• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 25, 2013
    If Faris is the little engine that could, Janney is the caboose along for the ride. [4 Nov 2013]
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 18, 2013
    It is sharp comedy enriched by a cast led by Allison Janney as Bonnie, the mother in question, and Anna Faris as Christy, her daughter.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Oct 3, 2013
    When the jokes work, they’re hilarious.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 26, 2013
    The verbal volleying between Christy and Bonnie is easily the reason to watch Mom at least at the beginning. The supporting cast is uninteresting and cliched but when Janney & Faris get going? It reminds one of how good they can be with the right material.
  5. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Sep 26, 2013
    The characters are cookie-cutter, the dialogue predictable, the jokes stale and flat, completely unexpected from a sitcom veteran.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 26, 2013
    Mom isn’t a comedic high point, even if one or more of its principal characters falls off the wagon during a ratings “sweeps” month. But it gets this particular job done with flair, vigor, a punchy script and two leads who make it all fairly addictive.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 26, 2013
    [A] snarky-yet-heartfelt sitcom.... It helps that these barbs are delivered by authentically endearing pros.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 24, 2013
    Dumb and obvious and formulaic.
  9. 80
    Mom is about shtick, and it has hired a core group of actors who know how to do it.... The whole cast is just about perfect.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrea Reiher
    Sep 23, 2013
    It's trying too hard to be a "sitcom" that looks and feels straight out of 1992. The bones are there, but the execution is lacking.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 23, 2013
    The writing rings true as often as not, and the actors do not wave their arms or raise their voices unduly; they play to the human moments between the rim shots.
  12. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 23, 2013
    Mom is more than what it appears. The hectoring laugh track grates, but don’t let it fool you, this show’s got brains.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 23, 2013
    What Mom lacks in bite, it makes up for in balance, with a dependable number of laughs and a strong ensemble that includes French Stewart and Nathan Corddry.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 23, 2013
    Mom is hard-edged, snark-dependent and brittle.
  15. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 23, 2013
    Faris does her best with a role that still feels unfinished, and too much of the rest of the cast consists of caricatures.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 23, 2013
    The pilot feels like 17 shows all crammed together into one.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 23, 2013
    There are four or five different shows crammed into Mom. At least one of them is a potentially great show. One of the others could make for a largely enjoyable time-waster... But the others are all varying degrees of messy to distractingly awful.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 22, 2013
    This is dark material, yet Faris balances it with a genuine winsomeness, able to wring laughs out of the most innocuous lines.
  19. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 20, 2013
    The pilot's envelope-pushing is caustic and obvious, two things Mom seems better than. Faris is both gutsy and touching as the adult trying to get her act together, while Janney's crafty adolescence extends to a third generation around Faris' two kids.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 20, 2013
    Mom is a bit all over the place in its pilot.... The show is at its best when the focus is on Christy and her relationship with her own mother, Bonnie.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 19, 2013
    While the show breaks little ground, it’s a fairly polished and inordinately well-cast pilot. ... Mom has the bones of a pretty durable TV show.
  22. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 16, 2013
    [Mom is] both both wittier and sweeter than the new Fox show "Dads."
  23. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 15, 2013
    Janney and Faris seem to have fun, even when the material in the pilot episode is a tad too seedy and even off-puttingly icy. If Mom could dial it down a notch, it would find a better balance between bawdy and snide.
  24. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Sep 11, 2013
    Faris and Janney are funnier than the material.
  25. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 11, 2013
    Heavy dysfunction gets a backup laugh track, and it can turn mean. But Lorre knows how to wring dark humor from tragic circumstances.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 4, 2013
    Can we pass an international law that states Chuck Lorre may never ever produce another show.

    Havent laughed once in 2 episodes this show
    is stale and expired. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2013
    Since Chuck Lorre encouraged us in his vanity card to complain on the internet, I will. It wasn't funny. Yet another example that a well known actor doesn't count for jack with a bad script. Since there was a huge cheer for Jon Cryer's pointless cameo I guess hard core Lorre fans who even watch Mike and Molly will like this... if anyone. Full Review »
  3. Nov 9, 2013
    This show is horrible. The acting is good, however the writing is not. The mother chemistry is good. I think the actors are very good, it is just that the jokes are painful to watch. Full Review »