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These TV 'moms' lack parenting skills, but we love them anyway

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:47 AM

So she may have nit-picked your choice of friends, nagged you for keeping your dirty clothes on the floor and griped about having to drive you to all those extracurricular activities.

She'll always be Mom, and we'll always love her.

Especially when we measure her against some of our favorite TV characters who, let's face it, may be entertaining but leave a lot to be desired in the parenting department.

So in honor of Mother's Day, we take a look at some famous TV moms who we love to watch – but would not want sitting with us at the dinner table every night.

Marie Barone ("Everybody Loves Raymond"): Sure, she may dote on her two grown children, and her cute grandchildren. But she's the "mother-in-law from hell" who treats the well-meaning Debra like a third-class citizen, just because she's not exactly a model housewife. Who can make that claim anymore?

Betty Francis ("Mad Men"): Few women are as self-absorbed as Don Draper's ex-wife. She only seems willing to spend quality time with her young ones when she's trotting them out in front of her rich socialite friends, or when it fulfills her feeling of self-worth.

Livia Soprano ("The Sopranos"): Bitter, selfish, psychotic. We realize Tony Soprano could be a deplorable human being, but to plot the murder of your only son? That's pretty low.

Jackie Peyton ("Nurse Jackie"): We like to think she means well, but a mother has to put her children's well-being first – not a drug habit that has prompted her to become a habitual liar, who even refused to acknowledge she had a husband and children.

Estelle Costanza ("Seinfeld"): Nag, nag, nag. No wonder George is such a neurotic wreck – we'd also be uptight if we had a mom like this. Serenity now!

Nancy Botwin ("Weeds"): We can sympathize with the idea a widowed mother of two being forced to deal pot to support her family. But leaving your family to take up with the head of a drug cartel? No thanks.

Peg Bundy ("Married With Children"): She doesn't work, she doesn't cook, she doesn't clean, she doesn't even raise her kids right. So what DOES Peg do all day? As far as we can tell, just smoke and nag her husband Al about his low-paying shoe salesman job.

Roseanne Conner ("Roseanne"):  Mrs. Conner is the epitome of the sassy, wise-cracking diner waitress. You have to be nice to her or you'll never see that slice of pie you've ordered. Take it with the scoop of ice cream and commentary about your miserable love life and LIKE it.

Evelyn Nora Harper ("Two and a Half Men"):  More blow-up doll than mom, Evelyn doesn't appear to have a beating heart or an ounce of motherly affection for her own sons, but she sure does love the "gentlemen."

Bree Van de Kamp ("Desperate Housewives"):  The perfect wife and mother; excellent cook and housekeeper, flawless grooming and appearance.  Everyone else in the family is a slacker, slob or degenerate by comparison. Fun!

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