“Mom,” the CBS sitcom, will end after eight years. The show allowed its viewers to learn more about addiction issues by telling the stories with laughter.
For most of its run on CBS, Mom starred Allison Janney and Anna Faris. They were a dysfunctional mother and daughter who both struggled with addiction. When the show started, they’d been estranged but were attempting to rebuild their relationship. Christy (played by Faris) was raising her two children. Bonnie, the mother, moved in with her daughter after getting kicked out of her place.
The “Mom” series finale is May 6.
“For the past eight years, we’ve had the great honor to bring these wonderful characters to life, sharing their struggles and triumphs with millions of viewers every week,” said the show’s executive producers Chuck Lorre, Gemma Baker and Nick Bakay.
“From the beginning, we set out to tell stories about recovery … that are rarely portrayed in a network comedy series. … We take great pride in knowing Mom has positively impacted so many lives. We are forever grateful to our brilliant cast and guest stars, wonderful writers, and amazing crew for going on this journey with us.”
Mom Explored Real-Life Issues Like Addictive Gambling And Domestic Violence
On Mom, no real-life issue was off the table. Besides addiction, the show featured plots on teen pregnancy, rape, homelessness, cancer, domestic violence, gambling, ADHD, miscarriage and death.
While the show offered a terrific ensemble cast, Janney was its star. She won Emmys in 2014-15 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy. The awards came a decade after she won for lead actress in a drama for The West Wing.
The show contended with Faris’ departure. She left Mom, abruptly, at the start of this season. The writers of Mom addressed Faris not being there, saying she’d accepted a scholarship to attend Georgetown Law School.
“Since its premiere, Mom has touched people’s lives by sensitively tackling weighty yet relatable topics, with a perfect, deft touch,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment.
“Mom redefined what a comedy can be, and we are proud to have been the network home to this wonderful series. We are deeply grateful to Chuck Lorre and his tremendously creative production team. (It was) helmed by Gemma Baker and Nick Bakay, and the amazingly talented cast, led by the phenomenal Allison Janney.”
Mom was CBS’ longest-running comedy. It ranked fourth in the ratings among the network’s sitcoms.