Mama's Family

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Mama's Family
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Premiere January 22, 1983
Finale March 12, 1990
Creator Dick Clair & Jenna McMahon
Network NBC (seasons 1-2)
syndication (seasons 3-6)
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Joe Hamilton Productions
Seasons 6
Episodes 130
Origin USA

Mama's Family is a sitcom that aired on NBC for two seasons and in syndication for four seasons.

The show, set in the city of Raytown, revolves around the wacky misadventures of the Harper family, extended non-Harper family members, and their neighbor friend in later seasons. Always at the center of the trouble and confusion is head of the clan and matriarch Thelma Harper—a buxom, blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old widow, who is portrayed as explosively quick-tempered, abrasive, brash, smart alecky, and full of snappy retorts. Thelma's snappy retorts and fretful wisecracks are particularly highlighted with a running gag in which the final scenes of each episode cut to an exterior shot of her house. While the exterior of Thelma's house displays, she's heard riposting the comments of whoever has previously spoken. This is then followed by audience laughter and applause. In spite of the many digs and fretful wisecracks that Mama regularly and casually makes about her family, she is nurturing and obliging at heart. She allows her various family members to live in her home, who would otherwise have no place to live.[6] Beyond providing her resident family members shelter, Thelma routinely cooks for and cleans up after them as well. Despite her nurturance, Thelma's various family members can be ingrates, even banding together and ganging up on Thelma on occasion.

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Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Vicki Lawrence Thelma Harper 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ken Berry Vinton Harper 1 2 3 4 5 6
Dorothy Lyman Naomi Ray Oates Harper 1 2 3 4 5 6
Eric Brown Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. 1 2
Karin Argoud Sonja Harper 1 2
Rue McClanahan Aunt Fran Crowley 1 2
Carol Burnett Eunice Higgins 1 2
Harvey Korman Ed Higgins 1 2
Alistair Quince 1 2
Betty White Ellen Harper Jackson 1 2
Beverly Archer Iola Lucille Boyland 3 4 5 6
Allan Kayser Bubba Higgins 3 4 5 6

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One January 22, 1983 May 7, 1983 13
Season Two September 29, 1983 April 7, 1984 22
Syndication
Season Three June 6, 1986 January 16, 1987 25
Season Four April 24, 1987 January 15, 1988 25
Season Five September 23, 1988 April 27, 1989 25
Season Six September 18, 1989 March 12, 1990 20

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season September 10, 2013 3

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The Complete Second Season September 10, 2013 4

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The Complete Third Season February 25, 2014 4

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The Complete Fourth Season June 24, 2014 4

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The Complete Fifth Season September 23, 2014 4

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The Complete Sixth Season February 10, 2015 3

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