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




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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Peggy Wood ...  Mama Hansen / ... 175 episodes, 1949-1957
Judson Laire ...  Papa Hansen / ... 171 episodes, 1949-1957
Dick Van Patten ...  Nels Hansen / ... 169 episodes, 1949-1957
Rosemary Rice Rosemary Rice ...  Katrin / ... 162 episodes, 1949-1957
Robin Morgan ...  Dagmar / ... 153 episodes, 1949-1956


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

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Comedy | Family | Drama


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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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I remember "Mama"
24 December 2006 | by HallmarkMovieBuffSee all my reviews

I remember watching this TV series frequently as a preteen. But my being so young at the time, and that being so long ago, I recall scant details. What I do remember, due no doubt to repetition, is the "I remember" voice-over sequence that opened each episode. And although the images are vague in my mind, I remember the warm feelings of a close-knit family facing various situations. What I remember most vividly, however, is Peggy Wood as Mama.

I'm heartsick that the bulk of these episodes, like some other favorite pioneering TV series, were never recorded, and therefore -- unless somebody finds a way to recapture ancient transmissions still rattling around in outer space -- will never find their way to DVD.

If anybody still alive who was associated with the series were to write an "I remember" memoir, I'm sure there would be many who would appreciate their documenting an almost forgotten piece of TV history. Perhaps some UCLA film student could take this on as an oral history project.

Update: I suppose with the death of Dick Van Patten on June 23, 2015, that hope is dashed. R.I.P. "Nels."

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1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

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