TV Review: ‘Significant Mother’

Significant Mother Review on CW Network
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Stop if this sounds familiar: A twentysomething guy — who has somehow gone his whole life without realizing his mother looks like a supermodel — is aghast when he discovers his recently separated mom is (drum roll, please) sleeping with his best friend and roommate. Enter “Significant Mother,” and if that sounds like a cheap double entendre, it’s certainly not alone in this CW comedy, which began as a digital CW Seed series before its promotion to summer primetime filler. Krista Allen plays the mom, which, if nothing else, should make anyone over 30 feel really, really old.

Nate (Josh Zuckerman) has his own Portland restaurant (OK, with some financial help from his dad, played by Jonathan Silverman) when he walks in on mom with his ladies-man roommate and lifelong pal Jimmy (“The Originals’” Nathaniel Buzolic). As is so often the case in these CW offerings, the actual age gap between Allen (whose pin-up-worthy credits include “Baywatch” and the “Emmanuelle” series) and Buzolic is only 13 years, although it’s treated like he’s sleeping with Methuselah.

Created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, “Significant Mother” certainly doesn’t shy away from the obvious in the set-up/joke department. Nate, for example, grouses that his buddy’s sexual appetite (he uses a more clinical word) “is like Anthony Bourdain. It has no reservations!” And when Jimmy asks Nate for help in planning a date with mom in a subsequent episode, Nate replies, “You know how to please my mom way better than I do,” before the obligatory grimace.

Of the four episodes previewed, the second is the best, with Nate taking out a cougar (guest star Denise Richards) who clearly makes his mother and Jimmy uncomfortable. Another installment also features a fleeting “Weekend at Bernie’s” spoof, which is a nice nod to Silverman, who otherwise spends most of his time fuming about his wife having sex with, in his eyes, a zygote.

While the show does possess some energy thanks to the cast, there’s such a numbing sameness to the gags — ew, mom and Jimmy are engaging in another public display of affection! — that when Nate yells, “Get off my mom!” it’s actually the second time he’s interrupted the two canoodling, with many more to follow.

CW is smart for using digital series as what amounts to a farm system for the drama-heavy network. That said, it’s difficult to see anything substantial or lasting growing from this Seed.

TV Review: 'Significant Mother'

(Series; CW, Mon. Aug. 3, 9:30 p.m.)


Filmed in Oregon by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.


Executive producers, Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith, Tripp Reed, Les Morgenstein; producer, Kevin Sullivan; directors, Reed, John Putch; camera, Tyson Wisbrock; production designer, Schuyler Telleen; editor, Vanick Moradian; music, Brian Kim; casting, Barbara Fiorentino. 30 MIN.


Josh Zuckerman, Krista Allen, Nathaniel Buzolic, Jonathan Silverman, Emma Fitzpatrick, Jay Ali

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  1. Nancy Corbitt says:

    I think this show is soooo hilerious!!! I have already read negative reviews, from some very small minded people!!! Of course its a sour subject, and something most people would be disgusted by, but its a COMEDY!!! And NO!!! The son is NOT OK with it. He is disgusted by it!!! But if these negative people would just give this pee in your pants funny show a chance, and listen to the lines, they will see the hilerious humor in it. The son has learned to except it because he loves his mom and his best friend!!! All the actors are extreemly funny, and I wis people would just watch the show before they pass judgement!!! The Jim Gaffagan Show has the scene with Jims sons teacher, showing him a a drawing by his son, and telling him his son drew his penis!!! And the other children drew their parents private parts!!! Nobody has commented on that disgusting subject!!! No school or teacher would EVER be allowed to display that or condone such behavior!!! Now I do believe THAT is much more disgusting in my book!!! At least, this is not envolving school children!!!
    Please DO watch this show!!! Signifigant Mother is one of the funniest shows on now!!! Give it a chance!!!

  2. Mark Abeyta says:

    trying to redo the Odd Couple and Two and a Half Men. Characters are cliché and irritating, and jokes are weak. If you can’t make the characters funny can you at least make them smart and not irritating? That way I won’t have to fast forward through the entire episode

  3. Mike says:

    A lot of the jokes aren’t really funny. And it doesn’t help that those jokes are delivered by mostly weak actors. Zuckerman and Buzolic are the weakest points of the show.

  4. Frank says:

    I though the premiere was good. Not great but funny. I tune in again!

  5. 5654funny says:

    I already DVR significant mother series on my dvr so I can watch it from their I am upset because I would have to miss the new episode on Monday because abc family has Chasing life on at 9pm tommrow

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