Mama's Family

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  • TV-PG
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1983
Set in the fictional city of Raytown, MAMA’S FAMILY revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, a fiery-tempered no-nonsense woman who does not suffer fools gladly. read more
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Set in the fictional city of Raytown, MAMA’S FAMILY revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, a fiery-tempered no-nonsense woman who does not suffer fools gladly. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the “diss” in dysfunction. Across 130 thirty-minute episodes spanning six seasons, viewers are treated to hilarious – and sometimes heart-warming -- family comedy of the highest degree. Adding to the unforgettable mix are Mama’s journalist sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls), who lives with her her youngest son, Vint (Ken Berry, F-Troop), who moves in with his two teenagers after he is evicted and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman, All My Children), who marries Vint by Episode 4. Mama’s extended family includes her two daughters, highfalutin’ Ellen (Betty White) and high-strung Eunice (Carol Burnett), as well as Eunice’s husband, Ed (Harvey Korman).

Original Release

01/22/1983 on NBC

US Release

01/22/1983

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Cast

Dorothy Lyman Naomi Oates Harper
Vicki Lawrence Thelma Harper / Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
Ken Berry Vinton "Vint" Harper / Vinton Harper
Allan Kayser Bubba Higgins
Beverly Archer Iola Lucille Boylan / Iola Lucille Boylen
Karin Argoud Sonja Harper
Allan Kayser
Eric Brown Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. / Vinton 'Buzz' Harper, Jr.
Carol Burnett Eunice Harper Higgins
Rue McClanahan Frances Marie Crowley / Aunt Fran Crowley
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Mama's Medicine Show Saturday, 23 September 1989
2 An Affair to Forget Saturday, 30 September 1989
3 Mr. Wrong Saturday, 07 October 1989
4 Now Hear This Saturday, 14 October 1989
5 Tri-State's Most Wanted Saturday, 21 October 1989
6 Mama Fights Back Saturday, 28 October 1989
7 A Blast from the Past Saturday, 04 November 1989
8 Psychic Pheno-Mama Saturday, 11 November 1989
9 Take My Mama, Please Saturday, 18 November 1989
10 Bubba's House Band Saturday, 25 November 1989
11 Mama Takes Stock Saturday, 02 December 1989
12 War of the Roses Saturday, 09 December 1989
13 Mama Takes a Dive Saturday, 16 December 1989
14 Mama Gets Goosed Saturday, 23 December 1989
15 The Big Nap Saturday, 20 January 1990
16 Pinup Mama Saturday, 27 January 1990
17 Guess Who's Going to Dinner Saturday, 03 February 1990
18 Look Who's Breathing Saturday, 10 February 1990
19 There Is Nothing Like the Dames Saturday, 17 February 1990
20 Bye Bye Baby Saturday, 24 February 1990
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Directors

Dave Powers, Roger Beatty, Harvey Korman, Dick Martin

Writers

Jim Evering, Rick Hawkins, Dorothy Van, Neil Lebowitz, Gene Perret, Liz Sage, M.J. Cody, Chuck Bulot, Sydney Blake, Dale Phillips, Jenna McMahon, Dick Clair, Bill Braunstein, Albert DaSilva, Kathryn Davison, Jim Geoghan, Katherine Green, Toem Perew, Manny Basanese, Ann Elder, Phillip Jayson Lasker, Allison H. Silerberg, Gordon Mitchell, David Castro, Jim Parker, Danny Kallis, Roger Beatty, Jerry Ross, Shelly Ross, Phil Hahn, Beverly Archer, Gary Jacobs, Elaine Newman, Cindy Begel, Lesa Kite, Ed Burnham, Vida Spears, Don Emerson King, Kerry Millerick, Rick Orloff, Jack Wohl, Fred Rubin, Sara Finney-Johnson, Aubrey Tadman, Daphne Pollon

Creators

Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon

Cast

Dorothy Lyman Naomi Oates Harper
Vicki Lawrence Thelma Harper / Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
Ken Berry Vinton "Vint" Harper / Vinton Harper
Allan Kayser Bubba Higgins
Beverly Archer Iola Lucille Boylan / Iola Lucille Boylen
Karin Argoud Sonja Harper
Allan Kayser
Eric Brown Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. / Vinton 'Buzz' Harper, Jr.
Carol Burnett Eunice Harper Higgins
Rue McClanahan Frances Marie Crowley / Aunt Fran Crowley
Harvey Korman Ed Higgins, Alistair Quince / Alistair Quince
Ken Berry Vinton Harper
Vicki Lawrence Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper
Beverly Archer Iola Lucille Boylen
Betty White Ellen Harper-Jackson
Betty White Ellen Harper-Jackson / Ellen Harper Jackson
Rue McClanahan Frances Marie Crowley
Harvey Korman Ed Higgins, Alistair Quince
Dorothy Van Aunt Effie Harper
Carol Burnett Eunice Harper Higgins / Eunice Higgins

Producers

Joe Hamilton Executive Producer
Rick Hawkins Executive Producer
Jim Evering Executive Producer
John Hamilton Executive Producer
John Hamilton Producer
Robert Wright Producer
Dave Powers Producer
Jim Evering Producer
Ed Simmons Producer
Neil Lebowitz Producer
Rick Hawkins Producer
Jenna McMahon Producer
Dick Clair Producer
Harvey Korman Producer
Roger Beatty Producer

Editors

Patrick Williams, Bob Bernstein, Joe Bella

1987EmmyOutstanding Costume Design for a Series Nominated
1984EmmyOutstanding Costume Design for a Series Won
1983EmmyOutstanding Costume Design for a Series Nominated
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