TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: Best TV Mother of All-Time

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Happy Mother's Day, TV Fanatics!

In honor of this important occasion (did you send flowers?), what question could we have our staff answer for our latest Round Table discussion except: Who is the greatest television mom in history?

Read our responses and them chime in with your selection below...


Matt Richenthal: Debbie Wilson from 90210. She took in a troubled youth, was beautiful and had the smarts to get the heck off this before it really fell apart.

Jim Garner: Annie Camden. She was the glue for the Camden family on 7th Heaven

Arlene Gonzalez: Mrs. C from Happy Days. She put up with a Howdy-Doody-looking son; a fat, loudmouth husband; a freckle-faced, slightly-dykey daughter and The Fonz. And all without the assistance of either an anti-depressant or shot of whiskey.

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Miranda Wicker: Lorelei Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. She wasn't perfect and she didn't try to be. She just did what she thought was best regardless of what anyone else thought.

Leigh Raines: Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. She took everybody under her wing, her students were all treated like her kids. Also, best TV wife. Hands down. Love that couple.

Lindsey Kempton: Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development. "We may pick on each other, get into little scrapes, call each other names, and occasionally steal from each other, but that's because we're family."

Nick McHatton: Kirsten Cohen from The OC. Sure, Sandy brought Ryan home with him, but ultimately Kirsten was the one who let him live with them. She defended Ryan like one of her own, saw him as one of her own and became the mother Ryan always wanted and deserved.

Lisa Palmer: Agreed, Kirsten from The OC. Loved her.

Carissa Pavlica: Shirley Partridge from The Partridge Family.

Dan Forcella: Crazy Claire Littleton from Lost. Did you see how well she took care of Squirrel Baby?

Steve Marsi: Jenelle Evans from Teen Mom 2.

Your turn, TV Fanatics: Who is the best television mother in history?


brooke davis and haley james scott from One Tree Hill!! Best moms ever!!


I'm surprised no one said Karen from One Tree Hill.
She was a great mother to Lucas, plus she was hilarious!


The Cosby Shows, Claire Huxtable is at the top of my list and then the mother on Seventh Heaven. Who would not want either of the Huxtables as parents?


Claire huxtable. Done and done.


lorelai gilmore, annie camden, piper halliwell, susan delfino, lynette scavo, addison montgomery, meredith grey


I knew you would give a crap answer, Jim, you always do


Lorelai Gilmore, no doubt about that. She raised her kid all by herself and made her a responsible, well balanced young woman. She was uneducated, but picked herself up, took night classes and worked hard to eventually become manager, then owner of an inn. She was such an inspiration, a great mother with an amazing personality.


i was going to say Karen from One Tree Hill too.


someone tell me i am not the first person to say alicia florrick. and ditto tami taylor, she rocks


Did you really refer to someone as dykey? Not cool. I usually enjoy these round tables but using that sort of adjective is insulting. I can't believe that line got pass the editing process.