Mama's Family, the delightfully offbeat TV comedy whose successful run spanned from 1983 to 1990, originally began as a skit on the legendary Carol Burnett Show.
From the first time the wildly-popular sketch "The Family" aired on "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1974, Vicki Lawrence has been followed by a buxom, blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old widow. This is, of course, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, Lawrence's indelible, abrasive and smart alecky alter ego who would eventually be spun-off into her own delightfully offbeat sitcom "Mama's Family," which debuted on NBC on January 22, 1983 and ran for six seasons. 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 episodes viewers were treated to family comedy of the highest degree.
o The original TV movie Eunice:
Featuring Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence & others
o Family History:
A Classic "Family" sketch from The Carol Burnett Show
Mama's family Tree: The Branches
Mama's family Tree: The Roots (All About Mama and Fran)
Vicki Lawrence Interviews Mama ; Vicki Lawrence interviews Carol Burnett ; Betty White