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Mom: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:
1

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67

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 12

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.

71

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 5

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.

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 51

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Season Info

Anna Faris and Emmy® winner Allison Janney star in a new comedy from Chuck Lorre. Faris plays Christy, a single mom whose newly found sobriety has given her the ability to see her life clearly... and she does not like the view.

Network: CBS

Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 23, 2013

Pilot

Newly sober single mom Christy is challenged when her estranged, overly critical mother returns to her life in the series premiere of this comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory").

2
Air date: Sep 30, 2013

A Pee Stick and an Asian Raccoon

Christy and Bonnie set aside their differences to deal with a family crisis together.

3
Air date: Oct 7, 2013

A Small Nervous Meltdown and a Misplaced Fork

HD. Christy goes on her first date since she stopped drinking. Meanwhile, Bonnie teaches her grandson Roscoe to gamble.

4
Air date: Oct 14, 2013

Loathing and Tube Socks

Christy's patience is tested by everyone she knows. Meanwhile, Bonnie runs into an old rival.

5
Air date: Oct 21, 2013

Six Thousand Bootleg T-Shirts and a Prada Handbag

HD. Christy makes a new friend who has big problems. Meanwhile, Bonnie attempts to put someone else's needs ahead of her own.

6
Air date: Oct 28, 2013

Abstinence and Pudding

HD. Christy is determined to take things slow in her relationship with Adam.

7
Air date: Nov 4, 2013

Estrogen and a Hearty Breakfast

Christy squares off against Luke's conservative parents, who are upset about Violet's pregnancy.

8
Air date: Nov 11, 2013

Big Sur and Strawberry Lube

A nerve-rattled Christy anticipates going on a romantic weekend getaway with Adam (Justin Long). Elsewhere, Gabriel's wife believes he's cheating, so she reaches out to Christy for help.

9
Air date: Nov 18, 2013

Zombies and Cobb Salad

HD. When Bonnie loses her job and struggles to keep her life together, Christy tries to get her back on track.

10
Air date: Nov 25, 2013

Belgian Waffles and Bathroom Privileges

HD. Christy has trouble accepting how much easier life is with Bonnie in the house. Meanwhile, Baxter sets up camp in the driveway.

11
Air date: Dec 2, 2013

Cotton Candy and Blended Fish

Christy and Bonnie try to help a sick friend and her eight cats. Meanwhile, the reality of pregnancy frustrates Violet.

12
Air date: Dec 16, 2013

Corned Beef and Handcuffs

HD. Christy gets stuck in the middle when Bonnie and Chef Rudy start dating.

13
Air date: Jan 13, 2014

Hot Soup and Shingles

When Christy gets injured, she refuses to admit she needs Bonnie's help.

14
Air date: Jan 20, 2014

Leather Cribs and a Medieval Rack

Christy and Bonnie come clean about secrets they've been keeping from each other.

15
Air date: Jan 27, 2014

Fireballs and Bullet Holes

Christy tries to start a relationship with her father, Alvin, while Bonnie struggles to accept that Christy wants him in her life.

16
Air date: Feb 3, 2014

Nietzsche and a Beer Run

Christy meets a very sexy fireman named David while at work and begins a fling with him. In contrast to her slow moving relationship with Adam, Christy dives in head first with David, but she winds up questioning her ability to keep seeing him after he turns out to party a little too much. (C) CBS

17
Air date: Feb 24, 2014

Jail Jail and Japanese Porn

HD. When Christy puts her new relationship ahead of friends and family, Bonnie has to pick up the slack.

18
Air date: Mar 3, 2014

Sonograms and Tube Tops

Christy organizes a baby shower for Violet, who's nervous about becoming a mother. Elsewhere, Bonnie lands a life-coaching client.

19
Air date: Mar 17, 2014

Toilet Wine and the Earl of Sandwich

Christy, Bonnie, and Marjorie agree to drive Regina to prison to turn herself in at Chowchilla Prison near Modesto. Along the way, they stop at the home of Regina's ex-boyfriend so she can see her son, whom she hasn't seen in quite some time. (C) CBS

20
Air date: Mar 24, 2014

Clumsy Monkeys and a Tilted Uterus

Violet finds the perfect family to adopt her baby, as Christy and Bonnie step up to make sure the process goes smoothly.

21
Air date: Mar 31, 2014

Broken Dreams and Blocked Arteries

Bonnie and Alvin (Kevin Pollak) clash, with Christy caught in the middle. Meanwhile, a very pregnant Violet worries about attending her senior prom.

22
Air date: Apr 14, 2014

Smokey Taylor and a Deathbed Confession

Violet goes through labor and gets help from Christy and Bonnie in the Season 1 finale. Also: Christy suspects that Bonnie still has feelings for Alvin (Kevin Pollak).

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (12)

It's hard to play addiction recovery for both laughs and empathy, but Faris and Janney are doing a brilliant job of exactly that.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

The talk isn't dialogue-it's just gags, totally synthetic and rolled out by the yard.

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

In a season of comedies awash in deviant parents and long-suffering children, Mom stands apart with its even distribution of pathologies.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Mom's set-up is the stuff of maudlin Lifetime movies, but believe it or not, everything here is played for laughs, generally to great effect.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

While the jokes in Mom are often stingingly crass, Faris and Janney score more often than not.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Watching Mom is like eating a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's sweet and enjoyable, but it'll leave you craving something a little bit more exciting.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

I saw good actors mouthing what I'm just going to boldly say were terrible lines based on what I had written down. And then I woke up, many hours later, drained of the will to watch television.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The one real failing of this show is French Stewart.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

As for yours truly, I like it. A lot. Because I laughed. A lot.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

I'm genuinely optimistic for Mom.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Mom is about shtick, and it has hired a core group of actors who know how to do it.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

It's trying too hard to be a "sitcom" that looks and feels straight out of 1992. The bones are there, but the execution is lacking.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Beneath the armor plating of punch lines beats a wounded and affecting heart.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

The writing rings true as often as not, and the actors do not wave their arms or raise their voices unduly; they play to the human moments between the rim shots.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Mom is the first multi-cam comedy to crack me up in a decade.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Faris is terrific, and so is Janney.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

at its core, Mom has a solid group of characters and a very strong cast (including French Stewart as the restaurant's dictatorial chef) who, by the end of the episode, display the kind of chemistry sitcoms need.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Mom flails so desperately-with no redeeming aspects-it is unlikely any kind of life preserver can save it.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

The hit to miss ratio on the jokes however is pretty low, with only an occasional truly funny moment among a lot of cracks about sex and drugs in this family's history (and present).

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The supporting cast is uninteresting and cliched but when Janney & Faris get going? It reminds one of how good they can be with the right material.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Mom is one of the very few sitcoms on television... to feature characters who are not thoughtlessly affluent.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

This is dark material, yet Faris balances it with a genuine winsomeness, able to wring laughs out of the most innocuous lines.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The pilot feels like 17 shows all crammed together into one - including a lot of wacky antics...

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's a punch-line shooting gallery, setting 'em up and knocking 'em down, with a rhythm reminiscent of the classic Bob Newhart sitcoms.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

What Mom lacks in bite, it makes up for in balance, with a dependable number of laughs and a strong ensemble.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Given the number of self-absorbed and annoying fathers on sitcoms, another self-absorbed and annoying mother is fine. She helps keep the party balanced. But she also needs to make the party funnier, and CBS' new Mom does not.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Lorre knows what he's doing with modern families -- he wrote some of Roseanne's best lines -- and he's got a better actress playing his new mom under fire.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Mom needs some work to develop its overlarge cast, but the core characters of Christy and Bonnie show promise.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Janney seems like a natural for this sort of comedic turn, and her character's zen-like attitude, not over-thinking things and living in the moment, hits home.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It gets this particular job done with flair, vigor, a punchy script and two leads who make it all fairly addictive.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Mom deals lightly with the serious problem of addiction and manages to be clever, not sanctimonious.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Luckily, Faris and Janney are funnier than the material.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Janney and Faris seem to have fun, even when the material in the pilot episode is a tad too seedy and even off-puttingly icy. If Mom could dial it down a notch, it would find a better balance between bawdy and snide.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Heavy dysfunction gets a backup laugh track, and it can turn mean. But Lorre knows how to wring dark humor from tragic circumstances.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

The jokes are so broad and the laughter so loud, fake and laugh-track-y that it's a turnoff to the kind of viewer who prefers a subtler guffaw.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If it goes darker, it will become depressing; if it goes lighter, it will become generic. Most likely, it will just go away.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

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