was a comedy that ran from 1983 to 1984, and again from
1986 to 1990 (NBC). It was a spin-off of the Carol
Burnet Show. After the showís initial run in 1983, NBC
canceled the series due to poor ratings. It was brought
back to life in 1986, and subsequently did very well.
Vicki Lawrence starred as Thelma Harper (Mama), Ken
Berry as her son Vinton, Dorothy Lyman as Vintonís
second wife Naomi, Eric Brown as Vintonís son Buzz, and
Karin Argoud as Vintonís daughter Sonja.
show basically revolved around the shenanigans of the
Harper family (and extended family) who lived in a
Raytown. The brash, rude, and quick-tempered Thelma
Harper (Lawrence) was always somehow in the center of
all the trouble, as she tried to keep her children and
grandchildren in line. Although gruff on the outside,
Mama actually loved and cared for her family, evidenced
by the fact that he lets any number of downtrodden
family members live at her home. Through it all, her
family members rarely seem to appreciate her generosity,
but she puts up with them anyway.