TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy
Mama's Family originated with Thelma "Mama" Harper, and her younger sister Fran living together in Mama's House.
Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence were big fans of Dorothy Lyman who portrayed the role of the flamboyant Opal Sue Gardner on the long running soap opera All My Children (1970). It was Burnett who suggested Lyman for the role Naomi Harper (née Oates). During the first season of Mama's Family, Lyman continued to portray Opal. Every week, she flew from Los Angeles, where Mama's Family was shot, to New York City where All My Children was filmed. Lyman left All My Children after NBC renewed Mama's Family for a second season.
Thanks a lot, Mama!
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.