Mother's Day is here and as we celebrate all that this important person has done for us, TV Fanatics know that not everyone got quite so lucky in the parental department.
As the following list of TV mothers clearly reveals, maternal instincts don't always come naturally. From lies and manipulation to outright abandonment, help us decide which of these mothers should earn the title of worst mother currently on TV.
Victoria Grayson (Revenge) It was bad enough when Charlotte had to listen to her mother say out loud that she wished she had never been born. But Victoria went on to manipulate both of her children and attempt to ruin their love lives. Now we've found out she has another child which she gave away in order to fly to Paris on an art scholarship, and then paid him off years later to stay gone. Somehow I don't see a Mother's Day card in Victoria's mailbox this year.
Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones) She's the mother of Joffrey Baratheon. Do we really need to say anything more? Cersei's incestuous relationship with her brother and indulgent parenting created this unstable little psychopath. Then she did everything in her power to make him king. As her brother Tyrion aptly said of young King Joffrey, "We've had vicious kings, and we've had idiot kings...but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!"
Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time) The sad part is that in her own warped way, Regina loves Henry. Unfortunately for Henry his adoptive mom is horrible at sharing…to the point of planning to destroy an entire town and murdering his biological family in order to have him all to herself.
Moira Queen (Arrow) Moira was responsible for her own son's kidnapping. Yes, she can justify it by claiming it was to save his life but in the end, even the son who loves her has his doubts. Either way, Moira is in way over her head and there will be consequences to her actions.
Joan Hunt (Body of Proof) For decades Joan refused to discuss her husband's suicide with anyone, even the man's own daughter. She even went so far as to hide the his suicide note from authorities. Now that Megan's all grown up and a medical examiner to boot, she wants answers. Instead of allowing her daughter to find some peace, Joan still insists on standing in her way…which leads us to wonder what exactly she's hiding?
Marianne Booth (Bones) Marianne dropped back into Seeley Booth's life with a smile on her face, as though she hadn't been gone for 24 years. Acting as though leaving her two boys to fend for themselves against an abusive father while she took off to save herself was forgivable. The final insult…she seemingly had no trouble finding a new love and helped raise his kids while she was gone. That Seeley has let her back into his life certainly speaks of a strength of character he didn't get from mom.
Who deserves TV Fanatic's Mommy Dearest award this year? Make your pick below and then let us know if we left anyone out in the comments below.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.