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Thelma Crowley Harper “Mama”
Thelma Crowley Harper, better known as Mama, is the widow of Carl Harper. She has three children: Ellen, Eunice, and Vint. Mama finds herself as the only voice of reason in a house full of lunatics, and so justifies her behavior and sardonic tongue. Age on show: 62-68.
Vinton is Mama’s only son and youngest child in the show. He is also Naomi’s fourth husband. Vint has three children. Buzz and Sonja from his previous marriage, and Tiffany by Naomi. His previous wife, Mitzi, left him for Las Vegas to become a showgirl. In the first few episodes Vint has a house, and is just a frequent visitor at Mama’s house. However Vint cannot make the payments on his locksmith’s income and is thrown out. He reluctantly moves in with Mama, and unsuccessfully tries to move out until 1990 when him and Naomi move into a trailer on Mama's property.
Naomi Oates Harper
Naomi is Vinton's second wife. During the beginning of the show she livd in the house next door, which was for sale. It is obvious that Vint and Naomi were progressing in their relationship, and when Naomi announced that her house is sold she impulsively spends her profit from the house to move to a trailer park in Arizona, planning to be the park manager with Vint. After the wedding, they learn that the owner has absconded with their money, and they are homeless. She works as cashier and later the Assistant Manager of grocery store Food Circus. In 1990 her daughter Tiffani Themla is born.
Vinton “Buzz” Harper Jr.
Buzz is Vint’s son by his first wife. At the end of Mama’s Family’s NBC run, Buzz is dropped from the cast, presumably graduating from High School and living on his own.
Sonja Harper is Vint’s daughter by his first wife. She is a turned-out high schoolgirl who doesn’t care what happens as long as she has her friends. At the end of Mama’s Family’s NBC run, Sonja is dropped from the cast, presumably graduating from high school and living on her own.
Fran Marie Crowley
Fran Crowley is Thelma’s younger sister. She is single, and works as a journalist. She is often caught in the middle between Mama and whomever she is in conflict with. Fran dies in 1986 by choking on a fish bone in the restroom of the Bigger Jigger.
Bubba Higgins is Ed & Eunice’s son. He moves in to Thelma's house in 1986 after being on probation from stealing a motor vehicle. His probation wouldn't allow him to move to Florida with parents Ed and Eunice.
Ellen Harper Jackson
Ellen is Mama’s oldest daughter. Affluent by marriage, ridicules the rest of the family and their pedestrian way of life.
Iola Lucille Boylen
Iola Boylen is the Harper's prissy neighbor and best friend. She is single, and lives with her parents. Her mother is in need of constant care which keeps Iola busy and from doing many things she wants to do. In her spare time Iola makes handicrafts.
Eunice Harper Higgins
Eunice is Mama’s youngest daughter, and appears only in the NBC episodes. Eunice and Mama are constantly at odds, and their arguments are extremely passionate and dramatic. Euince also has a drinking problem.
Ed Higgins is Eunice’s husband who is not very bright. He works at a hardware store which makes little money. They live in Raytown until they move to Tallahassee Florida presumable in 1986.