Mama's Family (1983–1990)
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Vint and the Kids Move In 

Mama's in a hurry to get to the mall for a sale and tries to hurry Fran along to finish eating. But before that can happen Fran's boss at the newspaper calls. Telling her she has to come in... See full summary »

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Mama's in a hurry to get to the mall for a sale and tries to hurry Fran along to finish eating. But before that can happen Fran's boss at the newspaper calls. Telling her she has to come in and re-edit her latest story. Mama is obviously upset because she can't drive and has no way to get to the sale. Meanwhile Vinton, Mama's only son, drops by the house and announces that he and the kids have been evicted from their house. Now he's hoping that he, his daughter Sonja, and his son Buzz, can stay with Mama until he gets back on his feet. Against Fran's wishes Mama agrees. Vint gets the basement, Buzz gets the attic, and Sonja gets Fran's writing studio because she refuses to sleep on the couch. Fran is outraged by this, and her and Mama have a huge argument about it. Fran's mood turns even more sour when she finds out Sonja stumbled up on the book that she'd been working on recently and reads it. Fran says it's an invasion of her privacy and finally makes the decision that she'll move ... Written by The Vert Man

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22 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Mama's Family (1983) is actually a spin-off of the sketch on The Carol Burnett Show (1967) called "The Family" which had a different set for the house, and Vint was not Mama's son. Instead, Mama had a son named Phillip who was an actor. And Fran did not live with Mama. And there was no such thing as Naomi. See more »

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Not very great for a first episode
27 June 2010 | by (Bayside, San Andreas) – See all my reviews

The best was yet to come for Mama's Family is all I can say for the first 2 seasons. The program was somewhat out of wack, with unnecessary characters and unfunny plot lines.

The first episode shows that Thelma Harper's spinster sister Fran has been living with her for awhile. Soon, it becomes obvious that her son Vint is going to move in with his two children, because they have lost their home from having no money. Also, Naomi, the next door neighbor shows up to talk with Vint about old times. AND, Betty White makes a surprise visit as Ellen, Thelma's daughter, to help her clean out a messy room.

Yeah, the first episode is nothing to scream about, but Vicki Lawrence is great in the first episode, perfectly establishing her character for the best is yet to come.


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