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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 addict. Christy's daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano), who was born when Christy was 17, has also become a teen mother by her boyfriend, Luke (Spencer Daniels). Christy also has a young son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) by her ex-husband, Baxter (Matt Jones), a deadbeat but likable pothead.
Christy has gone back to school and is pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie attempts to have a healthy romantic relationship with her new husband, Adam (William Fichtner). Through it all, Christy and Bonnie rely on their support system from AA, including the wise Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy), the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill (Jaime Pressly), the overly-emotional Wendy (Beth Hall), and the loudmouthed but sweet Tammy (Kristen Johnston). Collectively, they help each other stay sober in the face of whatever life throws at them.
Anna Faris as Christy Jolene Plunkett: a single narcissist mother who has gone six years without drinking and is still struggling with sobriety and a concurrent addiction to gambling. Now sober, she strives to be a good example to her son Roscoe, and regain the trust of her daughter Violet, who is revealed to be pregnant herself in the first episode. In addition, she is trying to iron out the rough edges in her relationship with her mother Bonnie, who she still struggles to forgive after a tumultuous childhood and long estrangement. Christy later finds out that her biological father, Alvin, ran out on Bonnie after she was discharged from the hospital on Christmas Eve after giving birth to Christy. She locates Alvin and finds out that he is a married father of two sons and runs an auto repair shop. Christy eventually develops a bond with Alvin, whom she introduces to her family, and comes to see him as the father she needs in her life. Like her mother, Christy also became a teenage mother when she had Violet at age 16-17. Violet's father Butch was horribly physically abusive to Christy, who tried to leave him on numerous occasions, only to get cold feet. Christy finally worked up the courage to leave him in order to protect Violet. A former stripper, Christy is mostly seen working as a waitress. She is briefly promoted to manager (after Claudia divorces Gabriel), but eventually goes back to being a waitress. Christy later decides that she wants to go back to school to eventually become a lawyer, and she takes a second job working as an assistant for Steve Casper, eventually earning her bachelor's degree and then being accepted to law school.
Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy's mother, a joyful if cynical recovering addict. She tries to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child. She was given up for adoption at age four and was in the foster care system, being passed around from house to house where she eventually ran off with Alvin at age 15. She ended up pregnant and had Christy at age 17. Alvin abandoned both of them at the hospital on Christmas Eve. Bonnie has said that she almost aborted Christy and wanted to put Christy up for adoption. A pleasant Jewish couple was going to adopt her, yet Bonnie could not go through with the adoption. From that point on, she attempted her best to raise Christy. However, Christy wound up raising herself as Bonnie preferred to party and drink rather than stay home. With time and much therapy, Bonnie managed to find the balance and now wants to catch up, revealing to Christy her past, including who her real father is and how to find him, as well as her past side career as a drug dealer. She suffered a relapse in season 1 after losing her job and apartment and had to move in with Christy, Violet, and Roscoe. After Christy reconnected with her biological father Alvin, Bonnie slowly realized that she still had feelings for him, and the two began to date at the beginning of season 2. This was cut short after Alvin suffered a heart attack and died, leaving his family shocked. After suffering from a back injury, Bonnie became hooked on pain medication prescribed to her, which led to another relapse. In season 3, she met her biological mother, and in season 4 she met her half-brother Ray after their mother died. She currently manages the apartment building where she and Christy live. In season 6, she was diagnosed with ADHD and began seeing a therapist to deal with it.
Sadie Calvano as Violet Plunkett (main, seasons 1-3; recurring, season 4; guest, season 6): Christy's daughter and older half-sister of Roscoe. A senior in high school at the beginning of the series, Violet is hardworking, smart and sure of herself, though upset with her mother, who never had time to take care of her children and failed to fulfill a true motherly role despite now being sober for some time. After having her boyfriend Luke's baby, Violet made the decision to place her baby for adoption because she felt that this was the best way to break her family's repeated cycle of poor life choices and give her child a better chance than herself, her mother, or her grandmother ever had. Violet's father was physically abusive to Christy, and Christy has lied to Violet concerning his whereabouts, taking her to a random man's grave and telling Violet that her father is dead. During season 2, in a brief downward spiral of bad behavior, Violet cheats on Luke and he breaks up with her. She later gets engaged to Gregory Munchnik, a much older psychology professor at her university, but he breaks the engagement after she begins to party too hard, leaving her mother and grandmother wondering if she was just experiencing young life or developing a problem. Violet moves back in with Christy and Bonnie after her break up and after demanding that she get a job, Violet moves to Lake Tahoe to become a blackjack dealer at Harrah's. Violet, yet again, moves back to her mother and grandmother after wrecking her life in Lake Tahoe and gets back together and moves in with Luke after seeing that he has improved his life. Violet returns in Season 6 as the host of a successful podcast called "The Mother of all Problems" where she outlines in great detail all of Christy's terrible past actions; it is revealed that Christy and Violet haven't talked in over a year (though she remains in contact with Bonnie), and while Violet lets Christy on her podcast and gives her credit for turning her life around, she bluntly says that the past can't be changed and she thinks it's healthier to have no relationship with Christy in the future. In Season 7, Christy sadly confirms to Bonnie's new sponsee that she doesn't have a relationship at present with Violet.
Nate Corddry as Gabriel (main, seasons 1-2): the manager of the restaurant where Christy works. Married to a domineering woman who scares him somewhat, Gabriel and Christy are carrying on an affair which Christy later ends but which Gabriel himself frequently and desperately tries to renew: they briefly resume their affair in season 2 when Christy is promoted as his replacement. He is a hardworking, competent manager, but often put in his place by his subordinates, particularly Chef Rudy.
Matt Jones as Baxter (main, seasons 1-3; recurring, season 4; guest, seasons 5-6): Christy's ex-husband and the father of Roscoe. Sweet and charming, but very unstable, he is unable to maintain a serious relationship or steady work for much longer than a month. Loves easy life and frequently gets into fraudulent deals to make money. Despite his flaws, he is a loving father who usually comes through for his son. During season 2, under the influence of his wealthy new girlfriend Candace, Baxter gives up his slacker ways and becomes a car salesman, and is content to be an ersatz "trophy husband".
French Stewart as Chef Rudy (main, seasons 1-2; guest, seasons 3, 5-7): the head chef for the Rustic Fig restaurant where Christy works as a waitress. A dominant and difficult self-made man, Rudy acts superior in his relationships with others. He sells drugs out of the freezer and is boastful and arrogant, often yelling at his subordinates without mincing words and will not hesitate to humiliate anyone who opposes him. He is secretive about his past and distant from people, but briefly dates Bonnie and is revealed to be a bisexual fetishist with expensive tastes and hobbies who steals food from the restaurant. Tammy is his most recent love interest.
Spencer Daniels as Luke (main, seasons 1-2; guest, season 4): a young student who loves to enjoy life and adventure. He had been dating Violet for a little over a year and got her pregnant. Luke is considerably airheaded, smoking marijuana often, but always tries to prove to Christy that he is not as crazy as he appears: he seems to genuinely love Violet, staying beside her and supporting her throughout her pregnancy, and he is often more sensitive towards Christy than her own children are, perhaps because his parents are religious fundamentalists with whom he does not connect. In season 2, Violet, during her downward spiral, cheated on Luke and he broke up with Violet. By season 4, Luke has apparently cleaned himself up and got a high-paying job with a video game company, driving Violet to get back together with him. Violet reveals in season 6 that she and Luke have ended their relationship.
Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe Plunkett (main, seasons 1-3; recurring, season 4): Christy's son by Baxter and half-brother of Violet. He experimented with marijuana at age twelve. He has not appeared since season 4, and it is stated he went to live with Baxter and his new wife Candace (which Christy confirms in season 7). However, in "Beef Baloney Dan and a Sarcastic No", it is heavily implied that Christy still has an on-going relationship with her son as it is revealed that he still texts her.
Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie Armstrong-Perugian (recurring, season 1; main, season 2-present): Christy's and Bonnie's AA sponsor who loves cats. She had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past, spent some time in prison, and is a mother to a son whom she had no relationship or contact with for years, until Christy convinced him to reconnect with Marjorie following her cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in season 1, and after extensive treatment finally beats it at the end of season 2. Through Christy she meets Victor Perugian, Christy's former landlord, whom she eventually weds and then cares for after he suffers a stroke. When Victor dies, her vulnerable side is revealed and the women do their best to help Marjorie cope with being widowed for the second time (her first husband having died before the start of the show, after 3 decades of marriage.)
Jaime Pressly as Jill Kendall (recurring, season 2; main, season 3-present): A wealthy socialite and alcoholic. Christy first met her at an AA meeting and decided to sponsor her, however Jill suffered several relapses before becoming sober. Her mother had struggled with depression and alcoholism before committing suicide when Jill was a teenager. Jill carried this pain with her throughout her life, culminating in season 4 when she was overcome with grief on the anniversary of her mother's death. After trying to become pregnant and miscarrying, Jill decides to adopt a foster child. She is eventually given a teenage girl named Emily, however Christy helps her mother become sober at the start of season 5, leading to Emily leaving Jill. This caused Jill to over-eat, leading her to gain weight (this was to cover up Pressly's pregnancy during the fifth season). After an extended stay at a health spa, she returns in the later half of season 5 and suffers another relapse. Despite being vain and obsessed with how her peers view her, she is shown to genuinely care about her friends and use her experiences to help them with their own problems. In season 6 she began a relationship with Andy, a police officer and former Marine.
Beth Hall as Wendy Harris (recurring, season 2; main, season 3-present): A member of the AA group, often subdued and prone to constant crying. She is a registered nurse (with a hidden sadistic streak that emerges when in uniform) and a member of Mensa. The running joke in the series is that no one, including her friends, listens much to her or wants her around more than minimally possible. In "A Pirate, Three Frogs, and a Prince", Wendy was revealed to be both bisexual/pansexual/bicurious, and attracted to Bonnie.
William Fichtner as Adam Janikowski (recurring, season 3; main, season 4-present): Bonnie's latest love interest and later husband, a wheelchair-bound ex-stuntman, whom she met over the phone after he dialed the wrong number. He is supportive of Bonnie's recovery, though does not always fully understand it. In season 6, he uses his life savings to open a bar called AJ's Barrelworks.
Kristen Johnston as Tammy Diffendorf (guest, season 5; recurring, season 6; main, season 7): an ex-con who was Bonnie's foster sister for a short time in their teens. They reconnect after Bonnie comes across Tammy while visiting a women's prison, and Tammy joins the group's AA meetings upon being released from prison in season 6. After temporarily living in Bonnie and Christy's apartment, she moves in with Marjorie. When she returns to her old foster home where she lived with Bonnie, it is revealed that her father killed her mother and she went into the system after that.
Reggie de Leon as Paul (seasons 1-3, 5-7): Chef Rudy's silent and often submissive sous-chef.
Kevin Pollak as Alvin Lester Biletnikoff (seasons 1-2): Christy's father and Bonnie's ex-boyfriend who abandoned them when Christy was born. When Christy found Alvin he was married with two sons. Despite that, he loves Christy and does what he can to be in her life and help out, including fixing up a used car to give her and attempting to reach out to her children as a grandfather. He and Bonnie initially treated each other with contempt and hatred over the various mistakes each of them has made in their past, but they rekindled their relationship after his wife left him and he survived a heart attack. In season 2, Alvin suffers a second, fatal heart attack while in bed with Bonnie.
Octavia Spencer as Regina Tompkins (seasons 1-3): A fellow AA member and money manager who embezzled from her clients and faces a long prison sentence. While a close if questionable friend to Christy, Regina and Bonnie typically hold each other in contempt, but beneath the surface, they bear some affection for each other. In the middle of season 2, she is given early parole and becomes a born-again Christian, eventually moving in with Jill. Regina drifts apart from her friends after she decides she is no longer an alcoholic, essentially choosing wine over her friends, and struggles alone with the dissonance after moving into her own apartment and out of Jill's mansion.
Courtney Henggeler as Claudia (seasons 1-3): Gabriel's wealthy and snobbish (later ex-) wife, who takes over the restaurant from him and briefly appoints Christy as manager.
Mary Pat Gleason as Mary (seasons 1-5, 7): A fellow AA member who is frequently interrupted by Bonnie when she shares her problems with the group, as her anecdotes tend to be bizarre and creepy even by the standards of addicts. Mary dies in season 7 at the AA meeting from a brain aneurysm.
Don McManus as Steve Casper (seasons 1-4): A fellow AA member, Steve is a competent but creepy lawyer and occasionally aids Christy, who becomes his intern and trainee in season 2. He has a casual sex relationship with Bonnie in season 3. In season 4, he is shown to be in Mexico, hiding from trouble with a drug cartel.
Sara Rue as Candace Hayes (seasons 2-4): Baxter's wealthy new wife, who she reformed. She delivers many subtle jabs at Christy's poverty and seems to be trying to force Christy aside to replace her as Roscoe's mother. The hostility becomes much more obvious in season 3, when Candace's wealthy father, Fred (Harry Hamlin), briefly dates Christy and Candace accuses Christy of only being with him for his money. Christy breaks up with Fred because he openly insults and mocks Candace for doing nothing but living off his wealth. When Candace (wrongly and smugly) smirks that Fred dumped her, Christy gives Candace a hug and shuts her up by saying "I know why you're such a bitch."
Jonny Coyne as Victor Perugian (seasons 2-4): Christy's Armenian former landlord who becomes attracted to Marjorie, marrying her in season 3. Victor later suffers two strokes (both offscreen). The first in Season 5 leaves him largely incapacitated, and the second in Season 6 is fatal.
Amy Hill as Beverly Tarantino (seasons 2-5): A tenant in the apartment building where Christy and Bonnie live. She dislikes Bonnie and is always trying to get her fired from the building manager position.
Charlie Robinson as Mr. Munson (season 2-present): A blind tenant in the apartment building where Christy and Bonnie live. He is a Vietnam war veteran who is battling prostate cancer.
David Krumholtz as Gregory Munchnik (seasons 2-3): Violet's older Jewish ex-fiancé, a psychology professor at the college she attends.
Emily Osment as Jodi Hubbard (season 3): A young drug addict whom Christy and Bonnie try to help get sober. She later dies from a drug overdose.
Lauri Johnson as Beatrice (season 3-present): A waitress at the bistro that serves as a recurring location for the cast.
Missi Pyle as Natasha (seasons 4-5): Emily's biological mother, an alcoholic whom Christy knows from her stripping days. Christy helps Natasha get sober and regain custody of her daughter.
Julia Lester as Emily (seasons 4-5): Jill's teenage foster daughter and Natasha's biological daughter.
Leonard Roberts as Ray Stabler (seasons 4-5): Bonnie's half-brother who was a successful lawyer and is now a cocaine addict.
Steven Weber as Patrick Janikowski (season 5): Adam's younger brother and Christy's short-term love interest.
Yvette Nicole Brown as Nora Rogers (seasons 5-6): Christy's no-nonsense sponsor, who works as a TV weather anchor, and finds herself violating her established rules about not interacting with sponsees outside of AA with Christy. In the Season 6 finale, she tells a devastated Christy she is leaving California to take a job at a TV station in Minneapolis.
Sam McMurray as Ned (season 6), one of the Gamblers Anonymous members where Christy attends and he becomes her de facto sponsor.
Susan Ruttan as Lucy (season 6), one of the Gamblers Anonymous members in Christy's group.
Will Sasso as Andy (season 6-present), Jill's love interest who is a police officer and former Marine.
Rainn Wilson as Trevor Wells (season 6-present): Bonnie's therapist who helps her with her ADHD.
Paget Brewster as Veronica Stone (season 7): Christy's demanding new boss at a law firm.
Bradley Whitford as Mitch (S04E09 and S06E13): Adam's friend who is a Hollywood director with a fondness for alcohol
Nicole Sullivan as Leanne (S04E09 and S06E13): Mitch's hard-drinking wife who was once involved with Adam
Chris Pratt as Nick Banaszak (S04E11): Marjorie's nephew, a charming horse-riding instructor whom Christy pursues, despite Marjorie declaring him off-limits
Wendie Malick as Danielle Janikowski (S04E15 and S04E16): Adam's ex-wife whose friendly relationship with him confounds Bonnie
Michael Angarano as Cooper (S05E03 and S05E10): Christy's younger classmate at law school and romantic interest
Kristin Chenoweth as Miranda (S05E14): Jill's inner strength advisor who met her at the latter's weight loss retreat
Patti LuPone as Rita Gennaro (S05E19): the demanding owner of the building that is managed by Bonnie
Constance Zimmer as Natalie Stevens (S06E03): Christy's rigid professor at the law school, who is also an alcoholic
Lois Smith as Claire Dickinson (S06E20): Bonnie and Tammy's former caretaker at the old foster home
Kate Micucci as Patty (S07E01 and S07E10): A single mother who is a member of the AA meeting Bonnie attends while on her honeymoon with Adam. Bonnie agrees to become Patty's sponsor.
Reginald Veljohnson as Jim (S07E01): A member of the AA meeting Bonnie attends while on her honeymoon with Adam
John Ratzenberger as Stan (S07E01): A member of the AA meeting Bonnie attends while on her honeymoon with Adam
Kathleen Turner as Cookie (S07E11 and S07E14): Tammy's long-lost aunt who comes back into her life; it turns out Cookie lied about not knowing Tammy existed and that she let Tammy go into the foster system rather than take her in as a child, and really sought out Tammy in order to get her to agree to a life-saving kidney transplant.
Mom was one of the many projects that became a priority for CBS and Warner Bros when it was pitched in December 2012, in part due to Lorre's new four-year deal with Warner the previous September. It was green-lit by CBS for a series order pickup on May 9, 2013. This pickup also gives Lorre the distinction of having four sitcoms airing on one network starting in the 2013-14 season. The following week, the network announced that it would place the sitcom in the Monday night 9:30 pm (ET/PT) time slot following 2 Broke Girls. However, after the cancelation of We Are Men, 2 Broke Girls was moved into the show's 8:30 pm slot, with repeats of The Big Bang Theory occupying the 9 pm lead-in time slot to Mom until the season debut of Mike & Molly on November 4, 2013. The show received a full first season order for 22 episodes on October 18, 2013.
By season three, the focus became more about Christy and Bonnie and their group from AA, while the restaurant set, the kids, and Baxter roles were reduced significantly.
The series gives Faris, who had guest-starred in various television programs between her film projects and been sought after for other television projects (including a failed pilot called Blue Skies that was being produced for NBC), her first full-time television role, as she landed the part of the lead character, Christy, in January 2013. On January 28, 2013, Janney was next to come aboard the project, playing Christy's mother. Matt Jones and Spencer Daniels were added to the cast in February 2013, with Jones playing Christy's ex-husband, Baxter, and Daniels taking the role of Luke, the boyfriend of Christy's daughter, Violet.
Mom went into syndication during the fall of 2017. The series airs on local affiliates, as well as on FXX, Paramount Network and Nick at Nite. It previously aired on TV Land, until July 2, 2018, when it switched networks with Two and a Half Men for Nick at Nite, and on CMT. Aside from FXX, the stations are owned by ViacomCBS, which often shares its programming.
Mom has been met with consistently positive reviews, with much praise going towards its writing and performances of its cast, especially that of Allison Janney. The show received a Metacritic score of 65 out of 100 in its first season, based on reviews by 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season was given a 70% approval rating based on 40 reviews and an average rating of 5.71 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states: "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."Boston Herald critic, Mark A. Perigard gave a positive review, writing "This is dark material, yet Faris balances it with a genuine winsomeness, able to wring laughs out of the most innocuous lines." New York Magazine critic Matt Zoller Seitz praised the cast, calling it "just about perfect".
The second season was met with even more positive reviews. The show received a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim". On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 88% based on 8 reviews and an average score of 8.5 out of 10.
The third season was also met with positive reviews from critics, receiving a Metacritic score of 82 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim". On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 100% based on 10 reviews and an average score of 8.33/10. The site's critical consensus states: "Mom continues to nurture the multi-cam sitcom genre with mature storytelling and wonderful performances by Anna Faris and Allison Janney, who both handle reflective drama with the same deft touch as they do comedic timing".