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The Most Insufferable TV Parents

Updated May 28, 2019 1.6k votes 323 voters 7.8k views13 items

List RulesVote up the parents you'd hate to have.

Not all TV parents can be as wholesome and picture-perfect as Ward and June Cleaver, nor as relatable - and fallible - as Roseanne and Dan Conner. Plenty of TV parents are so invested in presenting themselves as ideal role models that they actually become pretty insufferable. From parenting icons of classic television to supposed paragons of child-raising from today's hottest shows, TV holds countless examples of questionable parenting ripe for criticism.

Virtually since televised entertainment began, viewers have asked for family stories, whether comedic or dramatic. Some of the early pioneers, like Ralph and Alice Kramden of The Honeymooners, were notably childless. As time progressed, however, families grew, familial dynamics were explored to both serious and humorous effect, and a wide range of parenting techniques and abilities unfolded before our eyes.

Let's take a look at some of the worst fictional parents from TV, past and present.