On television, the spectrum of motherhood ranges from complete angel to very complicated villain.
Harriet Nelson: Rarely left the kitchen except to greet the kids after school with a plate of warm cookies on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."
June Cleaver: Mom extraordinaire who somehow kept everything together in her very perfect suburban family on "Leave it to Beaver."
Carol Brady: Became America's favorite perfect mother during her matriarch reign on "The Brady Bunch."
Elyse Keaton: One of TV's first working mothers, playing a hip architect with three children on "Family Ties."
Clair Huxtable: A strict but loving mother, wife and lawyer on "The Cosby Show." She shared child-rearing and household duties with husband Heathcliff.
Roseanne Conner: The working-class mom who led her family through good times and bad with her wisecracking, brash and unapologetic ways.
⊳ Marge Simpson: The well-meaning and extremely patient mother of "The Simpsons" family. She is the moralistic force and tries to maintain order.
Peggy Bundy: Gave motherly advice to her dysfunctional children on "Married With Children," but her favorite pastime was sitting on the couch in spandex while eating bonbons.
Lucille Bluth: The drunken, scheming matriarch on "Arrested Development" alternated between smothering and ignoring her adult children and grandchildren.
Livia Soprano: The manipulative, abusive mother to Tony, Barbara and Janice on "The Sopranos."
Cersei Lannister: In a show filled with brutality, this conniving puppet master has been behind many of the most dastardly deeds on "Game of Thrones."