This well-received series was a drama-comedy about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.




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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Judson Laire ...
 Nels Hansen / ... 9 episodes, 1949-1956
Rosemary Rice ...
Robin Morgan ...
 Dagmar / ... 7 episodes, 1949-1956
Ruth Gates ...


This well-received series was a drama-comedy about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.

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Comedy | Family | Drama





Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Remember Mama  »

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1.33 : 1
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This show was one of the best-loved early TV comedies, but the kinescopes made of the live episodes were thrown out after broadcast. This was a huge financial mistake that would finally dawn on the bean counters at CBS after the success of I Love Lucy (1951). CBS (and sponsor Maxwell House Coffee) finally relented to the added cost and the series was committed to film at the very end of production (ironically not enough episodes were filmed to enable profitable rerun syndication). Sadly, while older fans remember this series fondly, most of the heart-warming stories of the Hansens' white house on Steiner Street are lost to posterity. See more »


Katrin Hansen: This old album makes me remember so many things in the past. San Francisco and the house on Steiner Street where I was born. It brings back memories of my cousins, aunts, and uncles; all the boys and girls I grew up with. And I remember my family as we were then. My brother Nels, my little sister Dagmar, and of course, Papa. But most of all when I look back to those days so long ago, most of all, I remember Mama.
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This Brings Much Nostalgia
8 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the first television shows I remember watching as a young kid and was a big reason when I started collecting films that "I Remember Mama" starring Irene Dunne was so special to me.

Peggy Wood may not be Irene Dunne but I do remember her fondly as the lead character in here. My feelings on this show are exactly the same as those written here by "DVD- TCMjunkie." I couldn't express any differently that this reviewer did. I, too, would give anything to see these old episodes again, especially since I have seen the movie a dozen times and read the book, "Mama's Bank Account."

It would be interesting to see how these actors played all the roles. Being that is was a well-received, wholesome TV show, I wouldn't have any qualms how they would handle the various characters.

As you can see reading the full cast, some famous actors contributed to this TV show. This is heartwarming, tender, wonderful family drama in the early years of television. Boy, I almost get tears in my eyes thinking about this. I hope that doesn't sound too corny.

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