Mama's Family

NBC (ended 1990)


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  • Season 1 Episode 13: Mama's Silver

  • Though this is the last episode of the season, Naomi is not referenced at all. Nor does it appear that she is living at Mama's. So is Naomi married to Vint in this episode, or is this supposed to be before they tied the knot?

  • Buzz says that he's going to go next door and beat up Tommy Boylen. So it must obviously be the same home as the future character of Iola Boyland. But, who is Tommy? Iola only ever mentioned her mother and father. Unless Buzz implied to his father he'd go beat up an old man, Iola's father, to make him proud of him. Thus, Iola's father could be named Tommy, but, that seems highly unlikely; that Buzz is referencing someone his own age.

  • Season 1 Episode 11: Alien Marriage

  • This episode was the second one produced during the first NBC season. But was aired as the 11th one in that season. Which means it was shown out of order, Vint is already married to Naomi (episodes 3-4) and he couldn't be getting married again.

  • Season 1 Episode 10: Fran's Dress

  • Mama says that she used to have "4 screaming kids" under her feet. If she was talking about her own children, where did the fourth one come from?

  • Vint is supposedly out bowling that night. Take a good close look when Fran and Mama are talking in the kitchen after she realizes it wasn't her dress; Vint has left his bowling bag and ball in the kitchen on top of the garbage compact where the breadbox is.

  • Goof: Notice how the grandfather clock has been taken out and replaced with mirror for Fran's scene, but without explanation. It returns in the next episode for the rest of the series.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Mama Gets a Job

  • When the lady is interviewing Mama, she asks if she completed college, high school, and elementary school. She says no to all. But in the episode "Educating Mama," she says how she dropped out of high school only a little before graduation. How exactly could she get in high school without even completeing elementary?

  • Watch Mama having trouble with the phone, first she has to push down the lighted button to get the phone to work. But after things get hectic she completely forgets to, but the phone still works just fine.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Cellmates

  • There is a shot where Ed is wearing a party hat. Then, in the next scene it disappears. In the following shot of Ed's head, the party hat mysteriously reappears again.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Family Feud

  • 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.

  • Season 1 Episode 3: The Wedding (1)

  • When Ellen asks Mama how she'd like it if Carl was seeing another woman across town, Mama replies that she'd have given him bus fare. But when Mama thinks he's having an affair in his grave in "A Grave Mistake," she freaks out. Why did she change her mind, and why was it okay when he was alive but not when he's dead and gone?

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Vint and the Kids Move In

  • In here, Naomi is Mama's next door neighbor. But in other episodes, the Gebharts were Mama's neighbors since she was married to Carl. How did Naomi acquire the house from people who were living there the whole time?

  • Perhaps the biggest flub of the series: Fran is upset about losing her studio, indicating that there are 3 bedrooms upstairs. Mama's, Fran's, and Eunice and Ellen's old room (which Sonya got when she moved in). But Later on, in episode 36, Vint and Naomi are upset about losing the upstairs room to Bubba. If there were 3 bedrooms upstairs before, what happened to the other one?

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large family, grown up kids, for the nostalgic, ensemble cast, mainstream america