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Happy Mother's Day: 12 Black TV Mamas We Wish Raised Us

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1. Lisa Landry: “Sister, Sister”

Lisa (played by Jackee Harry) was the more sporadic and fun one of the parent pair–and the girls (Tia & Tamera) were better for it. Could you imagine being stuck with your nerdy, stuffy dad all day?

2. 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.

3. Dee Mitchell: “Moesha”

Dee, aka Sheryl Lee Ralph, is still our mama in our heads. She was always the cool headed mother and wife of reason, but she could definitely lay the law down when she needed too.

4. Janet Kyle “My Wife And Kids”

Janet Kyle "My Wife And Kids" Source:Getty

Janet Kyle (Tisha Campbell Martin) was probably known for her meltdowns more than anything, but her motherly love made up for the bouts of crazy.

5. Pose’s: Blanca

6. Nikki Parker: “The Parkers”

This mama, perfectly played by Mo’Nique, gave us all the life with her confidence and witty clap backs.

7. Cookie Lyons: “Empire

8. Rainbow Johnson: “Black-ish”

9. Claire Huxtable: “The Cosby Show”

10. Vivian Banks: “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”

11. 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.

12. 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.