"It's complicated," isn't just a Facebook relationship status from the early 2000s. Sometimes it can be used to describe the relationships between members of the same family.
Mother and daughter relationships can be filled with emotional turbulence; on a good day.
While we all may fight with our mom's sometimes, there are some relationships that get thrown more curveballs, making them ripe with new layers of complication.
Sometimes it's a story hinged on a feeling of inadequacy because as their child grew up they don't share their parent's values. Sometimes it's a shared journey through a winding and looped road of sobriety. Sometimes your child gets picked to be used as weapon against your alien best friend.
Still, the depth and dimension displayed in these narratives make them compelling stories worth delving into over and over again.
Here are 21 of the most complicated mother and daughter relationships from the last 15 years.
1. Bonnie and Christy Plunkett (Mom)
Bonnie and Christy have a very trying past. They're both recovering alcoholics who reconnected through an AA meeting and have had many ups and downs since. There was Bonnie has relapsed, Christy facing the fact that she has a gambling problem, and Bonnie confessing to knowing who Christy's father was the entire time. As turbulent as their relationship has been throughout the series run they always find a way to forgive each other and end up stronger for it.
2. Amy Pond and River Song (Doctor Who)
Oh boy is it complicated when it comes to Amy and River. Amy's daughter, Melody, was stolen at Demon's Run, but it was later revealed that she had already met her daughter grown up. Not only did Amy skip the child rearing portion of motherhood, but her daughter also grew up to marry The Doctor; also known as, Amy's imaginary friend. Making Amy the Doctor's mother-in-law. Now let's also add non-linear meetings to that mix, and you can see what a headache it is to parse out this relationship.
3. Abby and Clarke Griffin (The 100)
Abby might have loved her daughter, but making one decision fundamentally changed their relationship. Since Abby sent Clarke to the ground during The 100 Season 1, Clarke has had to grow up fast and make decisions she wouldn't have otherwise made. When Abby finally gets to the ground the sixteen-year-old girl she once knew is gone having now wedged herself into the role as leader of her people.
4. Emily and Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
Emily and Lorelai Gilmore might epitomize the term "it's complicated," when it comes to mothers and daughters. They were estranged in the original series and still had some issues to work out during "A Year in the Life." Yet, as much as they don't get each other, they both make an effort to understand the other's point of view; most of the time.
5. Rebecca and Kate Pearson (This Is Us)
There's a lot of baggage behind Rebecca and Kate's relationship. Kate was always closer to her dad, and she felt like her mom compared her to herself at Kate's age. There's been a lot of growth and understanding over the years though, and now that Kate has her own baby it seems like she'll appreciate having her mom around a little more.
6. Ellis and Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy)
It's no secret that Meredith Grey has lived in Ellis's shadow. From the very start of Grey's Anatomy, we've heard Meredith talk about her mother in very frank terms. Ellis wasn't very loving either, calling Meredith a disappointment at one point. Since her death, Meredith has gone on to eclipse her mother, and even though she'll always be The Daughter of Ellis Grey, she's carving out her own space. Yet, occasionally, you'll still hear her referred to as "Ellis Grey's daughter."
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