Mama's Family

Season 1 Episode 5

Family Feud

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Aired Unknown Feb 19, 1983 on NBC
9.4
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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

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  • Mama and the family appear on a gameshow.

    9.4
    This episode is hilarious as Mama and the gang try to win big bucks on the Family Feud. Often times when sitcoms branch off into another arena it flops miserably, but this was an exception to that rule. It felt both like a Mama's Family episode, AND a Family Feud episode. It really didn't seem out of character for either show, which made it all the more enjoyable.



    The VanCourtland family is classic! You love to hate them and their "perfect" lives. They serve as the perfect opponents for the Harper family. Dysfunction vs. function. Who will win?



    I also loved Richard Dawson and his reactions to both families. He is a natural for sure. He plays off of these characters just as he did when he hosted Family Feud. Definitely an episode that one can watch over and over and still enjoy the comic genius of the writers and actors.moreless
  • The family goes on Family Feud and loses!

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes! As I am a game show fan myself! This episode teaches me how to behave should I go on a game show myself! Vint hollers out an answer and the Van Courtlands take it whilst the Harper Family have a chance to steal and the rest of the family wants Mama to answer a Mechanical Tin Man while she says a letter! One of my favorite quotes from this episode:



    Vint: Mama how could you say a letter?

    Mama: Well Your Aunt Penelope would write me every week she said... I have a thousand things to do so I have to wind up this letter now.



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Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman

Alistair Quince/Host (1983-1984)

Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence

Mrs. Thelma "Mama" Crowley-Harper

Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Vinton Harper

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Naomi Oates Harper

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

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

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson

Himself

Guest Star

Bernard Behrens

Bernard Behrens

Webster Van Courtland

Guest Star

Georgann Johnson

Georgann Johnson

Bunny Van Courtland

Guest Star

Betty White

Betty White

Ellen Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • 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.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (1)

  • 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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