20 TV Moms That Remind Us Of Our IRL Mamas
We’re rolling straight into mom season. While we credit our own mothers for, y’know, raising us by the rule of the chancla, it’s always a thrill to watch Latina moms on TV on their PG behavior.
Here’s all the moms on TV that we can relate to, that we love, and that continue to raise us.
1. Jane, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW
It would be a disservice to moms everywhere if we didn’t lead this article with Ms. Jane Villanueva, who we met as a suddenly artificially inseminated virgin. Despite the surprise pregnancy, she grew into an incredible mother to baby Mateo. Her perfectionist, organized nature made her into the most structured Latina mom on the planet. Brava!
2. Xiomara, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW
We wouldn’t even have a Jane Villanueva if it weren’t for 16 year old Xiomara getting knocked up with her in the first place. She was the balanced, cool, singer mom to the old school, religious and morally conservative abuelita in Jane’s life (read: Xo is pro-sex). We love you, Xo.
3. Alba Villanueva, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW
It’s a dynasty of powerfully strong women, OK! There’s no world where Alba doesn’t make this list. She keeps beautiful traditions alive in the Villanueva family and is one of the only Spanish-only speaking characters on a mainstream American TV show. Watching her overcome the fear of being deported and applying for a green card, and then become an American citizen was a powerful moment we wish for so many of our abuelitas.
4. Hermione Lodge, “Riverdale,” The CW
The rich family on the block is Latino, ay oh! Can you tell who the real boss in this photo is? Hermione may make some questionable business decisions with her husband, but she’s also a fierce leader. In this season of Riverdale, she’s running for mayor!
5. Gloria Mendoza, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix
Half Dominican, half Cuban actress Selinis Leyva f*cking slays as the now-behind-bars responsible, claws out mom. When her son got into a terrible accident and landed in the hospital, she spent the last season working as a double agent in the prison, plotting to use their prison guard hostages in exchange for being able to get out and be with her son.
6. Maria Ruiz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix
Enter Maria Ruiz, who usurped Gloria in the Spanish Harlem of the prison. She’s even more vicious than Gloria, and used Gloria’s plot against her to get her own deal, all to be released early and see her children sooner. She was forced to have a baby in the prison, so she is really yearning for time with her newborn and understandably so. You can’t help but love and understand the savagery.
7. Dayanara Diaz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix
Speaking of moms behind bars. Dayanara had a baby with a prison guard she fell in love with! In order to protect the baby daddy, she seduced another, very unlikeable guard, Powell, to explain her pregnancy. After her love died, she gave her baby to Powell’s mother to take care of in an act of complete selfless love for her baby. Oh, it’s because she shot another guard and was probably going to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Complicada, no?
8. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, “Modern Family,” ABC
Sofía Vergara plays a stereotype of moms in “Modern Family.” We love her for being the highest paid actress on television, and for finally giving Latinos a place in a family sitcom. The stereotype of the overprotective mother is not far off. She worries endlessly about Manny, and we’re all having flashbacks of our mom’s not letting us in the ocean past our knees until we were 12. Please tell me it wasn’t just me.
9. Carla Espinosa, “Scrubs,” ABC
Carla Espinosa is the badassery we all dream to be. She was a Head Nurse, a straight-shooting Dominican, and mother of two daughters. She somehow managed to run around the E.R., deal with the shenanigans of her friends, and raise two kids while staying cool. Rock on!
10. Liliana de La Vega, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW
Of all grannies, this one’s nickname was “Glam-ma”. She’s the abuela who will look flawless until her last breath, and will shower everyone she loves with gifts, besitos and will hate any woman her perfect boy dates. Hey, I never said she was perfect!
11. Penelope Alvarez, “One Day at a Time,” Netflix
This reboot features single mom, Penelope, who is raising several kids while dealing with her own PTSD from being in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. Esa Cubana actually gets the ‘single Latina mom’ character down to a T. Spoiler: she’s incredible.
12. Suzy Diaz, “Stuck in the Middle,” Disney
The most relatable mom on TV: Suzy often needs alone time to decompress from the chaos of her children. She’s also got that twisted Latina need to mess with her kids’ heads by pretending she doesn’t know what they’re up to and then catching them red-handed. TBH, I would do the same. ?♀️
13. Angie Lopez, “The George Lopez Show,” ABC
Angie Lopez is the generous Latina mom that we all know and love. She heaps on piles of food for you and your friends. She also will not hesitate to knock a few teeth out of a teen punk who commented on her purple bracelets (remember when the color of your bracelets translated to some sexual thing you can’t believe you knew about when you were 12?). #Shero.
14. Gabrielle Solis, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC
OK, this is not your typical motherhood story, but all of our mothers have watched Gabrielle have an affair with the teen gardener, while her husband crosses the line and messes with her birth control, forcing a pregnancy during which she didn’t know who the father was. Long story short, they eventually have two daughters together, and Gabrielle devotion lies to them and them alone.
15. Theresa Russo, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney
Played by Maria Canals-Barrera, Theresa Russo is a mere mortal, but a fierce Mexican mother in all the ways you’d expect: she demands control of her house, caring, and hates magic. Ok, all our mom’s are brujas but just replace ‘magic’ with ‘technology’ and you’ve got yourself a mom we can relate to. ?♀️
16. Samantha Arias, “Supergirl,” The CW
Samantha Arias plays a single mother in “Supergirl,” when she realizes she shares origins with Supergirl. The motivation of protecting her daughter, Ruby, is what propels her to make the complete transformation into Reign, Supergirl’s adversary. #TeamReign
17. Marta Estrella, “Arrested Development,” FOX
Venezuelan supermodel, Patricia Velasquez, plays the Colombian family-first mom in Season 1. She also plays an actress on (fake) telenovela El Amor Prohibido, and ends up falling for her boyfriend’s brother, before finding all the brothers fighting over her. She could never be with someone who doesn’t respect family so she bowed out.
18. Lydia Riera, “One Day at a Time,” Netflix
You might recognize her as Glam-ma from Jane the Virgin, and that’s because Rita Moreno is the actual best. In a similar vein, Lydia is all about her beauty and is never seen without makeup. Best quote: “we are Cuban. We don’t get divorced. We die.”
19. Aleida Diaz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix
Sorry, but she don’t deserve a top at the spot because narcissism is too epidemic right now, and she left her daughter Dayanara to raise the rest of her kids. BUT–it seems like her fierce love for her kids feels like a weakness to her that she tries to mask, but can’t when she sees Daya on the news from the outside. She gets to the prison just in time to see her get taken away by police. We love to love her and we love to hate her.
20. Elena “Mami” Márquez, “Dora the Explorer,” Nickelodeon
OK, so Elena Márquez only makes a couple appearances in the show, and lets her daughter run around all over the place unsupervised, but is portrayed as a kind and caring mother. But def negligent. Who can’t relate to that? ?