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Coming to retail stores soon from StarVista/TL along with 'Mama's Favorites: Season 1' and 'Mama's Favorites: Season 2'

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Mama's Family - The Complete 1st Season

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September 10, 2013

Move over, Simpsons and Bundys! Sorry, Bluths and Sopranos! The honor of "Most Dysfunctional TV Family" goes to the Harper clan from MAMA'S FAMILY, the fan-favorite comedy spun off from the wildly-popular "Carol Burnett Show" ongoing sketch, "The Family." Headed by the ornery and formidable matriarch Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, Vicki Lawrence's indelible and abrasivealter ego, the Harper family puts run-of-the-mill relations to shame. This September, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, invites viewers to bring home this hilarious - and sometimes heartwarming - family comedy of the highest degree with MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE and MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO.

These first two complete season DVD releases - never before available to the home entertainment marketplace - feature the rare, original broadcast masters (the "Joe Hamilton" cuts) of the episodes, which fans have clamored about for years. They also feature Harvey Korman's hilarious introductions as Alistair Quince (spoofing Alistair Cooke). Each DVD set also contains robust bonus features, including the critically acclaimed and never-available on DVD teleplay "Eunice," and more.

MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE (1983) - When Vinton Harper (Ken Berry, F-Troop), Mama's only son, drops by to announce that he and his children have been evicted from their home, it sets into motion family dysfunction of the highest order. Against the wishes of Mama's roommate - her sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls) - Vint moves in, starts a romance with an old high school crush (Dorothy Lyman, All My Children), 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 (Carol Burnett) and her husband, Ed (in Harvey Korman's final series appearance). THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE contains 13 episodes across 3 discs, as well as bonus programming sure to please every classic TV aficionado!

MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO (1983-1984) - This new collection features 22 episodes in their entirety across 4 DVDs. SEASON TWO finds the Harper family in rare form, as Mama's high-falutin' 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 (Imogene Coca) gets her life enriched, Mama attempts learning to drive (much to the family's chagrin) and decides to run for Mayor of Raytown. Among bonus extras, this set features 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.

Additionally, also being released on September 10 will be two "best of" releases, each priced at $12.95: MAMA'S FAMILY: MAMA'S FAVORITES, SEASON ONE and MAMA'S FAVORITES, SEASON TWO. Both feature the very best episodes from their respective seasons, highlighting the most memorable moments from the Harper family escapades. MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SERIES, never before released in its entirety, is currently available for pre-order at for $199.95, and will ship to consumers the week of September 2nd. Also available online in a limited edition run of 500 is the SIGNATURE COLLECTION, which features a set hand-signed by Vicki Lawrence. Shipped with a Certificate of Authenticity, this unique piece of pop culture memorabilia retails for $299.95.

  • THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE - Featurette: Mama's Family Tree: The Branches (All About Eunice and Ellen); Family History: A Classic "Family" Sketch from 'The Carol Burnett Show', featuring Betty White (Show #1012, December 11, 1976)
  • THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO - Movie: "Eunice" (Original Air Date: March 15, 1982); Featurette: Mama's Family Tree: The Roots (All About Mama and Fran); Interviews: Vicki Lawrence interviews Mama, Vicki Lawrence interviews Carol Burnett, Betty White

From the first time the wildly-popular sketch "The Family" aired on "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1974, Vicki Lawrence has been followed by a buxom, blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old widow. This is, of course, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, Lawrence's indelible, abrasive and smart alecky alter ego who would eventually be spun-off into her own delightfully offbeat sitcom "Mama's Family," which debuted on NBC on January 22, 1983 and ran for six seasons. Set in the fictional city of Raytown, MAMA'S FAMILY revolves around 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. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction. Across 130 episodes viewers were treated to family comedy of the highest degree.

Street Date: September 10, 2013
DVD SRP: SEASON ONE ($22.95)/SEASON TWO ($29.95)
Genre: TV/Comedy
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites: Season 1
Vicki Lawrence picked seven of her favorite episodes to feature in this exclusive, single DVD:
"Vint and the Kids Move In," "The Wedding - Part 1," "The Wedding - Part 2," "Cellmates,"
"Family Feud," "Positive Thinking," and "Mama's Boyfriend."

Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites: Season 2
6 Episodes included: "Country Club," "Rashomama," "Gert Rides Again,"
"Mama Learns to Drive," "Mama Buys a Car," and "Dear Aunt Fran"

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