If Chuck Lorre keeps knocking out the hits like this, then people are going to start thinking that he’s made a pact with the devil. No seriously! Not content with being the creator of “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory”, Lorre, along with Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, went and created “Mom”. Now if there’s a funnier sitcom about dysfunctional family life doing the rounds, we’ve yet to hear about it. And not only is it funny, but kudos go to the show for trying out new things. The theme of addiction for example has been covered in serious dramas like “Breaking Bad” and “The Wire”, but to put it in a sitcom? Crazy perhaps, but it works. However, the thing that most elevates “Mom” above the average sitcom is its ability to combine both the funny and serious together so effortlessly. Belly laughs are often followed up with scenes of genuine tenderness, a rare and welcome combination in TV world. And all of this is delivered courtesy of some of the best acting chops (comedic and straight) that you’ll ever see on the small screen.
Speaking of acting, the very talented cast featured in “Mom” is indeed one of the show’s key strengths. Anna Faris leads the way as Christy Plunkett, single mom, waitress, and recovering alcoholic and drug user. Her mom Bonnie, played by multiple Emmy Award winner (one of which she recently picked up for Mom), Allison Janney, is also a recovering substance abuser and the show revolves around mother and daughter’s hilarious/tragic attempts to rehabilitate their relationship to one another, as well as to Christy’s seventeen-year-old daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano), who just happens to be pregnant (well, who saw that coming?)
It’s been almost a year to the day since “Mom” premiered on CBS. Both the show and its cast have already been nominated for several awards including People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice and of course, there was the aforementioned success at the Emmys. And for those of us who fell in love with these lovable, but dysfunctional characters last season there is reason to celebrate. The Complete First Season of “Mom” is now available on DVD. The DVD box set includes all twenty-two episodes from Season 1 along with a gag reel. So if you want to catch up before the start of Season Two which premieres on September 29th or if you just want to relive the fun all over again (and why not?), then treat yourself to something nice, courtesy of Mom.