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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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TV-PG

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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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Trivia

Ed (Harvey Korman) ran a hardware store. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Eunice Higgins: Old lady, this time, you've gone too far!
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Alternate Versions

The episodes on the Season 1 DVD set are cut from their original network length (sans commercials) of 24 minutes to the syndicated length of 21 minutes. All the Alastair Quince introductions have been removed, along with other footage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: God's Club (2017) See more »

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Still Loving MaMa's Family!!
27 December 2003 | by derbydude28See all my reviews

Loved this show from the day it premiered in 1983 until the day it ended it 1990. I remember being bitterly disappointed when NBC cancelled it in 1984. When it was revived for first-run syndication, I was skeptical if it could be as funny without seasoned pros like Rue McClanahan and Betty White, but the new "unknown" cast members quickly made me forget about the old as they made those characters their own. This is one of the few programs that made me laugh out loud during every single episode. But like the Beverly Hillbillies, this show was looked down upon by a lot of la-dee-dah people (as Mama would say) who thought they were above the lowbrow humor. Who cares? I know whenever I need a good laugh, I can always count on that cranky family from Raytown, USA.


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