Mom (2013-2021)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Time: 8 seasons; 170 episodes of 21 minutes each

Cast: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Jaime Pressly, Mimi Kennedy, William Fichtner

The greatest strength of this comedic show is that it takes two deeply flawed characters and the extremely serious issue of alcoholism and makes it very, very funny! Christie is a recovering alcoholic with two children and a deep resentment for her mother, Bonnie, who is also a recovering alcoholic. The two are trying to turn around their lives, made complicated by the fact that they are broke, with low-paying jobs, and two small children to look after.

Mom is produced by Chuck Lorre, who has created several comedy shows, including The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. The show’s writers should get credit for finding the humour in seemingly hopeless life situations. The main characters on the show – Bonnie and Christie, are ably played by the Oscar winner, Allison Janney, and Anna Faris. Both women, along with a talented support cast, have great comedic timing. Overall, an entertaining and humorous show.