That's My Mama

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  • 1974
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.9  (523)

That's My Mama was a sitcom that aired on ABC from 1974 to 1975, focusing on the daily lives of an African American family living in a predominantly black neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The show starred Clifton Davis as Clifton Curtis Sr., a widowed barber who was raising his teenage son, Clifton Jr. Played by Ted Lange, Clifton Jr was a typical teenager trying to navigate the complexities of adolescence while also trying to live up to his father's expectations. Clifton Sr. was a hard-working man who often found himself struggling to balance his responsibilities as a father, son, and businessman.

One of the main supporting characters of the show was Theresa Merritt, who played Clifton Sr.'s mother-in-law, Eloise Curtis. Eloise was an outspoken woman who was fiercely protective of her grandson Clifton Jr. She often butted heads with her son-in-law, but deep down, she cared about him and wanted to see him succeed.

Other characters in the show included Clifton Sr.'s friends and colleagues, such as Earl (Teddy Wilson), who worked with Clifton at the barbershop, and Wildcat (Jester Hairston), a regular customer at the shop who often entertained the other characters with his stories and jokes. The show also featured a number of guest stars, including Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) and Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons, 227).

That's My Mama was groundbreaking for its time, as it was one of the first shows to focus on a multi-generational African American family living in an urban environment. The show tackled issues such as dating, race relations, and economic struggles, while still maintaining a lighthearted tone.

The show's theme song, "Keep On Keeping On," became a hit single, and the show itself remains a cultural landmark of the 1970s. Though it only lasted for two seasons, That's My Mama helped pave the way for other acclaimed sitcoms featuring predominantly black casts, such as The Cosby Show and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Overall, That's My Mama was a charming and relatable sitcom that showcased the talents of its diverse cast. With its catchy theme song, memorable characters, and insightful writing, the show is still beloved by fans of classic television today.

That's My Mama is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on September 4, 1974.

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Clifton's Casual Fling
13. Clifton's Casual Fling
December 17, 1975
Mama likes Clifton's new gal, and so does Clfton, a lot! Problems arise when she isn't so sure about being serious.
Get Your Kicks on Routes 22 and 76
12. Get Your Kicks on Routes 22 and 76
December 3, 1975
Earl's jealousy flares when he and Clifton attend an out of town wedding.
A Man from the Past's
11. A Man from the Past's
November 19, 1975
Mama's memories come flooding back when an old boyfriend pays her a visit.
Queen of the Ribs
10. Queen of the Ribs
November 12, 1975
Mama encourages Earl to pursue a gal from the restaurant.
Mama's Big Move
9. Mama's Big Move
November 5, 1975
Laura suggests that Mama moves out. This way Clifton can have a place of his own.
Clifton and La Femme
8. Clifton and La Femme
October 29, 1975
Clifton meets a beautiful woman at an art exhibit. They have one hurdle, the woman doesn't speak English.
Weekend Daddy
7. Weekend Daddy
October 22, 1975
Leonard takes on a 9 year old boy to mentor on the weekends, but is disappointed when the boy takes to Early instead.
Earl's Dad and Mama's Glad
6. Earl's Dad and Mama's Glad
October 15, 1975
Mama is introduced to Earl's dad and he proposes a business venture to her.
A Date with Judy
5. A Date with Judy
October 8, 1975
Earl and Junior start giving Clifton a hard time because he likes a girl named Judy.
That's Earl's Brother
4. That's Earl's Brother
October 1, 1975
Clifton leaves town for a convention and leaves the barber shop in the hands of Earl.
Mama's Solution
3. Mama's Solution
September 24, 1975
Mama decides to get a job to help out Clifton with his finances.
Business is Business
2. Business is Business
September 17, 1975
Clifton is given a business opportunity with one of his clients and there is a big chance of making money.
The Birthday Party
1. The Birthday Party
September 10, 1975
The season premier for That's My Mama.
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That's My Mama is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch That's My Mama on demand at , Crackle and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 4, 1974
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (523)