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Mama's Family (1983-1990)



Mama's Family

(1983-1985)

30 minutes

Comedy / Sitcom

Created by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon

Cast:

Vicki Lawrence as Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper  
Ken Berry as Vinton Harper   
Dorothy Lyman as Naomi Oates Harper  
Allan Kayser as Bubba Higgins  
Beverly Archer as Iola Lucille Boylen  

Mama's Family was an American sitcom for NBC that was a spin-off based on a skit from the Carol Burnett variety program.  The skit was originally called "The Family” and featured Vicki Lawrence as the character known as Mama, who was an ornery older woman who is the matriarch of an equally ornery family.

When the skit transitioned into the program Mama's Family, many of the famous actors from the Carol Burnett program reprised their roles on the program, including Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman.  Also appearing on the program were "Golden Girls" Rue McClanahan and Betty White.  In fact, after the third season of Mama's Family, McClanahan and White started filming the "Golden Girls" and no longer appeared on Mama's Family, with the exception of one appearance by Betty White in 1986.


130 episodes aired on NBC from January 22, 1983 to February 24, 1990  

Season One
 
1.      Vint and the Kids Move In 1/22/1983

2.      For Better or For Worse 1/29/1983

3.      The Wedding (1) 2/5/1983

4.      The Wedding (2) 2/12/1983

5.      Family Feud 2/19/1983

6.      Cellmates 2/26/1983

7.      Mama Gets A Job 3/5/1983

8.      Double Standard 3/12/1983

9.      Mama's Boyfriend 3/19/1983

10.     Fran's Dress 3/26/1983

11.     Alien Marriage 4/2/1983

12.     Positive Thinking 4/30/1983

13.     Mama's Silver 5/7/1983

Season Two
 
14.     Flaming Forties 9/29/1983

15.     The Return of Leonard Oates 10/13/1983

16.     Country Club 10/20/1983

17.     Naomi and the Stork 10/27/1983

18.     Rashomama 11/3/1983

19.     Obscene Call 11/10/1983

20.     Ellen's Boyfriend 11/17/1983

21.     Gert Rides Again 12/1/1983

22.     Amateur Night 12/8/1983

23.     The Mama Who Came to Dinner 12/22/1983

24.     Mama Learns to Drive 1/7/1984

25.     Black Belt Mama 1/14/1984

26.     Mama Buys A Car 1/21/1984

27.     Supermarket 2/4/1984

28.     No Room At the Inn 2/11/1984

29.     Mama for Mayor (1) 2/18/1984

30.     Mama for Mayor (2) 2/25/1984

31.     Harper Versus Harper 3/10/1984

32.     Mama's Birthday 3/17/1984

33.     Mama Cries Uncle 3/24/1984

34.     Ask Aunt Fran 3/31/1984

35.     A Grave Mistake 4/7/1984

Season Three
 
36.     Farewell Frannie 9/27/1986

37.     Where There's A Will 10/4/1986

38.     Best Medicine 10/11/1986

39.     National Mama 10/18/1986

40.     Soup to Nuts 10/25/1986

41.     Mama and Dr. Brothers 11/1/1986

42.     Cat's Meow 11/8/1986

43.     The Love Letter 11/15/1986

44.     An Ill Wind 11/22/1986

45.     Steal One, Pearl Two 11/29/1986

46.     Where's There's Smoke 12/6/1986

47.     Fly Naomi 12/13/1986

48.     Santa Mama 12/20/1986

49.     Desperately Seeking Anyone 1/10/1987

50.     Porn Again 1/17/1987

51.     Have It Mama's Way 1/24/1987

52.     Birthright 1/31/1987

53.     Grandma USA 2/7/1987

54.     Buck Private Bubba 2/14/1987

55.     Mama's Cousin 2/21/1987

56.     Mama With the Golden Arm 2/28/1987

57.     It Takes Two to Watusi 3/7/1987

58.     Fangs Alot, Mama 3/14/1987

59.     The Best Policy 3/21/1987

60.     After the Fall 3/28/1987

Season Four
 
61.     Educating Mama 9/26/1987

62.     Zirconias Are A Girl's Best Friend 10/3/1987

63.     The Key to the Crime 10/10/1987

64.     Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 10/17/1987

65.     A Big Hand for Mama 10/24/1987

66.     Flounder's Day 10/31/1987

67.     Teacher's Pet 11/7/1987

68.     Child's Play 11/14/1987

69.     Mama Mania 11/21/1987

70.     Gift Horse 11/28/1987

71.     Workman's Holiday 12/5/1987

72.     Mama Sees Red 12/12/1987

73.     A Room With No View 12/19/1987

74.     The Sins of the Mother 1/9/1988

75.     A Friend Indeed 1/16/1988

76.     I Do, I Don't 1/23/1988

77.     Mama Gets the Bird 1/30/1988

78.     Mama's Girls 2/6/1988

79.     Mama on Jeopardy 2/13/1988

80.     Mama Goes Hawaiian (1) 2/20/1988

81.     Mama Goes Hawaiian (2) 2/27/1988

82.     Bubba's Double Date 3/5/1988

83.     Bed and Breakdown 3/12/1988

84.     Naomi's Identity Crisis 3/19/1988

85.     Pomp and Circumstance 3/26/1988

Season Five
 
86.     Ladies Choice 11/5/1988

87.     Baby Talk 11/12/1988

88.     Naomi's New Position 11/19/1988

89.     The Really Loud Family 11/26/1988

90.     Many Unhappy Returns 12/3/1988
 
91.     Found Money 12/10/1988

92.     My Mama, Myself 12/17/1988

93.     Full House 1/7/1989

94.     Bedtime for Bubba 1/14/1989

95.     What A Dump 1/21/1989

96.     Mama Bell 1/28/1989
 
97.     Very Dirty Dancing 2/4/1989

98.     Mama's Layaway Plan 2/11/1989

99.     My Phony Valentine 2/18/1989

100.    The Big Wheel 2/25/1989

101.    More Power to You 3/4/1989
 
102.    Mama In One 3/11/1989

103.    There's No Place Like...No Place 3/25/1989

104.    April Fools 4/1/1989

105.    Reading the Riot Act 4/15/1989

106.    A Taxing Situation 4/22/1989
 
107.    The Mama of Invention 5/6/1989

108.    Hate Thy Neighbor 5/13/1989

109.    Dependence Day 5/20/1989

110.    Mama Makes Three 5/27/1989

Season Six
 
111.    Mama's Medicine Show 9/23/1989

112.    An Affair to Forget 9/30/1989

113.    Mr. Wrong 10/7/1989

114.    Now Hear This 10/14/1989

115.    Tri-State's Most Wanted 10/21/1989
 
116.    Mama Fights Back 10/28/1989

117.    A Blast From the Past 11/4/1989

118.    Psychic Pheno-Mama 11/11/1989

119.    Take My Mama, Please! 11/18/1989

120.    Bubba's House Band 11/25/1989
 
121.    Mama Takes Stock 12/2/1989

122.    War of the Roses 12/9/1989

123.    Mama Takes A Dive 12/16/1989

124.    Mama Gets Goosed 12/23/1989

125.    The Big Nap 1/20/1990
 
126.    Pinup Mama 1/27/1990

127.    Guess Who's Going to Dinner 2/3/1990

128.    Look Who's Breathing 2/10/1990

129.    There Is Nothing Like the Dames 2/17/1990

130.    Bye-Bye -- Baby! 2/24/1990 




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Matinee Classics - Mama's Family starring Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Allan Kayser and Beverly Archer
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