The recently announced Mama’s Family The Complete Series DVD set got fans fo the series excited to re-visit this classic series and now StarVista and Time Life have announced that for the first time ever seasons 1 and 2 are being released loaded with special features.
The show originated from the sketch “The Family” on the iconic sketch series “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1974. The sketch focused on Thelma Harper played brilliantly by Vicki Lawrence and spun off into her own series in 1983 and ran for six seasons. The show follows the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, a fiery-tempered no-nonsense woman who does not suffer fools gladly.
With season 1 Mama’s only son drops by to announce that he and his children have been evicted from their home, which sets into motion family dysfunction of the highest order. Against the wishes of Mama's roommate - her sister, Fran played by Rue McClanahan, he moves in, starts a romance with an old high school crush played by Dorothy Lyman, gets married in episode four, brings the entire clan to a very memorable appearance on 'Family Feud' and welcomes several visits from Mama's high-strung daughter, Eunice played by Carol Burnett and her husband, Ed played by Harvey Korman's in his final series appearance). Season 1 contains all 13 episodes across 3 discs, as well as numerous bonus features.
Season 2 finds the Harper family in rare form, as Mama's highfalutin' daughter Ellen receives Raytown's "Woman of the Year" Award, Mama gets hospitalized after being hit on the noggin with a stewpot (in Carol Burnett's final series appearance), Mama's once-vivacious cousin Gert played by Imogene Coca gets her life enriched, Mama attempts learning to drive and decides to run for Mayor of Raytown. Season 2 contains all 22 episodes across 4 discs, as well as numerous bonus features including the TV movie "Eunice" (1982), a CBS-TV original which was the precursor to the series and takes the Harper family on an unforgettable 23-year journey.
For those not able to afford the complete series here is your chance to begin building your own complete set kicking off with Seasons 1 and 2, so be sure to grab yours when they are released on September 10th.
For more information or to pre-order head over to http://timelife.com/
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