Mom (2013 -) Review – Sobriety is a Journey, in this case a Humorous one!


Mom is an American Television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, is a story of crazy mother/daughter duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett, sharing a dysfunctional relationship with each other. They both have suffered from addiction earlier in their lives and now lead a life maintaining sobriety attending Alcoholics Anonymous. Christy, a single mother of two, has been struggling between taking care of her family and alcohol and drug abuse. She restarts her life in Napa, California working as a waitress in a renowned restaurant. Bonnie, Christy’s mother is also a recovering addict and attends AA meetings with her daughter. Christy’s daughter, Violet who also becomes a teen mother with her boyfriend doesn’t share a very warm relationship with her mother due to her addictions. She also has a son, Roscoe with her ex-husband Baxter, a slow-witted pothead. 

Christy fulfills her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and joins the school and subsequently grad school for the same. Bonnie, after getting rejected in several interviews, finally lands up in a job as a building caretaker and tries to maintain a healthy romantic relationship with her husband Adam. Apart from all this, they both struggle to remain sober, facing challenges in the way together with their other friends, the witty Marjorie, spoiled and misguided Jill, overly-sensitive Wendy and loudmouthed Tammy, who are also addiction survivors. 

During the course of the series, Christy loses touch with her children and goes on to live with her mother and her husband. She often struggles with smoking and gambling in the show and has a downhill going romantic life. She is flawed and is easily worried. Her complicated relationship with her mother and their senseless fights fills the series with humorous punchlines and comic content. 

“While other mothers were cooking dinner, you were cooking meth.”

The bond between all the important members of AA meetings is soothing and emotionally-driven. The flaws each character has makes them so special in the series. 

The series is still ongoing and may drop further episodes later in 2021. 

The series was filmed in front of a live audience and has received high acclaim from critics to have addressed various real-life issues like alcoholism and drug addiction, teen pregnancy, cancer, death, domestic violence, homelessness, miscarriage, and obesity. It maintains a perfect balance between dealing with the humor and the darker aspects of these issues. The cast of CBS’s Mom is one of the best things about the sitcom. But it’s a much better show than you’re probably expecting!

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Anjali Agarwal
Anjali Agarwal
Anjali Agarwal is an Electrical Engineer, graduated from the Indian Insitute of Technology Palakkad. In her leisure time, she likes to watch films but more precisely writes her thoughts about it thus influencing others to watch more Good Content.

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