So what if her son got tossed out of the CIA—it brought him close to her Miami safe house. A chain-smoking hypochondriac with overbleached hair, retiree Madeline’s there to hinder Jeffrey every criminal-catching step of the way.
What could be worse for baby Hope than a serial killer mother who was executed when the child was only six months old? A grandmother who gave birth at age 15. Waitress Virginia is a raucous case study in maternal don’ts.
Evelyn Harper, Two and a Half Men (Holland Taylor)
A bad mother to both her boys when they were growing up, the multimarried Evelyn is still something of a sleep-around slut—and proud of it. Forget grandmotherly golf and knitting: Her hobbies are shopping, sex and booze.
It takes a tough mama to go up against medicine’s formidable curmudgeon. For the sake of her daughter, she wants him to convert (as she did) to Judaism. And Arlene’s sure not above pointing out that neither Dr. House nor Dr. Cuddy is getting any younger.