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''Mama's Family'' on DVD

By RD Heldenfels Published: June 20, 2006

Believe it or not, people have asked about this. So here's the announcement:

Good Lord!  Warner Home Video is bringing one of television’s most beloved dysfunctional families to DVD this fall with the release of Mama’s Family: The Complete First Season on September 26, 2006.  The two-disc set will include 13 episodes of the show’s first season and will retail for $26.97. 

Mama’s Family, the delightfully offbeat comedy whose successful run spanned from January 22, 1983 to March 12, 1990, originally began as a skit on the legendary Carol Burnett Show.  Entitled The Family, the sketch was roughly based on Carol Burnett’s childhood and was such a hit that it generated its own spin-off series which premiered on NBC.

Mama’s Family mined humor from a squabbling family in the Midwestern blue collar suburb of Raytown.  The noisy clan was headed by Thelma Harper “Mama” (Vicki Lawrence, The Carol Burnett Show, The Vicky Lawrence Show) a buxom, gray-haired widow with sharp opinions and a sharper tongue who shared her small house with her high-strung sister Fran (Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls), a journalist for a local paper.  Mama’s lazy, dimwitted son, Vint (Ken Berry, F-Troop), a locksmith by trade, moved in at the start of the series with his troublesome teenage children, Buzz (Eric Brown) and Sonja (Karin Argoud), after his wife ran off to become a Las Vegas show girl.  Much to Mama’s disgust, Vint soon took up with the flirtatious neighbor Naomi (Dorothy Lyman, All My Children), who works as a checker at the local grocery store, Food Circus. 

Mama’s Family also starred Betty White (Golden Girls) as Ellen Jackson, Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show) as Ed Higgins/Carl Harper/Alistair Quince and Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show, Carol & Company) as Eunice Higgins.

The first time on DVD, Mama’s Family: The Complete First Season will include all 13 episodes from the show’s premiere season, which aired from January 1983 to May 1983. 

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