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That's My Mama - The Complete First Season (1974)

Clifton Davis , Theresa Merritt , Alan Rafkin , Bob LaHendro  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Teddy Wilson, Lynne Moody, Ted Lange
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bob LaHendro, Norman Abbott, Stan Lathan
  • Writers: Al Gordon, Allan L. Rice, Bob Shayne, Dan T. Bradley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 602 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X7BEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That's My Mama - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Welcome to Oscar's Barbershop, recently inherited by Oscar's son Clifton. Clifton's got it made - a successful business, luck with the ladies- but he still lives with Mama. She rules the roost, and dispenses advice to everyone who'll listen (and some who won't). Clifton's sister Tracy, brother-in-law Leonard, friends Earl and Junior, barbershop regulars Wildcat and Josh; no one is spared from Mama's wisdom. And they wouldn't have it any other way. A hidden gem of 1970s television comedy, "That's My Mama" was a highlight in the careers of Clifton Davis and Jester Hairston (both of TV's "Amen") and Ted Lange (Isaac on "The Love Boat") and featured guest appearances by Tim Reid and Gordon Jump, both of whom went on to star in the hit show "WKRP in Cincinnati."

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD set contains EDITED episodes.... August 4, 2005
Unfortuately the practice of studios using the edited for syndication versions of shows rather than going back to the uncut masters (as seen on the network) continues with THAT'S MY MAMA. The majority of the shows are edited by about four minutes each, though a small number appear to be uncut. Not acceptable....I won't pay for edited product.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This show deserves a better DVD release September 17, 2005
I wasn't born yet when That's My Mama originally aired but I caught it in reruns back in the early 80's when I was a kid. Well it has been over 20 years since I have seen it air on television so I was very happy to hear that it was finally being released on DVD. In fact I was shocked since this show has never gotten the respect that it deserves. This is a very funny show that launched the careers of a few stars that we would later come to love on other shows. But this is the show were it started and it was finally being released on DVD. Well imagaine my anger when I found at that this release does not contain the orignal episodes as they first aired. This set is made up of the edited/cut syndicated episodes. Now while I have only seen the syndicated episodes I still prefer to have the original episodes as the aired in the first place. This is yet another example of studios rushing the release of a television show to make quick money rather than taking their time, putting in some effort and doing it right. Studios will continue doing this to us the consumer as long as we keep buying their inferior product. Accept nothing less than the orignal versions. This show deserves a proper unedited release.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EDITED EPISODES!!! August 29, 2005
I can't believe it. Another TV show on DVD with syndicated/edited episodes. Why are they doing this? Great show, lousy DVD treatment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I was too young to remember this show as a child, so I was curious to see it on DVD. I was very pleased with this show. It is unfortunate it only ran for such a short time. I found it to be a pretty funny show. I only rate it 3 stars, however, due to this set being syndicated versions. The action takes place in Wasington D.C., in Clifton & Mama's home & Clifton's barber shop he inherited from his father, which is attached to the house. The series ran on ABC, from September 4, 1974 to December 24, 1975.

This is a 3 disc set, containing 26 episodes:

Disc 1 Episodes 1-9:

1. Whose Child Is This: A woman claims Clifton is the father of her child.

2. Honesty Day: When a couple of little white lies backfire, Clifton initiates an "honesty day." No one can fib for 24 hours.

3. Clifton's Dubious Romance-Mama's matchmatching pays off when she intorduces Clifton to her friend's daughter, Polly, but Clifton's friend Earl knows Polly, and her man-crazy rep, from the past.

4. Counsin Albert-Mama wished Clifton was successful like his cousin Albert, what mama doesn't know is how Albert makes his money.

5. Clifton's Sugar Mama-An old friend of mamas comes to town and she only has eyes for Clifton.

6. Clifton's Big Move-Clifton contemplates moving out.

7. Mama Steps Out-Mama's in love.

8. The Loan-Tensions flare when Clifton tries to collect a loan from his brother-in-law.

9. Clifton's Con-An army friend of Clifton's shows up. Mama is more than welcoming but what will she say when she finds out he is an ex-con?

Disc 2-episodes 10-18

10. Clifton's Persuasion- Clifton's faith is in doubt, while Mama tries to persuade him to attend church.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!!!!!! August 21, 2005
Thank God That's My Mama has finally been released on DVD! Who can forget the memorable "What's goin' down" episode. Randy Watson was spectacular as Joe the policeman! That boy's good!!!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I remember That's My Mama fondly because of how funny it was and how talented the cast was. It may not have had a long run, but like Buffalo Bill (also coming on DVD soon), the talented cast went on to bigger and better things. That's My Mama should have had a longer run. ABC (who doesn't learn from their mistakes) took the show in it's second season, new producers came in and made the show, quite frankly a little depressing. The fun time in the barber shop was over and the recession was on. That coupled with cast changes and a weak lead in show, caused this should have been classic to expire on Xmas Eve 1975. A good show that should have had a four or five year run. ABC would make similar mistakes with Mork and Mindy a few years later with similar results. I am glad to see it back again and I have ordered both seasons. I recommend you at least buy the first season, you won't be sorry.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oooooooo-Weeeeeeee, Finally June 23, 2005
That's My Mama was a short lived sitcom which aired on ABC from 1974-1975.Although it's run was short, it was a muched beloved show with many memorable characters including Clifton Curtis(Clifton Davis),a batchlor barber whom inherited his late father's shop,his best friend Happy go lucky mail carrier Earl (Teddy Wilson),the neighborhood gossip Junior(Ted Lange), the two old checker playing patrons Jasper and Wildcat,Clifton's sister Tracy (Lynn Moody) along with her stuffy husband Leonard (Lisle Wilson0 and Curtis's loving mother Eloise(Theresa Merritt).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thats my mama September 16, 2010
I saw this thats my mama when it was broadcast in the fall of 1974 ive looked at this entrie series its not edtied at all which is good i have also looked at broadcast version which i have people have to take into account that when tv show are aired there are commercial which makes it longer with out commercial its shorter the only episode that not on here is the first pilot called The Furst family of Washington the original title here you could see the original cast members of the show title was changed to that my mama produced in 1973 which stared Godfrey Cambridge along with Theresa Merritt, Theodore Wilson, Eddy C. Dyer, Dewayne Jessie, Eric Laneuville, Christopher Joy, Jeffrey Burton, Davis Roberts. this pilot was intended for broadcast on ABC and why its not on here a special feature its beyond me the original pilot was good and and the entrie show worth watching
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny show
Published 1 month ago by Dana Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the show
Published 1 month ago by Darschand Raiford
5.0 out of 5 stars What it is what it is
I really like the first season which was not preachy or give that self-righteous toothpaste moral values that so many classic comedies are embedded with; it appears genuine and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by albert mike
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mama
This is a nice and funny sitcom. I have not seen these episodes for several years so I was happy to have this in my collection now.
Published 5 months ago by Audrey Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars That's My Mama
This show was funny. I heard about it from a family member but I had never seen it. I looked it up on Amazon and they had it for a good price. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Family treasure!
Enjoyed this classic from start to finish. Brought back many fond memories of the series and some similarities of my own family. Just great!
Published 11 months ago by Lenore Southerland
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Family Show
I miss the clean humor in what is called a "Family Show". This show is exemplary of family and how even in the 70s an African American Male can have his own business. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars That's my mama
I love this series and was sad to see it end after only 2 seasons, it is a very wholesome show that appeals to all races, the story lines are all very interesting and always funny... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Samantha L. South
5.0 out of 5 stars That's My Momma
I give this movie a 5 star. I love the humor and all the different characters. There is nothing I dislike about this movie and would recommend it to all.
Published 19 months ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars That My Mama
One of my favorite shows..I have been looking for this for a long time on dvd set, makes me enjoy even more going to the barber shop :)
Published 20 months ago by LeQuent
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