CLASSIC TV MOMS
THE WORST TV MOMS
EndoraDustbin.It's no wonder the original Deadwin - er, Darrin (Dick York) - left "Bewitched" after Season 5 and was magically replaced with a very similar-looking actor (Dick Sargent). Not that (Agnes Moorehead) would've known the difference.
Mama - "Mama's Family"
Whether she was in a "Carol Burnett Show" sketch or raising hell on her own half-hour spin-off, Thelma-Mae "Mama" Crowley Harper wasn't your stereotypical warm, nurturing mom. The blue-haired, beer-drinking crank (Vicky Lawrence) could possibly be the worst TV mom in history. She never had a kind word to say. In fact, she reserved most of her vocabulary for her favorite pastimes: bickering, tirades, and withering putdowns of her children, Ellen (Betty White), Eunice (Carol Burnett), and Vinton (Ken Berry). Of course, with a brood as buffoonish and whiny as hers, can you blame her?
Peggy Bundy - "Married…With Children"
You know you're pretty awful when you ask your daughter, "Was I a bad mother?" and her response is "I don't know, whose mother are you?" Perhaps if Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal) had spent a little more quality time with Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino) and less with Oprah and a box of bon-bons, she'd rank among super-moms Carol Brady and Shirley Partridge instead of alongside Lucille Bluth and Livia Soprano in the Bad TV Moms Hall of Fame.
Estelle Costanza - "Seinfeld"
You could have a worse mother than Estelle Costanza (played brilliantly by Estelle Harris), mom to "Seinfeld's" George Costanza (Jason Alexander), but it'd be mighty difficult. She is shrill, overbearing, and humiliating -- and those are her nicer qualities. She's also constantly bickering with husband Frank (Jerry Stiller), nagging son George, and flirting with Jerry's neighbor, Kramer (Michael Richards). George blames her for all his neuroses, a theory we can't exactly disprove.
Livia Soprano - "The Sopranos"
No matter how strained your relationship with your mother might be, odds are she's never taken a hit out on you (and if she has, we apologize for bringing it up). But that's what Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand) tried to get her brother-in-law, Junior (Dominic Chianese), to do: whack her only son, Tony (James Gandolfini). He should have never suggested that "retirement community." Is that any way to treat your madre? Fuggetaboutit.
Marie Barone - "Everybody Loves Raymond"
With Marie Barone (Doris Roberts), you get a two-for-one deal: a horrible mother and an even worse mother-in-law. Intrusive, controlling, manipulative and over-nurturing - at least with Raymond - she is a housewife who excels in cooking, cleaning, and other things dealing with keeping a good home and family. To her kids, she can be sweet and nurturing as well as incredibly disparaging all in one breath. She often pits younger brother Ray (Ray Romano) against older brother Robert (Brad Garrett), traumatizing the latter for life. To daughter-in-law Debra (Patricia Heaton), her transparently kind gestures barely mask the evil, manipulative, hypercritical nature lurking just beneath the surface. Sadly, for Debra, Marie and her husband Frank live across the street.
Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) not only manipulated funds from her family's real-estate firm to maintain a pampered lifestyle, she manipulated her family too. The boozing pill-popper certainly wreaked havoc on children Michael (Jason Bateman), Gob (Will Arnett), and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi), but what she did to her youngest son - poor, clinging Buster (Tony Hale) - seemed most devastating. When Buster finally loosened the apron strings the tiniest bit, he ended up with a woman his own mother's age, also named Lucille. That's some serious damage.
Evelyn Harper - "Two and a Half Men"
You know a mother's bad when her sons call her the "devil" and program her phone number into speed-dial as 666. Such is the fate of Evelyn Harper (Holland Taylor). The over-sexed, overbearing mother of Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and Alan (John Cryer) is so self-centered they avoid her at any cost. Only the worst mother ever could spin such homilies as "I think God gives us children so death won't come as such a disappointment."
All the Women on "Desperate Housewives"
There must be something in the water on Wisteria Lane. Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) kicked her gay son out of the house and kind of stole her daughter's baby. Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) used her teenage daughter as an emotional crutch and tried to trap her into staying at home when it was time for her to spread her wings. Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) found parenting so overwhelming she got hopped up on her sons' ADHD meds. Gaby Solis (Eva Longoria Parker) struggles constantly with the fact that her two overweight daughters, neither older than six, aren't the models she herself once was. And Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) abandoned her son Travers for his "own good." Yeah, right. "The Supernanny" would have a field day with these very "Desperate Housewives." Reblogged from Yahoo! TV Blog.