Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s, I spent a lot of time watching television. Family oriented television still reigned supreme, and the sitcom was where it was at. I spent many hours watching not only the current sitcoms, but classic sitcoms as well. Nick at Nite was my best friend when I didn’t have to get up for school the next day. My favorite sitcom characters were almost always the TV moms; they were funny, loving, and had great relationships with their families. They were the kind of moms I wanted to be when I became a mom. Millennial moms like myself and many of my friends spent a lot of time with these sitcom moms. These were the moms we wish we had, or aspired to be like when our turn came. But there is no one size fits all mom. So there are plenty of sitcom moms to inspire us.

This is just a short list of some of the most popular and influential TV moms.

1. Clair Huxtable – The Cosby Show

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Clair Huxtable is the TV mom that most 80s and 90s kids wish they could be. Especially black women. She is the gold standard of TV moms. You simultaneously want to be her and have her take care of you. You can’t have a list like this without talking about her. She worked a full time job as a lawyer, mothered 5 children with the perfect mix of humor and discipline, and put up with her husband’s shenanigans. And she never had a hair out of place. She was superwoman.