THE PLOT THUS FAR
Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma’s recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It’s quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the cranky, argumentative Thelma.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Mama’s Family” returns for its sixth season. The discs are identical to what was packaged in the Complete Series set. If you didn’t pick that one up, then it’s time to round out the series with the final season release. Bubba is up to his hi-jinks involving pasting his grandmother’s head on a sexy body. Stacy Q shows up to remind you that this was still 1989. Plus, the usual gang is around to celebrate the antics of a Carol Burnett sketch that was defying the sign of the times. While I love the series and Vicki Lawrence to death, there were far too many holes beginning to appear. Each season started to resemble the one that came before.
This was also the last season of the show. It could survive going from NBC to syndication, but 1990 proved to be a turning point for the series. While we had a fun Christmas episode involving a live goose, the series was starting to crack against contemporary competition. Vint and his wife had a new kid, while Vint never once brought up the two kids from the series’ first two years that went missing. I guess that they’re dead in a ditch somewhere along with the eldest Cunningham kid. I think his name was Chuck.
The DVD comes with interviews as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par for a show from the late 80s. The transfer isn’t amazing, but it works. The same goes for the Dolby audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 02/10/2015