Mama's Family: the Complete First Season
  • Mama's Family: the Complete First Season
  • Mama's Family: the Complete First Season

Mama's Family: the Complete First Season

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Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Spun off from a character she created on The Carol Burnett Show, the sitcom Mama's Family features Vicki Lawrence as irascible southern widower Thelma "Mama" Harper. Wearing a curly wig and support hose, Lawrence embodied the presumably sexagenarian Mama for seven seasons beginning in 1983, when the actress was barely in her mid-30s. Joining her in Season 1 were F Troop's Ken Berry as dopey son Vinton Harper; All My Children veteran Dorothy Lyman as Vinton's flighty wife, Naomi; future Golden Girls Betty White and Rue McClanahan as Mama’s snobby daughter, Ellen, and spinster sister, Fran, respectively; and Vinton's teenage kids, Buzz (Eric Brown) and Sonja (Karin Argoud). Also popping up in Season 1 were Burnett and Harvey Korman, reprising their roles as Mama’s histrionic daughter, Eunice, and her no-account husband, Ed Higgins, from the original Carol Burnett Show sketches. The series derived much of its humor from the fact that Mama was always speaking her mind, whether or not the situation called for it. She usually had a lot to say about the neighbors, her son's wife, or her dysfunctional, dimwitted brood: "I tell ya, a guy selling brains could clean up in this family." The 13 episodes of Season 1 hold up surprisingly well all these years later, making Mama's Family a nice addition to any sitcom collection.

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