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Who isn't familiar with the epic talents of Vicki Lawrence? Singer, actress and comedian, her performances entertain and amaze audiences all over the world. Many tend to immediately identify Lawrence's name with that of Carol Burnett, however, the reason being is because of the iconic character of Mama, otherwise known as Thelma Harper. Thelma got her following from foiling her daughter, Eunice's high expectations of fame and fortune.

No one suspected when the character of Mama made her first appearance on the

Mama's Family is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (139 episodes). The series first aired on January 22, 1983.

Where do I stream Mama's Family online? Mama's Family is available for streaming on NBC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mama's Family on demand at iTunes online.

6 Seasons, 139 Episodes
January 22, 1983
Cast: Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Rue McClanahan
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  • In the series finale, Naomi go into labor and Mama has to deliver the Harper's newest family member.

  • Vint and Naomi finally get their own place, but it's far from what Mama or the family was hoping for, they buy a run down motor home. They plan to fix it up and move to the trailer park out on Route 5. While Mama plans a fancy luncheon to earn a spot in a high-standing social group and Bubba gets the lead in a play his fratermity is taking part in. Bubba's lead role though forces him to dress like a girl.Mama decides to have the party in the backyard, The Dames arrive early though, and Mama forces Vint and Naomi to stay in the motor home. Telling the dames she's gonna fix it up and give it to charity. She then tells the Dames Iola is her maid. But problem is things quickly go from bad to worse.First her planned dinner of BBQ chicken wings is frowned upon by the Dames, so Mama changes it to blackened meat loaf. Then Vint and Naomi's trailer starts shaking and Mama fears the worse (Vint was trying to gimmy the leg back into the broken table). Then Bubba shows up in his dress and says h

  • Mama and Iola are trying to figure out ways to get more men to come to the senior singles mixer, and Naomi mentions making a flyer to do a little advertising. Mama and Iola think that's a great idea and go about making the flyer.Meanwhile, Bubba is taking pictures for his creative photography class, and Mama suggests he set up a shoot to take pictures of all of them. Iola explains why she is camera shy,(seems her father fell over Ray Falls trying to get Mother Boylen in a single picture and after her Mother saved him, she ended up winning the wet t-shirt contest at the lodge). Bubba gets everyone's pictures taken, including Melanie in a skimpy bathing suit.Mama finally strikes upon the idea of putting her picture on the singles flyer. While Bubba has Mama's head super-imposed on Melanie's body and wants to have it blown up into a poster as a joke. They both send Vint to RayRrint to get them done and he gets them mixed up.Mama and Iola discover Vint's screw-up after they arrive at th

  • Mama is in an investigating mood. It is revealed that she has a love of watching detective moods so the premise of the episode revolves around Mama pretending to be a detective in a movie to discover Iola's missing mom.

  • When Mama gets a Christmas present from her cousin, a live goose for Christmas dinner, memories of her childhood come back.

  • Mama has concocked a scheme to try to get the bank to pay her some money after an accident she has.

  • Tension's become heated when Mama and Iola get in to a contest for a rose competition. What will be the outcome?

  • Mama, Vint, Naomi and Iola are preparing for Church Carnival. Where Vint will guess people's weight and Naomi will sell Silhouette's of people's heads, while Iola's project is the "Civil War Kitchen Cozy Collection". But Poor Mama can't decide what kind of cake to make for her booth.Bubba, after a few hours of negotiating, finally signs a band for Homecoming. Thier called the "Bonecrushers" and Bubba, who didn't have enough money to pay for their hotel room, says they can stay with the family. The band soon arrives and everyone is shocked when they find out, thier three girls.Cooking breakfast the next morning one of them begins talking about her Gram-Gram and the candy cakes she sends them on the road. That gives Mama an idea for her booth, so they show Mama how to make the candy cake. It goes so well that they decide to help her, and they're soon working on a number to do in front of the booth at the Church Carnival. Mama's cakes are a huge hit as is Iola's "Civil War Cozy Collecti

  • Mama is once again going through some old junk when she finds a stock certificate, for 10 shares of the "Raytown Trolly Company". Which Bubba wants to use for a class at the Raytwon JC where he is studying the stock market. While Vint is trying to get the store in tip top shape because the owner of Kwik Keys parent company, Bernice Corporation, is coming in for an inspection. Seems they may be planning to close the shop, so they can open a new Yogurt shop.Bubba informs Mama a little later, that her shares aren't worthless after all, since the company was taken over and merged with several other companies and the end result is she now owns 10 shares of Bernice stock. So finding out about Vint's impending unemployment, she gets some financial advice from Bubba's professor. Learning that, an emergency board meeting can be called if there are ten share holders present.So she gets some friends (from the beauty parlor) to help her and they convene the meeting right as B.D. Larson (The Owne

  • When Naomi and Vint return from a friend's mobile home with news that they saw a psychic, Bubba and Iola become impressed that a psychic is doing business in Raytown and soon become ecstatic when Naomi tells them they invited her over to their house for a reading. While Madame Rita promptly impresses Iola and almost all of the Harper family, Mama suspects the psychic is a phony out to make a quick buck. When Vint brings Madame Rita home for their most recent reading, Mama decides to take matters into her hand and prove to her family that the psychic is just reciting gossip that she heard at work.

  • Iola wants Mama to donate her sofa for the play she is producing for the pepper pot playhouse. But she refuses, until she meets the star of the play itself, New York actor, Leslie LeMoyne. After spending the afternoon with him eating cookies and drinking tea, Mama and Lemoyne make a date for the night of the premiere. Mama promises him some real home cooking.After kicking out Vint and Naomi, she catches the end of the show "Tri State's Most Wanted" and mistakenly thinks the murderer, the program is looking for is Leslie. So when he arrives she panics and ties him up and calls the police who arrest him. This causes him to miss the play and everyone comes home after the play bombs and wonders where Mama is.Mama and Leslie arrive home from the police station moments later. Where Leslie had to explain, he was playing the part of the murderer in the re-enactment for the "Tri-State's Most Wanted". Meanwhile, Vint and Naomi decide to try and become Bounty Hunters after hearing about the $20

  • Naomi is so happy to be pregnant at last, she proclaims her life is complete. Which gets Iola to thinking about her life and how she wants to have kids and a family some day. But Mama thinks she's too picky and convinces her to go to some of the singles events in town. But the hayride is the last draw for Mama's plan to get Iola hitched, seems it was a ride for newlyweds and Iola got bumped off and had to walk the 5 miles home.But to the surprise of everyone, Iola does find a man and they start dating. So Mama invites her and her new beau, Burt Cooper, to dinner, where Iola makes the announcment to Mama he might ask her to marry him and she plans to say yes, if he does. Burt and Iola arrive and Burt tries impressing everyone with his magic and wild stories, but it doesn't work on Mama who can't stand him.So Mama brings up the subject of living with in-laws, when Burt announces he and Iola are gonna send her Mom and Dad to a retirement home and the cheaper the better. Iola refuses, te

  • Naomi is feeling the effects of being pregnant and wants to spend some quality time with Vint. Who has to work late again, for the 4th night in a row. A discouraged Naomi tells Mama Vint hasn't touched her in 4 days. Vint says he has to stay late to train his new assistant, whom he neglects to mention is a buxom blonde bombshell. Mama begins to suspect Vint is doing more than just training her to run the store.Which leads Mama and Iola to make a little trip down to Kwik Keys. Vint and Heather go into the store room to get suppilies when Mama and Iola arrive. They hear some very suggestive dialogue coming from the store room and begin to think that there doing it right there.Right as they come out Naomi walks in with a picnic for her and Vint. As Mama begins to panic Heather recognizes her old friend Noami. It turns out Heather is Luanne's Sister, a good friend of Naomi's who appeared in an earlier episode.

  • Naomi and Vint read in a magazine how it will cost 168,000 dollars to raise there kid. So they set about coming up with a scheme to make some fast money. Just then Bubba comes home feeling bad, and Mama gives him some of her "Mother Harper's Tonic" and that gives Vint and Noami an idea. They could sell the tonic and make a fortune.So Noami gets some bottles from the recycling bin at Food Circus and they start to bottle it. It sells fast and everyone wants more. So Bubba takes it to his swim meet and Thelma takes it with her to the Church Ladies League meeting. Everyone samples some and it's a huge hit as everyone including Thelma and Iola get up and start dancing.Alberta even tells Thelma that she's gonna nominate her for CCL Woman of the Year. Bubba comes home and tells Vint and Noami about what happened at the swim meet, his team lost every race and they sent the Tonic to be analyzed and it came back that it was 35 percent alcohol. Which closes down the family's business.

  • Naomi annouces her and Vint can't get pregnant because Vint is shooting blanks,so Iola suggests that they try and adopt a baby.Turns out she has a cousin who works for an adoption agency in Hinkley.So she sets up an interview.It goes well as they pass interview after interview easily until the final one.Where they and Mama have to meet with Dr. Richards, a family psychologist.They arrive at his office fighting already over Vint taking the wrong way.Dr. Richards ask Vint if his childhood was good but he's afraid to say anything with Mama there.So Dr. Richards stands in front of Mama and Vint tells him Mama never supports him in anything.That sets Mama off talking about her Mother,She calls her a "Dragon" and a few other things before Dr. Richards ends the session early.Vint is very angry at Mama and threatens to move out when they find out they got turned down for adoption.But just then Naomi comes in and says she gotta a second opinion and she is pregnant.

  • Vint and Noami are doing their taxes while Bubba works on Mama's, but their using the long form and she's using the short. So they figure out they'll get a $300 refund, while Bubba tells Mama she'll owe $250.T hat is until she starts listing items she could deduct. Like pies she made for the bake sale and clothes she gave away for a rummage sale.Thinking she's now gonna get a refund, Mama and Iola go shopping. When they get home Bubba tells them an IRS agent was by and made an appointment for Monday morning to come back by. Thinking she's gonna get audited and hearing all the horror stories of what can happen, she makes the family help out in a scheme to try and get sympathy.The agent arrives and Mama offers him a piece of pie as Bubba comes to the door dressed as a boy scout, soon followed by Vint and Naomi taking up money for an overseas charity. The Agent then reveals he's there to give Mama a refund for $250. That is until she opened her big mouth and told him she hadn't declared

  • Naomi and Vint rush in to get ready for the awards banquet that night for Food Circus. While Mama complains to the meter guy about her electric bill saying it's always a certain price but this month it's $20.00 higher and she refuses to pay it. Bubba comes in wanting $25 to rent a computer to do his paper on, about Abraham Lincoln for History class.Mama's attempts to try and sort out the problem with the Power Company fail as she is continously giving the run around.After a final refusal by her to to pay the bill,they cut off her electricity.Bubba loses his paper and Vint and Naomi have to get ready in the dark.He ends up dressing like a clown and she looks worse.With Iola's "Candles of the Holiday's" collection lighting the house,Mama and the family set down to dinner and she tells the story about the Ray river flood.Which gives everyone the idea to have a sing-a-long.But Iola ruins the mood when she let's it out that Mama is the reason there's no power.As it turns out Bubba's pape

  • Vint, Naomi and Bubba are preparing for the upcoming Bowl-A-Thon, hoping to beat the Huflanders, who've won 8 years in a row. When Mama returns with Aunt Effie from their Cousin Ludie's funeral, were they where the only mourners. Deciding this won't happen to her, Mama begins to plan her own funeral. Including spending the $1200 the family had saved for their Grand Canyon trip.Having to replace Mama on their team, Vint, Naomi and Bubba choose Iola, as Mama refuses to go, saying it's to expensive. Soon after they leave though, Mama gets a shock from the lamp and passes out. Dreaming about her own funeral and how everyone walked out to go bowling. She wakes up to find out, the family won the Bowl-A-Thon, after the Huplanders had to forfeit. She decides postpone payment on her dream funeral and announces their going to the Grand Canyon next weekend.

  • Mama forgets one of Bubba's phone messages but refuses to admit she needs to write them down, as she did earlier with Naomi. So Iola suggests they get a answering machine. Thinking it would cost to much, Mama refuses, until Iola says she has one they can have for free.Meanwhile, Naomi brings a stray dog home and her and Vint try to find a home for it, while trying to keep it hid from Mama. They lock it up in the garage, where Mama keeps hearing it bark but they convince her she's losing her mind.After intercepting a series of phone messages, Mama becomes convinced there gonna send her off, because she's going crazy. But all is soon revealed, and the dog finds a home at the senior citizens center.

  • Mama's sitting up late waiting for Bubba when Vint and Noami come in and start telling her about the new best seller they just bought.It seems the book gives couples ideas on how to get pregnant more easily.One of them they seem intent on trying is doing it in different places.Bubba finally does come in and introduces his new study buddy Toni Malone,a girl.Mama flips and refuses to leave them alone until Bubba threatens to move into the college's Co-ed dorm.Which convinces Mama to go to bed.The next morning,while cleaning Bubba's room they find a black lace bra in the sheets.Thinking it's Toni's,Mama tries to get Bubba to admit to it over dinner,but he doesn't.So Mama and Iola get the idea to stitch bells to his mattress,that way if Bubba and Toni do decide to do something they'd be caught.But in the middle of the stitching job,they hear someone coming so they hide in the closet.It's Vint and Naomi,and as it is soon revealed,the bra was Naomi's and they where in Bubba's room the

  • Several weeks after having a corn removed from her toe, Mama's been having her family wait on her hand and foot. When she soon discovers that nobody will be at home to do everything she wants since there' a dance contest at the Raytown Ballroom, Mama reluctantly goes along with Vint, Naomi, Bubba, and Iola. Eventually an old friend of Mama's named Ramon walks over to her and convinces her to enter the contest with him. By the end of the contest, Mama and Ramon is one of three finalists in the contest and are selected to do a dirty dance to determine the winner. Needless to say, by the time the evening is done, Naomi and Vint are less than thrilled at losing the contest to Mama and her dance partner.

  • The mail is late,meaning Mama's pention check is late also,so she has to wait around for the mailman.Come to find out Iola had it the whole time and now it's to late to get to the bank to deposit it.So Iola suggests that Mama use the new Auto-Teller, instead of letting her checks for the bills bounce.Mama deposits the check and asks for $20.00 cash,which the machine deducts from her account,but never gives to her.So she blasts it with her pocket book and it soon starts spitting out money.$800 to be exact.Later at the dinner table,the family and Iola take part in Bubba's survey for his class and all disagree on what people should do with found money.It soon comes out that the teller-matic gave Mama $800 and suddenly everyone agrees that they should keep the money,with everyone having ideas on how best to spend it.But Mama decides to return to the bank the next day and put it in her account instead.While there she runs into the guy who's account the money was actually subtracted from

  • Mama's already annoyed and trying to avoid Roselle so she won't have to head up the latest charity drive. While Bubba's late for dinner, which of course annoys Mama even more. He's learning to use the school video camera as he's planning to make a film about the Harper family for a school project. So to begin he has everyone gather at the dining room table, problem is their all decked out in their best clothes.Bubba catches Mama on film talking to Roselle, which forces her to agree to do the charity event. But Bubba soon realizes that everyone is acting to stiff so he scraps the project and starts again. First by talking to Naomi about her former puppy. Then he talks to Uncle Vint, who tells a funny story about Mama plastering the bathroom. Next he talks to Iola who tells the story of Eunice and Ellen's dolls.Mama then has her say on the way kids are being raised today and a few comments about her own family. Lastly, Bubba catches the whole family fighting in the front yard and Mama

  • Mama and Iola are working hard on a homemade quilt to enter an upcoming contest when Iola comments about the house being so quiet lately. Vint and Naomi arrive home from visiting a friend of their's who just had a baby girl. Which gives Naomi the idea that she wants one too. Mama's dead set against the idea and makes it clear to Vint about her feelings.When that bit of pushing fells to get through. Mama decides to give them a taste of what having a baby is like. So, thinking they have a day off, she sets a little plan into motion to discourage them. Namely asking to babysit for one of her neighbors, who has a baby with a real penchant for high pitched crying.Problem is Naomi and Vint have decided to go into work late, leaving Mama to baby sit little Garth. It's a chore to finally get him to stop crying, but every time Mama gets him to be quiet someone slams a door and he starts again. In the end, Mama is wore out and falls asleep right as Naomi and Vint come in. Never having seen Mam

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