Mondays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS
No, this is not a companion series to Fox's dreadful "Dads." Thank God.
In "Mom," Anna Faris plays Christy, a newly sober single mom who works as a waitress at a wacky (of course) high-end restaurant and struggles daily just to keep it together. She's barely succeeding, as evidenced by emotional breakdowns at work and her troubled relationship with her teenaged daughter, who apparently inherited her wild streak.
The added wrinkle is that Christy's estranged mother, also a recovering addict and played by Allison Janney, is trying to work her way back into her daughter's life. Bonnie, the mother, is sober now, but still a little on the wild side and fairly unapologetic about the slapdash way she raised her daughter. Still, she's back and trying -- in her own, twisted way -- to help.
"Mom," which also stars Nate Corddry, French Stewart, Matt Jones (yes, Badger from "Breaking Bad") and (later) Justin Long, is from Chuck Lorre ("Big Bang Theory" "Mike & Molly" "Two and a Half Men") so it's irreverent and at times risqué (this airs after "Two Broke Girls," after all). But what isn't these days.
I do think the focus on both mother-daughter relationships here is interesting -- funny with a serious underlying message -- and the writing is sharp. The pilot, at least, had some chuckle out loud moments.
And again, just judging by pilot, "Mom" is one of the best new sitcoms of the CBS lot.