Mom Wine

Even though Mother’s Day is typically celebrated with quiche and ribbons and little tufts of baby’s breath, and maybe—just maybe—a Bellini or two, the rest of the Mom Calendar Year is a lot less glorious, or delicate, and a lot more realistic about the need for a glass of something strong at the end of the day.

In honor of some of the iconic heroines of recent TV mom history, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, as well as their chosen methods of loosening up after a long day of dealing with the inevitable hijinks and heartaches of a TV family.

Marge Simpson – THE SIMPSONS

But for a serious gambling addiction, Marge Simpson’s got a pretty spotless background. But when the family moves into a futuristic, completely automated house courtesy of everyone’s favorite fun-lovin’ supervillain Hank Scorpio, and Marge finds herself with nothing to do, she does what many a bored housewife has done before. Respect.

Marge

“Old” Christine Campbell – THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE

We love JLD for a variety of roles (not least because she turns profanity into an art form on VEEP). But as a divorced single mom with a buffet of ridiculous troubles on her plate, girl’s gotta have a glass, or stein, of wine. (Note the World’s Best Mom cup.)

Old Christine

Olivia Pope – SCANDAL

OK so she’s not technically a mom on the show, but as a new mom in real life, we’re more than happy to pay some Mom’s Day respect to the queen of power wine guzzling.

Olivia Pope

Betty Draper – MAD MEN

Queen of cold delivery and that far away “What have I done with my life?” stare. Drinks like a class act, though.

Betty Draper

Claire Dunphy – MODERN FAMILY

Quirky queen of a far less…intense family than the Drapers, and a blonde prone to open her mouth a bit wider when unruly kids needed to get shouted at. Between managing (mostly) hilarious dysfunction and running interference for Phil, mama earns a glass of wine. And she knows it.

Claire

Malory Archer – ARCHER

Everyone’s favorite espionage matriarch, rarely seen without a drink in her hand, or a cutting remark about everyone’s unending incompetency.

Malorie

Lucille Bluth – ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

Between this role and Archer, Jessica Walters does seem to be typecast as a stern, devastatingly straight-talking, heavy drinker type. In fact, Malory Archer is basically cartoon Lucille Bluth. And boy, do we love her for it.

Lucille

Ramona Singer – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY

Not a “character,” but absolutely a character on RHONY. If you know a thing about “Turtle Time,” or just those insane Ramona Eyes, you’ll respect why this mom is the poster child for Pinot Grigio.

Ramona

Carmela Soprano – THE SOPRANOS

More often you’d see Carmela getting a plate of “cold past” or capicola out of the fridge for Tony, but sometimes, that poor beleaguered woman got to let her hair down. And, clearly, she didn’t f*ck around.

Carmela

Nancy Botwin – WEEDS

Mom’s will go to great lengths for their kids. Helping them with science projects. Making 24 last minute cupcakes for a bake sale. Selling illegal weed. So even though she’s not taking a drink here, we’re still including Mary Louise Parker’s character as Chill Mom of Mother’s Day.

Weeds