant voice of reason in the Simpson family and one of the most beloved moms in the history of television.