Mom (TV series)
Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker and produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Television. It stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney in lead roles as dysfunctional daughter/mother duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett. Sadie Calvano, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Matt L. Jones, Spencer Daniels, Nate Corddry, French Stewart, William Fichtner, Beth Hall, Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy appear in supporting roles.
|Opening theme||"Overture" from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||102 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||18–21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chuck Lorre Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||September 23, 2013– present|
Mom has received acclaim from critics and audiences alike throughout its run with major appreciation drawn towards its writing and performances (in particularly that of Janney's). 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 2017. The show has also garnered multiple nominations at the Critics' Choice Television Awards and the People's Choice Awards during its run.
The show has also received high ratings, which rose from the first to second season with an average viewership of 11.79 million. CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on November 5, 2015. On March 25, 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on October 27, 2016.
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 drug and alcohol addict. Christy's daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano), who was born when Christy was 16, 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 L. Jones), a deadbeat but likable pothead. As the show progresses, it adds themes of real-life issues such as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, cancer, homelessness, gambling addiction, domestic violence, death, obesity, rape, stroke, drug addiction, relapse and overdose.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Anna Faris as Christy Jolene Plunkett: a single mother who has gone four years without drinking and is still struggling with addiction and 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 first episode. In addition, she is trying to iron out the rough edges in her relationship with her mother Bonnie, who never learned to play her role well and who would rather go out and drink than baby-sit. Christy later finds out that her biological father ran out on Bonnie on Christmas Eve, the day before Christy was born, and locates the man as a now-married father of two sons who runs an auto repair shop.
- Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy's mother, a joyful if cynical recovering addict who is now grateful with life. She tries desperately to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child. In her teen time Bonnie started drinking at 15 years old. She was in the foster care system being ricocheted around from house to house when she kept running off with Alvin, she ended up plainly pregnant and had Christy however he abandoned them at the hospital and Bonnie nearly put Christy up for adoption. A pleasant Jewish couple was going to adopt her, yet Bonnie pulled out finally. From that point on, she attempted her best to raise Christy, however Christy wound up raising herself as Bonnie took tranquilizes and got back home late. A single mother, she 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.
- Sadie Calvano as Violet Plunkett (main cast seasons 1–3; recurring season 4): 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 she, her mother, or her grandmother ever had. 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 psychology professor at her university, but he breaks the engagement after she relapses - she has since been behaving in a gold digger-esque manner with other men. She got back together with Luke in Season 4.
- Nate Corddry as Gabriel (main cast 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 L. Jones as Baxter (main cast seasons 1–3; recurring season 4; guest season 5): 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.
- French Stewart as Chef Rudy (main cast seasons 1–2; guest season 3): the head chef for the restaurant where Christy works as a waitress. A dominant and difficult self-made man, Rudy acts superior in his relationships with others. He 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 at one point: during this time, he is revealed to be a (bi)sexual fetishist with expensive tastes and hobbies who enjoys stealing food from the restaurant.
- Spencer Daniels as Luke (main cast seasons 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.
- Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe Plunkett (main cast seasons 1–3; recurring season 4): Christy's son by Baxter and half-brother of Violet. He eventually goes to live with his father and his father's fiancé. He experimented with marijuana at age twelve.
- Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie Armstrong-Perugian (recurring season 1, main cast season 2–present): Christy's and Bonnie's AA sponsor. She had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past and is a breast cancer survivor. Through Christy she meets Victor Perugian, Christy's former landlord, who she eventually weds.
- Jaime Pressly as Jill Kendall (recurring season 2, main cast season 3–present): An AA member who Christy sponsors, Jill is a wealthy divorced socialite who is prone to relapses.
- Beth Hall as Wendy Harris (recurring season 2, main cast season 3–present): A member of the AA group, who constantly cries. She is a registered nurse and a member of Mensa.
- William Fichtner as Adam Janikowski (recurring season 3, main cast season 4–present): Bonnie's latest love interest and later fiancé, a wheelchair-bound former stuntman whom she met over the phone after he dialed the wrong number.
- Octavia Spencer as Regina Tompkins (seasons 1–3): A fellow AA member and money manager who embezzled from her clients and is now facing a 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.
- Kevin Pollak as Alvin Lester Biletnikoff (seasons 1–2): 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 grandparent. 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 fatal, second heart attack while in bed with Bonnie, and dies.
- Courtney Henggeler as Claudia (seasons 1–3): Gabriel's wealthy and snobbish ex-wife, who has taken over the restaurant from him and briefly appointed Christy as manager.
- Reggie de Leon as Paul (seasons 1–3): Chef Rudy's silent and often submissive sous-chef.
- Mary Pat Gleason as Mary (season 1–present): A fellow AA member who is frequently interrupted by Bonnie when she shares her problems with the group.
- 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.
- Sara Rue as Candace Hayes (seasons 2–4): Baxter's wealthy new wife, under whose influence he has reformed. She delivers many subtle jabs at Christy's poverty 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), starts dating Christy and Candace accuses Christy of only being with him for his money.
- Jonny Coyne as Victor Perugian (season 2–present): Christy's Armenian former landlord who becomes attracted to Marjorie, marrying her in season 3. In season 5, he suffered a stroke.
- Amy Hill as Beverly Tarantino (season 2–present): A tenant in the apartment building where Christy and Bonnie live; she dislikes Bonnie and is always trying to get her fired from the manager position.
- Charlie Robinson as Mr. Munson (season 2–present): A blind tenant in the apartment building where Christy and Bonnie live.
- David Krumholtz as Gregory Munchnik (seasons 2–3): Violet's older 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 who works at the diner where the AA members usually go.
- Leonard Roberts as Ray Stabler (season 4–present): Bonnie's half-brother who is a successful lawyer.
- Julia Lester as Emily (seasons 4–5): Jill's teenage foster daughter.
- Missi Pyle as Natasha (seasons 4–5): Emily's biological mother, an alcoholic whom Christy helps get sober and get custody of her daughter back.
- Steven Weber as Patrick Janikowski (season 5): Adam's brother and Christy's love interest.
- Jon Cryer as Himself (S01E01): A customer at the Rustic Fig.
- Justin Long as Adam Henchy (S01E03, S01E06 and S01E08): Christy's love interest.
- Ed Asner as Jack (S02E05): A tenant in the apartment building where Bonnie and Christy resides.
- Beverly D'Angelo as Lorraine Biletnikoff (S02E09, S02E11 and S02E12): Alvin's ex-wife, who hates Christy and Bonnie.
- 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 whom 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 father and Christy's love interest.
- Rosie O'Donnell as Jeanine (S03E10 and S04E02): An ex-girlfriend of Bonnie who she and Christy lived with: she and Christy maintain an aunt-niece relationship.
- Joe Manganiello as Julian (S03E11): A newcomer to Alcoholics Anonymous who 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): Adam's friend who is a Hollywood director with a fondness for alcohol.
- Chris Pratt as Nick Banaszak (S04E11): a charming horseback riding instructor whom Christy decides to pursue, despite the fact he’s the nephew of Marjorie, who declared him off-limits. He is later revealed to share traits with John Steinbeck's character Lennie Small.
- Wendie Malick as Danielle Janikowski (S04E15 and S04E16): Adam's ex-wife whose friendly relationship with him confounds Bonnie.
- Kristin Chenoweth as Miranda (S05E14): Jill's inner strength advisor who met her at the latter's weight loss retreat.
- Patti LuPone as Rita (season 5): the (demanding) new owner of the building that is managed by Bonnie
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Viewers
|1||22||September 23, 2013||April 14, 2014||42||8.34|
|2||22||October 30, 2014||April 30, 2015||26||11.79|
|3||22||November 5, 2015||May 19, 2016||40||9.64|
|4||22||October 27, 2016||May 11, 2017||29||9.43|
|5||22||November 2, 2017||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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. It was green-lit by CBS for a series order pickup on May 9, 2013. 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. 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.
On March 13, 2014, CBS announced the second season renewal of Mom. 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.
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.
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. On January 28, 2013, Janney was next to come aboard the project, playing Christy's mother. 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.
|Season||Time slot (ET)||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Rank||Viewers
|1||Monday 9:30 pm||22||September 23, 2013||7.99||April 14, 2014||6.86||2013–14||42nd||8.34|
|2||Thursday 8:30, 9:30, or 9:00 pm||22||October 30, 2014||11.13||April 30, 2015||8.78||2014–15||26th||11.79|
|3||Thursday 9:00 pm||22||November 5, 2015||7.28||May 19, 2016||8.14||2015–16||40th||9.64|
|4||22||October 27, 2016||7.02||May 11, 2017||8.12||2016–17||29th||9.43|
|5||22||November 2, 2017||8.46||2017–18|
Mom has been met with consistently positive reviews, with much praise going towards its writing and performances of its cast, especially that of Allison Janney. The show received a Metacritic score of 65 out of 100 in its first season, based on reviews by 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season was given a 67% approval rating based on 36 reviews and an average rating of 5.7 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states: "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." 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, calling it "just about perfect".
The second season was met with even more positive reviews. The show received a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim". On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 100% based on 6 reviews and an average score of 8.5 out of 10.
|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||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Allison Janney||Nominated|
|Prism Awards||Performance in a Comedy Series||Anna Faris||Nominated|
|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 & Joseph Bella||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||Joseph Bella||Nominated|
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