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Top 10 Funniest Going Into Labor Scenes in TV

VO: Emily Brayton
Script written by Owen Maxwell These are some of the most hilarious going into labor scenes on tv! We’ve included scenes from Everybody loves Raymond, How I met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, Full House, The Office, Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I love Lucy, Jane the Virgin, Modern family, Home Improvement, Murphy Brown and Frasier.

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Top 10 Funniest Going Into Labor Scenes in TV

Some births give life to classic TV high jinks. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 Funniest Going Into Labor Scenes in television.

For this list we're looking at those TV labor moments that don't fill the romanticized ideal and are basing our picks on a mix of bad planning, rotten luck, and just how much each birth went off the rails.

#10: Lily
"How I Met Your Mother" (2005-14)

Mid-birth isn't the best time to suggest baby names. Ending their seventh season on a frantic and packed note, Lily finally goes into labor, but is so stubborn about going to the hospital with Marshall that she refuses to leave until Ted and Robin end up distracting her enough to leave. With Marshall trying to get back to Manhattan after being stuck in Atlantic City, he ends up getting Barney's help for the way home, but not without a baby-naming condition. Arriving in the nick of time, Lily loves the condition, naming their son Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen.

#9: Bree & Danielle
"Desperate Housewives" (2004-12)

This isn't exactly the kind of horror you typically associate with a birth. Playing an easily convincing pregnant mom for a Halloween party, Danielle is playing with guests right until Bree throws her out for her own good. A little too late, however, as Danielle's water breaks mid-argument, forcing Bree to act the problem-solving mother instead. Moving houses, they ask Orson to deliver the baby first before realizing he's both extremely under-qualified and very drunk. Finding the best person for the job, Bree grabs Adam, who hobbles over in a Frankenstein outfit, delivering the baby all while in costume to the fright of local children.

#8: Becky
"Full House" (1987-95)

Going into labor three weeks early at a party, Becky is forced to leave Michelle's “Flintstones” birthday to go to the hospital. Jesse starts freaking out in the waiting room, noticeably pained enough to time his own contraction along with Becky’s. Ending up in surgery for appendicitis, he has Danny swap in, who coaches Becky through her birth with a hilarious rendition of "We Will Rock You." Wheeled back in on anesthesia, Jesse arrives just in time to see his new twins born, while deliriously singing and goofing around on the drugs.

#7: Looking Too Much
"Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005)

Training doesn't always prepare you for the emotions of a situation. Driving a very pregnant Debra to the hospital, Robert and Ray start fighting as they get stuck in traffic on the bridge. Right as they stop, Debra's contractions kick into high gear and they're forced to deliver the baby on the road. Robert takes over with his emergency training, putting himself into an incredibly awkward point of view. Screaming at Ray for his unbearably protective instincts, Debra tears into him to get Ray under control. Realizing in shock that Debra's not even giving birth, everyone gets back to their seats in awkward silence.

#6: Pam
"The Office" (2005-13)

Getting involved can go way too far. When Pam's contractions finally become too much, she tries to call off the whole birth before Jim reassures her to go, with Kevin and Michael getting way too personal with him. Grabbing their gear, Jim and Pam head to the elevator right as work gets out, with Stanley running to grab the elevator behind them. Dwight's unnecessary role as escort gets particularly hairy as he gets pulled over for impersonating a police officer, even throwing away weapons in the process. Pulling into the hospital, Michael even takes an ambulance's parking spot.

#5: Meter Running
"Frasier" (1993-2004)

Hopping in a taxi after Frasier's fancy car breaks down, Martin, Niles, and Frasier stop bickering just in time to talk to their cab driver and discover her water broke. Pulling over while trying to save his shoes, Niles takes the first stab at delivering the baby, revealing he fainted in medical school. Frasier takes over, soothing the driver's breathing down while annoying her with his incessant nitpicking. Martin finally takes over, clearly the most levelheaded and qualified, setting the boys to work before Niles chimes in about their meter.

#4: Phoebe
"Friends" (1994-2004)

Phoebe handles being in labor pretty much how she handles everything else – with surprising and remarkable positivity. Contractions? No problem! Your scheduled doctor can’t come! Sure! Your substitute doctor has an affinity for the Fonz? Eh, maybe this won’t be so easy. In the end, though, the doc knows what he’s doing, even if he has some unorthodox ways to get in the zone to deliver. Phoebe powers through and gives birth to Frank Jr. Jr., Leslie, and Chandler -- who turns out to be a girl. Unfortunately, Rachel's road to childbirth isn't much easier, though she handles it much better than Ross handles a bump to the head.

#3: Aunt Viv
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990-96)

Pregnancy rarely deals out this much aggression. Annoying her entire family with her incessant bell ringing, Viv brings the entire family together... against her.
Getting to the hospitalahead of the family, Viv is already ready to deliver when everyone arrives. Running into the rest of his kids, Phil gets directions to Viv and jumps into action so fast that he barrels right over a stretcher, crashing right onto the floor in his frantic stress.

#2: Gloria
"Modern Family" (2009- )

The only proper way to crash a birthday is with another birthday. After planning a whole party and special day for Manny, Gloria's water breaks in the middle of the events, with Jay saving the day by getting Gloria to the hospital and ordering pizza for the rest of the guests. As family arrives, they hear screaming and run to what they presume will be a screaming Gloria. They enter to find Jay screaming as Gloria crushes his hand, and Manny convinces his mom to stop holding the baby in, making a briefly touching moment before understanding his dad's pain when she grabs his hand too.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

"Jane the Virgin" (2014-)

Scream to Music
"Murphy Brown" (1988-98)

Baby Coaching
"Home Improvement" (1991-99)

#1: No Plan
"I Love Lucy" (1951-57)

No matter how much planning you put in, sometimes the universe has other ideas. With Lucy ready to pop at any moment, Ricky is unhinged in his anxiety, quickly roping in Fred and Ethel to his madness. Starting rehearsals for Lucy's birth, Ricky sets everyone a job with Ethel on the phone, Fred carrying her bag, and him managing his pained wife. Oblivious to the rehearsals, Lucy comes in, ready to go. Put into a frenzy, Ricky is knocked into the couch, having to do all the jobs in one hilarious mess. Ricky even forgets Lucy in the struggle and hurts himself along the way.

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