The greatest on-screen mother-daughter duos - From screaming matches and sass, to unconditional love and shoulders to cry on, these are the greatest on-screen mother-daughter duos that continue to illuminate the unique bond between a woman and her female offspring.
Rainbow and Zoey Johnson, 'Black-ish' (2014- ) - Rainbow (Tracy Ellis Ross) is an optimistic and energetic mom who often doesn't seem to know how to connect to her media-obsessed older daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi). Despite this, the two share admiration and unconditional support for each other, and their moments of honesty are golden.
Donna and Sophie Sheridan, 'Mamma Mia' (2008) - Despite Sophie's frustration with not knowing who her father is, this duo shares one of the sweetest mother-daughter relationships, particularly when they sing 'Slipping Through My Fingers.'
Bonnie and Christy, 'Mom' (2013- ) - This mother-daughter duo has a big lesson to teach about forgiveness and family love, as they attend AA meetings together and constantly point out each other's flaws—yet still somehow figure things out.
Sonu and Mindy Lahiri, 'The Mindy Project' (2012-2017) - Sonu and Mindy's relationship is so great because it both explains where Mindy gets her headstrong theatrics from, as well as delivering some much-needed wisdom in critical moments.
Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, 'Gilmore Girls' (2000-2007) - Witty dialogue at 100 miles a minute, heaps of junk food, excessive coffee-drinking, and a deep well of mutual love and respect make this mother-daughter duo the ultimate relationship goals.
Clair, Sondra, Denise, Vanessa and Rudy Huxtable, 'The Cosby Show' (1984-1992) - Though they're not so much of a duo, Clair Huxtable's relationships with her (very different) daughters gave everyone the opportunity to see a bit of their own mother-daughter relationships in the show.
Cora, Edith, Mary, and Sybil Crawley, 'Downton Abbey' (2010-2015) - Again, this is less of a duo, but Cora Crawley is a steady rock and shoulder to cry on for all of her daughters, and their dynamic relationships drive this high-toned period soap opera.
Mrs. George and Regina George, 'Mean Girls' (2004) - She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom! Amy Poehler's role as a Juicy Couture-clad mocktail-serving mother wasn't exactly admirable, but it was legendary.
Roseanne and Becky Conner, 'Roseanne' (1988-1997) - In a show praised for putting a realistic middle-class mother on television, Roseanne and Becky's relationship had all the complexities and nuances of a loving, bossy mom and a headstrong, sassy daughter who care deeply about one another.
Edith Bunker and Gloria Stivic, 'All in the Family' (1968-1979) - This duo had to deal with Archie Bunker, the bigoted husband of Edith and father of Gloria. Their relationship kept his outrageous behavior in line.
Ann Romano and Barbara Cooper, 'One Day at a Time' (1975-1984) - A feminist single mother with career and boyfriend troubles also had to deal with two rebellious teenage daughters, but Barbara—the more wholesome daughter—took a bit of the weight off.
Sophia Petrillo and Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak, 'The Golden Girls' (1985-1992) - The sassy Italian mother and eye-rolling daughter in this sitcom about four older women sharing a house in Miami set new goals for aging mother-daughter duos.
Patty and Angela Chase, 'My So-Called Life' (1994-1995) - In this show that many consider to have been discontinued too soon, Angela narrated a complex relationship with her mother that varied from wanting to physically harm her to feeling proud to be her daughter.
Peggy and Kelly Bundy, 'Married…with Children' (1987-1997) - Peggy and Kelly often conspired against the patriarch Al, and their dynamic relationship—amidst an already-dysfunctional family—kept things very interesting.
Nora and Kitty Walker, 'Brothers & Sisters' (2006-2011) - Nora Walker is the matriarch of the family and a large part of the reason why her daughter Kitty and the other siblings have stuck together through crisis after crisis.
Lisa and Tia and Tamera Landry, 'Sister, Sister' (1994-1999) - There's a kind of larger-than-life love that Lisa expresses for Tia and Tamera that makes you envious—even if you already have an amazing mom.
Christina and Carmen Lowell, 'The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants' (2005) - Through hard lessons and extreme disappointment, Christina and Carmen are each other's greatest protectors, sticking together in a way only a single mother and daughter abandoned by her father could.
Kris Jenner and the Kardashian-Jenner women, 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' (2007- ) - You couldn't leave out the ultimate "momager" and matriarch and her clan of extremely dramatic, yet unconditionally loving, daughters.
Shirley Renfrew and Laurie Partridge, 'The Partridge Family' (1970-1974) - Shirley was a widow and an impressively cool leader of this musical group of five, and she shared an especially close relationship with her eldest daughter Laurie.
Joyce and Buffy Summers, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003) - Buffy usually gets all the spotlight, but her mother's gentle and understanding nature ultimately enabled Buffy to repeatedly save the world, so, Joyce: thank you.