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Mom Season 5 Finale Recap: Did Christy Gamble Away Her Future?

Moms Season 5 finale finds Christy taking two steps forward, one step back. As Diamond Earrings and a Pumpkin Head begins, Christys celebrating five years of sobriety. After Nora presents her with a cake, she heads for the podium to thank all those who helped her reach this milestone and to fess up to []

Mom Recap: [Spoiler] Relapses

The following contains spoilers from this Thursdays episode of CBS Mom. Christys near relapse on last weeks Mom turned out to be a red herring. Thursdays episode of the CBS sitcom introduced Jills inner-strength coach Miranda, who was played by none other than Allison Janneys former West Wing costar Kristin Chenoweth. Her visit culminated in []

Mom Premiere Recap: Who's Engaged?

The following contains spoilers for the Season 5 premiere ofMom. In Thursdays Season 5 premiere ofMom, Adam proposes to Bonnie not once, but twice. At the beginning of Twinkle Lights and Grandma Shoes, Adam returns from a six-week movie shoot and tells Christy that hes about to pop the question. Rather than ask Bonnie at []

Mom Recap: Enter Jodi's Boyfriend

Hold the laugh track: Moms weeklydiner pow-wow just got deadly serious. Its not unprecedented, of course, for the CBS sitcom to tackle darker territory the overdose death of Christys young friend Jodi in February was a genuine heartbreaker but this weeks episode found Anna Faris character dealing with an unexpected rush of anger [] //

Mom Season 3 Episode 9 Review: “My Little Pony and a Demerol Drip”

Dating on sitcoms like Mom is always awkward; how does a television show get an audience to invest in a relationship that only lasts for 22 minutes – or at best, a few hours? For decades, comedies have struggled to make relationships between main characters and strangers meaningful in the short-term, in turn making it hard for the audience to know whether a particular story was worth investing in. With characters like Sam Malone, it was pretty easy to tell; by comparison, however, Frasier’s lack of a lead romantic interest for its protagonist made the task a lot harder for writers. READ MORE...

Mom Season 3 Episode 7 Review: “Kreplach and a Tiny Tush”

Never a show to rest on its heels, Mom‘s relentless pursuit to challenge its lead characters makes it an incredibly busy, fast-paced show, one with huge emotional swings and a sense of narrative momentum most shows can’t even approach (or even try to; Mom is like the network sitcom equivalent of Banshee in that regard). At times, this can overwhelm the show’s many running stories – but most of the time, Mom creates chaos in order to make the few quiet moments that much stronger, utilizing short scenes and rapid jokes to ease into dark stories of addiction, depression, and redemption; the best episodes of Mom understand when to pull back on the throttle for a moment, offering the slightest bits of clarity and resolution as powerful climatic moments. READ MORE...

Mom Season 3 Episode 8 Review: “Snickerdoodle and a Nip Slip”

With Roscoe moving into Baxter and Candace’s house, it seemed only a matter of time before the two young matriarchs in Roscoe’s life butted heads; after all, Candace is the woman who turned Baxter’s life around, transforming the deadbeat pot dealer into a well-groomed car salesman (and high-end pot dealer). And yet, how the inevitable clash between Candace and Christy finally rises to the surface in "Snickerdoodle and a Nip Slip" isn’t really formed around Roscoe at all – it’s formed around Candace’s father Fred, who becomes smitten with Christy – and leads Mom down another interesting, multi-episode story path. READ MORE...

Mom Season 3 Episode 1 Review: “Terrorists and Ginger Bread”

In the current television Golden Age we’re living in, there are a lot of shows effectively blurring the line between the traditional comedy and drama genres, led by series like Fargo and You’re the Worst. Mom might be the most challenging blend of all, a studio sitcom that refuses to lower itself to the common denominator of its genre counterparts. While it certainly adheres to traditional joke construction and story progression, Mom is anything but a typical comedy, using its humor more like a tool to help navigate much darker, emotionally challenging issues like alcoholism, depression, mortality – and in the case of this season’s terrific premiere, finding inner peace. When Bonnie’s biological mother Shirley tracks down her and Christy through a private investigator, Bonnie finds herself facing the very source of her emotional problems: the mother who gave her up when she was four, leaving her in the system after her father died in a motorcycle accident. Bonnie doesn’t know these details when she first hears of Shirley, of course, and "Terrorists and Ginger Bread" takes its time bringing the pain of Shirley and Bonnie’s distant past to the surface in the present. But when it does, it delivers a touching, heartbreaking story that really digs into the core of Bonnie’s character and the pain she’s carried her entire life since she found out her mother didn’t want her anymore. READ MORE...

Mom Season 3 Premiere Recap: The Mother of All Excuses

On the bright side, shes dying! If youre worried that CBS Mom might dial back on the gallows humor in Season 3, Christys chipper take on the appearance of her long-lost biological grandmother should reassure you. Of course, as fans of CBS increasingly nuanced comedy have come to expect, theres a gut punch before the [] //

Review: CBS' 'Mom' still neatly balancing comedy and drama in season 3

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Mom," the CBS sitcom starring Anna Farris and Allison Janney as a mother-daughter pair of recovering addicts.   Read More... //