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1. These are some of our favorite, loving, bad a** TV moms. We love them so much, they might as well be our real moms in our heads.

These are some of our favorite, loving, bad a** TV moms. We love them so much, they might as well be our real moms in our heads.

Cookie Lyon–Empire

This sassy mama, played by Taraji P. Henson, came back from jail with a mission to reclaim her cubs. We’ve been constantly inspired by her come-back, her smart mouth, and her business savviness.

2. Rainbow Johnson-Black-Ish

Rainbow Johnson-Black-Ish

Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, is the quirky, hilarious mama we all wish we had. Tracee can even make “Do your homework” sound funny.

3. Nikki Parker- The Parkers

Nikki Parker- The Parkers

This mama, perfectly played by Mo’Nique, gave us all the life with her confidence and witty clap backs.

4. Dee Mitchell-Moesha

Dee Mitchell-Moesha

Dee, aka Sheryl Lee Ralph, is still our mama in our heads. She was always the cool headed mother and wife of reason, but she could definitely lay the law down when she needed too.

5. Vivian Banks—Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Vivian Banks—Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Viewers of “The Fresh Prince” were shocked when Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) suddenly looked..different. But the new Aunt Viv (played by Daphne Maxwell Reid) continued to carry out the role with grace and dignity.

6. Lisa Landry—Sister, Sister

Lisa Landry—Sister, Sister

Lisa (played by Jackee Harry) was the more sporadic and fun one of the parent pair–and the girls (Tia & Tamera) were better for it. Could you imagine being stuck with your nerdy, stuffy dad all day?

7. Tasha Mack–The Game

Tasha Mack–The Game

Tasha Mack (Wendy Racquel Robinson) was the single mama with talent in her uterus. She single-handedly helped Malik build his career, and she wasn’t going to let any man or woman stop that empire.

8. Janet Kyle–My Wife And Kids

Janet Kyle–My Wife And Kids

Janet Kyle (Tisha Campbell Martin) was probably known for her meltdowns more than anything, but her motherly love made up for the bouts of crazy.

9. Harriette Winslow–Family Matters

Harriette Winslow–Family Matters

Harriette Baines Winslow (Jo Marie Payton) was the steady voice of reason when Carl was losing his sh*t. Everybody needs some Mama Winslow in their life.

10. Maya Lewis-Scandal

Maya Lewis-Scandal

Okay, maybe we wouldn’t want to be raised by this sultry, evil, seductress (played by Khandi Alexander), but if Olivia turned out kick-ass (albeit, a little insane), maybe she didn’t do so badly after all.

11. Clair Huxtable–The Cosby Show

Clair (Phylicia Rashad) is just totally who we want to be when we grow up: wise, smart, and doesn’t take any sh*t.