Chuck Lorre’s First Vanity Card for Mom

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by Screedler on May 5, 2016

I am pleased to report that after a couple of years, CBS’s sitcom “Mom” has become a bona fide hit show on TV, garnering good ratings and earning awards for the stars and makers. I wondered after the first few episodes if it would have legs and like AA, get people to “Keep coming back”. It did, and is now in its fourth season and holds the coveted comedy timeslot of Thursday night at 8pm (CST).

The brains behind this show and some of TV’s biggest hits ever, including “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and Half Men”; Chuck Lorre, has a tradition of posting a very brief, almost subliminal image of a “vanity” card where he has posted an interesting anecdote or image at the end of each episode he produces. They are almost always on to briefly to read in whole and after watching this weeks episode of “Mom” with my very own mom, I was inspired to look one up. This is Chuck Lorre’s vanity card for the very first episode of Mon which aired on September 23, 2013.

I like it.


Thank you for watching the pilot episode of Mom. I hope you enjoyed it enough to watch the second episode. And the third. Etcetera ad syndicatium. I also wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that for myself, and all the writers working on it, Mom is more than just another sitcom. It represents our sincere attempt to dramatize, with humor, and within the limits of network TV, some very serious issues. Whether we’ve succeeded or failed may be open to debate, but there can be no question as to whether we gave it our all. To those of you who feel we’ve fallen short, rest assured that your scorn cannot begin to reach the levels of self-loathing and contempt that we, as comedy writers, feel for ourselves. If you have helpful suggestions as to how we might be better, I hear the internet is a good place to express those thoughts. If your intention is to anonymously post mean-spirited comments, keep in mind that our names are prominently displayed on each show. Something to think about. As for those of you who think we’re on the right track, well… I’m just gonna go ahead and say it… I love you. I’ve probably always loved you, but was too proud to admit it. Forgive me for being such a fool. Please stay in touch. Not literally. Once again, the internet is fine.

You can read all of CLP’s Vanity cards which started in 1997 with Dharma & Greg here –,
P.S. The vanity card that aired for Two and a Half Men’s finale included this little tidbit.

I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn’t get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight’s finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible.

And then we would drop a piano on him.

We thought it was funny.

He didn’t.

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