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Series Overview[]

Season Number Year Number Of Episodes Network
Carol Burnett 1974-1979 31 CBS
1 1983 13 NBC
2 1983 22
3 1986 25 Syndicated
4 1987 25
5 1988 25
6 1989 20

The Family Sketches On The Carol Burnett Show[]

Season # Episode # Title Airdate
7 23 The Reunion March 16 1974
Phillip comes home for a visit.
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8 1 Brotherly Love September 14 1974
Eunice, Ed and Mama come back from church.
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8 5 Hospital Visit October 12 1974
The family visits Jack in the hospital.

Season 1[]

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1 1 Vint and the Kids Move In Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Dick Clair

Jenna McMahon

January 22 1983
Vinton Harper, Mama's only son, drops by to announce that he and his children, Buzz and Sonja, have been evicted from their house. He is hoping they can stay with Mama until he gets back on his feet. Against the wishes of her sister and roommate Fran, Mama agrees. Vinton is also reunited with Naomi Oates, his high school crush and Mama's next-door neighbor.
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2 2 For Better or For Worse Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

January 29 1983
Mama becomes overcome with anger after Vint and Naomi spend the night together, and learns that the couple plan on marriage, a move to Arizona, and running a trailer park.
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3 3 The Wedding, Part One Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

February 5 1983
Mama's daughter Eunice overhears Mama, Fran, and her sister Ellen gossip about how having her sing at Vint's wedding would ruin the ceremony. In revenge, Eunice tells Ellen a secret about her husband that the others knew all along.
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4 4 The Wedding, Part Two Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

February 12 1983
Vint and Naomi's wedding takes place, but upon discovering their business deal was a scam that cost them all their money, the family returns to live in Mama's house.
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5 5 Family Feud Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Gene Perret February 19 1983
Vint takes the family on the game show Family Feud (with Richard Dawson), so they can attempt to win $10,000.
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6 6 Cellmates Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Dick Clair

Jenna McMahon

February 26 1983
Mama, Vint and Ed throw Eunice a surprise birthday party at the Bigger Jigger, but a ruckus ensues causing Eunice and Mama to both be arrested and spend the evening in a jail cell.
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7 7 Mama Gets a Job Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Don Emerson King

Gene Perret

March 5 1983
After learning that Aunt Effie has gotten a job as a filing clerk at the courthouse, Mama gets a job and must juggle learning how to use an office phone, dealing with customers, and being interrupted by phone calls from her over-dependent relatives.
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8 8 Double Standard Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rich Orloff March 12 1983
Buzz and Sonja are getting ready for their high school's homecoming dance, but Vint gives the younger Buzz a later curfew because he is a boy.
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9 9 Mama's Boyfriend Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Gary Jacobs March 19 1983
Mama has a date with her old beau Woody, whom she has not seen in 40 years, and they both decide to spend the weekend together out of town against the wishes of her family.
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10 10 Fran's Dress Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jerry Ross

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

March 26 1983
Mama accidentally scorches a dress that Fran is to wear at an awards banquet that evening, and she and Ellen must race to find a replacement before Fran returns home.
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11 11 Alien Marriage Roger Beatty Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

April 2 1983
In this flashback episode set prior to marrying Naomi, Vint's shady friend, Claude Canemaker, offers him $1600 to marry a girl from Portugal so she can stay in the country. Mama decides she must break up the wedding after her neighbor Naomi informs her that it's illegal.
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12 12 Positive Thinking Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

Dick Clair

Jenna McMahon

April 30 1983
Eunice starts listening to a positive-thinking tape and her outlook is transformed into newfound optimism and self-confidence. However, after being pushed around by the people around her, her cheeriness quickly fades.
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13 13 Mama's Silver Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

Dick Clair

Jenna McMahon

May 7 1983
In another flashback episode, Vinton gets a call from his ne'er-do-well friend Claude Canemaker, who needs $250 to post bail, and Vint secretly pawns Mama's silver when no one will lend him the money.

Season 2[]

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14 1 Flaming Forties Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

September 29 1983
Buzz and Sonja organize a dance to raise money for a gymnasium, but when the band gets arrested before the dance, Mama steps in to save the day.
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15 2 The Return of Leonard Oates Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

October 13 1983
Naomi's second husband, Leonard Oates (Jerry Reed), returns to town. He is now wealthy, and wants Naomi to go away with him to Florida.
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16 3 Country Club Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Gene Perret October 20 1983
When Ellen is awarded Raytown's "Woman of the Year" at the Raytown Country Club, Mayor Tutweiler invites her family to the ceremony, who then embarrass Ellen with their crude behavior.
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17 4 Naomi and the Stork Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Katherine Green October 27 1983
Naomi is ailing and all signs point to her being pregnant, causing friction in the household as no one wants to give up their room for the new baby.
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18 5 Rashomama Roger Beatty

Dick Martin

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

November 3 1983
Mama is in the hospital, having been hit on the head with a stew pot. In flashbacks, Naomi, Ellen, and Eunice each tell Vint a different account of how it happened.
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19 6 Obscene Call Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Roger Beatty November 10 1983
After Naomi starts receiving obscene telephone calls, Mama, Fran and Vint initially suggest it is Naomi's fault because of her clothes and personality, but they quickly realize how indiscriminate the caller is while Naomi is away.
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20 7 Ellen's Boyfriend Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Parker November 17 1983
Ellen starts dating a much younger man named Glen, and hides him from her family due to their differences in age. Meanwhile, Vinton wins a dinner for four... at the restaurant where Ellen and Glen are dining that evening.
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21 8 Aunt Gert Rides Again Roger Beatty

Dick Martin

Philip Jayson Lasker,

Gene Perret

December 1 1983
Mama's cousin Gert (Imogene Coca), who was once a spirited and vivacious woman, is now in a nursing home that has left her sedate and lifeless. Mama attempts to reinvigorate her and the fellow residents at Gert's birthday party.
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22 9 Amateur Night Roger Beatty

Dick Martin

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

December 8 1983
Mama, Fran, and Naomi persuade Vint to enter a talent contest at the Bigger Jigger. His popularity causes his ego to grow exponentially, offending his family in the process.
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23 10 The Mama Who Came To Dinner Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

December 22 1983
Vint and Naomi invite their friends over for a dinner party while the rest of the family goes out, but before the guests arrive, Mama's back goes out on the living room floor.
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24 11 Mama Learns To Drive Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

January 7 1984
The family attempts to teach Mama to drive, but all attempts fail due to her attitude. However, when she gets a call from a department store informing her that an item she placed on hold would be sold, Mama quickly changes her attitude.
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25 12 Black Belt Mama Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

January 14 1984
Naomi is taking a self-defense class, and she talks Fran and Sonja into going. After Mama is mugged by a purse-snatcher, she decides to join, too.
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26 13 Mama Buys A Car Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Philip Jayson Lasker January 21 1984
Mama buys a used car from shifty Willie Potts, a childhood friend of Vint. Unfortunately, the car turns out to be a self-destructing lemon, and Mama must now fight for a refund from the sleazy car dealer.
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27 14 Supermarket Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Gene Perret February 4 1984
After causing a ruckus at the Food Circus where Naomi works, the manager offers Mama a job as a customer consultant, stationed beside Naomi's checkout counter.
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28 15 No Room At The Inn Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Katherine Green February 11 1984
For their first wedding anniversary, Vint reserves a room at an out-of-town adult motel for two days and one night. However, when Mama's visit to Aunt Effie is cut short and Mama storms out on her, Vint and Naomi's room in the sold-out motel is the only place where Mama can stay.
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29 16 Mama For Mayor: Part 1 Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Gene Perret February 18 1984
When Mama ridicules Mayor Tutweiler at a re-election press conference at her house, he challenges her to run against him. This leads to tireless campaigning, a debate, and Ellen's attempts to stop Mama from running for office.
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30 17 Mama For Mayor: Part 2 Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Fred Rubin February 25 1984
After winning the office of mayor, Mama soon discovers that she is not prepared for the job as the entire town turns against her.
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31 18 Harper Versus Harper Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Elaine Newman

Ed Burnham

March 10 1984
Mama unknowingly runs over Naomi's misplaced keychain while vacuuming her living-room rug with Naomi's new vacuum cleaner, ruining both the vacuum cleaner and her rug in the process. With neither of them admitting fault, both Mama and Naomi decide to settle their fight in small claims court.
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32 19 Mama's Birthday Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

March 17 1984
All Mama wants for her birthday is for someone to help her clean out the attic, so Buzz helps her. While they work, he asks her to tell him about her 30th birthday party. In a flashback, she recalls how everything went wrong that day.
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33 20 Mama Cries Uncle Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Rick Hawkins

Liz Sage

March 24 1984
Mama's brother-in-law, Roy Harper, shows up and charms the entire family except for Mama, who has mixed feelings about him.
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34 21 Ask Aunt Fran Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Jim Evering

Dorothy Van

March 31 1984
Fran gets a job as an advice columnist, but does not know what to say until Mama gives her the answers.
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35 22 A Grave Mistake Roger Beatty

Harvey Korman

Gene Perret April 7 1984
Mama visits Carl's grave, and is upset to discover that another woman is buried next to him in Mama's reserved plot.

Season 3[]

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36 1 Farewell, Frannie Dave Powers Rick Hawkins September 27 1986
Set two years after the final NBC show, Fran has just died of "natural causes," and Mama is determined to give her late sister something she never had, a "perfect day." But things soon turn from perfect to terrible as one disaster after another strikes. To add to the aggravation of the day, Mama's grandson Bubba is unexpectedly released from juvenile hall, to her guardianship.
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37 2 Where There's A Will Dave Powers Shelley Ross

Kerry Millerick

October 4 1986
The executor of Fran's will informs the family that Fran was worth $35,000. However, in order to receive the money, Fran's will stipulates that Mama must not lose her temper for a period of two weeks.
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38 3 Best Medicine Dave Powers Rick Hawkins October 11 1986
Ellen stops by with a gift for Mama and attempts to apologize for missing Aunt Fran's funeral; Mama refuses to forgive her and throws her out. Later, Mama learns that Ellen is in the hospital.
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39 4 National Mama Dave Powers Jim Evering October 18 1986
When Mama's dreams start providing the names of winning horses, the family figures they're in the money.
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40 5 Soup To Nuts Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bulot

October 25 1986
Mama, Iola and Naomi decide to have to a chili cook-off (with Vint as judge), with the winner getting her recipe in the church bazaar cookbook.
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41 6 Mama And Dr Brothers Dave Powers Ann Elder

Tom Perew

November 1 1986
Vint and Naomi are having trouble in the bedroom, and special guest Dr. Joyce Brothers takes Naomi's desperate phone call live on the air of the local TV station, prompting chaos in Mama's house.
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42 7 Cat's Meow Dave Powers Dorothy Van November 8 1986
Iola is distraught when her cat dies, although everyone else is thankful. However, she refuses to let go and nothing can console her - until she decides to have the cat freeze-dried.
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43 8 The Love Letter Dave Powers Jim Evering November 15 1986
After Naomi learns from a magazine quiz that Vint is "unromantic," Bubba writes a love letter for Vint to give to Naomi. However, a series of misunderstandings leads Naomi to believe the letter is from Bubba, and also leads Mama and Iola to believe that the letter was meant for them.
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44 9 An Ill Wind Dave Powers Rick Hawkins November 22 1986
In this Thanksgiving episode, Mama, Bubba, Vint, Naomi, Iola and Aunt Effie (Dorothy Van) all go for cover in the basement when an unexpected tornado passes by Raytown.
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45 10 Steal One, Pearl Two Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bulot

November 29 1986
After Iola loses her string of pearls, she is quick to accuse Bubba, who comes home with a brand new drum set.
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46 11 Where There's Smoke Dave Powers Rick Hawkins December 6 1986
When Mama makes a bid to be President of the Church Ladies' League, she decides she must charm Reverend Meechum and his critical wife, Alberta, by inviting them over to dinner. However, her dinner with the Reverend does not go as planned when an escapee from juvenile hall makes an unexpected appearance.
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47 12 Fly Naomi Dave Powers Sara V Finney

Vida Spears

December 13 1986
Unhappy with the rut she's gotten into, Naomi decides to attend school to train as a flight attendant, much to the chagrin of the family.
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48 13 Santa Mama Dave Powers Jim Evering December 20 1986
Mama's holiday depression affects the family, and Vint is asked to portray Santa Claus at the mall on Christmas Eve. However, when Vint loses his voice, a reluctant Mama must fill in for him.
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49 14 Desperately Seeking Anyone Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz January 10 1987
Mama and Naomi's plan to find a date for Iola backfires when the date is more interested in Mama.
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50 15 Porn Again Dave Powers Ann Elder

Tom Perew

January 17 1987
When Mama finds a pornographic magazine under Bubba's bed, she is shocked to learn that Naomi accidentally sold it to him. This causes her to form a coalition called MOP (Mothers Opposing Pornography), and lead a boycott of Food Circus.
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51 16 Have It Mama's Way Dave Powers Rick Hawkins January 24 1987
When Mama tries to raise money for a trip to Hawaii, the manager of a local burger joint that Bubba has applied to offers Mama a job as well.
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52 17 Birthright Dave Powers Dorothy Van January 31 1987
An anonymous letter convinces Vint that he's adopted, so he sets out to find his biological mother on Mother's Day.
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53 18 Grandma USA Dave Powers Gene Perret February 7 1987
Mama is surprised to learn she was entered in the Grandma USA contest by Bubba. She is at first reluctant to compete, but changes her mind when she finds out the grand prize is a dream kitchen, complete with a self-cleaning oven.
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54 19 Buck Private Bubba Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz February 14 1987
Vint's former Army Sergeant comes to town and recruits Bubba, who enlists after his girlfriend breaks up with him.
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55 20 Mama's Cousin Dave Powers Rick Hawkins February 21 1987
Mama's worldly cousin (Vicki Lawrence in a dual role) annoys Mama but charms the family with her lifestyle and her never-ending stories.
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56 21 Mama With The Golden Arm Dave Powers Jim Evering February 28 1987
Mama emerges as a contender in an arm-wrestling competition and the entire family trains her for the championship event.
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57 22 It Takes Two To Watusi Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bulot

March 7 1987
Naomi sets up her divorced best friend LuAnn Fayette for a double date with her and Vinton, but once her date cancels, Naomi suggests to Mama's horror that Bubba could be a last-minute stand-in.
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58 23 Fangs A Lot, Mama Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bulot

March 14 1987
After Vint is invited to join the Mystic Order of the Cobra, a local men's club, Mama attempts to sabotage his induction.
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59 24 The Best Policy Dave Powers Jim Evering March 21 1987
After Vint announces that Naomi is the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy, he starts having a series of near-fatal accidents, prompting suspicions by Mama and Iola.
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60 25 After The Fall Dave Powers Rick Hawkins March 28 1987
After Aunt Effie falls off the roof of her house, Mama brings her to the house, determined to aid in her recovery. Meanwhile, Vint, Naomi, Bubba and Iola work together on a 2,000-piece puzzle.

Season 4[]

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61 1 Educating Mama Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz September 26 1987
Mama and Bubba both begin night school; Bubba must attend in order to graduate, and Mama attends because she never got her diploma. However, the first assignment reminds Mama of the reason she dropped out of school in the first place.
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62 2 Zirconias Are A Girl's Best Friend Dave Powers Rick Hawkins October 3 1987
When Mama becomes addicted to TV home shopping, her family must intervene when the credit card bill arrives.
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63 3 The Key To The Crime Dave Powers Dorothy Van October 10 1987
A burglar known as the Courteous Crook is robbing and subsequently cleaning homes all over Raytown. When Vint is accused of being the Crook, Mama and Iola set out to find the real culprit.
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64 4 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Dave Powers Jim Evering October 17 1987
Vint and Naomi are separated, yet living in the same house, and driving Mama crazy in the process.
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65 5 A Big Hand For Mama Dave Powers Jim Evering October 24 1987
After a brush with death involving lightning and the courthouse clock's minute hand, Mama has a cheery and generous new outlook on life that her family quickly takes advantage of.
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66 6 Flounder's Day Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz October 31 1987
After being unfairly beat out 50 years ago, Mama finally has a chance to sing in the annual Founder's Day festival when an audition is held to find a new singer of the town anthem "Raytown, O Raytown".
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67 7 Teacher's Pet Dave Powers Rick Hawkins November 7 1987
Mama is smitten with her night school teacher, but she does not know how to get his attention... so she turns to Iola and Naomi for help.
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68 8 Child's Play Dave Powers Danny Kallis November 14 1987
Reverend and Mrs. Meechum ask Mama to look after their unruly grandson, Eugene, for the day. However, the little monster proves to be very difficult to handle, even for disciplinarian Mama.
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69 9 Mama Mania Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz November 21 1987
Didi, an old friend of Naomi's and a professional wrestler, talks Naomi into being a last-minute substitute for her ailing tag-team partner for a match, but it's up to Mama to step in when Didi is down for the count.
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70 10 Gift Horse Dave Powers Daphne Pollon

David Castro

November 28 1987
Mama has a yard sale and tries to sell off Iola's gaudy homemade gifts, hoping to raise the money to buy a VCR. They have the sale while Iola's out of town, but she comes back sooner than expected.
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71 11 Workman's Holiday Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bullot

December 5 1987
When Mama embarrasses Vinton at work with the "Binky Bunny" lunchbox she made for him when he was a kid, she must find a way to cure him of his trauma before he loses his job.
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72 12 Mama Sees Red Dave Powers Jim Geoghan December 12 1987
A man from the State Department asks the Harpers to host a Russian national named Olga for one day, as part of "Project Heartland."
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73 13 A Room With No View Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bulot

December 19 1987
Vint and Naomi are tired of living in the basement, so they agree to switch rooms with Bubba. Everyone is happy with the new arrangement, except Mama.
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74 14 The Sins Of The Mother Dave Powers Jim Evering January 9 1988
After Bubba comes home drunk, Mama is enraged and gives him an excessive punishment. He does not understand why she is being so irrational, until Iola explains (via flashback) about a similar incident involving Eunice when she was Bubba's age.
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75 15 A Friend Indeed Dave Powers Dorothy Van January 16 1988
When Iola starts spending all her time with her new friend Arlene, the Harpers are relieved to be free of her, but Mama starts to get jealous of Iola's new friendship. Meanwhile, Vint, Naomi, and Bubba train for Raytown's 10K race.
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76 16 I Do, I Don't Dave Powers Rick Hawkins January 23 1988
After attending a family wedding, Bubba, Mama, and Iola fantasize about what married life would be like with the objects of their affections.
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77 17 Mama Gets The Bird Dave Powers Jim Evering January 23 1988
After Uncle Oscar passes away, Mama is willed his gabby pet parrot. The bird then starts reciting verses in rhyme, which the family thinks are clues that will lead them to Oscar's rumored hidden treasure.
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78 18 Mama's Girls Dave Powers Rick Hawkins February 6 1988
Trying to get Aunt Effie to follow her doctor's advice and exercise leads Mama to start a senior citizens' tap-dancing troupe.
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79 19 Mama On Jeopardy Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz February 13 1988
Mama finds herself competing on Jeopardy!. Alex Trebek appears as himself.
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80 20 Mama Goes Hawaiian: Part 1 Dave Powers Jim Evering February 20 1988
After winning a trip to Hawaii on Jeopardy!, Mama and her family go on the trip, along with Iola. Iola and Bubba each find romance, Mama is pestered by a man she believes is a beach bum, and Naomi is confined to the hotel room with a terrible sunburn.
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81 21 Mama Goes Hawaiian: Part 2 Dave Powers Rick Hawkins February 27 1988
Vinton plays golf with three men who mistakenly believe that he is a stock market insider, and Mama goes on the hunt for a special Hawaiian lamp, while doing her best to avoid the "beach bum" who has been following her around the island.
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82 22 Bubba's Double Date Dave Powers MJ Cody

Chuck Bulot

March 5 1988
After Bubba's date for the prom cancels at the last minute to attend a fraternity party, Bubba cannot find anyone else to go with him, so Mama sets him up without his knowledge with Iola's nerdy niece, Vernette.
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83 23 Bed And Breakdown Dave Powers Jack Wohl

Phil Hahn

March 12 1988
When Raytown is crowded due to the Tri-State Fair, the Harpers decide to rent out a room in their house in order to make some money.
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84 24 Naomi's Identity Crisis Dave Powers Dorothy Van March 19 1988
Naomi develops amnesia after being hit with a door, so Mama tries to turn her into the perfect, modest daughter-in-law who surpasses everyone at cooking, housework, and handicrafts, much to the annoyance of everyone who was used to the sultry and lazy Naomi.
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85 25 Pomp And Circumstance Dave Powers Rick Hawkins March 26 1988
Bubba and Mama are graduating from high school, but devastating news for Bubba forces valedictorian Mama to ensure that she and Bubba make it to the graduation ceremony in time. (Note: Phyllis Franklin provides the voice of Eunice in a phone call to Thelma.

Season 5[]

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86 1 Ladies Choice Dave Powers Jim Evering November 5 1988
Mama campaigns to be re-elected President of the Church Ladies League, much to the disapproval of her nemesis Alberta Meechum who in turn nominates Iola to run against her.
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87 2 Baby Talk Dave Powers Rick Hawkins November 12 1988
When Naomi decides that she wants to have a baby, Mama arranges for a neighbor's constantly screaming baby to spend the day with Naomi and Vint.
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88 3 Naomi's New Position Dave Powers Dorothy Van November 19 1988
Naomi hopes to become the new assistant manager at Food Circus, but the new manager says she will have to sleep with him if she wants to remain employed.
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89 4 The Really Loud Family Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz November 26 1988
For a school project, Bubba makes a film about the Harper family. However, a short circuit in the camera causes it to turn itself off and on again while recording, resulting in an unintentionally provocative film — shown on public TV.
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90 5 Many Unhappy Returns Dave Powers Dale Phillips December 3 1988
Vint's boss, Mr. Carstairs, asks Vint to hold a $200 diamond bracelet for him; it is an anniversary present for Mrs. Carstairs. Confusion ensues when Mama finds it, thinking it is her birthday present.
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91 6 Found Money Dave Powers Rick Hawkins December 10 1988
When Mama tries to use the bank's ATM, it malfunctions and gives her $800, and she is unsure whether to keep it or give it back to the bank.
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92 7 My Mama, Myself Dave Powers Sydney Blake

Bill Braunstein

December 17 1988
When the family starts thinking about selling a brooch that belonged to Grandma Crowley, her ghost (played by Vicki Lawrence) starts haunting Mama.
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93 3 Full House Dave Powers Jim Evering January 7 1989
Vinton has a chance to join a local group called the Poker Pals, but he needs Mama and Bubba to sit in for two missing players.
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94 9 Bedtime For Bubba Dave Powers Rick Hawkins January 14 1989
Mama suspects that Bubba and his female classmate are doing more than studying together, and she is determined to prove it.
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95 10 What A Dump Dave Powers Beverly Archer January 21 1989
The Mayor announces that the street where Mama lives will become the new city dump, but Mama is determined to save her home and neighborhood from destruction.
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96 11 Mama Bell Dave Powers Jim Evering January 28 1989
When the family gets a telephone answering machine, Mama misinterprets messages left on it, thinking that the family is planning to get rid of her.
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97 12 Very Dirty Dancing Dave Powers Jim Geoghan February 4 1989
Mama finds herself in a dance contest against Vint and Naomi, partnered with her old friend Ramon.
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98 13 Mama's Layaway Plan Dave Powers Allison Silberberg

Dale Phillips

February 11 1989
After coming back from a cousin's funeral where she and Effie were the only mourners, Mama starts planning her own lavish sendoff.
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99 14 My Phony Valentine Dave Powers Rick Hawkins February 18 1989
It is Valentine's Day, and Mama falsely says she has a date so that Iola will feel free to go out. To support her lie, Mama orders an escort from "Rent-a-Gent."
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100 15 The Big Wheel Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz February 25 1989
When a lottery ticket seems to be the grand prize winner, Mama and Iola fight over whose it is.
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101 16 More Power To You Dave Powers Bill Braunstein

Sydney Blake

March 4 1989
In a standoff with the electric company, Mama refuses to pay her electric bill, so they cut off her power.
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102 17 Mama In One Dave Powers Jim Evering March 11 1989
When Mama finds herself alone in the house all weekend after Iola, Bubba, Vint and Naomi leave town, it seems like a dream come true — until boredom and loneliness set in.
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103 18 There's No Place Like... No Place Dave Powers Dorothy Van March 25 1989
When the police arrest people at a rally for the homeless, Mama is accidentally arrested, too.
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104 19 April Fools Dave Powers Dale Phillips April 1 1989
The family plays tricks on Mama every April Fool's Day, but this year, Mama plans to play one on them.
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105 20 Reading The Riot Act Dave Powers Rick Hawkins April 15 1989
Lollie Purdue is doing a terrible job as President of the Church Ladies League, so Mama and Iola plan to have her impeached.
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106 21 A Taxing Situation Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz April 22 1989
Vint and Naomi persuade Mama to make some creative deductions on her income tax form, but she then gets a visit from an IRS agent.
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107 22 The Mama Of Invention Dave Powers Albert DaSilva

Kathryn Davidson

May 6 1989
A man named Mr. Wheeler is interested in one of Vint's inventions, but Mama and Iola are suspicious of him.
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108 23 Hate Thy Neighbor Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz May 13 1989
Bubba starts going out with the granddaughter of neighbor Fred Gebhart, which upsets Mama because of a lifelong feud between the Harpers and the Gebharts.
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109 24 Dependence Day Dave Powers Jim Evering May 20 1989
Iola finally stands up to her manipulative mother, only to be kicked out of her house, leaving her no alternative but to move in with the Harpers.
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110 25 Mama Makes Three Dave Powers Rick Hawkins May 27 1989
After being told that they cannot conceive a child, Vint and Naomi try to adopt, but a psychiatrist must meet with them and Mama before granting his approval.

Season 6[]

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111 1 Mama's Medicine Show Dave Powers Jim Evering September 23 1989
After reading about how much it costs to raise a child, Vint and Naomi decide to start a business selling bottles of Mama's mother-in-law's "miracle tonic."
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112 2 An Affair To Forget Dave Powers Sydney Blake

Bill Braunstein

September 30 1989
Mama suspects that Vint is having an affair with his new trainee Heather, so she and Iola go to his workplace to investigate.
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113 3 Mr. Wrong Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz October 7 1989
Mama encourages Iola to find herself a man, but the man she finds turns out to be a domineering blowhard.
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114 4 Now Hear This Dave Powers Dale Phillips October 14 1989
The Harpers install an intercom so that Naomi will be able to monitor her baby, but Mama uses it to eavesdrop on the family, and vice versa.
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115 5 Tri-State's Most Wanted Dave Powers Kathryn Davison

Albert DaSilva

October 21 1989
Mama is attracted to guest actor Leslie Lemoyne, who's appearing in a local play, until she sees him on "Tri-State's Most Wanted" (the local version of America's Most Wanted).
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116 6 Mama Fights Back Dave Powers Aubrey Tadman

Gordon Mitchell

October 28 1989
Mama verbally attacks a radio show's unhelpful consumer advocate, and the station manager offers her his job, with Mama broadcasting from her living room.
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117 7 A Blast From The Past Dave Powers Cindy Begel

Lesa Kite

November 4 1989
Mama is invited to her junior high school's 50th reunion, but she is reluctant to go because of a false rumor that was spread about her years ago that earned her the nickname "Hotpants."
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118 8 Psychic Pheno-Mama Dave Powers Jim Evering November 11 1989
Vinton and Naomi persuade Mama to have a psychic called "Madame Rita" give everyone readings. At first, Mama is surprised by the psychic's ability, but later grows suspicious of her.
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119 9 Take My Mama, Please! Dave Powers Jim Geoghan November 18 1989
After heckling a stand-up comedian at the Bigger Jigger, Mama accepts a challenge to do a routine of her own.
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120 10 Bubba's House Band Dave Powers Manny Basanese November 25 1989
Bubba books a band called The Bonecrushers for homecoming, and tells the family that the band will be staying with them. They turn out to be an all-female heavy metal band, and Mama must rein them in.
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121 11 Mama Takes Stock Dave Powers Neil Lebowitz December 2 1989
Vinton learns that he is about to lose his job because Kwik Keys is being shut down by the new owners, a corporation called Bernice, and Mama sets out to save Vinton's job.
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122 12 War Of The Roses Dave Powers Dale Phillips December 9 1989
When Mama and Iola prepare to enter roses into the Crystal Thorn flower contest, both of them claim ownership of the rose that has been earmarked as the winner.
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123 13 Mama Takes A Dive Dave Powers Dorothy Van December 16 1989
When Mama slips on a roll of pennies in the bank, the family suggests that she sue the bank.
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124 14 Mama Gets Goosed Dave Powers Jim Evering December 23 1989
Mama's cousin sends her a live goose for her family's Christmas dinner, and everyone except Mama is against the idea of killing and cooking the bird.
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125 15 The Big Nap Dave Powers Manny Basanese January 20 1990
After watching detective movies on TV for a week, and hearing that Iola's mother is missing, Mama dreams that she is a film noir-style detective hired to find her client's mother.
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126 16 Pinup Mama Dave Powers Albert DaSilva

Kathryn Davison

January 27 1990
While working on a photography project, Bubba superimposes Mama's head on a picture of a young bikini-clad woman, but things get worse after a mix-up at the print shop.
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127 17 Guess Who's Going To Dinner Dave Powers Sydney Blake

Bill Braunstein

February 3 1990
Vint wins a Mother's Day dinner for two at a North African (Moroccan) restaurant called Abdul's Garden of Eatin', and he has to decide between Mama and Naomi as his dinner date.
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128 18 Look Who's Breathing Dave Powers Dale Phillips February 10 1990
When Mama must fill in as coach at Naomi's childbirth class instead of going to her Bingo Bonanza with Iola, she impatiently tries to speed things along by offering her own perspective on the "miracle of birth" to the class.
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129 19 There Is Nothing Like The Dames Dave Powers Dorothy Van February 17 1990
Vint and Naomi buy an RV and plan to move to a trailer park, but their timing could not be worse; Mama is planning to host a fancy backyard luncheon for an snooty society group called the Dames while the RV is in her backyard.
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130 20 Bye-Bye - Baby! Dave Powers Jim Evering February 24 1990
Series finale. When Naomi is upset about her baby being late, Mama tries to calm her down with a false story about Carl. Mama tells Iola what really happened (both the false and true versions are seen in flashback, with Carl played by Ken Berry). Later that day, Naomi goes into labor and Mama ends up delivering a baby girl, Tiffany Thelma Harper.
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