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The Greatest Guest Star Moms in TV History

List RulesRecurring or guest star TV mothers of main characters, though they are not part of the primary cast.

List of the greatest guest star moms in TV history, recurring or one-time appearances. Whether from past or current shows, these TV mom guest stars show up and do what mothers do best, from the good to the bad -- comfort, advise, gossip, intimidate, or dish out guilt. This list of guest star television moms includes those from TV shows of all genres.

 Some guest star TV moms are loving and kind. Remember Pam’s mom from “The Office”? Although the character of Helene Beesly was played by two different actresses (Shannon Cochran and Linda Purl), Helene’s character was always portrayed as the kind of mother anyone would want -- attentive, friendly, and caring. Other guest star TV moms aim for caring and loving but end up annoying and (thankfully for viewers) funny. Remember how much Mrs. Seinfeld exasperated Jerry?

 A handful of TV guest star mothers seem determined to make life more difficult for their sons or daughters. Ida, Lois’s mom from “Malcolm in the Middle,” was fractious, cranky, and angry -- often leading to the family attempting to hide when she showed up. And, of course, there are the mothers who seem determined to do as little mothering as possible, including Mac’s mom from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

 This list showcases the best TV guest star moms in television history. They’re played by major stars (like Jamie Lee Curtis portraying Jess Day’s mother on “New Girl”) and lesser known actresses, but viewers tune in to love ‘em and hate ‘em. Vote your favorites up.
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    16
    The Big Bang Theory
    Mother of Sheldon Cooper
  • 47
    20
    Mother of Chandler Bing
  • 46
    20
    The Big Bang Theory
    Mother of Leonard Hofstadter
  • 4
    40
    19

    Bea Sigurdson

    That '70s Show
    Mother of Kitty Forman
  • 32
    20
    Mother of Rachel Green
  • 34
    26
    Mother of George Costanza
  • 29
    23
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Mother of Buffy Summers
  • 8
    30
    24

    Beverly Harris

    Roseanne
    Mother of Roseanne and Jackie
  • 9
    31
    28

    Judy Geller

    Friends
  • 23
    21
    That '70s Show
    Mother of Red Forman
  • 11
    24
    22

    Marilyn Truman

    Will & Grace
    Mother of Will Truman
  • 25
    23
    The Big Bang Theory
    Mother of Raj Koothrappali
  • 13
    25
    23

    Joan Day

    New Girl
    Mother of Jess Day
  • 14
    27
    25

    Cora Mills

    Once Upon a Time
    Mother of Regina Mills
  • 28
    26
    Mother of Jerry Seinfeld
  • 16
    22
    21

    DeDe Pritchett

    Modern Family
    Mother of Claire and Mitchell
  • 23
    23
    Will & Grace
    Mother of Grace Adler
  • 18
    21
    21

    Loretta Stinson

    How I Met Your Mother
    Mother of Barney Stinson
  • 19
    19
    21

    Vy Smith

    Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    Mother of Will Smith

  • 20
    18
    21

    Virginia Mosby

    How I Met Your Mother
    Mother of Ted Mosby
  • 21
    17
    20

    Ida Kenzel

    Malcolm in the Middle
    Mother of Lois
  • 22
    17
    21

    Anna Huxtable

    The Cosby Show
    Mother of Cliff Huxtable
  • 22
    28
    Gilmore Girls
    Mother of Lane Kim
  • 24
    17
    23

    Christine Brennan

    Bones
    Mother of Temperance Brennan
  • 25
    17
    23

    Janet Heffernan

    The King of Queens
    Mother of Doug Heffernan