Mama's Family (1983–1990)
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Obscene Call 

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Naomi receives obscene phone calls and the whole family tries to figure out what to do about them.

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Dick Clair (created by), Jenna McMahon (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Vicki Lawrence ... Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
Ken Berry ... Vinton Harper
Dorothy Lyman ... Naomi Oates Harper
Eric Brown ... Vinton 'Buzz' Harper, Jr.
Karin Argoud ... Sonja Harper
Rue McClanahan ... Aunt Fran Crowley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harvey Korman ... Alistair Quince
Ted Zeigler Ted Zeigler ... Sam
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Naomi receives obscene phone calls and the whole family tries to figure out what to do about them.

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reference to dick tracy | See All (1) »

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Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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First appearance of Sam, one of Naomi's regular customers at Food Circus. See more »

Quotes

Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper: I don't allow no weirdos on the phone unless it's family.
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References Real People (1979) See more »

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One of the best written shows from "Mama's" early years
26 January 2007 | by blockerloverSee all my reviews

Any of the episodes centering around Naomi's job at Food Circus are hilarious, but this one is especially sharp. While wooing her customers with good tidings, in an attempt to win Friendly Employee of the Month, Naomi inadvertently attracts an admirer who makes obscene phone calls to Mama's house. At first, everyone blames Naomi's innate good nature and appeal as the cause of the calls, until Mama, Aunt Fran and even Vint get propositioned too. There are some great family dynamics in this one, with scenes involving everyone and lots of side-splitting, snide comments from Thelma. I usually prefer the later, better-produced shows featuring neighbor Iola and Bubba, yet this early episode is as good as any from the series.


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