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Moments like this prove why the show is so touted for its humor and truthfulness, and why Allison Janney in particular can do no wrong.
Still, even with the admirable mix of laughs and lumps in the throat that this latest installment elicited, it's not difficult to understand why the show hasn't become as addictive as CBS would surely like it to be.
Mom articulates the struggles of people in recovery-and always without forgetting that comedies should have jokes. But Diabetic Lesbians And A Blushing Bride is remarkable for how unsparing it is.
The season 3 premiere not only reminds us that there is hope, but that there is possibility - and also very likely a great season ahead.
It would be very easy for the remaining producers of multi-cam to leave that stuff to their more fashionable counterparts and just stick to telling jokes. Mom, thankfully, is a strong reminder of just how elastic this 64-year-old format is.
And remaining a savvy complement, [Anna] Faris continues to give one of the most underrated performances on TV.
The beauty of Mom is that it refuses to stay in one place, even if that place is consistently delivering laughs.
It remains a throwback to '70s and '80s comedies like "All in the Family," "Taxi," and even "Cheers," which took their characters seriously enough to be comfortable with purely dramatic scenes, which in turn only makes the laughter feel more potent.
Mom is anything but a typical comedy, using its humor more like a tool to help navigate much darker, emotionally challenging issues like alcoholism, depression, mortality.
Of course, as fans of CBS' increasingly nuanced comedy have come to expect, there's a gut punch before the punchline.
With a few ballsy plot lines under its belt and an assured step in the right direction in the season three premiere, Mom may come off as occasionally familiar in its formatting, but content wise it feels downright groundbreaking.
Audience Reviews for Mom: Season 3
May 23, 2016The plot is rolling along nicely while the dynamic between Janney and Faris remained strong.Sylvester K Super Reviewer
Oct 06, 2019more seasons please so good
Sep 27, 2019This show gets better with every season. At times the writing is a bit too sit-comish, but the cast is fantastic, especially Janney. Also, many great guest appearances. The primary focus is now on the group of friends who are supporting each other in the struggle for sobriety.
Oct 22, 2017This show is never not funny. Still one of my top 5 favorite comedies ever. This season is even better than the first two. The writing and jokes are still making me crack up and the emotional depth of the story is amazing. The chemistry between Alison Janney and Anna Faris is still fantastic. The whole cast gave hilarious and stupendous performances especially Alison Janney, Anna Faris, Mimi Kennedy, Jamie Pressly, Matt Jones, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, Emily Osment, and Octavia Spencer. A+.
Jul 21, 2016I am so in love with this series, I can't stop watching it!