11 TV Shows With Mom-Daughter Relationships We Totally Live For

Alaisha Key | Feb 16, 2017 TV
11 TV Shows With Mom-Daughter Relationships We Totally Live For
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There's nothing like the bond between a mother and a daughter. Sure, some may have their share of issues. But the one thing that gets everyone through the ups and downs (especially during those teenage years) is love -- and the knowledge that you're not alone. Those relationships might not be perfect for everyone, but they are certainly irreplaceable.

Just turn on the television -- there are tons of moms and daughters that will give you all of those familiar feels on a daily basis. And we've rounded some classic and modern TV pairs that, at their core, will definitely give you #MotherDaughterGoals. 

  • Gilmore Girls


    Loreali (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) have the open relationship that every mother and daughter want. This coffee-loving pair -- who are as tight as their knowledge of pop culture -- recently rekindled that old Gilmore magic in the Netflix revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

    No matter how easy or uncomfortable the situation, these ladies are able to talk about any and every thing. And that special bond, no matter how flawed it may be, is what many moms aspire to have.  

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  • Sister, Sister


    It's pretty hard to forget this '90s sitcom about a set of twins who were separated at birth and happen to find each other at the mall. But what's even more memorable than the shenanigans that Tia (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) and Tamera (Tamera Mowry-Housley) get into is the open and honest relationship that mama Lisa Landry (Jackee Harry) has with her adopted daughter Tamera. These two set the standard for talking it out -- and let's not forget her heart-to-hearts with Tia, as well. 

  • Jane the Virgin


    You probably need a strong support system to back you when you've been accidentally artificially inseminated with a stranger's baby. And that's exactly what Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) gets from her family. But mom Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) is Jane's rock. They are there for each other to navigate through this crazy thing called life (or rather the telenovela version) and keep each other grounded.

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  • Golden Girls


    Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) may make up two-fourths of the Golden Girls, but this duo definitely stole the show on more that one occasion. Behind their humorous jokes (that kept each other on their toes), the two have a love and a bond that most could only dream of. After all, they aren't just mother and daughter, they're friends, too.    

  • Who's the Boss?

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    We all get set in our ways, but in Who's the Boss?, mom Mona Robinson (Katherine Helmond) definitely pushes daughter Angela Bower (Judith Light) out of her comfort zone when she all but promises a housekeeping job to single dad Tony Micelli (Tony Danza). Mona has no trouble communicating the message to Angela to live in the moment. And the push-pull of Angela's practicality and Mona's appetite for life works in both of their favors. 

  • Family Matters


    Family Matters gave us one of TV's favorite families, the Winslows, as well as the unforgettable Steve Urkel (Jaleel White). But the sitcom also gave audiences a relationship that many moms would love to emulate. Harriette (JoMarie Payton) and Laura (Kellie Williams) navigate all those crucial kid-to-adult years throughout the show's nine-season run. And throughout it all, these two always find that common ground and end their days with the love and laughter that made the show the staple that it is, even today.

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  • Once Upon a Time

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    While Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and mom Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) -- aka Snow White -- may not have the typical relationship, Once Upon a Time fans can't argue that the two have something unique. They formed a friendship in the cursed town of Storybrooke before discovering that they are in fact mother and daughter. They've had many battles against evil witches, trolls, and more, and through it all, these two heroines always have each other's backs against the odds. And if either's in trouble, the other will surely find a way to get them out of it.

  • Mom


    The main ladies of the CBS sitcom Mom certainly have a mess of problems, but Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney) have a dysfunctional relationship that works. Both are trying to turn their lives around. And they prove that there's no better support system to have than each other. 

  • The Simpsons


    We couldn't leave Marge (Julie Kavner) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) Simpson off this list. We've been watching this mom and outspoken daughter deal with the trials of growing up for decades. And Marge has managed to raise an intelligent young lady with feminist views, who also makes her rethink her world on the daily. These two learn from each other, just like audiences keep learning from them.

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  • Reba


    Reba (Reba McEntire) definitely gives us #MomGoals as she writes the script for how to handle a divorce, an ex-husband's expectant mistress, and a pregnant teenage daughter in Reba. And her relationship with said daughter -- Cheyenne (JoAnna Garcia) -- deserves notice.

    Reba deals with Cheyenne's life-changing pregnancy by offering the love and support that only the best mom can give. They figure out the new normal of their wacky circumstances as best as they can. And this mother and daughter grow together.  

  • Will & Grace


    When talking about lovable moms and daughters, we can't forget about the all too familiar relationship between Bobbi (Debbie Reynolds) and Grace (Debra Messing) on Will & Grace. Many can relate to the meddling mom and daughter dynamic. And let's not forget the "I Told You So" dance. But through and through, these women are full of laughs, and they show that at the end of the day, despite the bickering, it's all love.  

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