Lois Wilkerson, "Malcolm in the Middle"
Jane Kaczmarek received seven Emmy nominations for her role as Malcolm's mom, and we concur. A bit wacky, her way-out personality is just part of her charm as she plays a lead role in this eccentric family. We especially like Lois' portrayal of a controlling mom who doesn't always manage to gather all the loose ends as she juggles a part-time job and full-time parenting of five boys (one of whom is a certified genius). She might lose her cool once in awhile, but as any mom of a big brood knows, that comes with the territory. We like watching a mom who tries hard, but who isn't perfect in the midst of a life that isn't always fair.