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Everything you didn't know about your favorite Mom-com, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.

Mom, one of the most-watched broadcast comedies, will be returning next fall to CBS for Season 8, and stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney will be back. The must-watch sitcom from executive producer Chuck Lorre brings us the perfect combo of comedy with a resounding, heartfelt message. We've put together everything you need to know about Mom.

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

A team effort

Kristen Johnston, Jaime Pressly, Anna Faris, and Allison Janney share a bed in Mom.

Kristen Johnston, Jaime Pressly, Anna Faris, and Allison Janney share a bed in Mom.

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Anna Faris, who plays Christy, describes working on set as playing a sport. "We're all working as a team," she says. "We're all connecting."

Raised in sitcom

Anna Faris, Allison Janney, and Kristen Johnston talk in the living room in Mom.

Anna Faris, Allison Janney, and Kristen Johnston in Mom.

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Kristen Johnston, who plays Tammy, used to play the extraterrestrial Sally on the '90s hit 3rd Rock from the Sun — where she won two Emmy Awards.

Speaking of Kristen ...

Kristen Johnston and Allison Janney hug in Mom.

Kristen Johnston and Allison Janney hug in Mom.

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The actress had just left the sitcom world to focus on theatre when she made a guest appearance on an episode of Mom. Then executive producer Chuck Lorre asked her to return to the show permanently.

Star-studded cast

\u200bBeth Hall, Allison Janney, Anna Faris, Mimi Kennedy, and Jaime Pressly in Mom.

Beth Hall, Allison Janney, Anna Faris, Mimi Kennedy, and Jaime Pressly in Mom.

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Anna Faris (Christy) was the first to be cast on the show, and was then joined by Allison Janney, who landed the part of her mother, Bonnie. The entire ensemble is a close-knit crew in real-life too!

“I’m So Bored I Could Die”

Amy Sedaris, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristen Johnston attend HBO's Sex and the City season premiere screening after-party in New York City.

Amy Sedaris, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristen Johnston attend HBO's Sex and the City season premiere screening after-party in New York City.

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When she appeared on Sex and the City, Kristen Johnston's character mutters the line before falling to her demise, and she hasn't been able to live it down ever since. Even Paget Brewster—a guest star on Mom—said the line to her.

Emmys galore

Allison Janney has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Mom.

Smooth talker

In her hit podcast titled Anna Faris Is Unqualified, Anna has hosted several co-stars on the show, including Allison Janney and William Fichtner (Adam).

In the dark

Anna Faris yells on a bed in Mom.

Anna Faris yells in Mom.

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Producer Chuck Lorre likes to keep guest stars a surprise to the cast. "They don't give us any clue," Anna Faris says. "Sometimes we have to ask the wardrobe people 'Have you been fitting anybody... interesting?'"

I just talked to Chuck ...

Allison Janney and Anna Faris joke in Mom.

Allison Janney and Anna Faris in Mom.

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Anna Faris is a jokester on set. Before every live filming, she gathers the cast to deliver (fake) news from producer Chuck Lorre. "I just talked to Chuck, and we got picked up for three more seasons!" Anna says. "Bad news: I'm the only one who's coming back."

Stage fright

Allison Janney pretends to smoke in Mom.

Allison Janney pretends to smoke in Mom.

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Allison Janney was terrified of the audience when filming the first season of Mom. "When I would mess up they'd stop and everyone would laugh hysterically," she says. "But I didn't think it was funny."

Fans who work together

Allison Janney and Anna Faris hold hands in the kitchen in Mom.

Allison Janney and Anna Faris hold hands in Mom.

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Allison Janney fell in love with Anna Faris when she first watched her in The House Bunny. "She was amazing!" Allison recalls. "When [Mom] came along, I was like, 'Oh yeah, I gotta jump on that.'"

Heartbreaking and beautiful

Guest star Octavia Spencer on the set of TV show Mom.

Allison Janney, Anna Faris, and guest star Octavia Spencer in Mom.

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After guest starring on Mom, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer spectacularly described and summed up Mom: "It's hysterically funny, but it's heartbreaking and beautiful."

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

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