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The Worst TV Parents

May 14, 2009  |  7:00am
The Worst TV Parents

Celebrating TV’s best moms got us thinking about all the crappy parents on the little screen. Sometimes bad moms and dads make for good TV. 

1. Walt White (Breaking Bad)

His wife is pregnant, his son has cerebral palsy, and he’s too busy cooking meth and getting kidnapped to pay any attention to them. Oh, and he made his teenage son take tequila shots until he threw up in the swimming pool. Oh, and he uses the baby’s room to store money and weapons.

2. Nancy Botwin (Weeds)

Compared to crystal meth, marijuana’s no big deal. But honestly—why would you let your son join the cause? Either way, drug dealers don’t typically make the best mommies and daddies. 

3. Don Draper (Mad Men)

Granted, he’s more of a loser husband than father, but when he’s not absent, he’s setting an example of adultery and disrespect for women. No wonder his real name is Dick.

4. Celia Hodes (Weeds)

Agrestic is just full of bad mothers. This woman could verbally abuse a tree stump, but the worst is when she rails her poor daughter for being fat.

5. Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)

She’s a rude drunk, and Buster has Mama to thank for his anxiety issues.

6. Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)

She’s an okay grandmother, but when it comes to her daughter, she’s irrationally critical and uses money as leverage. 

7. Harry Morgan (Dexter)

I don’t care if your adopted son is a sociopath and you love him and you just want to keep him out of jail. Training your kid to be a serial killer is wrong.

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