7 TV moms who will make you appreciate your mother

Every Mother’s Day, at least a few dozen articles pop up about the wonderful and iconic fictional mothers that everyone wishes would adopt them. But no one knows you or can take care of you as well as your own mother. We’re all guilty of taking our moms for granted. And that’s because you can’t really appreciate the good without getting a taste of the bad. So, this Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at 7 of the worst moms to ever exist on television. In fact, they’re so bad that they’ll give you a newfound appreciation for your own mother.

Cersei Lannister – Game of Thrones

 

When you manage to raise someone as repulsive as Joffrey Baratheon, you know you’ve done something (or everything) wrong. From lying about her son’s parentage to poisoning her own children, there’s nothing that’s too extreme for Cersei. While that may not always be a bad thing, we all know how Joffrey turned out!

The Mother – How I Met Your Mother

Being open with your children is a good thing. Telling them about every sexual encounter you or your friends have ever had? Not so much. Between allowing that and not giving them food, water or even a bathroom break for 9 years, Tracy might just be the most negligent mother on television.

Evelyn Harper – Two and a Half Men

Evelyn is the mom everyone has seen at a kitty party. The air kisses, the "overly doting mother" voice, the look of concern – She’s got it all down pat. But anyone who has watched more than two episodes of the show knows that her children aren’t exactly at the top of her priority list. After all, no other mom would try to sell her deceased son’s house at his funeral.

Nancy Botwin – Weeds

 

At first glance, Nancy is just a hardworking mother trying to make ends meet for her family. After all, how is her story any different from Walter White? Well, for starters, Walter didn’t have his son arrested for working for a rival drug cartel. He also didn’t drag him into a world of drugs and criminal activity, keep him from going to college and help him cover up a murder. Sorry, Nancy. No cards for you this year!

Betty Draper – Mad Men

With her beautiful blonde hair and her deep blue eyes, Betty is the picture of a good suburban mom. Until you get to know her story, that is. A few of Betty’s finest moments as a parent include putting a dry cleaning bag on her daughter’s head to get her to clean Betty’s room, calling her 10-year-old daughter a "little lesbian", calling her fat and of course, the infamous slap.

Lily van der Woodsen – Gossip Girl

For Lily, it’s all about the money. The cost, even if it is her children, is always justifiable. Not noticing when her daughter absconds to a different country. Having no clue what her son is up to. Not realizing that her daughter dropped out of college. Completely ignoring her stepchildren who have more issues than Vogue. These are just a few of the moments that paint an accurate picture of Lily van der Woodsen, the mother.

Lucille Bluth – Arrested Development


"I love all my children equally."
"I don’t care for Gob."

This list would be incomplete without Lucille Bluth, whose parenting technique majorly consists of sipping martinis and shooting disapproving glances. From criticising Lindsay’s every move to her unhealthy attachment with Buster, she is the queen of extreme. After all, which other mom has adopted a child just to make her other son jealous?

Sure, your mom might not have let you buy that fancy gadget a couple of months ago. She might’ve even grounded you instead of letting you go to the hottest party in town. But wouldn’t you rather have that, than turn into Joffrey Baratheon or Buster Bluth? Now that you know how much worse you could’ve had it, we’re sure you can’t wait to give your mother a hug. So, what are you still waiting for? Go, make her Mother’s Day amazing!

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