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 Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper (130 episodes, 1983-1990)
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 Vinton Harper / ... (130 episodes, 1983-1990)
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 Naomi Oates Harper (125 episodes, 1983-1990)
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 Bubba Higgins (95 episodes, 1986-1990)
Beverly Archer ...
 Iola Lucille Boylen (91 episodes, 1986-1990)
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Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the cranky, argumentative Thelma. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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22 January 1983 (USA)  »

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La mamma è sempre la mamma  »

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Lorna Luft was the producers' first choice to play Iola. See more »

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Vinton Harper: Y'know, last night was the first night that Naomi and I didn't... didn't... well, you know, we didn't...
Aunt Fran Crowley: There goes the Guinness Book of Records.
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Follows Eunice (1982) See more »

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One of the Funniest Shows ever !
31 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This show is character driven, and thats what makes it a classic. There are actually two Mamas: The earlier NBC episodes that incdlued Aunt Fran, and Vinton's children Buzz and Sonya. The older Episodes were extremely funny, and much more theatrical, than the lighter fare of Mama's Family that came on in syndication. While the character of Mama is toned down a bit (she's no longer her spunky tell it like it is self, and the show takes on a more Midwestern feel in the later episodes than Southern), but the addition of Bubba and Iola really make the show, and it still has perfect comedy. Its interesting to see the dramatic changes in the show, however there's enough fluency that it works.

Mama's Family is a true classic. One of my all time favorite comfort shows. And what show wouldn't be funny with expressions like "Well, Good Lord !" and "In a Hen's Hiney !"? Mama's Family is truly an underrated show that deserves much more acolades than it has recieved.


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