Meet The Parents


There have been a lot of famous folk playing the moms and dads of tv’s best.  Who could ever forget Martin Sheen as crazy Rose’s dad on Two and a Half Men or the fabulous Holland Taylor as Alan and Charlie’s mom ?  Let’s look back on these famous  moms and dads


LeonardmomChristine Baranski may be fighting her own battles on ‘The Good Wife”  but she also fights the good fight with her son the “Underachiever” Dr Leonard Hofstadter on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Sheldon momEmmy award winner Laurie Metcalf plays the religious mom with the son with the brain on “The Big Bang Theory”  As Sheldon’s simple mom, she deals with his high IQ and ego.  Little known fact, Laurie was married to Jeff Perry of “Scandal”

mama McGarrettCarol Burnett ‘s claim to fame is  her variety show “The Carol Burnett Show” in  the 70’s. Most recently though she played mother to one of Hawaii’s finest Steve McGarrett on “Hawaii Five O”

Mama AveryThe fab and “Fam-ous” Debbie Allen took a turn at playing  mom with the very hot Dr Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy”  She has also involved herself with the very suave and sophisticated Richard Webber as well.

mama burkeDiahann Carroll is a timeless beauty . From playing Whitley’s mom on ‘A“Different World” to the difficult Momma Burke who ripped off Christina Yang’s eye brows on “Grey’s Anatomy” . She remains a lady of class and sophistication.

115888_658-1.jpgHector Elizondo played the very loving and understanding Carlos Torres to his daughter Dr Calliope Torres on “Grey’s Anatomy”

mama McdreamyTyne Daly  is know for playing cop on “Cagney and Lacey” but on “Grey’s Anatomy”she is mom to Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd and Amelia Shepherd. She was also like a mom to the late Mark “McSteamy” Sloan.

KATE BURTON, ELLEN POMPEOSally was the Vice President who tried to steal the White House on “Scandal” But here is Kate Burton as the mother battling Alzheimer’s , Dr Ellis Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy”.

thatcher and lexieHere is Jeff Perry who is the busy body of the Oval Office on “Scandal” Cyrus when he was the father of the late Lexi Grey and Meredith Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy”  Thatcher Grey

PopesJoe Morton was dumped by socialite Whitley on “A Different World” and Khandi Alexander was on “ER” as Peter Benton’s sister and then a regular on “CSI Miami” . Together  they are the evil parents of Olivia Pope – Eli/Rowan and Maya Pope on “Scandal”

GrantsBarry Bostwick is no stranger to politics he is best know for playing Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr on “Spin City” but “Scandal” fans know his him as the no good father of President Fitzgerald Grant the 3rd, The only good thing Fitzgerald Grant did right was creating one hot son!

KevinsTim Meadows made us laugh on “SNL” and Dan Bucatinsky made us cry on “Scandal” as James  . He was father to a baby , now he is a father to Annie on “Marry Me” as Kevin.

Castle FamilySusan Sullivan played Maggie in the 80’s on “Falcon Crest” and James Brolin played Dr. Kiley on “Marcus Welby MD” in the 70’s. Together they are the parents of writer Richard Castle on “Castle”

KateJimScott Paulin has been in movies such as” Turner and Hooch “and TV shows such as” Moonlighting. “:Currently he plays Jim Beckett to recently married bad ass NYPD detective Kate Beckett on “Castle”

BrackenFirst known for playing gay son , Steven Carrington on “Dynasty” Jack Coleman has made quite a name for himself in recent years. He was the in the closet husband of Sally Langston on “Scandal” , the evil Senator Bracken on “Castle.” Currently he is the father of Ruzek on “Chicago PD”

Scrubs  JD and Elliot from “Scrubs” both have parent issues. Here is the late great John Ritter and from “Night Court” Markie Post as the two residents mom and dad.

Cougar.Town.S02E06.HDTV.XviD-LOLCourteney Cox plays the confused and lovable  Jules on “Cougar Town”   Creator Bill Lawrence likes to put his alums to work as well. Jules ‘s father is played by none other than Ken Jenkins who played the nasty Dr Bob Kelso on Lawrence’s hit series “Scrubs”

Chandlers parentsHis mom is an erotic novelist who kissed his best friend and his father is a drag queen. Welcome to the world of Chandler Bing on “Friends” Played to perfection by Morgan Fairchild and Kathleen Turner

the gellersIsn’t this a lovely family portrait of the Geller family on Friends? St Elsewhere’s Christina Pickles and Elliot Gould played the parents of  Monica and Ross.

RachelSandra“That Girl” Marlo Thomas introduced herself to a new generation when she did “Friends” she was the new independent mom of Rachel .. then Jen donated her time to Marlo’s favorite cause … St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Chicago FireThe two fireman of 51, Treat Williams plays Kelly Severide’s father on “Chicago Fire”

Chicago FireRichard Roudtree aka John Shaft plays retired Detective Boden, father of Chief Wallace Boden on “Chicago Fire”

Royal PainsHere is the very handsome Lawson family on USA”s “Royal Pains” Henry Winkler made a name for himself on “Happy Days”  and Edward Asner was Mary’s boss on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”


Mama CarterMary McDonnell played Carter’s mom on “ER” . Today   she is Rusty’s mom Sharon Raydor on “Major Crimes”

mike-and-molly149Swoosie Kurtz played Alex on “Sisters. Today  she s mom to Molly on “Mike and Molly”

RosedadPresident “Martin ” Sheen guested on his son’s show “Two and a Half Men” as the hilariously unstable Rose’s father who was crazier than her. He was obsessed with their mother.

MrsHarperHolland Taylor plays mom to Alan  and the late Charlie  on “Two and a Half Men”

GraceBobbiIn real life Debbie Reynolds is mother to Princess Leia but on TV she was mom to Grace on “Will and Grace”

barney's DadFinally we end up with that bon vivant and legend- wait for it  dary  Neil Patrick Harris . Here he is as Barney on “HIMYM” with another television legend John Lithgow playing his father. John was Dick on “Third Rock From the Sun”


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