15 Hilarious — And Occasionally Helpful — Pieces of Advice From Your Favorite TV Moms

Because mother really does know best ... even if she "technically" isn't yours.

With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, you might find yourself reflecting on some of the wise words your mom has shared with you over the years. Because TV is so ingrained into our culture, you might also remember some of the advice you've heard from beloved sitcom moms. Odds are you've spent so much time with both, they've each had a unique impact on your life. 

In honor of our favorite fictional moms, here are 15 pieces of their "best" advice. But, unlike the words of wisdom from your actual mom, you don't have to nod your head and pretend you're going to take it:


1. It's all fun and games until someone gets hit with a football.

Carol Brady was always the softspoken yet stern voice of reason in the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch. With six kids (seven if you count the overgrown one she was married to) and one wild pigskin, well ... somebody had to be.  

2. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

The firm but fair Jessica Huang from Fresh Off the Boat is the queen of tough love. With her hands-on parenting techniques, she made sure her sons would grow into upstanding members of society — one way (her way) or ... nope, just her way. 

3. "Have fun" responsibly.

Bob's Burgers' Linda Belcher isn't so much a fountain of wisdom as she is a fountain of wine, but she's definitely on to something with this life motto. We'll take it — and a glass of pinot grigio. 

4. Make good choices.

First things first, Sophia Petrillo was the realest. On The Golden Girls, she kept her daughter Dorothy and the rest of the geriatric gal pals in check with her sage, not to mention straightforward, advice. 

5. Get some rest.

Lorelai Gilmore always had her priorities straight. Her No. 1 was always her daughter — and best friend — Rory. While her advice is often lighthearted and whimsical, that doesn't make it any less true. 

6. Help those in need.

So Emily Gilmore's "advice" often comes off sounding more like an idle threat, but her heart's always in the right place — or at least living in a colonial mansion next to the right place. As her daughter and granddaughter know all too well, you should probably just go with it. 

7. Family always comes first.

In Modern Family, Gloria Pritchett didn't just dispense motherly (if sometimes grammatically incorrect) advice to her sons, but to her stepgrandchildren, too. This gem transcends cultures, applies to multiple generations, and even rhymes. 

8. Mother knows best (and you'd know best to tell her so).

Rainbow Johnson from Black-ish may not be the most "traditional" TV mom, but she knows that — and she owns it. Not only does she believe in herself, but she instills that self-confidence in her children (so long as they don't get so confident they stop listening to her).

9. Pick your battles.

By far one of TV's funniest moms, Roseanne Barr ruled Roseanne with her steel sense of humor and an iron fist. Roseanne Barr always called it like she saw it — even when that meant seeing (and often laughing about) her own flaws. 

10. Make sure you get proper nutrition.

No one puts the "care" in "ceaseless criticism" quite like Lucille Bluth. The Arrested Development matriarch may not be the warmest parent, but she does still want the best for her children. 

11. Everyone's replaceable.

Jessica Huang: putting things into perspective and putting her son in his place since 1982.

12. Use your time wisely.

Kitty Forman from That '70s Show wasn't just the mother to her biological children Eric and Laurie, but all of Eric's friends, too. As a nurse, she did her best to instill them with healthy, lifelong values ... when she wasn't too busy enjoying a cocktail — or four. 

13. Know when to let things go.

Claire Dunphy, the other Modern Family mama, often has her hands full with three kids. Even though she might be considered a "control freak," you never see her sweat the small stuff — mainly because she has that under control, too. 

14. Stand up for what you believe in.

Roseanne had #nofilter decades before Instagram did. She was never afraid to speak her mind, and set that example for her fictional kids and thousands more real ones. 

15. No matter what, she'll always love you.

Claire Huxtable is perhaps the epitome of perfect TV mom. Throughout all eight seasons of The Cosby Show, she somehow managed to balance her career and her family with grace, poise, and some fierce one-liners. 

No matter how angry she might get, you always knew that, at the end of the day, you could depend on Claire for unconditional love — just like your real mom. 

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