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the-series-philosopher-MomMom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series was created by Chuck Lorre (Roseanne, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory), Eddie Gorodetsky (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and Gemma Baker (Two and a Half Men) and distributed by Warner Bros Television. It stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney in lead roles as dysfunctional mother/daughter duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett. Sadie Calvano, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Matt L. Jones, Beth Hall, Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy appear in supporting roles.

The series has received positive reviews throughout its run. Both Janney and Faris have garnered acclaim for their respective performances and have received numerous accolades with Janney having won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series back to back in 2014 and 2015. The show has also garnered multiple nominations at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards and the People’s Choice Awards during its run.


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 17-year-old daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano), who was born when Christy was 16, has herself become a teen mother by her boyfriend Luke. Christy also has a younger son Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) by her ex-husband Baxter (Matt L. Jones), a deadbeat but likable pothead. The show, as it progresses, adds themes of real-life issues such as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, cancer, homelessness, gambling addiction, domestic violence, death, drug addiction, relapse, and overdose.

Main Cast

  • Anna Faris (Friends) as Christy Plunkett: a single mother who has gone a year without drinking and is still struggling with addiction and gambling.
  • Allison Janney (The West Wing, Masters of Sex) as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy’s mother, a joyful, peaceful recovering addict who is now grateful with life.
  • Sadie Calvano (Melissa & Joey) as Violet Plunkett: Christy’s daughter and older half-sister of Roscoe.
  • Nate Corddry (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, United States of Tara) as Gabriel (regular seasons 1-2): the manager of the restaurant where Christy works.
  • Matt L. Jones (NCIS, Breaking Bad) as Baxter: Christy’s ex-husband and the father of Roscoe.
  • French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun) as Chef Rudy: the head chef for the restaurant where Christy works as a waitress.
  • Spencer Daniels (Crash, The Office) as Luke (regular seasons 1–2): a young student who loves to enjoy life and adventure.
  • Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe: Christy’s son by Baxter and half-brother of Violet.
  • Mimi Kennedy (Dharma & Greg) as Marjorie Armstrong (recurring season 1, regular season 2–present): an old friend-turned-enemy-turned-friend-again of Bonnie, who meets Christy at AA and they become great friends.
  • Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) as Jill Kendall (recurring season 2, regular season 3): A new AA member whom Christy sponsors, Jill is a wealthy socialite who is prone to relapses and violent behavior.
  • Beth Hall as Wendy Harris (recurring season 2, regular season 3): an attendee at the women’s sobriety meetings who is frequently crying. She is a registered nurse and a member of Mensa.
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