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Mama's Family (1983–1990)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy

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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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  • Vicki Lawrence in Mama's Family (1983)
  • Vicki Lawrence in Mama's Family (1983)
  • Rue McClanahan and Earl Boen in Mama's Family (1983)
  • Gino Conforti and Vicki Lawrence in Mama's Family (1983)
  • Richard Dawson and Vicki Lawrence in Mama's Family (1983)
  • Ken Berry and Earl Boen in Mama's Family (1983)

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Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon

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2 September 2002 | Syl
| Nobody does it like Mama!
Of all the Carol Burnett show sketches, Mama's family was always my favorite with Eunice and Ed. When it came on television in NBC primetime, it stayed on for two seasons. It was worth watching a dysfunctional family like the Harpers for a change. No, the Harper's are not perfect but nobody else is. Perhaps the fact that the Harpers were really one of the first dysfunctional families in prime time television. I liked Rue McClanahan and Betty White as Aunt Franny and snobby Ellen on Mama's Family more than on the Golden Girls. I love watching the Harpers on TBS. After its prime time cancellation, they resurfaced in syndication and stayed on for a few more seasons. It is wonderful to have them again. I didn't care so much about the changes because they came back in syndication. Granted, I would have loved to see Eunice, Ed, Ellen, Buzz and Sonja again but it's better than not having anything. It shouldn't have been cancelled in the first place. So when they returned to They are Midwestern family, middle class, and highly dysfunctional but if they were functional than there would be no reason to watch this show but still it's worth to watch Mama and take a few lessons from the pro.

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