Mom, a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre, creator of The Big Bang Theory is, we think, one of those shows that’s going to take a while to hit its stride.
Starring Anna Faris (The Dictator, The House Bunny) and Allison Janney (Masters of Sex, The West Wing), the show centres around Christy (Faris) a single mother, currently 118 days sober.
The first episode of Mom is a fairly standardised pilot. All situations are over the top, over complicated and in the end pretty obvious. We see Christy inadvertently reconnect with her mother (Janney) at an AA meeting, 2 years sober, find out that she is dating her married boss and that her own daughter is going off the rails.
Despite the lack of originality the pilot displayed, Mom may be worth sticking with. Christy is all over the place and on the wacky melodramatic side, but it’s easy to attach yourself to her. One of the high points of the episode is a scene in which Christy is speaking at an AA meeting about why she feels her addiction became so out of control. The pace at which the show switches from dorky one-liners to Christy’s emotional speech is a little jarring, but it works.
The focal point of Mom is the complicated relationships between Christy, her mother and her daughter. While Christy resents her mother for her terrible childhood, her own daughter is trying to deal with the anger she feels for very similar reasons.
Mom is show about forgiveness, and moving on, and it has the potential to be really quite something.
Catch up on the ITV Player and see the rest of the series, Mondays, 9PM, on ITV2.