Mother's Day Tribute: 20 Best/Worst TV Moms From Revenge, Parenthood, Thrones and More
BEST: Kristina Braverman, Parenthood
PORTRAYED BY | Monica Potter
Even with a baby at home, Kristina is still dedicating herself to launching a charter school for Max and other differently abled students. Perhaps her response to Haddie coming out in the Season 5 finale best sums up her parenting style: “I would never be upset with you for following your heart. I love you no matter what.”
WORST: Cora, Once Upon a Time
PORTRAYED BY | Barbara Hershey
Between leaving Baby Zelena in the path of a cyclone and killing Regina’s boyfriend (R.I.P., Daniel!), Cora is pretty much 0 for 2 in the daughter relationship department.
BEST: Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife
PORTRAYED BY | Julianna Margulies
One of the busiest lawyers in Chicago, Alicia always has time to get her kids out of a jam, keep them away from Jackie — whatever’s on the to-do list.
WORST: Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
PORTRAYED BY | Lena Headey
While the Queen Regent seems genuinely distraught over her son’s untimely death, maybe if she’d been a better mother, li’l Joffrey wouldn’t have turned out so bad. (Yet another cautionary tale of incest, folks.)
BEST: Marge Simpson, The Simpsons
PORTRAYED BY | Julie Kavner
Sure, she’s a nagger — with the voice of Grover, no less — but Marge is an exceptionally loving mother, especially when you consider her children have been 8, 10 and a baby for the past 25+ years.
WORST: Lois Griffin, Family Guy
PORTRAYED BY | Alex Borstein
Is it any wonder why Stewie tries to kill his mother on a weekly basis? Between her constant attacks on Meg and her general disinterest towards Chris, Lois is kind of a monster.
BEST: Rayna Jaymes, Nashville
PORTRAYED BY | Connie Britton
Life at the James-Conrad household might not always seem harmonious, but everything Rayna has ever sacrificed has been for her daughters’ sakes. Plus, those three together make a sound that’s beyond words.
WORST: Victoria Grayson, Revenge
PORTRAYED BY | Madeleine Stowe
The next time you think your mom is trying to run your life, try comparing her to the Hamptons’ resident puppet master. Simply put, Victoria puts the “freak” in control freak.
BEST: Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
PORTRAYED BY | Julie Bowen
That Claire doesn’t suffer a complete mental breakdown every week is a testament to her own personal strength. Raising those four kids — and yes, we’re counting Phil — is not for the weak.
WORST: Maya Lewis, Scandal
PORTRAYED BY | Khandi Alexander
Mama Pope goes by many aliases, but any way you shake it, she’s a terrorist with a penchant for stabbing her husband. We can only imagine the bedtime stories she told Olivia as a child.
BEST: Topanga Matthews, Girl Meets World
PORTRAYED BY | Danielle Fishel
You’re probably thinking, “What? This show hasn’t even premiered yet.” That’s true, but after seeing Topanga on Boy Meets World, is there any doubt in your mind she’s going to own motherhood?
WORST: Betty Francis, Mad Men
PORTRAYED BY | January Jones
Betty’s long, sordid history with Sally aside, didn’t Bobby just trade Betty’s sandwich for a bag of gum drops during that field trip to the farm? No respect, I tell ya.
BEST: Hayley Marshall, The Originals
PORTRAYED BY | Phoebe Tonkin
Hayley is the newest mom on our list — so new, in fact, that her baby won’t technically be born until Tuesday — but she’s already proven herself to be the toughest mama wolf in New Orleans.
WORST: Lacey Hamilton, Awkward
PORTRAYED BY | Nikki DeLoach
Lacey doesn’t want to be a bad mom; she just can’t help it. Maybe I’m still bitter about the whole “carefrontation letter” situation, but last week’s mentor debacle — Lacey inadvertently hijacked Jenna’s freshman and inspired her to get pregnant — proved she’s still a total trainwreck.
BEST: Melissa McCall, Teen Wolf
PORTRAYED BY | Melissa Ponzio
Remember when Stiles called Mrs. McCall “mom”? He was basically right; she’s everybody’s mom. She even agreed to take in stray wolf Isaac, though he turned out to be a terrible house guest and we’re not ready to talk about him.
WORST: Judith Ryland, Dallas
PORTRAYED BY | Judith Light
The scariest thing on three legs — yes, that was a cane joke — Judith “Mama Likes” Ryland isn’t afraid to do the occasional line in front of her son. And no, that wasn’t a metaphor; Judith is cuckoo for cocaine.
BEST: Catherine de’ Medici, Reign
PORTRAYED BY | Megan Follows
Is Catherine manipulative? Sure. Is she relentless in her pursuits? Absolutely. But keep in mind: Every underhanded trick she’s ever pulled has been for the sake of dear, sweet Francis. If it happens to ensure a longer life for herself, then so be it.
WORST: Fiona Goode, AHS: Coven
PORTRAYED BY | Jessica Lange
Cordelia rarely saw eye to eye with her mother, but then again, could you look Fiona in the eye?! That woman is the devil.
BEST: Adalind Shade, Grimm
PORTRAYED BY | Claire Coffee
Hear us out: Adalind may be a serial trickster, but when it comes to keeping her baby safe, there’s nothing she wouldn’t do. In fact, she recently said, “I won’t let anyone take my child. They’ve got to kill me first.” (Careful with those words, Addie.)
WORST: Selina Meyer, Veep
PORTRAYED BY | Julia Louis-Dreyfus
With classic retorts like “Not everything is about you” and “You’re not f—ing Thor,” it’s pretty clear that Catherine is as in love with her mom quite as much as the viewers are.