Mama's Family

Family Feud

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 2/19/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Vint tells the family about his plan on taking Mama, Ellen, Naomi, and Buzz with him to play Family Feud after getting a letter being invited on the show. Mama is against going, but Vint tells her they need her because she is an important factor, being the "sweet old lady." Mama agrees, but doesn't do well when the family practices playing the game. When they are on the show, they do pretty well and come very close to winning the game. It is Mama's turn to answer the final question, and the family gives her two answers, but she answers with something different, and hers turns out to be wrong, while the answers the family gave her are right. The Harpers lose, and when it is time for the episode to air, Mama asks for Carl to spare her the embarrassment. Suddenly, the power goes off on the entire block.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harvey Korman

    Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

  • Vicki Lawrence

    Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

  • Ken Berry

    Vinton Harper

  • Dorothy Lyman

    Naomi Oates Harper

  • Eric Brown

    Vinton "Buzz" Harper, Jr. (episodes 1-35)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Mama and the family appear on a gameshow.

    By marysuperfly, Jan 03, 2007

  • The family goes on Family Feud and loses!

    By tvfan8606, Jul 05, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Vint: When's the last time you saw a family smarter than this one? Ellen: Last time I watched "The Flinstones."

    • Mama: Muffy, Binky and Tiffy? The whole damn family's named after puppets!

    • (Vint tells Ellen they are the smart ones on the team) Ellen: You know what you get when you put your brain and my brain together? My brain.

    • Mama: If he kisses me, I'm gonna just die. Vint: Mama, it's part of the show. Mama: Well then, let him kiss you!

    Notes (1)

    • Shown as the 13th episode in syndication.

    Trivia (3)

    • Buzz is the only member of the team that never got a chance to play the Feud.

    • In an attempt to include Sonya and Fran in this episode, in the last scene, Vint screams upstairs for Sonya and then into the kitchen for Fran, hopefully making it look like they where really home. The problem is that neither appeared nor made a sound.

    • During the first face-off with Mama and Webster she screams out the answer before buzzing in and they throw the question out. But during the game Vint screams out an answer and the Van Courtland's get to use it to their advantage. Seems to me that if they had to throw one out, they should throw the other out.

    Allusions (1)

    • Mama: We had Fluffy for years!
      Mama's Family began as a recurring sketch on The Carol Burnett Show, called "The Family." This line is a reference to one of those sketches, in which Eunice finds out that her childhood pet rabbit, Fluffy, met his demise when Mama cooked him.

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