Over the past few weeks, it seems like we can't read an entertainment blog without learning of some completely random and amazing actor guest-starring as someone's mom or dad on the new season on one of our favorite TV shows. So in the grand tradition of Kathleen Turner playing Chandler's trans-gendered father on Friends and Debbie Reynolds guest-starring as Grace's brassy mother on Will & Grace, here are the actors making cameos as (most likely horrifying and hilarious) primetime parents.

30-rock65-e1346763794814-1.jpgThe child: Kenneth the Page (Jack McBreyer) on the final season of 30 Rock

bryan-cranston-and-catherine-o-hara-land-30-rock-roles.jpgThe parents: Catherine O'Hara will play Kenneth's mom and "mom's friend," will be played by Bryan Cranston.

jess-new-girl-hair.jpgThe child: Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) on New Girl

new-girl-casts-rob-reiner-and-jamie-lee-curtis-as-jess-parents.jpgThe parents: Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis will play Joan and Bob, Jess's divorced parents, whom she will attempt to reunite at Thanksgiving.

jeff-winger.jpgThe child: Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) on Community

main-james-brolin.jpgThe parent: James Brolin will play William Winger, Jeff's long-estranged dad, on the Thanksgiving episode of the show, titled "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations."

120518-ep7-girls-marnie-600.jpgThe child: Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams) on GIRLS

ritawilsonongirls.jpgThe parent: Rita Wilson will play Marnie's mom. Here's a shot of them filming a scene together...

Ben_6.pngThe child: Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) on Parks and Recreation.

545886_10151187197485673_505569663_n.jpgThe parent: Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks will play Ben's father on the sixth episode of this season's Parks and Rec. According to the show's co-creator Mike Schur, he will be a lot like Banks' BB character Mike Ehrmentraut. "To me, at this exactly moment in time, he's everyone I know's favorite actor," Schur told Hit Fix. [Fun fact: Banks appeared in one of our favorite films of all-time, the made-for-TV movie Nadia, about Nadia Comaneci (as her dad), which we rented so many times from the video store that they ultimately gave it to us.]

hudson-smash-080912.jpgThe child: Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson), who joins the cast of Smash for its second season.

sheryl-lee-ralph.jpgThe parent: Tony-award nominee (for Dreamgirls!) Sheryl Lee Ralph will play her mother Cynthia.

r6a54fhw5h4eh5ef.jpgThe children: Alex and Jane Kerkovich (Elisha Cuthbert and Eliza Coupe) on Happy Endings

1347596751.jpgThe parents: Extremely prolific actor Christopher McDonald (Boardwalk Empire, Cracking Up, Veronica's Closet, Requiem for a Dream) and Airplane's Julie Hagerty will play Alex and Jane Kerkovich's parents on the sixth episode of the season, in which Jane "tries to find Serbian-themed jokes for her tough-to-please dad's birthday party."

mf_231857.jpgThe child: Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons)'s classmate on Modern Family.


The parents: Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey and former SNL-er Michaela Watkins will play lesbian moms whose son gets into a fight with Lily on the first day of kindergarten.

raising-hope-s1e3-Dream-Hoarders-02.jpgThe child: Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) on Raising Hope


The parents: Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren will play Sabrina's mother and grandmother, respectively. Griffith said, "Tamara is a complete narcissist. Everything about her." And Hedren added, "I am playing the most despicable character!"