Mom is an American sitcom series, created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. The series currently airs on the CBS television network, making its debut on September 23, 2013. Starring Anna Farris and Allison Janney as dysfunctional mother and daughter Christy and Bonnie Plunkett, the series follows the life of Christy as she deals with life as a single mother and recovering alcoholic/addict, coping with challenges brought on by her own mother, her ex-husband, and her daughter, Violet, who’s also become a single teenage mother. Having done primarily film work in the past, this is Farris’ first starring role in a television series.
The series has done exceptionally well so far, even though it’s still very young, having given viewers just over 50 episodes, stretched across 3 seasons. The show was very well received initially, with critics praising both the show and actors right from the first season. The positive reviews have only increased as the series has gone on, with one New York Magazine critic even going so far as to say that the show is “just about perfect.” Mom has been nominated 19 times for various awards, with Allison Janney winning 5 times for her performance, 2 of those being back to back Primetime Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015.
Farris’ character Christy has a teenage daughter, Violet, played by Sadie Calvano, who was born when Christy was just 16 and is now a mother herself. She also has a younger son named Roscoe, played by Blake Garrett Rosenthal. Early on in the show, Christy’s mother, also a recovering alcoholic, finds herself under some financial hardship and comes to live with Christy and her children.
Early episodes focused mainly on Christy as she moved through her life as a single mother working as a waitress and trying to support her family while at the same time keep her past demons under control and set a good example. As the series has progressed, especially in the third season, focus has shifted more to Christy and her mother, Bonnie, and the Alcoholics Anonymous group they attend, with the roles of restaurant characters and even the kids being reduced quite a bit.
Mom has so far occupied traditionally highly viewed primetime spots since it was first aired. Originally broadcast on Monday nights at 9:30pm, it was eventually moved to what is considered one of the most important time slots on US television, Thursdays at 8:30pm, in March of 2014. It has since been moved to Thursday nights at 9:00pm.
It’s a little bit too early for any announcement from CBS about the production of a fourth season of the show. The third season made it’s premiere on November 5, 2015 and has not yet completed airing as of this writing. CBS is obviously happy with the show and it’s performance as ratings have continued to go up at a time when most shows seem to see continually declining ratings as seasons go on. It’s highly unlikely that the network would let go of the series any time soon. Fans of the show should have nothing to worry about. It is almost a given that the series will be back for that fourth season. Even if ratings were to start dropping, they would likely still be high enough to warrant an order for a fifth, and even sixth, season. CBS has a bonafide hit show on their hands with Mom, and if the past history of popular sitcoms on US television gives us any clues, it’s entirely possible that could mean a run of 10 or 12 years.