'Mom': You should start watching CBS' Sweet Tart of a comedy

The critical reaction to "Mom" in its early episodes went something like this: "Hey, this is pretty good for a Chuck Lorre show."Which is to say that even though Lorre is the co-creator of the biggest comedy on TV in "The Big Bang Theory" -- which is plenty liked by critics as well as lots and lots of viewers -- the initial judgment of "Mom" was in relation to one of Lorre's other shows, "Two and a Half Men." And indeed, the pilot of "Mom" wore its heart on its sleeve in a way "Men" almost never does.Five episodes in, that heart remains very much front and center. "Mom" has also become one of the funniest comedies on the air this fall.Monday's (Oct. 21) episode, which featured Oscar winner Olivia Spencer as a guest star (opposite her co-star from "The Help," Allison Janney), had as many genuine laugh-out-loud moments as I've experienced watching TV in...



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