'Mom' review: Anna Faris and Allison Janney are strong but the show could use some tweaking

"Mom" has the potential to be one of the stronger new comedies on TV this fall, due in no small part to its solid starring duo of Anna Faris and Allison Janney. But the show also has some major room for improvement. This multi-camera comedy revolves around Christy (Faris), a waitressing single mom who is raising a teenage daughter and younger son while battling her own demons, like being a recovering alcoholic. Christy makes it clear she wasn't exactly "raised right" and she's desperately trying to do better with her own kids -- including keeping daughter Violet from getting pregnant at a young age like Christy did.Enter Christy's mom, Bonnie (Janney), also with a past substance abuse problem, wanting a fresh start but also full of "helpful" parenting tips. The ensemble is rounded out by Nate Corddry, Christy's married boss with whom she is having a relationship, and French Stewart, her restaurant's ill-tempered chef.The main...



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