Synopsis[ edit ] Title card used for seasons Mom follows Christy Plunkett Anna Faris , a single mother who, after dealing with her battle with alcoholism and drug abuse, decides to restart her life in Napa, California , working as a waitress and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her mother Bonnie Plunkett Allison Janney is also a recovering addict. Christy's daughter, Violet Sadie Calvano , who was born when Christy was 16, has also become a teen mother by her boyfriend, Luke Spencer Daniels.
Jones , a deadbeat but likable pothead. As the show progresses, it adds themes of real-life issues such as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, homelessness, gambling addiction, domestic violence, obesity, rape, drug addiction, relapse and drug overdose. Now sober, she strives to be a good example to her son Roscoe, and regain the trust of her daughter Violet, who is revealed to be pregnant herself in the first episode.
In addition, she is trying to iron out the rough edges in her relationship with her mother Bonnie, who never learned to play her role well and who would rather go out and drink than baby-sit. Christy later finds out that her biological father ran out on Bonnie on Christmas Eve, the day before Christy was born, and locates the man as a now-married father of two sons who runs an auto repair shop. Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy's mother, a joyful if cynical recovering addict.
She tries to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child. Bonnie started drinking at 15 years old. She was in the foster care system being ricocheted around from house to house and kept running off with Alvin.
She ended up pregnant and had Christy, however Alvin abandoned them at the hospital. Bonnie nearly put Christy up for adoption. A pleasant Jewish couple was going to adopt her, yet Bonnie pulled out finally. From that point on, she attempted her best to raise Christy, however Christy wound up raising herself as Bonnie drank heavily and took tranquilizes and got back home late.
A single mother, she preferred to party and drink rather than stay home. With time and much therapy, Bonnie managed to find the balance and now wants to catch up, revealing to Christy her past, including who her real father is and how to find him, as well as her past side career as a drug dealer. Sadie Calvano as Violet Plunkett main cast seasons 1—3; recurring season 4: Christy's daughter and older half-sister of Roscoe. A senior in high school at the beginning of the series, Violet is hardworking, smart and sure of herself, though upset with her mother, who never had time to take care of her children and failed to fulfill a true motherly role despite now being sober for some time.
After having her boyfriend Luke's baby, Violet made the decision to place her baby for adoption because she felt that this was the best way to break her family's repeated cycle of poor life choices and give her child a better chance than she, her mother, or her grandmother ever had. During season 2, in a brief downward spiral of bad behavior, Violet cheats on Luke and he breaks up with her.
She later gets engaged to Gregory Munchnik, a psychology professor at her university, but he breaks the engagement after she relapses - she has since been behaving in a gold digger -esque manner with other men. She got back together with Luke in Season 4. Nate Corddry as Gabriel main cast seasons 1—2: Married to a domineering woman who scares him somewhat, Gabriel and Christy are carrying on an affair which Christy later ends but which Gabriel himself frequently and desperately tries to renew: He is a hardworking, competent manager, but often put in his place by his subordinates, particularly Chef Rudy.
Matt Jones as Baxter main cast seasons 1—3; recurring season 4; guest season 5: Christy's ex-husband and the father of Roscoe. Sweet and charming, but very unstable, he is unable to maintain a serious relationship or steady work for much longer than a month.
Loves easy life and frequently gets into fraudulent deals to make money. Despite his flaws, he is a loving father who usually comes through for his son. During season 2, under the influence of his wealthy new girlfriend Candace, Baxter gives up his slacker ways and becomes a car salesman. French Stewart as Chef Rudy main cast seasons 1—2; guest seasons 3 and 5: A dominant and difficult self-made man, Rudy acts superior in his relationships with others. He is boastful and arrogant, often yelling at his subordinates without mincing words and will not hesitate to humiliate anyone who opposes him.
He is secretive about his past and distant from people, but briefly dates Bonnie at one point: Spencer Daniels as Luke main cast season 1; recurring season 2; guest season 4: He had been dating Violet for a little over a year and got her pregnant.
Luke is considerably airheaded, smoking marijuana often, but always tries to prove to Christy that he is not as crazy as he appears: In season 2, Violet, during her downward spiral, cheated on Luke and he broke up with Violet. By season 4, Luke has apparently cleaned himself up and got a high-paying job with a video game company, driving Violet to get back together with him.
Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe Plunkett main cast seasons 1—3; recurring season 4: Christy's son by Baxter and half-brother of Violet. He experimented with marijuana at age twelve. Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie Armstrong-Perugian recurring season 1, main cast season 2—present: She had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past and is a breast cancer survivor.
Through Christy she meets Victor Perugian, Christy's former landlord, who she eventually weds. Jaime Pressly as Jill Kendall recurring season 2, main cast season 3—present: Pressly announced her pregnancy in June The writers incorporated her pregnancy in Season 5 as a weight gain, much like Jane Leeves ' character Daphne Moon in Frasier.
Beth Hall as Wendy Harris recurring season 2, main cast season 3—present: She is a registered nurse and a member of Mensa.
William Fichtner as Adam Janikowski recurring season 3, main cast season 4—present: He is unable to walk and uses a wheelchair. Recurring[ edit ] Octavia Spencer as Regina Tompkins seasons 1—3: A fellow AA member and money manager who embezzled from her clients and is now facing a prison sentence. While a close if questionable friend to Christy, Regina and Bonnie typically hold each other in contempt, but beneath the surface they bear some affection for each other.
In the middle of season 2, she is given early parole and becomes a born-again Christian, eventually moving in with Jill. Regina drifts apart from her friends after she decides she is no longer an alcoholic, essentially choosing wine over her friends, and struggles alone with the dissonance after moving into her own apartment and out of Jill's mansion.
Kevin Pollak as Alvin Lester Biletnikoff seasons 1—2: Christy's father and Bonnie's ex-boyfriend who abandoned them when Christy was born. When Christy found Alvin he was married with two sons; despite that he loves Christy and does what he can to be in her life and help out, including fixing up a used car to give her and attempting to reach out to her children as a grandparent.
He and Bonnie initially treated each other with contempt and hatred over the various mistakes each of them has made in their past, but they rekindled their relationship after his wife left him and he survived a heart attack. In season 2, Alvin suffers a fatal, second heart attack while in bed with Bonnie, and dies. Courtney Henggeler as Claudia seasons 1—3: Gabriel's wealthy and snobbish ex-wife, who has taken over the restaurant from him and briefly appointed Christy as manager.
Reggie de Leon as Paul seasons 1—3, 5: Chef Rudy's silent and often submissive sous-chef. Mary Pat Gleason as Mary season 1—present: A fellow AA member who is frequently interrupted by Bonnie when she shares her problems with the group. Don McManus as Steve Casper seasons 1—4: A fellow AA member, Steve is a competent but creepy lawyer and occasionally aids Christy, who becomes his intern and trainee in season 2. He has a casual sex relationship with Bonnie in season 3.
Sara Rue as Candace Hayes seasons 2—4: Baxter's wealthy new wife, under whose influence he has reformed. She delivers many subtle jabs at Christy's poverty and seems to be trying to force Christy aside to replace her as Roscoe's mother.
The hostility becomes much more obvious in season 3, when Candace's wealthy father Fred Harry Hamlin , starts dating Christy and Candace accuses Christy of only being with him for his money. Jonny Coyne as Victor Perugian season 2—present: Christy's Armenian former landlord who becomes attracted to Marjorie, marrying her in season 3. In season 5, he suffered a stroke. Amy Hill as Beverly Tarantino season 2—present: A tenant in the apartment building where Christy and Bonnie live; she dislikes Bonnie and is always trying to get her fired from the manager position.
Charlie Robinson as Mr. A blind tenant in the apartment building where Christy and Bonnie live. David Krumholtz as Gregory Munchnik seasons 2—3: Emily Osment as Jodi Hubbard season 3: A young drug addict whom Christy and Bonnie try to help get sober. She later dies from a drug overdose. Lauri Johnson as Beatrice season 3—present: A waitress who works at the diner where the AA members usually go. Leonard Roberts as Ray Stabler season 4—present: Bonnie's half-brother who is a successful lawyer.
Julia Lester as Emily seasons 4—5: Jill's teenage foster daughter. Missi Pyle as Natasha seasons 4—5: