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Mama's Family: Season 1
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A spun-off sketch from the Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family mined humor from a squabbling family in the Midwestern blue collar suburb of Raytown. The noisy clan was headed by Mama, a buxom, gray-haired widow with sharp opinions and a sharper tongue who shared her small house with her high-strung sister Fran, a journalist for a local paper. Mama's lazy, dimwitted son, Vint, a locksmith by trade, moved in at the start of the series with his troublesome teenage children, Buzz and Sonja, after his wife run off to become a Las Vegas show-girl. Much to Mama's disgust, Vint soon took up with the flirtatious neighbor Naomi.]]>
- 13 episodes on two discs
Top Customer Reviews
The reason I am knocking a star off the score is that these episodes are edited. They are like the syndication edits that are still aired all the time. What's up with that??!! I've been waiting to see these episodes uncut for years. I know how much they've cut because I have an audio recording of "The Wedding Part 1" from when it aired back around 1985 (a rerun even, not the first airing which was 2/5/83):
1. They cut out the part about the hoochie coochie dancer in the kitchen scene with Mama, Buzz, and Vint.
2. When Sonja asked if she was a slave, Fran's comeback line "If you were, you would've been sold years ago" is gone.
3. Mama explaining to Sonja that "strong drink can make even the daintiest of ladies seem unattractive and crude" (and then hic-ups from the beer) got the ax.
4. The scene with Mama and Fran in the kitchen is shortened.
5. They cut out Mama talking about seeing her husband Carl naked out of the shower. She shoved him in the linen closet and never looked again.
6. A lot of dialogue about the controversy over Eunice's "O Promise Me" solo is missing.
7. And the worst omission of all: Eunice screaming "Well All Right!!!" after Mama exclaimed, "This is my house and I say there ain't gonna be no da*n singing!" isn't there!Read more ›
The NBC era episodes originally ran about 24 to 25 minutes and featured introductions by Harvey Korman as a character called "Alastair Quince," spoofing Masterpiece Theater's Alastair Cooke. These are gone, along with three minutes of footage from each episode. They now run 21 minutes, as they do in syndication. The later episodes (seasons 3-6, which were first-run syndication) ran at this length originally, but the first 2 seasons did not. Enough footage is gone to equal about one and one half of an episode.
After the debacles with ALF, The Cosby Show, and Roseanne on DVD one would think that Warner would have tried to avoid this. Nope. They just slapped on edited episodes and hope fans wouldn't notice. That they didn't include the original 1982 special "Eunice" which spawned this show, nor any of the Carol Burnett Show sketches which inspired it, is bad enough. But this disc fails to meet the minimum standard of presentation.
Do not buy this DVD. You need to write to Warner Bros. and tell them you will not buy this show in an edited version. Tell them you want season 1 reissued in its original, uncut, network version and then you will buy it, and that all future releases must be released in their original form. Buying this product sends a message that cutting corners is acceptable.
But Warner Bros. did a sloppy job by giving this show the barest of releases, so why should they get my money?
And as you can see, I am not alone---the fans are speaking out.
It's awful enough that they couldn't even bother to put the complete episodes on the discs. But no Special Features? Give me a break, how pathetic.
Where is the original opening theme song, not seen since the original broadcast?
Where are the introductory segments of Harvey Korman as Alastair Quince, also not seen since said broadcasts?
Where is the "Eunice" TV movie?
Where are any "Family" sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show"?
Where is the clip of Vicki Lawrence winning her Emmy award for "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1976, which she won partially for her portrayal of Mama?
Where is the gag reel of bloopers?
Where are any cast or crew interviews/documentaries?
Where are any commentaries?
ANY of those would have been very welcome Special Features for the fans. And while I'm at it, where is season 2? Since only seasons 1 and 2 were on NBC, why not release both seasons packaged together---since they have Fran, Eunice, Ellen, Buzz, and Sonja---complete and with extra goodies, and then you could tout the season 3 release as the "new phase" of the show with Bubba and Iola, since seasons 3 through 6 were a bit different in syndication. Season 1 has only 13 episodes, Season 2 has 22, and the others have over 20.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say? My daughter loves this show. I remember it from when I was a kid. We watch together and have a great time. you milage may vary...Published 1 month ago by Tammy S Rush
Very pleased with . So pleased I am going to buy the rest of the seasons. Too bad we don't still have shows like this in this day and time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by shasha0518
Ignore the bad reviews from 2006. I received this today and it is absolutely perfect. The theme song plays on loop the entire time you are at the menu, the theme song also plays at... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Moo
great classic, but, i later found the boxset here, so now i had season 1 two times. but the show still it goodPublished 3 months ago by Leigh
Guess across the years, the show is not as funny as I remember....Great for a nostalgic memory-lane strollPublished 4 months ago by D Gonsalves
Timeless classic I love this comedy sitcom absolute favorite.Published 6 months ago by antoinette caver