Anna Faris and Allison Janney
Christy (Anna Faris) has fallen head over heels for David (Nick Zano) on CBS' Mom — but her home life is also starting to get turned upside down as a result of the new romance.
Anna Faris, Kevin Pollak
Christy (Anna Faris) may have finally connected with her long-lost father Alvin (guest-starKevin Pollak) on CBS' Mom, but their relationship isn't exactly a warm and fuzzy one. And it probably doesn't help matters that Christy's mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) wants nothing to do with her former fling.
Torture! Clones! Betrayal! Sexting! And just sex! From touching series finales (farewell, 30 Rock and The Office!) to Game of Thrones' brutal Red Wedding, 2013 was brimming with fantastic hours of television. TVGuide.com has compiled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.
What were the best TV shows of 2013?
Here are Episodes 20-16. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21.)
French Stewart, Allison Janney
On Monday's episode of Mom, Christy's (Anna Faris) worlds collide and her worst nightmare comes true when her recovering alcoholic mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) goes on a date with her sarcastic, hard-partying restaurant colleague, Chef Rudy (French Stewart).
Mom fans, get ready to meet Dad!
Stand-up comic Kevin Pollak is set to guest-star as the long-lost father of Anna Faris' character on the CBS comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pollak will play Alvin Biletnikoff, the boyfriend who...
Judging by its suggestive title — "Corned Beef and Handcuffs" — the Dec. 16 episode of CBS' Mom promises to be naughtier than usual.
Mimi Kennedy, Anna Faris and Allison Janney
Based on the loglines for recent episodes of CBS' Mom, unfamiliar viewers may not realize that the show is a sitcom.
One recent episode saw Allison Janney's alcoholic character Bonnie relapse after two years of being sober, and in Monday's installment, Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy) is diagnosed with breast cancer. But part of Mom's charm is finding the humor even in horrible situations.
Allison Janney's alcoholic character Bonnie on Mom may have relapsed, but the actress feels that her character Margaret on Showtime's Masters of Sex is far more vulnerable.
With her floppy hat and flapping gums, Jackie "Moms" Mabley is mostly remembered these days for her outrageous appearances on late-'60s and '70s-era variety and talk shows, as mainstream as Ed Sullivan and as of-the-moment as the Smothers Brothers, performing racy and politically barbed stand-up routines whose sting was couched in a dirty-old-lady's guise.
Among those influenced by Mabley was Whoopi Goldberg, who performed an homage to the comedian early in her own career. In the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (Monday, 9/8c), the View personality directs and participates in this tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums, which hold up surprisingly well.
Substance abuse and addiction are typically played for laughs on the CBS comedy Mom, but that's not the case on Monday's "very special episode," in which Bonnie (Allison Janney) falls off the wagon. And she doesn't exactly have a soft landing.
"It's quite a look I sport in this episode," Janney tells TVGuide.com. "No vanity involved in this performance!"