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Six TV Shows With Incredible Mom Characters

Mar 11 2010 - 6:00am

It's hard to keep track of the TV lineup much less get the chance to actually sit down and watch your picks once you are a mother. But, lately there are so many good shows on the tube with strong, relatable women characters that it's time to put your DVR to use! This allows a mama to watch the shows once her kids have been tucked into bed and skip the commercials which saves time. Here are six prime time series that are too good to miss. Check out why these shows and their maternal characters are a must-see!

Brothers and Sisters

Oh, those Walker women — they run the gamut on motherhood on ABC's Brothers and Sisters [1]. Matriarch Nora (Sally Field) has made a life out of mothering (and sometimes smothering) her five children, but who can fault a loving heart? Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) proves that a working mom can have it all, but not necessarily at the same time as evidenced in the painful scene when she was forced to turn Paige and Cooper over to her ex-husband, Joe. And, Kitty (Calista Flockhart) illustrates how perseverance pays off whether it be in pursuing adoption or battling cancer.

Photos copyright 2010 ABC [2] Inc.

The Good Wife

In CBS's The Good Wife [3] Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is a wronged wife who stands by her politician husband Peter (Chris Noth) while he is embroiled in a sex scandal. Women scorned can sympathize with the mother of two as she deals with her husband's infidelity, but Alicia's also an inspiration to those who have to pick up the pieces of their broken marriages and support their children. The former stay-at-home-mom returns to law after a long hiatus to become the family breadwinner during her husband's incarceration and subsequent house arrest and proves everything happens for a reason.

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Grey's Anatomy

Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) puts work first on ABC's Grey's Anatomy [5], but who can fault her for wanting to keep a job that she's worked so hard to get? Though Miranda doesn't get to see her son Tucker as much as she'd like, she uses her talents to save other people's children at Seattle Grace. A woman may be a mom, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't be respected for choosing her career.

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The Middle

Frankie Heck is a compilation of all the things most moms feel guilty about — she's a yeller, she serves up dinner in a fast food bag and can barely make financial ends meet. But, Patricia Heaton's Midwest mom character also proves that unconditional love, humor, and dedication are all it really takes to raise kids (even if they end up a little odd!) in ABC's The Middle [7].

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Modern Family

ABC's Modern Family [9] offers viewers two phenomenal and funny mothers. Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) is a type-A mom raising her three eclectic kids and railing in her fourth child, husband Phil (Ty Burrell). Her stepmother, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofía Vergara) is a Colombian firecracker and passionate mother of Manny (an old soul) who wants her son to be true to himself and find happiness in the fifth grade.

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NBC's Parenthood [11] offers up four mommies. Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) is the glue that holds the Braverman clan together and reels in the family patriarch, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson). Her daughter, Sarah (Lauren Graham) is a recent divorcee struggling who moves back home to make ends meet and give her teenage kids a fresh start. Her younger sister, Julia (Erika Christensen) is a young mom trying to get ahead in her career and still make time for her daughter who openly prefers her father. And, sister-in-law Kristina (Monica Potter) seems to have it all together until her son is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

Photos copyright 2010 NBC [12] Inc.

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