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Expanding What Motherhood Looks Like, One TV Show at a Time

How Lucy Ricardo, Clair Huxtable, and Chilli (yes, from “Bluey”) have shaped the way we see and experience motherhood.

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Once upon a time, June Cleaver was the most visible example on TV of how to be a mother. It's not hard to see how that depiction left the vast majority of moms—i.e. non-white moms, working moms, single moms, and moms who hated cooking dinner—feeling unseen.

Today, there are as many representations of motherhood on screen as there are, well, TV moms. In honor of Mother’s Day, we salute every one of them for showing the world that it’s possible to parent in poignant, imperfect, and hilarious ways.

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