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Mama's Family 

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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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Vicki Lawrence ...  Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper 130 episodes, 1983-1990
Ken Berry ...  Vinton Harper / ... 130 episodes, 1983-1990
Dorothy Lyman ...  Naomi Oates Harper 125 episodes, 1983-1990
Allan Kayser ...  Bubba Higgins 95 episodes, 1986-1990
Beverly Archer 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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

22 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mamma è sempre la mamma See more »

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Joe Hamilton Productions See more »
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Mono (1983-1986)| Stereo (1986-1990)

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Color
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Whenever Eunice got mad at Mama, she called her "Old Lady". See more »

Quotes

Thelma 'Mama' Harper: [Repeated line] What kind of a smut show is this?
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2012 Teachers Tournament Semifinal Game 1 (2012) See more »

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Still Loving MaMa's Family!!
27 December 2003 | by derbydude28See all my reviews

Loved this show from the day it premiered in 1983 until the day it ended it 1990. I remember being bitterly disappointed when NBC cancelled it in 1984. When it was revived for first-run syndication, I was skeptical if it could be as funny without seasoned pros like Rue McClanahan and Betty White, but the new "unknown" cast members quickly made me forget about the old as they made those characters their own. This is one of the few programs that made me laugh out loud during every single episode. But like the Beverly Hillbillies, this show was looked down upon by a lot of la-dee-dah people (as Mama would say) who thought they were above the lowbrow humor. Who cares? I know whenever I need a good laugh, I can always count on that cranky family from Raytown, USA.


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