Mama's Family (1983–1990)
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Bye Bye Baby 

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In the Series Finale, Mama is trying to calm Naomi down, who freaks out when Vint leaves her to go to work. Mama tells her the story of how great Carl was when Vint was born. Of course ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Vicki Lawrence ... Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
Ken Berry ... Vinton Harper / Carl Harper
Dorothy Lyman ... Naomi Oates Harper
Beverly Archer Beverly Archer ... Iola Lucille Boylen
Allan Kayser ... Bubba Higgins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rebecca Wrate Rebecca Wrate ... Tiffany Thelma Harper
Stephanie Wrate Stephanie Wrate ... Tiffany Thelma Harper


In the Series Finale, Mama is trying to calm Naomi down, who freaks out when Vint leaves her to go to work. Mama tells her the story of how great Carl was when Vint was born. Of course she's lying just to make Naomi feel better. She then tells Iola the real story. Seems she had to take the bus to the hospital when Carl refused to come out of the bathroom, as she went into to labor. Bubba, who's trying to make the college Water Polo team, is driving Mama nuts by running up and down the stairs. When Naomi finally goes into labor, after seemingly being pregnant forever, she refuses to go to the hospital until she gets her hot rollers. Vint, who gets home just then, goes to get the car and panics and smashes his pickup into Mama's car, then promptly passes out when Mama tells him to calm down. Bubba (who made the Water Polo team) and Iola show up a little later and hear a baby cry coming from the trailer. As it turns out, Mama had to deliver the baby, and now they need to pick a name for ... Written by The Vert Man

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Release Date:

24 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Final episode of the series See more »


[last lines]
Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper: Well, Little Thelma, you better get used to people yellin' because you are a Harper now!
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References Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989) See more »

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A Sweet End to a Memorable Show!
21 April 2009 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Mama's Family never got the proper recognition that it long deserved as a cult hit. What started out as a family sketch on the Carol Burnett show evolved into something of it's own life. Unfortunately, the sad end of the show was probably because it's executive producer and creator, Joe Hamilton, and former husband of Carol Burnett, would pass away a year or so later. This season was tough because they ran out of ideas. Sadly, I wished that they brought the family together one more time for a reunion before calling it quits but it didn't happen. In this episode and the series finale, the blessed event of Naomi's baby is due to give birth and she is frantic that Vinton won't be there for the event. While Mama gets her house back since Vint and Naomi are moving into their trailer at the mobile home park in town and grandson Bubba will move into the fraternity house at the community college. Still, the baby is always welcome even if it means the end of the show and an era. Mama's Family was the first family that I felt was real. The characters were imperfect and sometimes didn't get along when they were together. They weren't like the other family sitcoms of the era. This show should have stayed in prime time but the network canceled it after two seasons for whatever reasons. In syndication, Mama's Family was queen because it allowed the show to move along without the politics of network television but without the money but it still delighted the fans who miss this show terribly and miss the characters as well.

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