The second season of the hit classic sitcom Mama’s Family is one more wonderful addition to the home library of this show’s fans. While it might have been edgy for its day during its original television broadcasts, it still had its own comic value. In comparison to the fare being offered to today’s audiences, it is just as valuable for that same reason. Season Two offers audiences just as many laughs as the show’s first season thanks to its writing staff. Audiences see Thelma get a job working alongside Naomi in what is one of the season’s best episodes. Fans also get in the season premiere, one of the most relatable of storylines when Thelma teaches Buzz and Sonja about the “good old days.” And Thelma’s “help” with Fran’s advice column hits some hilarious highs, too. These are just a few of the great episodes offered up in Season Two. And they’re just part of what fans will appreciate in this season’s box set, too. Fans will also appreciate the StarVista and Time Life Entertainment have included a bonus booklet with the set. The booklet in question offers viewers a brief yet thorough synopsis of each episode contained on the set’s four discs. Completing Season Two is the inclusion of the original TV movie Eunice that would eventually lead to the creation of Mama’s Family after The Carol Burnett Show ended. These aspects and much more make Mama’s Family Season Two all the more worth adding to any fan’s home library.
Mama’s Family Season Two offers up to fans twenty-one complete episodes. One of those episodes, “Mama for Mayor” is actually split into two separate episodes, bringing the grand total to twenty-two episodes. What audiences will appreciate most of all from these episodes is that unlike the previous release of Mama’s Family in 2006, these episodes (as well as those in the release of Season One) include the famed introductions by Alastair Quince (Harvey Korman). These introductions were allegedly not included in the show’s previous release in 2006. They are a welcome addition to the whole presentation. It’s one more part of the show’s writing that made it so fun. Of course, the writing behind the episodes themselves will definitely entertain audiences, too. One of the best examples of that writing is in the episode “Supermarket.” This episode sees Thelma being forced to work alongside Naomi when she takes a job as a customer consultant at her local grocery store. The rivalry between the two women reaches comedic heights as the pair go toe-to-toe. In another of this season’s best moments, Thelma takes Buzz and Sonja on a trip back to the “good old days” when she sees what had become of youth culture in the world at that time. Every generation can relate to this laugh riot episode. And of course, Thelma’s biting commentary comes into hilarious play when she helps Fran with her advice column. This is an episode that will leave any true comedy lover laughing tears of joy. And it serves as one more example of how solid the show’s writing was and still is today in comparison to today’s sitcoms.
The writing staff on Mama’s Family did a top notch job writing the episodes for the show’s second season. There are more laughs throughout this season than can be noted in one sitting. Audiences will just have to take them all in when they order this set themselves. When they order this set, they’ll find that the laughs aren’t all to appreciate. Along with such solid writing, fans of the show will appreciate the Time Life Entertainment and Star Vista have included Eunice. Eunice was the TV movie that would eventually lead to the creation of Mama’s Family after The Carol Burnett Show’s end. Being that Mama’s Family only lasted roughly two seasons in its original run, this inclusion is a big bonus for the show’s original fans. It brings everything full circle and makes this season even more of a full experience for those looking to get back to a better brand of comedy.
The writing behind each of the show’s episodes in Season Two and the inclusion of Eunice offer viewers so much to appreciate. But Time Life and Star Vista didn’t stop there. Just as with the show’s first season, a bonus episode guide was included with the set. The guide offers a brief yet concise synopsis on each the season’s episodes. Many audiences take episode guides in box sets for granted. But there are a lot of box sets released even today that don’t offer episode guides. The inclusion of this little, but important bonus helps tie everything together. It gives viewers the chance to know the plot of each episode, and thus make a decision which episode(s) to watch. In turn, it helps audiences make a fully informed decision on which episode(s) they want to watch. The resultant effect is even more appreciation of the show’s writing and of the set’s overall presentation. This season is available now along with the show’s first season, and can be ordered direct online via the Time Life Entertainment website at http://timelife.com/products/mama-s-family-seasons-one-two. More information on this and other releases from Star Vista and Time Life Entertainment is available online at http://timelife.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.