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Mom
Mom TV series logo.png
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Overture" from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes156 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Chuck Lorre
  • Eddie Gorodetsky
  • Gemma Baker
  • Nick Bakay
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time18–21 minutes
Production companiesChuck Lorre Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) –
present
External links
Website

Mom is an American television sitcom that premiered on CBS on September 23, 2013. The series was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, while the first two also serve as executive producers on the series along with Nick Bakay.[1] On February 5, 2019, it was renewed for its seventh and eighth seasons,[2] The seventh season premiered on September 26, 2019. [3] The eighth season premiered on November 5, 2020.[4]

Set in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, it follows dysfunctional daughter/mother duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett, who, after having been estranged for years while both were struggling with addiction, attempt to pull their lives and their relationship together by trying to stay sober and attending Alcoholics Anonymous. It stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney in the leading roles. Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, Sadie Calvano, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Matt Jones, French Stewart, and Kristen Johnston appear in supporting roles.

The series was filmed in front of a live audience and is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions. Mom has received acclaim from critics and audiences alike throughout its run, with major credit being given to its writing and its performances (with Janney's performance noted in particular). It has been applauded for addressing themes of real-life issues such as alcoholism, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, addictive gambling, homelessness, relapse, cancer, death, domestic violence, overdose, rape, obesity, stroke, ADD, and miscarriage. It has been praised for maintaining a deft balance between the humorous and darker aspects of these issues.

Mom has consistently received high ratings within its genre, with an average viewership of 11.79 million, making it the third highest rated comedy on broadcast television in the US. It is among the top five comedies with both adults ages 25 to 54 and adults ages 18 to 49.[5][6] The show has received various accolades, with Janney winning two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015 and being nominated in 2016 and for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 and 2018. It has also garnered multiple nominations at the Critics' Choice Television Awards and the People's Choice Awards during its run. On September 4, 2020, Faris announced her exit from the series.[7][8][9]

Synopsis[edit]

Title card used for seasons 1–4

Mom follows Christy Plunkett (Anna Faris), a single mother who, after dealing with her battle with alcoholism and drug abuse, decides to restart her life in Napa, California, working as a waitress and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her mother, Bonnie Plunkett, (Allison Janney) is also a recovering addict. Christy's daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano), who was born when Christy was 17, has also become a teen mother by her boyfriend, Luke (Spencer Daniels). Christy also has a young son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) by her ex-husband, Baxter (Matt Jones), a deadbeat but likable pothead.

Christy eventually goes back to school and pursues her dream of becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie develops a romantic relationship with a retired stuntman named Adam Janikowski (William Fichtner), whom she eventually marries. Through it all, Christy and Bonnie rely on their support system from AA, including the wise Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy), the wealthy and materialistic Jill (Jaime Pressly), the submissive and sometimes overly-emotional Wendy (Beth Hall), and the loudmouthed but sweet Tammy (Kristen Johnston). Collectively, they help each other stay sober in the face of the conflicts they face in each episode.

Following the departure of Christy, who moves to Washington, the show delves more into the personal lives of her friends she left behind.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankViewers
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
122September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)428.34[10]
222October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30)2611.79[11]
322November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05)May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)409.64[12]
422October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11)299.43[13]
522November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)1910.96[14]
622September 27, 2018 (2018-09-27)May 9, 2019 (2019-05-09)2310.22[15]
720September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)April 16, 2020 (2020-04-16)318.52[16]
8TBANovember 5, 2020 (2020-11-05)TBATBATBA

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters
Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Anna Faris Christy Plunkett Main
Allison Janney Bonnie Plunkett Main
Sadie Calvano Violet Plunkett Main Recurring Guest
Nate Corddry Gabriel Main
Matt Jones Baxter Main Recurring
French Stewart Rudy Main Recurring Recurring
Spencer Daniels Luke Main Recurring Guest
Blake Garrett Rosenthal Roscoe Main Recurring
Mimi Kennedy Marjorie Armstrong Recurring Main
Jaime Pressly Jill Kendall Recurring Main
Beth Hall Wendy Harris Recurring Main
William Fichtner Adam Janikowski Recurring Main
Kristen Johnston Tammy Diffendorf Guest Recurring Main

Main[edit]

  • Anna Faris (seasons 1–7)[17] as Christy Jolene Plunkett: an easily wounded single mother who has gone seven years without drinking and is still struggling with sobriety and a concurrent addiction to gambling. Now sober, she strives to be a good example to her son Roscoe, and regain the trust of her daughter Violet, who is revealed to be pregnant herself in the pilot episode. In addition, she is trying to iron out the rough edges in her relationship with her mother Bonnie, whom she still struggles to forgive after a tumultuous childhood and long estrangement. Christy later finds out that her biological father, Alvin, ran out on Bonnie after she was discharged from the hospital on Christmas Eve after giving birth to Christy. She locates Alvin and finds out that he is a married father of two sons and runs an auto repair shop. Christy eventually develops a bond with Alvin, whom she introduces to her family, and comes to see him as the father she needs in her life. Like her mother, Christy also became a teenage mother when she got pregnant at age 16 and had Violet at 17. Violet's father Butch was horribly physically abusive to Christy, who tried to leave him on numerous occasions, only to get cold feet. Christy finally worked up the courage to leave him in order to protect Violet. A former stripper, Christy is mostly seen working as a waitress. She is briefly promoted to manager (after Claudia divorces Gabriel), but eventually goes back to being a waitress, where she is not that good at her job but does bring home a lot of food for herself and Bonnie. Christy later decides that she wants to go back to school to eventually become a lawyer, and she takes a second job working as an assistant for Steve Casper, eventually earning her bachelor's degree and then being accepted to law school. Near the end of season 6, Christy begins an internship with a law firm, while still working her waitress job. In Season 7, Christy has unpleasant experiences at work, is not doing very well at law school (she was rejected for a mock trial team, and a professor whom she runs into while babysitting Marjorie's granddaughter assumes that the reason Christy is a poor student is because she's a single mother), has no social life to speak of, confirms she has little or no contact with either of her children, and out of desperation kisses another woman in the season finale. In the season 8 premiere, it is revealed that Christy has left Napa to attend Georgetown Law School on a full scholarship.
  • Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy's self-centered mother, a joyful if cynical recovering addict. She tries to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child. Bonnie was given up for adoption at age four and was in the foster care system, being passed around from house to house where she eventually ran off with Alvin at age 15. She ended up pregnant and had Christy at age 17. Alvin abandoned both of them at the hospital on Christmas Eve. Bonnie has said that she almost aborted Christy and wanted to put Christy up for adoption. A pleasant Jewish couple was going to adopt her, yet Bonnie could not go through with the adoption. From that point on, she attempted her best to raise Christy. However, Christy wound up raising herself as Bonnie preferred to party and drink rather than stay home. With time and much therapy, Bonnie managed to find the balance and now wants to catch up, revealing to Christy her past, including who her real father is and how to find him, as well as her past side career as a drug dealer. She suffered a relapse in season 1 after losing her job and apartment and had to move in with Christy, Violet, and Roscoe. After Christy reconnected with her biological father Alvin, Bonnie slowly realized that she still had feelings for him, and the two began to date at the beginning of season 2. This was cut short after Alvin suffered a heart attack and died, leaving his family shocked. After suffering from a back injury, Bonnie became hooked on pain medication prescribed to her, which led to another relapse. In season 3, she met her biological mother, and in season 4 she met her half-brother Ray after their mother died. She currently manages the apartment building where she and Christy live. In season 6, she was diagnosed with ADD and began seeing a therapist to deal with it.
  • Sadie Calvano as Violet Plunkett (main, seasons 1–3; recurring, season 4; guest, season 6): Christy's daughter and older half-sister of Roscoe. A senior in high school at the beginning of the series, Violet is hardworking, smart and sure of herself, though upset with her mother, who never had time to take care of her children and failed to fulfill a true motherly role despite now being sober for some time. After having her boyfriend Luke's baby, Violet made the decision to place her baby for adoption because she felt that this was the best way to break her family's repeated cycle of poor life choices and give her child a better chance than herself, her mother, or her grandmother ever had. Violet's father was physically abusive to Christy, and Christy has lied to Violet concerning his whereabouts, taking her to a random man's grave and telling Violet that her father is dead. During season 2, in a brief downward spiral of bad behavior, Violet cheats on Luke and he breaks up with her. She later gets engaged to Gregory Munchnik, a much older psychology professor at her university, but he breaks the engagement after she begins to party too hard, leaving her mother and grandmother wondering if she was just experiencing young life or developing a problem. Violet moves back in with Christy and Bonnie after her break up and after demanding that she get a job, Violet moves to Lake Tahoe to become a blackjack dealer at Harrah's. Violet, yet again, moves back to her mother and grandmother after wrecking her life in Lake Tahoe and gets back together and moves in with Luke after seeing that he has improved his life. Violet returns in Season 6 as the host of a successful podcast called "The Mother of all Problems" where she outlines in great detail all of Christy's terrible past actions; it is revealed that Christy and Violet have not talked in over a year (though she remains in contact with Bonnie), and while Violet lets Christy on her podcast and gives her credit for turning her life around, she bluntly says that the past cannot be changed and she thinks it is healthier to have no relationship with Christy in the future. In Season 7, Christy sadly confirms to Bonnie's new sponsee that she still does not have a relationship with Violet.
  • Nate Corddry as Gabriel (main, seasons 1–2): the manager of the restaurant where Christy works. Married to a domineering woman who scares him somewhat, Gabriel and Christy are carrying on an affair which Christy later ends but which Gabriel himself frequently and desperately tries to renew: they briefly resume their affair in season 2 when Christy is promoted as his replacement. He is a hardworking, competent manager, but often put in his place by his subordinates, particularly Chef Rudy.
  • Matt Jones as Baxter (main, seasons 1–3; recurring, seasons 4–6): Christy's ex-husband and the father of Roscoe. Sweet and charming, but very unstable, he is unable to maintain a serious relationship or steady work for much longer than a month. Loves easy life and frequently gets into fraudulent deals to make money. Despite his flaws, he is a loving father who usually comes through for his son. During season 2, under the influence of his wealthy new girlfriend Candace, Baxter gives up his slacker ways and becomes a car salesman at a dealership owned by Candace's father. Despite occasionally sneaking away to smoke pot and expressing a desire to return to his old ways, Baxter seems mostly content to be an ersatz "trophy husband".
  • French Stewart as Chef Rudy (main, seasons 1–2; recurring, seasons 3, 5–present): the head chef for the Rustic Fig restaurant, where Christy works as a waitress. A dominant and difficult self-made man, Rudy acts superior in his relationships with others. He sells drugs out of the freezer and is boastful and arrogant, often yelling at his subordinates without mincing words, and will not hesitate to humiliate anyone who opposes him. He is secretive about his past and distant from people, but briefly dates Bonnie and is revealed to be a bisexual fetishist with expensive tastes and hobbies who steals food from the restaurant. Tammy is his most recent love interest.
  • Spencer Daniels as Luke (main, season 1; recurring season 2; guest, season 4): a young student who loves to enjoy life and adventure. He had been dating Violet for a little over a year and got her pregnant. Luke is considerably airheaded, smoking marijuana often, but always tries to prove to Christy that he is not as crazy as he appears: he seems to genuinely love Violet, staying beside her and supporting her throughout her pregnancy, and he is often more sensitive towards Christy than her own children are, perhaps because his parents are religious fundamentalists with whom he does not connect. In season 2, Violet, during her downward spiral, cheated on Luke and he broke up with Violet. By season 4, Luke has apparently cleaned himself up and got a high-paying job with a video game company, driving Violet to get back together with him. Violet reveals in season 6 that she and Luke have ended their relationship.
  • Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe Plunkett (main, seasons 1–3; recurring, season 4): Christy's son by Baxter and half-brother of Violet. He experimented with marijuana at age twelve. He has not appeared since season 4, and it is stated he went to live with Baxter and his new wife Candace (which Christy confirms in season 7). However, in "Beef Baloney Dan and a Sarcastic No", it is heavily implied that Christy still has an on-going relationship with her son, as it is revealed that he still texts her.
  • Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie Armstrong-Perugian (recurring, season 1; main, season 2–present):[18] Christy's and Bonnie's AA sponsor who is something of a cat lady. She had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past, was a groupie (it is intimated in one episode she slept with Jimi Hendrix), was briefly involved with the Black Panther Party, spent some time in prison, was homeless for a period of time, and is a mother to a son whom she had no relationship or contact with for years, until Christy convinced him to reconnect with Marjorie following her cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in season 1, and after extensive treatment finally beats it at the end of season 2. Through Christy she meets Victor Perugian, Christy's former landlord, whom she eventually weds and then cares for after he suffers a stroke. When Victor dies, her vulnerable side is revealed, and the women do their best to help Marjorie cope with being widowed for the second time (her first husband having died before the start of the show, after three decades of marriage).
  • Jaime Pressly as Jill Kendall (recurring, season 2; main, season 3–present):[19] A wealthy, divorced socialite and alcoholic. Christy first met her at an AA meeting and decided to sponsor her. Jill suffered several relapses before becoming sober. Her mother had struggled with depression and alcoholism before committing suicide when Jill was a teenager. Jill carried this pain with her throughout her life, culminating in season 4, when she was overcome with grief on the anniversary of her mother's death. Jill is from North Carolina, and worked hard to lose the thickness of her Southern accent upon moving to California to be with her then-husband, James. After trying to become pregnant and miscarrying, Jill decides to adopt a foster child. She is eventually given a teenage girl named Emily, but Christy helps Emily's mother become sober at the start of season 5, leading to Emily leaving Jill. This caused Jill to overeat and gain weight (scripted to cover up Pressly's real-life pregnancy during season 5). After an extended stay at a health spa, she returns in the later half of season 5 and suffers another relapse. Despite being vain and obsessed with how her peers view her, she is shown to genuinely care about her friends and use her experiences to help them with their own problems. In season 6 she began a relationship with Andy, a police officer and former Marine who provided private home security services at Jill's home after it was broken into. At the end of season 7, Jill consults a fertility doctor to freeze her eggs but she gets a call from the doctor saying that she has no viable eggs leaving her extremely devastated by that news
  • Beth Hall as Wendy Harris (recurring, season 2; main, season 3–present):[20] A member of the AA group, often subdued and prone to constant crying. She is a member of Mensa, works as a registered nurse (displaying a hidden sadistic streak when in uniform), was raised by a lesbian couple in Florida, is implied to be in witness protection or otherwise connected to a mob family, and is the subject of a recurring joke in the series where no one, including her friends, listens much to her or wants her around more than minimally possible. In "A Pirate, Three Frogs, and a Prince", Wendy was revealed to be both bisexual/pansexual/bicurious, and possibly attracted to Bonnie.
  • William Fichtner as Adam Janikowski (recurring, season 3; main, season 4–present):[21] Bonnie's latest love interest and later husband, a wheelchair-bound ex-stuntman whom she met over the phone after he dialed the wrong number. Adam reveals in his first date with Bonnie that his spinal injury did not occur in the line of work, but was the result of sliding off a cliff while snowboarding. He is supportive of Bonnie's recovery, though does not always fully understand it. In season 6, he uses his life savings to open a bar called AJ's Barrelworks.
  • Kristen Johnston as Tammy Diffendorf (guest, season 5; recurring, season 6; main, season 7–present):[22] an ex-con who was Bonnie's foster sister for a short time in their teens. They reconnect after Bonnie comes across Tammy while visiting a women's prison, and Tammy joins the group's AA meetings upon being released from prison in season 6. After temporarily living in Bonnie and Christy's apartment, she moves in with Marjorie. When she returns to her old foster home where she lived with Bonnie, it is revealed that her father killed her mother and she went into the system after that; in the Season 8 premiere, Tammy talks briefly on the phone to her father when he calls from prison to wish her a happy Birthday. Tammy is extremely handy at home improvements and similar light construction work, and has helped Bonnie with her apartment manager work while also doing remodeling at Adam's bar and the restaurant where Christy works. As of the end of season 7, she is working toward being a full-fledged contractor, and is no longer on parole after doing superb work at readjusting to society post-prison.

Recurring[edit]

  • Reggie de Leon as Paul (seasons 1–3, 5–present): Chef Rudy's silent and often submissive sous-chef.
  • Kevin Pollak as Alvin Lester Belitnikoff (seasons 1–2, 8): Christy's father and Bonnie's ex-boyfriend who abandoned them when Christy was born. When Christy found Alvin he was married with two sons. Despite that, he loves Christy and does what he can to be in her life and help out, including fixing up a used car to give her and attempting to reach out to her children as a grandfather. He and Bonnie initially treated each other with contempt and hatred over the various mistakes each of them has made in their past, but they rekindled their relationship after his wife left him and he survived a heart attack. In season 2, Alvin suffers a second, fatal heart attack while in bed with Bonnie.
  • Octavia Spencer as Regina Tompkins (seasons 1–3): A fellow AA member and money manager who embezzled from her clients and faces a long prison sentence. While a close if questionable friend to Christy, Regina and Bonnie typically hold each other in contempt, but beneath the surface, they bear some affection for each other. In the middle of season 2, she is given early parole and becomes a born-again Christian, eventually moving in with Jill. Regina drifts apart from her friends after she decides she is no longer an alcoholic, essentially choosing wine over her friends, and struggles alone with the dissonance after moving into her own apartment and out of Jill's mansion.
  • Courtney Henggeler as Claudia (seasons 1–3): Gabriel's wealthy and snobbish (later ex-) wife, who takes over the restaurant from him and briefly appoints Christy as manager.
  • Mary Pat Gleason as Mary (seasons 1–5, 7): A fellow AA member who is frequently interrupted by Bonnie when she shares her problems with the group, as her anecdotes tend to be bizarre and creepy even by the standards of addicts. Mary dies in season 7 at the AA meeting from a brain aneurysm.
  • Don McManus as Steve Casper (seasons 1–4): A fellow AA member, Steve is a competent but creepy lawyer and occasionally aids Christy, who becomes his intern and trainee in season 2. He has a casual sex relationship with Bonnie in season 3. In season 4, he is shown to be in Mexico, hiding from trouble with a drug cartel.
  • Sara Rue as Candace Hayes (seasons 2–4): Baxter's wealthy new wife, whom she reformed. She delivers many subtle jabs at Christy's poverty in the form of backhanded compliments, and seems to be trying to force Christy aside to replace her as Roscoe's mother. The hostility becomes much more obvious in season 3, when Candace's wealthy father, Fred (Harry Hamlin), briefly dates Christy and Candace accuses Christy of only being with him for his money. Christy breaks up with Fred because he openly insults and mocks Candace for doing nothing but living off his wealth. When Candace (wrongly and smugly) smirks that Fred dumped her, Christy gives Candace a hug and shuts her up by saying "I know why you're a bitch."
  • Jonny Coyne as Victor Perugian (seasons 2–4): Christy's Armenian former landlord who becomes attracted to Marjorie, marrying her in season 3. Victor later suffers two strokes (both offscreen). The first in Season 5 leaves him largely incapacitated, and the second in Season 6 is fatal.
  • Amy Hill as Beverly Tarantino (seasons 2–5): A tenant in the apartment complex where Christy and Bonnie live. She dislikes Bonnie and is always trying to get her fired from the building manager position. However, she has been less harsh since she admitted to Bonnie that her own father was a hopeless alcoholic, and that she has projected some of her anger at him onto Bonnie due to her AA ties.
  • Charlie Robinson as Mr. Munson (season 2–present): A blind tenant in the apartment complex where Christy and Bonnie live. He is a Vietnam war veteran who is battling prostate cancer.
  • David Krumholtz as Gregory Munchnik (seasons 2–3): Violet's older Jewish ex-fiancé, a psychology professor at the college she attends.
  • Emily Osment as Jodi Hubbard (season 3): A young drug addict whom Christy and Bonnie try to help get sober. She later dies from a drug overdose.
  • Lauri Johnson as Beatrice (season 3–present): A waitress at the bistro that serves as a recurring location for the cast.
  • Missi Pyle as Natasha (seasons 4–5): Emily's biological mother, an alcoholic whom Christy knows from her stripping days. Christy helps Natasha get sober and regain custody of her daughter.
  • Julia Lester as Emily (seasons 4–5): Jill's teenage foster daughter and Natasha's biological daughter.
  • Leonard Roberts as Ray Stabler (seasons 4–5): Bonnie's gay half-brother who was a successful lawyer and who developed a cocaine habit.
  • Steven Weber as Patrick Janikowski (season 5), Adam's younger brother and Christy's short-term love interest.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown as Nora Rogers (seasons 5–6): Christy's no-nonsense sponsor who works as a TV weather anchor and finds herself violating her established rules about not interacting with sponsees outside of AA with Christy. In the Season 6 finale, she tells a devastated Christy she is leaving California to take a job at a TV station in Minneapolis.
  • Sam McMurray as Ned (season 6), one of the Gamblers Anonymous members where Christy attends meetings; he becomes her de facto sponsor.
  • Susan Ruttan as Lucy (season 6), one of the Gamblers Anonymous members in Christy's group; she is good-hearted but constantly relapses and loses huge amounts of money.
  • Will Sasso as Andy (season 6–present), Jill's love interest who is a police officer and former Marine.
  • Rainn Wilson as Trevor Wells (season 6–present): Bonnie's therapist who helps her with her ADHD and has a completely awful personal life, due to a divorce and financial setbacks.

Notable guests[edit]

  • Jon Cryer and Lisa Joyner as themselves (S01E01): customers at the Rustic Fig
  • Justin Long as Adam Henchy (S01E03, S01E06, and S01E08): Christy's love interest
  • Ed Asner as Jack Bumgartner (S02E05): a tenant in the apartment building where Bonnie and Christy reside
  • Beverly D'Angelo as Lorraine Biletnikoff (S02E09, S02E11 and S02E12): Alvin's ex-wife, who hates Christy and Bonnie
  • Colin Hanks as Andy Dreeson (S02E09): Christy's potential love interest whose idea of a fun night is not exactly what she expected
  • Toby Huss as Bill (S02E13): Bonnie's love interest after the death of Alvin.
  • Ellen Burstyn as Shirley Stabler (S03E01): Bonnie's biological mother who put her in foster care when she was very young
  • June Squibb as Dottie (S03E01): a woman who, Christy thinks, might be the ideal grandmother
  • Judy Greer as Michelle (S03E03): a sloppy drunk that Christy and Bonnie meet in a bar and try to help get sober
  • Linda Lavin as Phyllis Munchnik (S03E07 and S03E21): Gregory's mother and Violet's would-be mother-in-law
  • Harry Hamlin as Fred Hayes (S03E08 and S03E09): Candace's wealthy father and Christy's brief love interest
  • Rosie O'Donnell as Jeanine (S03E10 and S04E02): an ex-girlfriend of Bonnie whom she and Christy lived with. She and Christy maintain an aunt-niece relationship.
  • Joe Manganiello as Julian (S03E11): a newcomer to Alcoholics Anonymous whom Christy takes under her wing
  • Rhea Perlman as Anya Perugian (S03E12): Marjorie's Armenian sister-in-law and Victor's sister
  • Richard Schiff as Robert (S03E20): Bonnie's Communications Director in a White House dream that she had
  • Bradley Whitford as Mitch (S04E09 and S06E13): Adam's friend who is a Hollywood director with a fondness for alcohol
  • Nicole Sullivan as Leanne (S04E09 and S06E13): Mitch's hard-drinking wife who was once involved with Adam
  • Chris Pratt as Nick Banaszak (S04E11): Marjorie's nephew, a charming horse-riding instructor whom Christy pursues, despite Marjorie declaring him off-limits
  • Wendie Malick as Danielle Janikowski (S04E15 and S04E16): Adam's ex-wife whose friendly relationship with him confounds Bonnie
  • Michael Angarano as Cooper (S05E03 and S05E10): Christy's younger classmate at college and romantic interest
  • Kristin Chenoweth as Miranda (S05E14): Jill's inner strength advisor who met her at the latter's weight loss retreat
  • Patti LuPone as Rita Gennaro (S05E19): the demanding owner of the building that is managed by Bonnie
  • Constance Zimmer as Natalie Stevens (S06E03): Christy's rigid professor at the law school who is also an alcoholic
  • Lois Smith as Claire Dickinson (S06E20): Bonnie and Tammy's former caretaker at the old foster home
  • Kate Micucci as Patty (S07E01 and S07E10): A single mother who is a member of the AA meeting Bonnie attends while on her honeymoon with Adam. Bonnie agrees to become Patty's sponsor.
  • Reginald Veljohnson as Jim (S07E01): A member of the AA meeting Bonnie attends while on her honeymoon with Adam
  • John Ratzenberger as Stan (S07E01): A member of the AA meeting Bonnie attends while on her honeymoon with Adam
  • Paget Brewster as Veronica Stone (S07E03, S07E05 and S07E06): Christy's demanding new boss at a law firm
  • Kathleen Turner as Cookie (S07E11 and S07E14): Tammy's long-lost aunt who comes back into her life; it turns out Cookie lied about not knowing Tammy existed and that she let Tammy go into the foster system rather than take her in as a child, and really sought out Tammy in order to get her to agree to a life-saving kidney transplant.[23]
  • Peter Onorati as Wayne (S07E15): Marjorie's first post-widowing love interest from Canada.
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith as Sam (S07E17): Adam's Al-Anon sponsor.
  • Kevin Dunn as Gary (S08E02): Marjorie's annoying newer love interest from Chicago.
  • Steve Valentine as Rod Knaughton (S08E03): An almost-famous rocker, now a recovering addict, whom Bonnie spent a few nights with in the 1980s.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Anna Faris was cast in January 2013.

Mom was one of the many projects that became a priority for CBS and Warner Bros when it was pitched in December 2012, in part due to Lorre's new four-year deal with Warner the previous September.[24] It was green-lit by CBS for a series order pickup on May 9, 2013.[25] This pickup also gives Lorre the distinction of having four sitcoms airing on one network starting in the 2013–14 season. The following week, the network announced that it would place the sitcom in the Monday night 9:30 pm (ET/PT) time slot following 2 Broke Girls.[26] However, after the cancelation of We Are Men, 2 Broke Girls was moved into the show's 8:30 pm slot, with repeats of The Big Bang Theory occupying the 9 pm lead-in time slot to Mom until the season debut of Mike & Molly on November 4, 2013. The show received a full first season order for 22 episodes on October 18, 2013.[27]

On March 13, 2014, CBS announced the second season renewal of Mom.[28] The series moved from Mondays at 9:30 PM to Thursdays at 8:30 PM for the first fourteen episodes until the series moved to Thursdays at 9:30 PM following The Odd Couple series premiere and the series finale of Two and a Half Men.[29][30]

By season three, the focus became more about Christy and Bonnie and their group from AA, while the restaurant set, the kids, and Baxter roles were reduced significantly.

Casting[edit]

The series gives Faris, who had guest-starred in various television programs between her film projects and been sought after for other television projects (including a failed pilot called Blue Skies that was being produced for NBC), her first full-time television role, as she landed the part of the lead character, Christy, in January 2013.[31] On January 28, 2013, Janney was next to come aboard the project, playing Christy's mother.[32] Matt Jones and Spencer Daniels were added to the cast in February 2013, with Jones playing Christy's ex-husband, Baxter, and Daniels taking the role of Luke, the boyfriend of Christy's daughter, Violet.[33]

Broadcast[edit]

In Australia, Mom debuted on Nine Network on April 9, 2014.[34] In Canada, Citytv airs the series simultaneously.[35][36] In Greece, Star Channel debuted the series on October 25, 2014.[37] In India, Comedy Central (India) has been broadcasting the series through 2015. In Israel, the show is broadcast on HOT Comedy Central.[38] In the United Kingdom, ITV2 debuted the show on January 20, 2014, they have since dropped the show which has not been available to UK viewers since the end of Season 4.[39][40]

Syndication[edit]

Mom went into syndication in late 2017. The series airs on local affiliates, as well as on FXX, Paramount Network, Nick at Nite, and CMT.[41][42] It previously aired on TV Land, until July 2, 2018, when it switched networks with Two and a Half Men for Nick at Nite. Aside from FXX, the stations are owned by ViacomCBS, which often shares its programming.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per season of Mom
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Monday 9:30 pm 22 September 23, 2013 7.99[43] April 14, 2014 6.86[44] 2013–14 42 8.34[45]
2 Thursday 8:30, 9:00, or 9:30 pm 22 October 30, 2014 11.13[46] April 30, 2015 8.78[47] 2014–15 26 11.79[11]
3 Thursday 9:00 pm 22 November 5, 2015 7.28[48] May 19, 2016 8.14[49] 2015–16 40 9.64[12]
4 22 October 27, 2016 7.02[50] May 11, 2017 8.12[51] 2016–17 29 9.43[13]
5 22 November 2, 2017 8.46[52] May 10, 2018 7.97[53] 2017–18 19 10.96[14]
6 22 September 27, 2018 7.94[54] May 9, 2019 8.08[55] 2018–19 23 10.22[15]
7 20 September 26, 2019 6.25[56] April 16, 2020 (2020-04-16) 7.14 [57] 2019–20 31 8.52[58]
8 TBA November 5, 2020 4.82[59] TBA TBD 2020–21 TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

Allison Janney has received acclaim for her performance as Bonnie Plunkett throughout the show's running and has received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for seasons 1–5, winning two consecutively for season 1 and season 2.
Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 70% (40 reviews)[60] 65 (25 reviews)[61]
2 88% (8 reviews)[62] 81 (4 reviews)[63]
3 100% (11 reviews)[64] 82 (4 reviews)[65]
4 TBA (2 reviews)[66] TBA (TBA)[67]
5 TBA (TBA)[68] TBA (TBA)[69]
6 TBA (TBA)[70] TBA (TBA)[71]
7 TBA (1 review)[72] TBA (TBA)[73]


Mom has been met with widespread critical acclaim, with much praise going towards its writing and performances of its cast, especially that of Allison Janney. The series received a Metacritic score of 65 out of 100 for its first season, based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[61] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 70%, based on 40 reviews, and an average rating of 5.71/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Anna Faris and Allison Janney share an undeniable comedic chemistry, and if the jokes are sometimes too crass, Mom represents a sincere (and often witty) attempt to address addiction issues."[60] Boston Herald critic Mark A. Perigard gave a positive review, writing: "This is dark material, yet Faris balances it with a genuine winsomeness, able to wring laughs out of the most innocuous lines." New York Magazine critic Matt Zoller Seitz praised the cast and called it "just about perfect".

The second season was met with even more critical acclaim. The season received a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".[63] On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 88%, based on 8 reviews, and an average rating of 8.5/10.[62]

The third season was also met with critical acclaim. The season received a Metacritic score of 82 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".[65] On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 100%, based on 11 reviews, and an average rating of 8.33/11. The site's critical consensus reads: "Mom continues to nurture the multi-cam sitcom genre with mature storytelling and wonderful performances by Anna Faris and Allison Janney, who both handle reflective drama with the same deft touch as they do comedic timing".[64]

Accolades[edit]

Accolades
Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Anna Faris Nominated
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Allison Janney Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Mimi Kennedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Won
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite Network TV Comedy Nominated
72nd Golden Globe Awards[74] Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Allison Janney Nominated
Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series Anna Faris Nominated
Allison Janney Won
Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Network TV Comedy Nominated
Favorite Comedic TV Actress Anna Faris Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Nominated
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Ellen Burstyn Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design in a Multi-Camera Series John Shaffner Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series Steven V. Silver Nominated
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Ben Bosse and Joe Bella Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Nominated
2017 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actress Anna Faris Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Nominated
Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Joe Bella Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Allison Janney Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Joe Bella Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series Nominated

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