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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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Nobody does it like Mama!
2 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the Carol Burnett show sketches, Mama's family was always my favorite with Eunice and Ed. When it came on television in NBC primetime, it stayed on for two seasons. It was worth watching a dysfunctional family like the Harpers for a change. No, the Harper's are not perfect but nobody else is. Perhaps the fact that the Harpers were really one of the first dysfunctional families in prime time television. I liked Rue McClanahan and Betty White as Aunt Franny and snobby Ellen on Mama's Family more than on the Golden Girls. I love watching the Harpers on TBS. After its prime time cancellation, they resurfaced in syndication and stayed on for a few more seasons. It is wonderful to have them again. I didn't care so much about the changes because they came back in syndication. Granted, I would have loved to see Eunice, Ed, Ellen, Buzz and Sonja again but it's better than not having anything. It shouldn't have been cancelled in the first place. So when they returned to They are Midwestern family, middle class, and highly dysfunctional but if they were functional than there would be no reason to watch this show but still it's worth to watch Mama and take a few lessons from the pro.


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