What to watch and stream on Mother’s Day 2024

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Mother knows best. 

Mother’s Day 2024 is here on Sunday, May 12. 

If you want a low-key afternoon on the couch with mom, there’s a whole slew of movies and TV shows themed to the holiday. Some are recent releases, others are classic staples. 

Here’s everything to keep on your radar this year. 

‘The Idea of You’

This recent release is a rom-com, and it’s not strictly mom-themed. But Anne Hathaway’s character is a mom in it, and there are some cute mother-daughter moments. The movie follows Solène Marchand (Hathaway), a divorced single mom in her 40s who gets into a relationship with Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), a 24-year-old boy band star. 

Where to watch it: Prime Video

Nicholas Galitzine and Anne Hathaway in “The Idea of You.” AP
Galitzine and Hathaway in a scene from “The Idea of You.” AP
Galitzine and Hathaway in “The Idea of You.” AP

‘Mother’s Day’

This 2016 star-studded flick follows a wide range of people during the holiday, including divorced mom Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), adopted Kristin (Britt Robertson) meeting her birth mom Miranda (Julia Roberts) and more. Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant and Shay Mitchell co-star. 

Where to watch: Max.

Jennifer Aniston (left) and Kate Hudson in “Mother’s Day.” Everett Collection / Everett Collection
Julia Roberts in “Mother’s Day.” Everett Collection / Everett Collection

Mommy Meanest’

Lisa Rinna stars with her real-life daughter, Delilah Hamlin. Divorced mother Madelyn (Rinna) and her daughter Mia (Briana Skye) have a close bond that gets strained when Mia starts getting threatening text messages. Hamlin plays Mia’s friend, Summer.

Where to watch: Saturday, May 11, on Lifetime (8 p.m. EST). 

Lisa Rinna in “Mommy Meanest” on Lifetime. Jen Osborne and Allister Foster/Lifetime
Delilah Hamlin (left) and Rinna in “Mommy Meanest.” Jen Osborne and Allister Foster/Lifetime

‘Modern Family’ 

In Season 2, Episode 21, “Mother’s Day,” Claire (Julie Bowen) and Gloria (Sofía Vergara) want to go hiking for Mother’s Day, but after their kids complain, they go without them. Meanwhile, Phil (Ty Burrell) and Jay (Ed O’Neill) cook dinner for the family. 

Where to watch: Hulu

Sofía Vergara (fourth from left) and Julie Bowen in “Modern Family.” Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images
Ty Burrell (left) and Ed O’Neill in “Modern Family.” Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

‘Orange Is the New Black’ 

In Season 3, Episode 1, “Mother’s Day,” Caputo (Nick Sandow) organizes a Mother’s Day Fair for the inmates and their moms, which has mixed results. 

Where to watch: Netflix. 

Laverne Cox and Michael Rainey Jr. in “Orange Is the New Black.” ©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection
Laura Prepon (left) and Taylor Schilling in “Orange Is the New Black.” ©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection

‘Freaky Friday’ 

In the 2003 movie, single mother Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan), who don’t get along wake up to find out that they switched bodies. 

Where to watch: Disney+.

Jamie Lee Curtis (left) and Lindsay Lohan in “Freaky Friday.” Walt Disney Co
Lohan (left) and Curtis in “Freaky Friday.” Walt Disney Co

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ 

In Season 6, Episode 22, “Mother’s Day,” Marie (Doris Roberts) and Debra (Patricia Heaton) get into a fight and try to make Frank (Peter Boyle), Ray (Ray Romano) and Robert (Brad Garrett) pick sides.

Where to watch: Peacock.

Doris Roberts in “Everybody Loves Raymond.” CBS

’30 Rock’

In Season 4, Episode 20, “The Moms,” the cast and crew of “The Girlie Show With Tracy Jordan” celebrate the holiday with their moms coming to visit. Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) deals with a visit from his mom, Colleen (Elaine Stritch). Liz (Tina Fey) also learns that her mother’s true love wasn’t her father, it was Buzz Aldrin. 

Where to watch: Hulu, Peacock

Novella Nelson and Tracy Morgan in “30 Rock.” NBCUniversal via Getty Images
Kyoko Bruguera (from left) as Miho, Cheyenne Jackson as Danny, Jan Hooks as Verna, Jane Krakowski as Jenna, Elaine Stritch as Colleen, Morgan as Tracy Jordan, Nelson, John Lutz as Lutz’s mom, Anita Gillette as Margaret and Patti LuPone as Sylvia in “30 Rock.” NBCUniversal via Getty Images

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

In the Oscar-winning 2022 genre-bending movie, Chinese immigrant Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) travels through the multiverse, and her adventure also leads her to reconcile her complicated relationship with her daughter, Joy (Stephanie Hsu). 

Where to watch: Netflix.

Michelle Yeoh won an Oscar for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Courtesy Everett Collection
Yeoh travels the multiverse. Courtesy Everett Collection

‘The Goldbergs’ 

In Season 3, Episode 22, “Smother’s Day,” Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) forget about Mother’s Day. The two scramble to come up with “mom coupons” as a last-minute gift to their mom, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey).

Where to watch: Hulu

Troy Gentile (from left), Hayley Orrantia and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

‘The Sound of Music’ 

The hills are alive … In the original 1965 movie, former nun Maria (Julie Andrews) becomes the governess to the von Trapp family, and soon becomes a mother figure to the kids — eventually marrying Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and becoming their stepmom. 

Where to watch: Disney+

Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music.” Getty Images
Andrews (right), Christopher Plummer and the children. Bettmann Archive

‘Mamma Mia!’ 

The 2008 musical comedy follows Donna (Meryl Streep), a mom who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding. Meanwhile, the bride, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), has invited three men who might be her father: Irish American architect Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Swedish travel writer Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) and British banker Harry (Colin Firth). 

Where to watch: Unfortunately this isn’t streaming, but you can buy or rent it from Amazon, Apple TV+, YouTube or Google Play. 

Meryl Streep (center) dancing in “Mamma Mia!” Universal Studios
Donna (Streep, left) has a mother-daughter chat with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) in “Mamma Mia!” Universal Studios

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