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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

The name of the theater where Eunice would go to practice her acting was the Pepperpot Playhouse. See more »

Quotes

Thelma 'Mama' Harper: Franny, don't drink if you can't hold your hooch!
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Alternate Versions

When released to syndication in 1986, all Season 1 and 2 episodes were changed to match up with the new, first-run episodes. The original introductions by Harvey Korman as Alistair Quince were removed and the original opening credits were altered to match the ones on the first run episodes. In addition, the closing tag shot of the exterior of the Harper house seen at the end of the each episode, was replaced by a new closing tag shot of the exterior of the Harper house as seen in the first-run syndicated episodes, along with new closing credits in the same style as used on the the syndicated first-run episodes. The Warner Home Video season 1 DVD release has the episodes in their syndicated version, but season 1 was reissued by StarVista, along with season 2, in their original network broadcast versions in 2013. See more »

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Referenced in Grace Under Fire: Grace Really Under Fire (1995) See more »

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Nobody does it like Mama!
2 September 2002 | by SylSee 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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