Thelma Harper returns this winter! StarVista Entertainment and Time Life have announced that they will release the third season of the hit sitcom Mama’s Family on February 25th, 2014. There are changes for the Harper family in the series’ third season. The most noticeable of those changes is the departure of Vint’s kids, Buzz and Sonja. The pair was replaced in Season Three by a new character named Bubba Higgins. Bubba was the child of Ed and Thelma’s daughter Eunice. He was played by Allan Kayser. His sudden appearance is explained by his having been previously incarcerated in juvenile hall. It is explained that he decided to move in at Thelma’s because Ed and Eunice had moved to Florida. It’s not the only change that viewers see this season. Ellen (Betty White—Golden Girls) goes under the knife, and Thelma’s sister Fran (Rue McClanahan—Golden Girls) dies. Of course, Thelma doesn’t let it remain a somber occasion. She harps on Ellen for how she did her hair for the funeral. There are plenty more laughs from this, the penultimate season of Mama’s Family in its original run. The upcoming box set’s release’s bonus features and guest appearances will impress, too.
Mama’s Family Season Three comes packed with its own share of bonus features. Fans of The Carol Burnett Show that weren’t lucky enough to get their hands on any of the stand-alone box sets or the complete series set get yet another classic “The Family” skit taken from said show as a bonus in this set. Also included is a profile of Bubba Higgins, an interview with Allan Kayser, and a Mama’s Family cast reunion. If the bonus features aren’t enough for viewers, maybe the guest star lineup will. Golden Girls star Betty White returns again. Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Dr. Joyce Brothers, Jack Dodson (The Andy Griffith Show), and Lewis Arquette (Best in Show) all make appearances, too.
All twenty-five episodes of Season Three are included across four discs. The set is listed at an MSRP of $29.95. More information on Mama’s Family Season Three and other releases from StarVista Entertainment and Time Life is available online at http://www.facebook.com/TimeLifeUS and http://www.timelife.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.