Mother's Day Special

06 May, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

Moms, mama, ina, nanay, mother, ma, mum – can’t live with them, can’t live without them. She is your first love who kisses all the boo-boo’s away. Then she becomes your worst enemy who always embarrasses you and just doesn't understand how hard your life is! She then becomes your nagger, yapping incessantly to push you to make something of yourself. Then she becomes your best assistant, helping you navigate the adult world. And finally she becomes your inspiration when you become a parent yourself.

Moms provide the best material for any stand-up comedian with their little quirks and strange habits. Their incessant Facebook like’s and comments, their constant pushing of food to you, their never-ending treating you like a baby – that’s why we love them!

In celebration of Mother’s Day this May 12, we’ve come up with a list of the worst TV moms* of all time. It’ll make you want to buy your mom a Mother’s day gift and give her a long hug!


1.         Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development

We at Quirks are suckers for this short-lived but critically applauded show (it’s where we got our company name). Lucille is narcissistic, selfish and extremely manipulative. Even after the Bluth Family lost their fortune, she still constantly treated herself to spas and face lifts. Her youngest is socially inept and dependent on her because of constant emotional abuse. In the finale, it is revealed that she is responsible for the Bluth Company’s illegal actions. Dishonest and a plain criminal? Oh the shame mother!


2. Angela Petrelli from Heroes

Talk about playing favourites! This matriarch of the powerful Petrelli clan was so obsessed with her eldest son Nathan ascending to the presidency, that she was willing to have her youngest Peter, nuke half of New York.


3. Estelle Costanza from Seinfeld

Just the sound of her screeching voice is enough to make us qualify her for the list. Overbearing and obnoxious, she once faked throwing out her back after catching George doing something nasty in the garage. Estelle sure knows how to pile on the Jewish guilt!

4. Irina Derevko from Alias

Shot her daughter upon meeting her for the first time in 30 years (who all this time believed that she was dead). Enough said.


5. Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock

Brings new meaning to the phrase “Tough Love”. She constantly berated Jack and belittled everything he did. Relentlessly demanding, she was the kind of woman no one would dare to mess with – even at 80+ years old. When Jack was voted captain of the diving team, she said "What a great way to meet guys!”.


*To keep this post from getting too depressing, we chose fictional moms that didn’t fall into the hellish category (Betty Draper from Mad Men, Lettie Mae from True Blood, Gillian from Boardwalk Empire) so yes, there are a lot worse TV Moms out there that we didn’t include.

Now don’t you feel like calling your mom to greet her "Happy Mothers Day"?

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