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The best of CBS' 'Mom,' so far

EW Community contributors usually chat about each new episode of Mom, but since this was a bye week, they decided to fill the hole with some “best of, so far” moments. Here are Tamar Barbash and Sundi Rose-Holt’s thoughts about some of this season’s emotionally turbulent, sometimes hilarious favorite moments.

Here’s a collection of just some of the ways Mom made us laugh:janneydoingajig

Through tears:

Sundi: The best example of this happens at Alvin’s funeral. The build-up to this scene was tense and emotionally taxing, and we didn’t even know if Bonnie would be allowed to go to the service. Once she gets there and has to sit in the back, Lorraine starts to throwing serious shade. When Bonnie gets up to give her speech, I fully expect a an insulting rant, but what I got was so much better.

She gives a tender and heartfelt tribute to the man she loves, and now has lost. Beautiful, right? When she reached over to touch the casket, my heart broke. But before I could even wipe the tears, Bonnie is stealing Alvin’s picture from the stage, running for the door, and yelling for Christy to “start the car.” Of course Bonnie would steal his picture to build a shrine to him in his apartment, because, duh!


Tamar: Mom made me laugh through tears during Violet’s therapy session, after she gives the baby up. I love these scenes because they provide the perfect backdrop for poignancy. The ridiculousness of the young and inexperienced therapist is the perfect balance for the deep emotional exploration that the characters are experiencing. Violet’s admission of how much she was struggling after giving up her baby was profound, and I was surprised to find I still giggled a time or two.


About things we probably shouldn’t:

Sundi: This probably makes me a monster (something I’ve copped to so many times in our discussions), but I really enjoy hearing about what a horrible person both Christy and Bonnie were before they got sober. While it drives the underlying subtext, the writers never really get into specifics, couching little tidbits in throwaway jokes here and there. These jokes are the best part of the show for me. I watch the intro every single week just to get a glimpse of Christy on the pole.

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Some of the most successful punchlines are at Christy and Bonnie’s expense, and the darker and more inappropriate, the better. Especially if it’s about Bonnie’ spotty past as a mother (I know, I’m a monster). Remember when Christy has to remind her she’s watched her “lick cocaine crumbs out of a shag carpet?” Yeah, me too. I’ll never forget it.


Tamar: In my real life, there is nothing I would say I find funny about the idea of an addict relapsing. People suffering from dependency work so hard to fight their demons and when they slip, it is devastating. Which is why it’s crazy that I found Jaime Pressley’s character so funny.


I caught myself laughing even as I was telling myself that it wasn’t really funny. I attribute this to the greatness of the writing and the performances, and the fact that the show so deftly deals with the heaviness of addiction that it feels okay to take a break every once in a while.

About Sex:

Sundi: I adore how oversexualized Bonnie is. She just can’t get enough, and I find it her ass-chasing endlessly entertaining. From the moment we met her, her sexuality has been a defining part of her character. Even though I am still cringing at how Alvin died, it was fitting that he went doing what Bonnie loves.

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Tamar: l adored the running gag in “Crazy Eyes and a Wet Brad Pitt” about Marjorie watching gay porn. There isn’t a lot of time for character development for some of the supporting characters, but I always enjoy learning more about them. This little tidbit was perfect because it provided a little insight into Marjorie. It was also somewhat unexpected, which made it funny.


Of course we’ve left giant, gaping holes in this discussion, and we are impatiently waiting to hear what you find so funny about this show. Luckily, we’ll be back next week to take a look at “Turkey Meatballs and a Getaway Car.” In the meantime, look for some fun surprises from the Mom crew.

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Mom airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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