With Mother’s Day just around the corner this Sunday — if you haven’t bought your card yet, bookmark this page and come back to it when you return from Target! — TVLine is celebrating those characters who exhibit serious Mom Goals.
Our roundup of the best current mamas on television features lovingly supportive and strong maternal figures from Lucifer, This Is Us, Superman & Lois and black-ish. We’re also highlighting the wonderful work of several solo moms who are doing the job of two parents on shows such as Bob Hearts Abishola, Evil and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. And of course, one doesn’t need to share blood with their “kids” to be a mother figure, as a certain Pose matriarch proves.
But not every small-screen mom is as caring and nurturing as the women (and one Mandalorian Frog Lady) we’ve singled out. Our list also includes a handful of terrible mothers — we’re looking at you, Penelope Blossom! — to balance the scales and remind us of what it takes to be a truly good parent.
Review our selections for the Best and Worst Current TV Moms below, then hit the comments to share your own picks! And if you’re so inclined, leave them a Mother’s Day message!