Mom's the Word
TV Guide Magazine|May 10, 2021
Allison Janney and the cast of Mom share the outrageous moments (the Valentine’s dinner! the Tylenol spitting!) that made it a hit
KATE HAHN

IT’S DIFFICULT TO mine heartfelt laughs from a topic like addiction recovery, but CBS’s long-running hit Mom had fans hooked from the start. Created by sitcom king Chuck Lorre (who counts Young Sheldon and The Kominsky Method among his many successes), Gemma Baker and Eddie Gorodetsky, the series ends an eightseason run May 13. That finale gives one last look at a 12-step group of courageous, flawed, fabulous women, centered, appropriately enough, on self-centered Bonnie Plunkett (Allison Janney, who won two Emmys for the role). But it is the chemistry of these characters—and how they have grown, thanks to one another’s help—that explains the series’ warm appeal. “One of the biggest messages in Mom is you don’t have to go through anything alone,” Janney says in a freewheeling discussion with her main costars, Jaime Pressly (who plays socialite Jill Kendall), Mimi Kennedy (wise AA vet Marjorie Armstrong-Perugian), Beth Hall (introverted Wendy Harris) and Kristen Johnston (contractor Tammy Diffendorf). Before the women fold up the community center chairs forever, the cast share their favorite series moments.

Valentine’s Day Mess-acre

“When we first met Bonnie, she was a hot mess and a narcissist, getting sober by a ‘nudge from the judge’ to get close to her daughter,” says Janney of the onetime coke-snorting con artist. (The daughter, of course, was fellow addict Christy, played by Anna Faris, who departed the series unexpectedly before the final season.) “Bonnie’s become someone who has a better relationship to herself and, because of that, better relationships.” Oneis with her husband, ex-stuntman Adam Janikowski (played by William Fichtner), who “accepts her, warts and all.”

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM TV GUIDE MAGAZINEView All

Miracle Worker

A guardian angel lights up the lives of lost souls in a reboot of the Michael Landon classic Highway to Heaven

4 mins read
TV Guide Magazine
October 25 - November 07, 2021

Walker

SEASON PREMIERE Thursday, Oct. 28, 8/7c, The CW

1 min read
TV Guide Magazine
October 25 - November 07, 2021

JUDY JUSTICE: A New Order in the Court

Judge Judy Sheindlin is back on the bench with her new IMDb TV series, Judy Justice, streaming for free every weekday

2 mins read
TV Guide Magazine
October 25 - November 07, 2021

The Roush Review

A great season of HBO's succession; and hit Korean thriller Squid Game

4 mins read
TV Guide Magazine
October 25 - November 07, 2021

A FAREWELL TO GIBBS

They don’t make ’em like Gibbs anymore. He cared about his team and doing what was right, no matter the cost. Here’s why we’ll miss having him around

6 mins read
TV Guide Magazine
October 25 - November 07, 2021

SURVIVOR

Who thought up this endurance challenge: Nearly 500 days without Survivor? (At least we had all the peanut butter we wanted.)

1 min read
TV Guide Magazine
September 13–26, 2021

GREY'S ANATOMY

No more walks on the beach, we hope! Even for a medical soap that thrives on tears, angst and broken hearts, last season was a gut punch: The show's beloved mainstay, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), spent months in a COVIDrelated coma.

1 min read
TV Guide Magazine
September 13–26, 2021

RETURNING FAVORITES

The shows you love are back with a bang-also a baby, a Bill & Ted spoof and so much romance. Will Law & Order deliver on that front?

4 mins read
TV Guide Magazine
September 13–26, 2021

NCIS

This is the NCIS headline we've all been waiting for: The first episode is getting the band back together, says executive producer Steven D. Binder of the military procedural's 19th installment.

2 mins read
TV Guide Magazine
September 13–26, 2021

BLUE BLOODS

Is the police commissioner about to be out of commission?

1 min read
TV Guide Magazine
September 13–26, 2021
RELATED STORIES

Days of our lives

MONEY TALKS Xander refuses to hand the $1 million back to EJ until EJ produces a signed contract from Nicole regarding his job at Basic Black. Later, EJ persuades Nicole to take Xander back.

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
September 20, 2021

Hot Plots Preview!

What Will Happen

4 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
September 20, 2021

DOG BANS DAUGHTERS FROM HIS WEDDING!

DOG the Bounty Hunter banned daughters Cecily and Bonnie — two of his 13 kids — from his wedding to missus No. 6 Francie Frane for a haunting reason — the girls say it’s because they look like their late reality star mom, Beth Chapman.

1 min read
Globe
September 13, 2021

Radio Free Tulsa

Live from Cain’s brings Oklahoma music history to the airwaves.

2 mins read
Oklahoma Today
March/April 2021

days of our lives

WHAT WILL HAPPEN • Jennifer spies Gwen in a private moment. • Abe has a job offer for Rafe. • Tripp and Nicole have a tense run-in about Allie and Ava.

4 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
December 14, 2020

days of our lives

WHAT WILL HAPPEN • Allie comes up with a new way to make Tripp pay. • Rafe and Nicole promise to be there for each other. • Chloe tells Brady about her chat with Philip.

4 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
December 21, 2020

The Inspiring World of Irish Crochet

Traditional Irish crochet, with its beautiful lacy motifs and the intricately cabled fisherman sweaters of the last century, still inspires modern crochet designers today. Recently we asked crochet designers and good friends, Bonnie Barker and Jennifer E. Ryan, to chat about their friendship and Irish-inspired crochet designs. The following is an excerpt from their video chat. Make sure to visit their websites to watch the complete video between these two good friends.

9 mins read
Crochet World
February 2021

WILL POWER

Austin-based Bonnie Whitmore returns with a bass-packed new album—and some serious food for thought...

4 mins read
Bass Player
Holiday 2020

Quick Take with Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH)

Well, you’ve been busy on both shows! “It’s been really great.

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
October 05, 2020

LOVE ON THE RUN

LOVE, BULLETS, AND THE OPEN ROAD. CRIMINAL COUPLES ON THE RUN ARE A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAPLE—AND IT’S ALL DUE TO A PAIR OF DEPRESSION-ERA HELLRAISERS.

8 mins read
Mystery Scene
Fall #165, 2020