Mama's Family (1983–1990)
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Family Feud 

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Vint's latest money-making scheme is to get on "Family Feud" (the nighttime syndicated edition) and win $10,000 in Fast Money. Somehow, he actually gets the Harper clan (including Ellen, ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Vicki Lawrence ... Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
Ken Berry ... Vinton Harper
Dorothy Lyman ... Naomi Oates Harper
Eric Brown ... Vinton 'Buzz' Harper, Jr.
Betty White ... Ellen Harper Jackson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernard Behrens ... Webster Van Courtland
Richard Dawson ... Richard Dawson
Georgann Johnson ... Bunny Van Courtland
Harvey Korman ... Alistair Quince
Tina Payne Tina Payne ... Tiffany 'Tiffy' Van Courtland
Todd Thompson ... Binky Van Courtland
Bonnie Urseth Bonnie Urseth ... Muffy Van Courtland
Gene Wood Gene Wood ... Himself


Vint's latest money-making scheme is to get on "Family Feud" (the nighttime syndicated edition) and win $10,000 in Fast Money. Somehow, he actually gets the Harper clan (including Ellen, but not Fran or Sonia) on the show, where they play against an obnoxious high-society family. Since the society family is as dimwitted as the Harpers, the game is tied going into the final round and the Harpers have a chance to win by stealing a survey on "Things You Wind Up" -- if they can come up with one answer. This episode features much more game play than most TV sitcoms set on a game-show set. Written by Peter Harris

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19 February 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Richard Dawson was happy to guest star as it reunited with his old Match Game (1973) players Vicki Lawrence and Betty White See more »


References Family Feud (1976) See more »

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Things You Wind Up? How about Mama Harper?
4 August 2008 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

The Harper family gets an invitation thanks to Vinton to play on Family Feud with the original host Richard Dawson. Vinton carefully picks each family member for the show. Mama is resistant until it means that if her son wins, that they move out of her house. Vinton picks Mama, Naomi, Ellen, and his son Buzz to play on the game show. They play against a snobby Van Courtlandt family who appear so perfect that Ellen wishes that she was on their team. At first, the Harpers seem to be catching on but Mama Harper has apparently never saw the show to know the rules. You can imagine the ending if you watched the show. I liked the Van Courtlandts like Webster, the father and patriarch, played by Bernard Behrens, the wife Bunny played by television regular Georgeann JOhnson, and the children including Bonnie Urseth who was a regular also on television.

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