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Poll: Happy Unconventional Mother's Day!

With Mother's Day looming, let's celebrate some special TV moms. While they may not have actually given birth to their children and/or share DNA with them, these moms love their kids just the same. Which do you feel is the best unconventional TV mother?

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Results of 389 votes:

  1. 1.

    Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst in Anne of Green Gables (1985)

     
    Marilla Cuthbert (Colleen Dewhurst), mom to Anne Shirley on Anne of Green Gables
  2. 2.

    Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Jessica Hecht, and Jane Sibbett in Friends (1994)

     
    Susan Bunch (Jessica Hecht), mom to Ben Geller on Friends
  3. 3.

    Yvonne De Carlo and Pat Priest in The Munsters (1964)

     
    Lily Munster (Yvonne De Carlo), mom to Marilyn Munster on The Munsters
  4. 4.

    Lana Parrilla and Jared Gilmore in Once Upon a Time (2011)

     
    Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla), mom to Henry Mills on Once Upon A Time
  5. 5.

    Fran Drescher, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, and Madeline Zima in The Nanny (1993)

     
    Fran Fine (Fran Drescher), mom to Grace, Maggie and Brighton Sheffield on The Nanny
  6. 6.

    Hey Arnold! (1996)

     
    Grandma Gertie (Tress MacNeille), mom to Arnold on Hey Arnold!
  7. 7.

    Danny Masterson, Topher Grace, and Debra Jo Rupp in That '70s Show (1998)

     
    Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp), mom to Steven Hyde on That '70s Show
  8. 8.

    Blair Brown and Anna Torv in Fringe (2008)

     
    Nina Sharp (Blair Brown), mom to Olivia Dunham on Fringe
  9. 9.

    Laverne Cox and Michael Rainey Jr. in Orange Is the New Black (2013)

     
    Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox), mom to Michael Burset on Orange Is the New Black
  10. 10.

    Maria Doyle Kennedy, Tatiana Maslany, and Jordan Gavaris in Orphan Black (2013)

     
    Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy), mom to Felix Dawkins and Sarah Manning on Orphan Black
  11. 11.
  12. 12.

    Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Charlotte Rae, and Lisa Whelchel in The Facts of Life (1979)

     
    Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae), mom to Tootie Ramsey, Blair Warner, Natalie Green and Jo Polniaczek on The Facts of Life
  13. 13.

    Lisa Edelstein in House (2004)

     
    Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), mom to Rachel on House
  14. 14.

    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, and Hayden Byerly in The Fosters (2013)

     
    Lena (Sherri Saum) and Stef Adams Foster (Teri Polo), moms to Brandon Foster and Callie, Jesus, Mariana and Jude Adams Foster on The Fosters
  15. 15.

    Mariska Hargitay and Jack Nawada-Braunwart in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

     
    Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), mom to Noah Porter Benson on Law & Order: SVU
  16. 16.

    Ron Howard and Frances Bavier in The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

     
    Aunt Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier), mom to Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show
  17. 17.

    Willie Aames, Betty Buckley, Grant Goodeve, Dianne Kay, Connie Needham, Lani O'Grady, Adam Rich, Susan Richardson, Dick Van Patten, and Laurie Walters in Eight Is Enough (1977)

     
    Abby Bradford (Betty Buckley), mom to the eight Bradford kids on Eight is Enough
  18. 18.

    Blake Lively and Ed Westwick in Gossip Girl (2007)

     
    Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford), mother to Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl
  19. 19.

    Shannon Woodward and Baylie Cregut in Raising Hope (2010)

     
    Sabrina (Shannon Woodward), mom to Hope on Raising Hope
  20. 20.

    Tamara Taylor and Tiffany Hines in Bones (2005)

     
    Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), mom to Michelle Welton on Bones
  21. 21.

    Beverley Elliott and Meghan Ory in Once Upon a Time (2011)

     
    Granny/Widow Lucas (Beverley Elliott), mom to Red Riding Hood/Ruby on Once Upon a Time
  22. 22.

    Brandon Cruz and Miyoshi Umeki in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)

     
    Jenna Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki), mom to Eddie Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie's Father
  23. 23.

    Joey Lawrence, Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Lauri Hendler, Kari Michaelsen, and Dolph Sweet in Gimme a Break! (1981)

     
    Nell Harper (Nell Carter), mom to Julie, Katie and Samantha Kanisky and Joey Donovan on Gimme a Break!
  24. 24.

    Gaby Hoffmann, Jeffrey Tambor, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, and Judith Light in Transparent (2014)

     
    Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), mom to Ali, Sarah and Josh Pfefferman on Transparent
  25. 25.

    Mary McDonnell and Graham Patrick Martin in Major Crimes (2012)

     
    Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), mom to Rusty Beck on Major Crimes
  26. 26.

    Kim Richards, Juliet Mills, David Doremus, and Trent Lehman in Nanny and the Professor (1970)

     
    Nanny (Juliet Mills), mom to Prudence, Butch and Hal Everett on Nanny and the Professor
  27. 27.

    Erin Gray, Joey Lawrence, and Ricky Schroder in Silver Spoons (1982)

     
    Kate Summers Stratton (Erin Gray), mom to Ricky Stratton on Silver Spoons
  28. 28.

    Lea Thompson, Constance Marie, Vanessa Marano, and Katie Leclerc in Switched at Birth (2011)

     
    Daphne Vasquez (Constance Marie), mom to Regina Vasquez and Kathryn Kennish (Lea Thompson), mom to Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth
  29. 29.

    Tina Cole, William Demarest, Beverly Garland, Don Grady, Barry Livingston, Stanley Livingston, Dawn Lyn, and Fred MacMurray in My Three Sons (1960)

     
    Barbara Harper Douglas (Beverly Garland), mom to Mike, Robbie, Chip and Ernie Douglas on My Three Sons
  30. 30.

    Martha MacIsaac and Sheila McCarthy in Emily of New Moon (1998)

     
    Laura Murray (Sheila McCarthy), mom to Emily Byrd Starr on Emily of the New Moon

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