Roseanne Barr is better known as Roseanne from her TV show (you guessed it) Roseanne. Her titular character defined what it meant to be a working-class woman in the '90s. Today, Barr has been no stranger to controversy. She speaks her mind, and has even run for President in 2012, but was unable to vote for herself. Barr, who voted in Hawaii, was not on the ballot and unable to put herself in as a write-in.
Sheryl Lee Ralph is best known for her role as Dee Mitchell on Moesha. But Ralph has had a successful career as a working actress long after Moesha (and UPN) went off the air. Ralph even appeared in Broadway plays Wicked and Dreamgirls, for which she was nominated for a Tony. Not too shabby!
Patricia Heaton's character Debra Barone really loved Raymond on Everyone Loves Raymond. Heaton is a mom in real life as well, mother to four sons. Heaton has been open about her post-childbirth plastic surgeries. Because you can't pop out four kids without needing a little work to put everything back in place!
So, technically, Fran Drescher's Fran Fine wasn't a mom on The Nanny. She was a cool babysitter who was somehow trusted with children, so we'll say she is "mom adjacent." In real life, Drescher is also a girl from Flushing. Her nasally Queens accent once stood in the way of her getting work on TV. Drescher worked hard to remove it, but eventually gained fame for her nasally dialect.
Katey Sagal has had a successful career after playing Peg Bundy on Married with Children. The actress has also voiced Leela on Futurama and played Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy. Sagal is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and has released an album off of her record label Valley Entertainment.
Lor Loughlin is best known for her portrayal of Becky Katsopolis on Full House. She recently reprised her role as Uncle Jesse's wife on the Netflix reboot Fuller House. Currently, Loughlin is married to fashion designer Mossimo - you know, the guy who makes literally half of your Target apparel.
Suzanne Somers played Carol Foster-Lambert, both a mom and a step-mom, on Step by Step. Somers hasn't really worked since the ending of the show in 1998. However, the actress had a long and successful career before the show. Somers is also known for her portrayal of Chrissy on Three's Company.
Jackée Harry played Lisa Landry on Sister, Sister. The New York City native has graced both the stage and screen, and made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical as Melinda Bernard in 1973. Harry is also actively helps others. She is the national spokesperson for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.
9. Janet Hubert From 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'
Janet Hubert was the original Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After some controversy and fights with the cast, Hubert left the show after only 10 weeks. Hubert, however, did write about her stint in her autobiography, Perfection is Not a Sitcom Mom.
10. Daphne Maxwell Reid From 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'
Daphne Maxwell Reid was the replacement Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and is the Aunt Vivian you know and love. Reid is also an accomplished costume designer and has been known for occasionally creating her own TV wardrobes. Additionally, Reid was also the first black woman to appear on the cover of Glamour.
Betsy Randle played Corey Matthew's mom Amy on Boy Meets World. Recently, Randle reprised her role on the reboot Girl Meets World. Randle hasn't worked very much as an actress after the end of Boy Meets World. However,Randle has appeared on a few episodes of Adam Ruins Everything.
12. Elizabeth Hess From 'Clarissa Explains It All'
As Janet Darling, Elizabeth Hess explained a lot to Clarissa on Clarissa Explains it All. The Canadian actress defined our childhoods on the popular Nickelodeon show. Recently, Hess explained it all to college students. Hess taught acting at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at New York University. Go Violets!
Patricia Richardson played Jill Taylor, the wife of Tim "the Toolman" Taylor on Home Improvement. Richardson was nominated for two Golden Globes and four Emmys for her work on the ABC show. Richardson isn't just an actress, she's also a samaritan. Richardson served as the National Spokesperson and was on the Board of Directors for CurePSP, a patient advocacy organization for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
Debra Jo Rupp wasn't just Eric Forman's mom Kitty on That 70s Show. She almost felt like your mom too. Which is probably why the Boston Herald named her the "Best Sitcom Mom." The actress has worked steadily since the show went off the air, most recently appearing in This is Us.
Marge Simpson is a woman who seems to never age! She's been entertaining audiences for over 30 years on The Simpsons, yet the years haven't shown up on her face. We wonder what's her secret? Is it really good botox? Whatever the reason, Marge Simpson is the one TV mom who truly has drunk the waters from the Fountain of Youth!