The Best Episodes of Mom

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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  • Six Thousand Bootleg T-Shirts and a Prada Handbag
    1

    Six Thousand Bootleg T-Shirts and a Prada Handbag

    Season 1 Episode 5: Christy makes a new friend, Regina (guest star OCTAVIA SPENCER), who has big problems. Meanwhile, Bonnie attempts to put someone else's needs ahead of her own.
  • Kreplach and a Tiny Tush
    2

    Kreplach and a Tiny Tush

    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.
  • Wind Chimes and a Bottomless Pit of Sadness
    3

    Wind Chimes and a Bottomless Pit of Sadness

    Season 4 Episode 12: Christy, Bonnie, Jill and Wendy get high after accidentally eating cookies filled with marijuana.
  • Kitty Litter and a Class A Felony
    4

    Kitty Litter and a Class A Felony

    Season 2 Episode 12: Christy performs damage control when Bonnie acts out after the death of a loved one. Beverly D'Angelo returns as Alvin's ex-wife.
  • Death, Death, Death and a Bucket of Chicken
    5

    Death, Death, Death and a Bucket of Chicken

    Season 3 Episode 14: Christy tries to be supportive when a health scare throws Bonnie into a tailspin.
  • Sonograms and Tube Tops
    6

    Sonograms and Tube Tops

    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.
  • Chicken Nuggets and a Triple Homicide
    7

    Chicken Nuggets and a Triple Homicide

    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.
  • Mozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano Bar
    8

    Mozzarella Sticks and a Gay Piano Bar

    Season 3 Episode 3: After Christy and Bonnie get recovering Jodi back on her feet, they find themselves addicted to the rush of helping others and take on a new "project," Michelle (JUDY GREER).
  • Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne
    9

    Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne

    Season 2 Episode 18: Christy and Bonnie face temptation when Bonnie is prescribed pain medication for a back injury.
  • Smokey Taylor and a Deathbed Confession
    10

    Smokey Taylor and a Deathbed Confession

    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.
  • Leather Cribs and a Medieval Rack
    11

    Leather Cribs and a Medieval Rack

    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.
  • Night Swimmin' and an English Muffin
    12

    Night Swimmin' and an English Muffin

    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.
  • Sticky Hands and a Walk on the Wild Side
    13

    Sticky Hands and a Walk on the Wild Side

    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.
  • Bad Hand and British Royalty
    14

    Bad Hand and British Royalty

    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.
  • Pure Evil and a Free Piece of Cheesecake
    15

    Pure Evil and a Free Piece of Cheesecake

    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.
  • Dirty Money and a Woman Named Mike
    16

    Dirty Money and a Woman Named Mike

    Season 2 Episode 16: Christy and Bonnie are shocked when they discover how prison has changed their friend Regina (recurring guest star OCTAVIA SPENCER).
  • Corned Beef and Handcuffs
    17

    Corned Beef and Handcuffs

    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.
  • High-Tops and Brown Jacket
    18

    High-Tops and Brown Jacket

    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.
  • Nudes and a Six-Day Cleanse
    19

    Nudes and a Six-Day Cleanse

    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.
  • Sawdust and Brisket
    20

    Sawdust and Brisket

    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).
  • Terrorists and Gingerbread
    21

    Terrorists and Gingerbread

    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.
  • A Catheter and a Dipsy-Doodle
    22

    A Catheter and a Dipsy-Doodle

    Season 3 Episode 19: Despite being extremely ill, Christy insists on taking her final exams. Also, Bonnie is furious when she suspects that her boyfriend Adam is cheating on her.
  • Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge of Jealousy
    23

    Poodle Fuzz and a Twinge of Jealousy

    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.
  • Hot Soup and Shingles
    24

    Hot Soup and Shingles

    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.
  • Crazy Eyes and a Wet Brad Pitt
    25

    Crazy Eyes and a Wet Brad Pitt

    Season 2 Episode 6: Christy and Bonnie relish being in the lap of luxury when Christy's wealthy sponsee, Jill, asks them to keep her company on her first night out of rehab.