Mama's Family: Season 2, Episode 19

Mama's Birthday (17 Mar. 1984)

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The poignancy which had marked "Eunice" two years earlier and turned up a few times during the NBC run (causing TV Guide to label this as a "comedy-drama" during its first season) ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Eric Brown ...
Karin Argoud ...
Eunice Higgins (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ritchard Brinckley ...
Bert Wembly
Dick Clair ...
Carl Harper (voice)
Debra Duggan ...
Tanya Fenmore ...
Little Eunice Harper
David Friedman ...
Little Vint Harper
Annie O'Donnell ...
Little Ellen Harper


The poignancy which had marked "Eunice" two years earlier and turned up a few times during the NBC run (causing TV Guide to label this as a "comedy-drama" during its first season) resurfaces again as Mama's birthday causes her to remember the day she turned 30. As the "responsible" family lady, she even then had to put her dreams on hold and cater to her own mama (Vicki Lawrence plays both roles). There is a sense of hope here so lacking in the "Eunice" special. Written by Peter Harris

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Classic Mama's Family!
8 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved Mama's Family when it remembers the past. In this episode, Mama wants to clean the attic. Since everybody has an excuse but Buzz, he assists and asks her about her thirtieth birthday party. Mama remembers being younger and with three kids, Ellen, Eunice, and Vint. The kids who play younger versions of them are wonderful. First, Thelma is excited because if her husband Carl gets a promotion then she could get a freezer of her dreams. With more money, they could spend more. Of course, Thelma gets no encouragement from her mother who is also played by Vicki Lawrence who calls to inform her that she can't make the cake or come to her party. Grandma Crowley says it as she opens a can of beer and criticizes her daughter for being a terrible cook and her son-in-law as a loser. The party is not going so well when she has to use a fruitcake to substitute for a cake and Carl doesn't get the promotion.

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