Mama's Family (1983–1990)
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Positive Thinking 

Eunice, in her 40s, feels neglected by her jerk of a husband Ed and that her life has amounted to very little. Vint's son Buzz, tells her about a tape called "The Power Of Positive Thinking... See full summary »

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... Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
... Vinton Harper
... Naomi Oates Harper
... Vinton 'Buzz' Harper, Jr.
... Eunice Higgins
... Alistair Quince / Ed Higgins
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Robin Bach ... Bob, The Director
... Sally Nash
Hugh Douglas ... Arthur Brewster (voice)
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Eunice, in her 40s, feels neglected by her jerk of a husband Ed and that her life has amounted to very little. Vint's son Buzz, tells her about a tape called "The Power Of Positive Thinking". She's skeptical at first but after a few listens, she gets up the nerve to audition at the local playhouse for a small part in an upcoming show. Mama, while glad Eunice is trying to be more positive, realizes it's also making Eunice a doormat for others. Especially the people in the play, when all of Eunice's lines are given to another actress instead. Written by happipuppi13

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30 April 1983 (USA)  »

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This is the third and last time Harvey Korman guest starred and played Ed. See more »

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Arthur Brewster: [on tape as Thelma walks by] Hello, I'm Arthur Brewster.
Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper: [turns] Well who the hell asked you?
Arthur Brewster: Do you want love?
Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper: Nope, want a beer.
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References Ma and Pa Kettle (1949) See more »

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Carol Burnett steals the episode
29 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Postivie Thinking" really brings back the days of the original skit, starring Carol Burnett, and here's she back as her fame seeking, annoying Eunice.

She receives some positive thinking tapes from Buzz, and decides she has to get her life in order. Which brings her to her lifelong dream of being an actress, so she gets a very small part in a local play. Mama comes along with her to an audition, which is completely wonderful, as it shows the drama of the backstage, as the lead actress tries to steal all of Eunice's scenes.

A wonderful and funny episode that is a total flashback to the old days of the skits on The Carol Burtnett Show.


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