Chuck Lorre

A comedy centered on addiction? 'Mom' on CBS keeps making it work

A comedy centered on addiction? 'Mom' on CBS keeps making it work

With new shows debuting at a record rate on platforms that didn't exist 15 minutes ago, it's easy for a critic to get distracted. Scrambling desperately just to keep up, we too often take for granted the established broadcast network series that continue to do terrific work week after week after week.

On Thursday, the CBS series "Mom" airs what the network has been positioning as a powerful and important episode. This type of marketing, often used to drum up ratings or Emmy potential, should be viewed with a large amount of skepticism. In this case, however, the network is right — it is a powerful and important episode, followed by a public service announcement...

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