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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday night

Mom 9:30 p.m., CBS

When does Alcoholics Anonymous become a little less anonymous? When you run into your estranged mother at a meeting. In this new series from the prolific Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men”) Anna Faris plays single mom Christy, a waitress in recovery juggling work, a problematic romantic life, and her teen daughter’s attitude. Allison Janney is her mom, Bonnie, who distressingly is better remembered by Christy for cooking meth as opposed to dinner. Family dysfunction with a side of substance abuse is a tricky line for a sitcom to walk. While the pilot isn’t exactly uproarious, along with a gifted supporting cast, Faris and Janney pull several solid laughs out of the wreckage of their relationship, giving “Mom” potential. (Pictured: Janney, left, and Faris.)

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