Who didn't love Lucy? She is probably the funniest mom in sitcom history, always trying to trick her loving husband. Her red hair and facial expressions made her stand out all right, but her sense of humor made America fall in love with her (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
Who does not remember the sitcom "Step by Step"? It was one of the only shows that made you say "T.G.I.F" (Thank God it's Friday). That was before the time of OMG! Suzanne Somers played the cool, yet stern mom on this show which ran from 1991 to 1998. (Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Charlotte Rae from the TV show "Facts of Life" was a great person to turn to for advice. She was mostly respected on this show for her mother-like role and her mentorship to the girls at Eastland Academy (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Newsmakers).
If you never watched The Cosby Show growing up then you missed out on a lot. Phylicia Rashad played the loving mother and wife, Clair Huxtable, on the show which ran from 1984 to 1992 (Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images).
Patricia Heaton played the tough wife on Everyone Loves Raymond. She played the no-nonsense wife who refused to bite her tongue when she got into it with her in-laws. Patricia is definitely a sitcom mom to remember. (Credit: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images)
Meredith Baxter played Elyse Keaton, the loving mom on Family Ties. Baxter really set the stage for sitcom moms and moms in general because she demonstrated how to juggle a career and raising kids at home. (Credit:Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Marion Ross played the tidy, stern mother on Happy Days. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images)
Joanna Kerns played Maggie Malone on Growing Pains, a show that lived up to its name. The show depicts the pains that come with life as one grows older. As the mother, Joanna did well teaching her own kids this lesson. (Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
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(Credit: AP)If you weren't watching Family Matters on Friday night, then you missed out on a lot. Jo Marie Payton (pictured on the far right) played a loving mother of two kids. But with a comical young neighbor who would always stop by the house, you might as well have thought she raised three kids.
All in the Family was one of television's classic, yet controversial shows. Jean Stapleton played a loving and sweet mother, and the wife of Archie Bunker (Credit: Scott Gries/ImageDirect).
Daphne Maxwell-Reid played the role of Vivian, the loving mother of three on the 90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Her nephew, Will Smith, often tried to challenge her with his street smarts. But no-nonsense Aunt Viv was not having it (Credit: Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect).
Wonder Years was by far one of the best sitcoms to ever air. Why? Because it made you think the seventies were in fact the wonder years. Actress Alley Mills did a nice job raising Kevin Arnold, played by Fred Savage (Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for the Pantages Theatre).
In the late 90's Tanya Roberts became more popular among younger audiences. She played Midge Pinciotti or "mom" on That 70's Show. (Credit: Getty Images)
From 1988 to 1997, Roseanne Barr starred as a working class mom on the ABC sitcom "Roseanne" (Credit: Newsmakers).
If you ever needed your home repaired, you'd call on Tim Allen of Home Improvement. But Patricia Richardson played the supportive wife and the wise and loving mother of three, Jill. The sitcom aired on TBS from 1991 to 1999 (Credit: Getty Images).
Barbara Billingsly embodied the perfect 50s mother. She played the mother of Wally and Beav from the sitcom "Leave it to Beaver". She died last year at the age of 94 (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
Peggy Bundy may not have been the best mom, but she was the best she could be! She played Kelly and Bud's mom, and Al Bundy's wife on "Married...with Children"(Credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect).
From 1984 to 1992 actress Judith Light played the authoratative mom on "Who's the Boss?" Even though she thought she was the boss, her housekeeper, played by Tony Danza, often comically stepped in (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images).
Everyone knows Carol Brady, the loving mother of six children on the hit series, "The Brady Bunch". Actress Florence Henderson played a loving mother and wife who always gave great advice (Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images).
The Brady Bunch had some tough competition when it came to The Partridge Family. Actress Shirley Jones played the mother of five youngsters who embark on a music career (Credit: George McGinn/Getty Images)
Actress Lori Anne Loughlin played the beautiful mother of twin boys on the hit sitcom Full House. She helped raise her brother in-law's three girls, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle before having kids of her own (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images).
Actress Jane Kaczmarek played the mother on "Malcolm in the Middle" raising five boys, including whitty Malcolm which was played by Frankie Muniz. (Credit: Mark Sullivan/Getty Images)
This photo shows US Actress Elizabeth Montgomery, who starred in the 1960's television series "Bewitched," in which she played a nose-twitching suburban sorceress married to a wary mortal. Montgomery died 18 May after a battle with cancer at the age of 62. AFP PHOTO (Credit: FILES/AFP/Getty Images)
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Actress Mary Tyler Moore played a liberated mom on the "Dick Van Dyke Show", looking after her son and her husband (Credit: Alex Wong).
Vicki Lawrence was the popular mom on NBC's sitcom "Mama's Family". She is seen here backstage during the TV Land Awards in 2003 in Hollywood, California (Credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images).