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Mama's Family 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1983–1990)
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Mama's Family originated with Thelma "Mama" Harper, and her younger sister Fran living together in Mama's House.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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Mono (1983-1986)| Stereo (1986-1990)

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Color
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Cancelled by NBC after two seasons, the series continued production for the syndication market for several more years, becoming one of the first dramatic or comedy series to successfully move off network and continue in syndication. A few years later, Baywatch (1989) would duplicate this feat with even greater success. See more »

Quotes

Bubba Higgins: Grandma doesn't give me any rights!
Thelma 'Mama' Harper: You have the right to remain silent.
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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 »

Connections

Follows Eunice (1982) See more »

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I love this show.
25 December 1999 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

This is one of the best shows ever on television. This is the one I could watch forever. But the show really took off when it went into syndication. I like how they worked the name of the city of Raytown into everything, such as Ray-Mart, K-Ray(the radio station) and other goofy stores like The Donut Hut. Too bad the show ended with an open end as they could have gone on for a few more years with the baby storyline. And did anyone else notice that each of the five characters had a specific color they always wore? Iola had pink, Bubba had green, Naomi had yellow, Vint had brown and Thelma had blue/purple?


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