‘Mom’ Review: A 12-Step Up for Chuck Lorre

The new “Mom” feels at first like it’s cribbing from other CBS sitcoms: Anna Faris’ put-upon waitress? Shades of “2 Broke Girls.” She’s in recovery? The 12-step thing owes a debt to “Mike & Molly,” whose lead characters met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. And the struggles with your parents? Isn’t that also the hook of this fall’s “The Millers”?

But “Mom” has something none of those shows do: Allison Janney. As the mom in the title, she brings humanity to a show that could have been another Chuck Lorre formula brought to life.




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