The 10 Best Wives On TV

The 10 Best Wives On TV

The 10 Best Wives On TV

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Friday Night Lights' Tami Taylor is TV's best wife. Who are the other 9?

I was catching up on a little Friday Night Lights last night (thank you NBC, thank you Direct TV) and old Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) was being a wee bit manipulative. And I thought, "Why is TV's best wife, mother and principal giving beleaguered Coach Taylor such a hard time of it?" Obviously, she was trying to get her way. In addition to giving me a greater appreciation for the show's subtly, it makes me remember that in real life, good wives (and husbands, boyfriends, fiancées, etc) sometimes pull some shady business. And that got me thinking, who are the best wives currently on TV; attractiveness, sass, levelheadedness and loyalty are all taken into account (the order is only general):

Carla Turk (Judy Reyes, Scrubs): The head nurse at Sacred Heart is a busybody but she always has her friends' best interests at heart. This is especially the case with husband Chris Turk. They share a friendly antagonism that keeps the other from getting the big head.

Barb Henrickson (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love): Being Bill Henrickson's first wife is a big responsibility, one that Barb takes on with great relish (and so-so mustard, buh-dum-pah!). Despite being disowned by her family for her getting into the polygamy racket, she is the glue that holds the Henricksons together and keeps Bill from making (some) bad decisions.


Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman, The L Word): This may be a teensy bit of a controversial choice, but Tina deserves a second look.  Fine, she gets into some shady territories but she always does the right thing... in the end. OK, her relationship with Bette Porter is somewhat codependent, but by the end of every season they wind up back where they belong: with each other.

Ella Payne (Cassandra Davis, House Of Payne): Like a handful of the ladies on this list, Ella has near-infinite patience and the ability to hold things together despite her family's hijinks. She's the voice of reason that keeps Curtis Payne from doing anything too rash.

Melanie Clayton Briggs (Erin Hayes, Worst Week): Sure, this show is still in its first season, but it is hilarious. Anyone who can see past Sam Briggs', um, inability to do anything right despite his best intentions is automatically a nice person. But the tender moments they share make even us viewers see past his outer doofus.

Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother): Lily is the sweet, spendthrift wife of HIMYM's resident galoot, Marshall Erikson. Like Hannigan's character from the American Pie series, there's a sense that Lily is pretty adventurous (sexually) and possibly bicurious (also sexually). Unfortunately, she chews her food loudly.

Molly Blane (Regina Taylor, The Unit): As the wife of soldier Jonas Blane, Molly has two main jobs, keep him sane and help the rest of The Unit's wives and families adjust. She performs both tasks with aplomb and enthusiasm. While the events of the show are highly sensational, she manages to give a tiny glimpse into what real-life military spouses go through everyday. On the downside, she's not great with money.

Tara Gregson (Toni Collette, United States Of Tara): Tara Gregson is a loyal (and sexy) wife. She and husband Max have been hitched for 17 years and have two sweet kids. Her only flaw (if you can call it that) is her multiple personality disorder. To be fair, at least one, Alice, of them is a superior homemaker to Tara herself. And there's something sexy about that teenage one.

Marge Simpson (Julie Kavner, The Simpsons): Marge is the prototype of the infinitely patient, love-and-goodwill-shall-conquer-all wife. Despite having a nervous breakdown, she usually tolerates Homer's loutishness with the secret knowledge that he's a wonderful guy on the inside. The quote, "Most women will tell you that you're a fool to think you can change a man. But those women are quitters," epitomizes her general sense of marriage (to Homer).

Tami Taylor (Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights): You probably knew this was coming, but Tami Taylor is really outstanding. And it's not just her ability to support Dillon's Coach Eric Taylor but also she has an ability to get the support that she needs in return that makes her such a great wife. If they get divorced (or cheat), I'm throwing my TV through a window.

Honorable mentions:

  • Skylar White (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad): Need to see more of her this season.
  • Betty Draper (January Jones, Mad Men): She needs to stick up for herself in more constructive ways.
  • Anne Archibald (Francie Swift, Gossip Girl):  Not that I watch that show.