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On DVD February 10, 2015: Mama's Family: The Complete Sixth Season

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The well-received roll out of the beloved ‘80s sitcom series Mama’s Family concludes February 10 with StarVista Entertainment/Time Life’s DVD release of The Complete Sixth Season. This final season brought Vicki Lawrence’s unforgettable signature character Thelma “Mama” Harper right into the ‘90s, if only briefly. Season six began its 20-episode run in September, 1989 and concluded in February, 1990.

Highlights as stated in the press materials: In the episode "Mama Fights Back," Mama chews out K-RAY radio's consumer watchdog on the air and promptly gets hired as his replacement. After watching TV detective movies for a week, and hearing that Lola's mother is missing, Mama dreams she's a film noir private eye hired to find her client's mother in "The Big Nap." In "Bubba's House Band," Bubba mistakenly books The Bone Crushers, an all-female heavy metal band, for his college's homecoming, and it's up to Mama to rein the hellions in. However, the big news in the show's final season involves Vint and Naomi: they finally move out of the basement into an RV parked in Mama's driveway, and after much anticipation, Naomi gives birth to Tiffany Thelma Harper in "Bye Bye Baby!" Odds are the bickering bloodline will stay strong...

Bonus features on Mama’s Family: The Complete Sixth Season DVD set include: interviews with Vicki Lawrence and Rick Hawkins, Executive Producer; Jim Evering, Producer & Writer; Manny Basanese, Writer, and Bob Mackie and Ret Turner, Costume Design.

Mama's Family Favorites S4 cover (197x280).jpgFor the budget-minded, Mama’s Family: Mama’s Favorites - Season 4 debuted on DVD January 27. Series star Vicki Lawrence, “Mama” herself, hand-picked these six episodes for inclusion: "Educating Mama," "Zirconia's Are A Girl's Best Friend," "The Sins of the Mother," "Mama on Jeopardy!," "Mama Goes Hawaiian (Part 1)" and "Mama Goes Hawaiian (Part 2)". This 165-minute sampler provides an excellent taste of the hilarity contained on the full-season set. Featured guest stars include Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and Seinfeld’s Barney Martin (he played Jerry’s dad Morty).

StarVista Entertainment/Time Life issued Mama’s Family: The Complete Series (130 episodes on 24 DVDs) in 2013. That set is still available (with the option to upgrade to the limited-edition “Signature Set”), visit the official website for more information.

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