Mom

CBS, Mondays 9:30/8:30 Central

Sep 23, 2013 Web Exclusive
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Anna Faris plays Christy, a recent recovering alcoholic waitress with two kids, an underfoot ex-husband, and a newly resurfaced mother, the titular Bonnie (Allison Janney), also a recovering alcoholic. Christy is sleeping with her married boss and at the mercy of the temperamental chef at her restaurant workplace. While she is at work her precocious teenaged daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano) is fooling around with her boyfriend, and her son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) is a disinterested bystander. Struggling to break free from her mother's behavior patterns, Christy's sobriety is put to the test when her mother decides to start acting like one by helping her raise her kids.

Creator, writer, and executive producer Chuck Lorre has run out of jokes on Mom. The force behind countless razor-edged sitcoms—three of which are on the air now: Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike and Molly—could use a turn at the sharpener. There isn't a funny moment on Mom's first episode. The characters are cookie-cutter, the dialogue predictable, the jokes stale and flat, completely unexpected from a sitcom veteran. Mom flails so desperately—with no redeeming aspects—it is unlikely any kind of life preserver can save it. (www.cbs.com/shows/mom)

Author rating: 2/10

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