DVD Deets: Mama’s Family: The Complete Series


What started out as a sketch on The Carol Burnett Show in the mid-70s, turned into one of the funniest sitcoms of the 80s. Nobody did dysfunction like Mama’s Family! Thelma Mae Harper might have been 65 years old, a widow, and rocking the silver blue hair, but she wouldn’t hesitate to beat you down with your purse if you had it comin!

Mama’s Family aired on NBC for six seasons and it all began, January 22, 1983. Now fans of the show can finally own the entire set in a brand new DVD collection. StarVista Entertainment/Time Life (in conjunction with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) will be offering Mama’s Family: The Complete Series. In fact, it’s currently for sale in pre-order right now. Fans of the show can pre-order the complete series for $199.95 at


Mama’s Family is set in the fictional city of Raytown. As any fan knows, the entire show revolves around the Harper family and a few of their friends, with Mama Harper (Vicki Lawrence) at the helm. Say what you want about Mama, but she won’t care. She’s an old lady that is filled with fire. She won’t take your nonsense and if you’re stupid she will be the first to let you know. She’s filled with snappy retorts and no one is free from her dysfunctional blend of love and honesty.

The set includes a whopping 130, 30 minute episodes that lasted for six, amazing seasons. Each episode is filled with hilarious storylines and occasionally there are some rather heartwarming moments, too. This is the type of show that sitcom classics were made of. Along with Mama is Fran (Rue McClanahan – The Golden Girls), her journalist sister, Vint (Ken Berry – F Troop), her son, and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman) who is Vint’s wife. Mama’s two other daughters Ellen (Betty White – The Golden Girls) and Eunice (Carol Burnett), along with Eunice’s husband, Ed (Harvey Korman) also make appearances.

From the Press Release:

MAMA’S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SERIES will arrive in a handsome collector’s set featuring all 130 episodes on 24 DVDs. The first two seasons feature the rare, original broadcast masters (the “Joe Hamilton” cuts) of the episodes which fans have clamored about for years; they also feature Harvey Korman’s hilarious introductions as Alistair Quince (spoofing Alistair Cooke). The set also contains over ten hours of specially-created programming including: a cast reunion roundtable with Vicki Lawrence (Mama), Ken Berry (Vint), Dorothy Lyman (Naomi), Beverly Archer (Iola), and Allan Kayser (Bubba), all-new cast and crew interviews, including the aforementioned cast, Betty White, executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and others, a very special one-on-one interview with Vicki “interviewing” Mama through the magic of split-screen; an exclusive new Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence interview, the 1982 CBS-TV movie “Eunice”, which takes the Harper Family on a 23-year journey; an introductory note penned by Lawrence, key “Family” sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and much more.


From Lawrence:

“I couldn’t be more excited that ‘Mama’s Family’ is being released to DVD by StarVista/Time Life,” said Vicki Lawrence. “They did such a wonderful job in bringing ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ to a new generation with their recent collector’s editions, and now, consumers will finally be able to bring Mama and her relations into their very own homes!”

“Well, it’s about damn time,” said Mama. “I thought I was gonna have to wait’ll the Great Beyond to see this day”.

Online pre-order price: $199.95

Fans of the series won’t want to miss the chance to own this great series on DVD. Every episode plus a ridiculous amount of special features await you when you make this set your own in September.

Online Exclusive Collection includes:

130 episodes across 24 DVDs in a collector’s set featuring eye-catching artwork and an introductory note from Vicki Lawrence
Collectible Mama’s Family Album featuring character bios, a Mama’s Family Tree, and interviews and anecdotes from cast members

Ten hours of specially-created bonus material including interviews, featurettes and more, including: a cast reunion roundtable with Vicki Lawrence (Mama), Ken Berry (Vint), Dorothy Lyman (Naomi), Beverly Archer (Iola), and Allan Kayser (Bubba); All-new cast interviews, including the aforementioned cast members as well as Betty White; A special interview featuring Vicki “interviewing” Mama through the magic of split-screen technology; An exclusive, new interview featuring TV comedy legends Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett; Crew interviews with executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and show writers Jim Evering and Manny Basanese; The 1982 CBS-TV original movie “Eunice” – the precursor to the MAMA’S FAMILY series — which takes the Harpers on a 23-year journey; Key “Family” sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW

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Ashtyn Evans is a writer, advocate, free thinker, and all around cynical person. Always quick to find the negative in anything pop culture, she loves being a part of that which she despises. Ashtyn and Dominick own numerous blogs together, as well as a full-time writing business. In her spare time she is a full-time college student studying History and Psychology. She plans to one day give up her freelance career and be a full-time blogger, novelist, and domestic goddess. She can be contacted for writing projects, fan mail, or just to say hi. She really is friendlier than we make her look.

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