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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.