7 Best Sitcom Moms of All Time
7. Estelle Costanza, Seinfeld
Loud, obnoxious and always grinding her ax into her son, George, Estelle (played by Estelle Harris) is easily one of the most unforgettable mothers ever to appear on the small screen. In her defense, who wouldn’t be at least a little unruly after catching her 30-something son masturbating at home?
6. Marion Cunningham, Happy Days
Mrs. C. (Marion Ross) keeps a tidy home and always has dinner on the table for her 1950s family. But her biggest accomplishment by far is the way she is able to have neighborhood bad boy Fonzie like putty in her hands.
5. Elyse Keaton, Family Ties
A liberal hippie who’s the mother of four children (including the ultra-conservative Alex), Elyse, played by Meredith Baxter, juggles her career as an architect with her responsibilities to her Reagan-era family.
4. Kitty Forman, That ’70s Show
Being the mother of a promiscuous daughter and sexually awkward pothead son is hard enough, but having that daunting task in the 1970s while being married to a grouchy Korean War veteran is enough to earn Kitty (played by Debra Jo Rupp) a spot on this list.
3. June Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver
No list of great sitcom moms would be complete without June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley). The ultimate 1950s housewife keeps her sons in order and maintains peace in the Cleaver household, all while wearing her trademark pearls.
2. Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch
Although she has the help of family housekeeper Alice, Carol (played by Florence Henderson) is kept on her toes trying to be the best mother possible to her six children—not to mention all the extra stress she endures when the annoying Oliver shacks up with the Brady gang.
1. Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show
She takes care of five children, keeps her husband happy and her marriage full of passion, and maintains a successful career as a New York attorney. There’s no way that Clair (Phylicia Rashad) wasn’t going to make the cut.