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    19 Bad — And I Mean BAD — Parenting Decisions Characters Made On TV Shows

    Why were the parents never around on teen dramas?

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the worst parenting decision a character made on a TV show. Here are some of the best responses:

    Note: Some of the following contain mentions of sexual assault and abuse.

    🚨 Spoilers ahead! 🚨

    1. First, when Tori's parents were absolutely never around on Victorious:

    Tori taking care of Trina after Trina gets her wisdom teeth out

    2. When Joyce kicked Buffy out and then got mad at her for leaving on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

    Joyce: "If you walk out of this house don't even think about coming back"

    3. When Aaron Echolls slept with his teenage son's girlfriend and then killed her on Veronica Mars:

    Aaron: "I am not playing with you," Lily: "You're usually very interested in playing with me"

    4. When Pam's mom dated Michael, Pam's boss, on The Office:

    Pam's mom with Michael

    5. When both Brooke and Peyton's parents were always absent on One Tree Hill:

    Brooke says she could probably set herself on fire and her mom wouldn't notice

    6. When Ander's mom outed Omar to his dad on Elite:

    Ander's mom tells Omar's dad it "must be hell to be a woman or a homosexual in his family"

    7. When Julie slept with her daughter Marissa's high school ex-boyfriend on The O.C.:

    Julie and Luke kissing outside motel

    8. When Cheryl's mom sent her to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy because she didn't approve of her being a lesbian on Riverdale:

    Penelope says Cheryl started exhibiting "strange, deviant behavior" so she sent her to a "private wellness institute"

    9. When Bart Bass faked his own death on Gossip Girl:

    Chuck finds out his father is still alive

    10. When Quinn's parents kicked her out for being pregnant on Glee:

    Quinn's dad tells both her and Finn to get out of his house

    11. When Timmy's parents kept hiring Vicky to babysit him on The Fairly OddParents:

    Vicky bullying Timmy

    12. When Spencer's dad had all these other children and just kept them a secret from his family on Pretty Little Liars:

    Spencer's secret identical twin: "Hello, sister"

    13. When Moira and Johnny knew virtually nothing about Alexis's life on Schitt's Creek:

    David says Moira once took the wrong baby home from preschool and Moira claims Alexis "looked Chinese as an infant"

    14. When Lydia's mom sent her to the Eichen House on Teen Wolf:

    Lydia carried by staff in Eichen House

    15. When Spike was completely clueless about Emma's online "boyfriend," who turned out to be a grown man on Degrassi: The Next Generation:

    Spike teases Emma about getting an email from her boyfriend

    16. When Dean's dad sent him to a boys home for stealing food to feed his little brother on Supernatural:

    Cop brings young Dean to Sunny's boy home after he arrests him for stealing peanut butter and bread

    17. When Jamie accused Brianna of lying about being sexually assaulted on Outlander:

    Jamie: "You bedded him from lust? I nearly killed a man, and to think I was defending your honor"

    18. When Lorelai constantly acted like Rory's best friend instead of her parent on Gilmore Girls:

    Lorelai teases Rory by hanging her mugshot on the fridge, doesn't appear to even be mad

    19. And finally, literally every parenting decision ever made on Riverdale:

    Alice says Hal can't do anything right, "not even be a serial killer"

    Got a bad parenting moment from a TV show that didn't make this list? Tell us in the comments!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.