Crappers; I have a confession to make and I’m not exactly proud to tell you this…
I… kinda like the sitcom Mama’s Family with Vicki Lawrence. Especially the later syndicated episodes which were a lot chewier than the earlier NBC seasons.
Yes; it was stupid. Yes, it had silly plots. No, the humor wasn’t exactly cutting edge or thought-provoking.
All the sets looked like some kind of shoddy, cheap High School play. The characters wore the same outfits all the time like cartoon characters do.
It was a simple, goofy little sitcom that probably lasted a lot longer than it should have.
Just to clarify, this particular “Mama” did not smash punch bowls onto the ground and have random crying jags while screaming “Damn! Damn! DAMN!”.
Just in case there was any confusion.
Anyways, the episode above is “Mama Mania” which first aired on November 21st, 1987.
Yes, a wrestling themed episode (there sure seem to be a lot of those in sitcoms, don’t there?).
I’m just going to steal the episode description from Wikipedia which says:
Didi, an old friend of Naomi’s and a professional wrestler, talks Naomi into being her tag-team partner for a match. When Mama accidentally knocks Didi out just before the match, Naomi and Mama have to wrestle against Didi’s opponents.
It’s not the funniest episode of the series or anything, and the plot is so nonsensical it will make your head spin, but it is kind of fun, and it has a lot of dumb Pro Wrestling cliches that we always get in these sitcoms with wrestling plot lines.
Oh; and apparently in the world of “Mama’s Family”, wrestling is all a shoot (!).
Mama is hardcore!