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The Best Episodes of Mom 

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Updated May 21, 2020 476 votes 78 voters 2.4k views 93 items

There are so many good episodes of Mom, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Smokey Taylor and a Deathbed Confession" the best, or is "Broken Dreams and Blocked Arteries" your favorite episode of Mom? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Mom are, let's rank every Mom episode from best to worst.

In the sitcom Mom, single mother Christy Plunkett (Anna Farris) moves in with her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) in Napa, California, as she takes steps to restart her life for her and her children. Mom, which premiered on CBS on September 23, 2013, was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, and Gemma Baker. For her portrayal of Bonnie Plunkett, Allison Janney has been nominated for an Emmy each year since Mom began. The series is still currently airing new episodes in 2020.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Mom, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Mom episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Wind Chimes and a Bottom... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 4 Episode 12: Christy, Bonnie, Jill and Wendy get high after accidentally eating cookies filled with marijuana.
2
Chicken Nuggets and a Tr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 2 Episode 3: In order to get the family back together, Christy and Bonnie rent a house with a colorful past. Meanwhile, Bonnie tries to broker a peace between Christy and Alvin.
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Smokey Taylor and a Deat... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 22: Christy and Bonnie help an emotional Violet through labor on the season one finale. Meanwhile, Christy is convinced that Bonnie still has feelings for Alvin.
4
Terrorists and Gingerbre... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 3 Episode 1: On the third season premiere, Bonnie and Christy (ANNA FARIS) disagree about forgiveness when Bonnie's estranged mother (ELLEN BURSTYN) wants to be a part of their lives.
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Broken Dreams and Blocke... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 21: Christy is caught in the middle when tensions rise between Bonnie and Alvin. Meanwhile, a very pregnant Violet is apprehensive about going to her senior prom.
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Night Swimmin' and an En... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 4 Episode 15: When Bonnie discovers that Adam is still close with his ex-wife, Danielle (guest star WENDIE MALICK), Christy worries the emotional fallout could jeopardize Bonnie’s sobriety.
7
Leather Cribs and a Medi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 14: Christy and Bonnie come clean about the secrets they've been keeping from each other. Meanwhile, Violet and Luke discover they have different ideas about parenting.
8
Sonograms and Tube Tops ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 18: Violet is nervous about becoming a mom, so Christy plans a baby shower to get her excited. Meanwhile, Bonnie scores a new life-coaching client.
9
Kreplach and a Tiny Tush... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 3 Episode 7: Christy hosts a family dinner for Violet's hard-to-please future mother-in-law (LINDA LAVIN). Also, Bonnie balks when Steve (DON McMANUS) wants to take their relationship to the next level.
10
Dropped Soap and a Big G... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 2 Episode 18: Christy and Bonnie face temptation when Bonnie is prescribed pain medication for a back injury.
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Sticky Hands and a Walk ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 3 Episode 13: Christy, Jill and Wendy find themselves in a sticky situation when they agree to help Bonnie smuggle an illegal substance across the Canadian border.
12
Beast Mode and Old Peopl... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 3 Episode 18: When Jodi's boyfriend, who was with her when she overdosed, shows up at A.A., Christy struggles to show him the compassion he needs.
13
Nudes and a Six-Day Clea... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 2 Episode 10: After realizing she's been a waitress longer than she planned, Christy takes steps towards a new career. Also, Bonnie and Alvin try to recapture their youth.
14
Sawdust and Brisket is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 3 Episode 4: Christy is thrilled when Violet wants to spend more time together and improve their relationship. Also, Bonnie tries to make amends with her nemesis in the building (AMY HILL).
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Corned Beef and Handcuff... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 12: Christy gets stuck in the middle when Bonnie and Chef Rudy start dating. Two and a Half Men star JON CRYER directed the episode.
16
Mashed Potatoes and a Li... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 2 Episode 19: Bonnie goes to extremes to keep a major secret from Christy. Octavia Spencer returns as Regina and Jaime Pressly returns as Jill.
17
Pure Evil and a Free Pie... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 3 Episode 20: When Christy learns she made the Dean's List at school, she's disappointed by Bonnie's lackluster response. RICHARD SCHIFF guest stars as Bonnie's fantasy co-worker.
18
Hot Soup and Shingles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 13: When Christy sprains her ankle, she refuses to admit she needs Bonnie's help. Meanwhile, Luke turns to Baxter for advice about being a father.
19
High-Tops and Brown Jack... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 4 Episode 1: On the fourth season premiere, Adam (WILLIAM FICHTNER) moves in with Bonnie (ALLISON JANNEY), and Christy (ANNA FARIS) teams up with Jill (JAIME PRESSLY) to meet men.
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Fish Town and Too Many T... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 5 Episode 2: Bonnie is suspicious when her brother strikes up a friendship with Adam, and Christy and Bonnie have a brush with the law when they take Ray’s fancy car for a joy ride.
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Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 5 Episode 5: When an injury temporarily lands Bonnie in a wheelchair, Christy is forced to take over as building manager and makes a surprising discovery.
22
A Pee Stick and an Asian... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 1 Episode 2: Christy and Bonnie set aside their differences to deal with a family crisis together.
23
Bad Hand and British Roy... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 4 Episode 9: Christy and Bonnie have their hands full when Adam’s hard-partying friends, Mitch (BRADLEY WHITFORD) and Leanne (NICOLE SULLIVAN) come for a visit.
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A Safe Word and a Rib Ey... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 4 Episode 10: Christy feels left out when Bonnie and the ladies keep Jill’s pregnancy a secret.
25
Kimchi and a Monkey Play... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Mom
Season 2 Episode 5: Christy has mixed feelings about Baxter's new relationship with Candace (SARA RUE). Meanwhile, things between Bonnie and Alvin heat up.