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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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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


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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Release Date:

22 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (1983-1986)| Stereo (1986-1990)


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Did You Know?


Carol Burnett was originally supposed to play Mama and Vicki Lawrence was not even in the sketch until Carol Burnett suggested Vicki to play Mama after she wanted Eunice. See more »


Naomi Oates Harper: I love a Boy's Choir at Christmas.
Thelma 'Mama' Harper: That's 'cause you've never had to sit through one.
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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 »


Referenced in Grace Under Fire: Grace Really Under Fire (1995) See more »

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mama 2 me is?....
23 March 2005 | by allen018See all my reviews

..Mama's Family is by far the best t.v show in re-runs right now..of course it's good clean fun...and it's hilarious...but lets face it .. the characters are perfect,Vinton plays a great Mama's boy...& Naomi could not have been better for Vint...the loose ,floozy type is the perfect contrast to any old fashioned grandmother,the fact that it's Mama is priceless.....Now any fan knows there are 2 different mama's family shows....pre Bubba,and post Bubba....watching Bubba's character develop is such a great transformation ..he not only becomes a good actor,but a great addition to the show...along with Iola..Borlyn,(I think that's right,no D at the end).. ...I have seen every episode at least 5-6 times,and i continue to tape the episodes off tbs in the AM..at this point I must have 25-30 tapes with every episode 3times over ,just in case they don't wise up and ..PUT THE SHOW ON DVD ALREADY!!!!..well I know I'm safe ..and if I wear out my tapes...I got plenty more.... ..there is just something about the show that makes my day start out right,2 episodes of Mama,and I'm good to go ,until tomorrow...and I love watching and thinking to myself ,what a great show that has stood the test of time,easily...how funny is it when Bubba wears the tee with his name iron-ed on the front in the 80's glitter ...and the true viewers know the episode where mama says.."no,at my house when the phone rings I run in circles yellin what'll I do ,what'll I do,what'll I do!!! GOTTA LOVE MAMA,and my mama t-shirt gets more compliments than any other tee I own...I have so much more to say but I'll quit now..as long as it airs I'll watch ..and when it 's pulled I'll probably watch more...thanks

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