Major characters are given all sorts of fathers in teen dramas. They range from the completely absentee to the overly involved in every aspect of their lives. With a couple notable exceptions (respect to Awkward for switching gender roles on this one), mom is going to be constantly overwhelmed while somehow being effortlessly charming.

Of course, Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) top this list, but you can't forget Moira Kelly's turn as Karen on One Tree Hill or Joey's sister (Nina Repeta) on Dawson's Creek. These independent women are doing their best to have it all and here we are paying attention to the kids? Shame on us.