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Mom 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.