Mom: Breaking the Mold

CBS' Mom doesn't get quite the hype as some of the network's other shows and bloggers may be put off by the Chuck Lorre branding, but not only do Anna Faris, Allison Janney and the rest of the cast put in some of the strongest performances on broadcast television, the writing is also smart and the show is willing to take a chance.

At the beginning of the series, the youngest generation, Violet (Sadie Calvano) becomes pregnant and over the course of the season, we saw her start by choosing to keep the baby, then decide to put it up for adoption, consider changing her mind and after it was born, she said goodbye.

The following two clips frame that decision and while Calvano is center stage, they also show the strength of the other two. (Janney plays her grandmother and Faris, her mother.)