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Mama's Family: Season Six - Mama's Favorites (2015 Compilation/Time Life/Star Vista DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: B+

Mama's Family is one of my favorite sitcoms of all time (as noted before) and this sadly is the last season of the classic show to make its way on disc. A few months ago, The Complete Sixth Season was released and now a shorter compilation of Vicki Lawrence's favorite episodes have been compiled into this six episode 'six pack.'

Still as good as it was back then, the show is a spin-off of The Carol Burnett Show and is extremely hilarious taking everyday situations and spinning them on their head from the perspective of Mama Harper and her odd ball family including Vint (her man-child middle aged son), Naomi (his risque wife that lives with him in Mama's House), Bubba (her youthful Grandson who is a hit with the ladies) and of course Naomi - the next door neighbor with a heart of gold who always ends up finding herself in the midst of the Harper Family's zany adventures.

Episodes on the disc start with Mama Fights Back, where she 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 Iola's mother is missing, Mama dreams she's a film-noir private eye hired to find her client's mother in The Big Nap, which is one of my favorite episodes in the series.

In Pinup Mama, Bubba creates a flier for a senior mixer using a photo of mama's head on a young model's bikini-clad body; what happens at the mixer is not for the faint of heart.

Bubba's House Band is where 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.

The standard definition presentation is average for DVD with a full frame 1.33 X 1 presentation and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track that matches the original broadcast. No extras on this release, either, though other sets have extras.

If you're a fan of Mama's Family, Star Vista and Time Life have made the series available in a variety of different ways. You can either get the individual seasons, a massive box set (see the coverage elsewhere on this site), or editions like this that highlight some of the best episodes in the season. It all depends on how much Mama Harper you need!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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