11 TV Moms Ranked From Best to OMG You Slept With My Boyfriend

TV moms are just like regular moms — there are good ones and then there are the ones who criticize everything you do and sleep with your ex-boyfriend just because they can.

Here are a handful of our favorite moms, ranked from best to worst.

1. Lorelai Gilmore


Lorelai Gilmore is one of those great TV moms that can only exist on TV. See, Lorelai is only 16 years older than her daughter Rory and consequently they have no trouble being best friends who share the same sweaters, music preferences and talent for digesting large quantities of food while maintaining perfect figures.

And honestly, they’re not just best friends , they’re the kind of best friends who can make jokes about how maybe if the other person had flowers growing out of her vagina she could finally be able to keep a man.


2. Connie Briton


No matter what television show Connie Britton is on, she’s one of the best TV moms. I can’t remember any of the names of the moms she played on Friday Night Lights, Nashville or American Horror Story, but I still loved them all because she’s Connie Britton and nobody with hair that shiny could ever be bad.

3. Ashley Marin


Pretty Little Liars isn’t exactly known for its responsible adult figures, but Ashley Marin is a great mom. She will do literally anything to keep her daughter safe and out of jail, including sleeping with a cop and destroying incriminating videotapes.

In addition to navigating all that drama she somehow manages to work a full-time job, have a somewhat active dating life, and keep her hair looking flawless.

Women, we really can have it all.

4. Kris Jenner

Sure, Kris can be pushy and/or thirsty at times but let’s be real, if it wasn’t for her hustle the Kardashian family name would be worth a fraction of what it is today. And if she were a man, she wouldn’t be called pushy or thirsty — she’d just be called successful.

And even though she’s the kind of embarrassing mom who comes to pole dancing class with you because she thought it’d be fun, her daughters love her in spite of it all. Aww.

5. Reba


I’ve never seen an episode of Reba before in my life, but Reba seems pretty chill as a person so I have a feeling she’s at least an alright TV mom.  

Like it says in the show’s theme song, she’s “a single mom who works too hard / who loves her kids and never stops / a gentle soul with the heart of a fighter,” so really, how bad could she be, right?

6. Cookie Lyon


Cookie is… well, Cookie’s a lot to handle. On the one hand, she can be fiercely loving and protective of her children, willing to go to great lengths to help the achieve their dreams, but on the other hand, if her kids piss her off, she’ll stop at nothing to teach them a lesson about respect.

But don’t hold it against her. She’s a soap opera mom. The cards are stacked against her.

7. Lily Van der Woodsen


Like most fictional Upper East Side parents, Lily Van der Woodsen has a self-absorption problem. It’s not that she wants to be a bad mom but sometimes she goes into auto-pilot mode and can’t help herself.

Of course, it also doesn’t help that for the duration of the show she has an on-again, off-again relationship with the father of her daughter’s on-again, off-again boyfriend.

Again, being a soap opera mom is hard.

8. Cersei Lannister


Bitch killed her husband so that her son she had with her brother could be king. If that’s not love then I don’t know what is. Sure, she’s kind of scary crazy, but then again, aren’t all mothers crazy when it comes to their their kids anyway?

9. Nancy Botwin


Nancy’s a single Mom who makes a lot of mistakes. After her husband dies she starts selling weed in her suburban neighborhood, slowly becoming the biggest game in all of Agrestic, but then shit hits the fan when she starts sleeping with a DEA agent she didn’t know was a DEA agent and if you’re really curious you can just go on Netflix and watch the whole thing.

Needless to say, she has a lot of things on her plate so she’s not always the most active mother she could be.

Sadly, both of her kids grow up to more or less hate her with one of them commiting a murder before he’s old enough to drive a car.

10. Julie Cooper


If you remember anything about The O.C. then you remember that Julie Cooper was a total MILFK — Mother I’d like to fucking kill. 

She was entertaining af and would probably be fun to have a drink and talk shit with, but we wouldn’t want her as our own mom. Mostly because she had a hot and heavy affair with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Oops.

11. Gillian Darmody


Boardwalk Empire‘s Gillian Darmody is a hooker who runs a brothel, but that’s NBD. The real problem is that this one time she drunkenly seduced her son and then he was so traumatized by it that he joined the army. He came back a shattered shell of himself and ended up falling into a life of crime and drugs that ends with him getting hooked on heroin and then being shot by the man who raised him. 

We thought nothing was worse than your mom sleeping with your boyfriend, but we were wrong.

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