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That's My Mama
Format Sitcom
Starring Clifton Davis
Theresa Merritt
Jester Hairston (Season 1)
DeForest Covan (Season 1)
Lynne Moody (Season 1)
Ted Lange
Teddy Wilson
Lisle Wilson (Season 2)
Joan Pringle (Season 2)
Helen Martin (Season 2)
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 39
Running time 30 minutes
(per episode)
Original channel ABC
Original run September 4, 1974 – December 24, 1975

That's My Mama is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 1974 until December 1975. There are 39 episodes of this series.



Set in a middle-class African American neighborhood in Washington, D.C., the program revolved around the character Clifton Curtis (played by Clifton Davis), a man in his mid-20s who worked as a barber at Oscar's Barber Shop, the family barber shop he had inherited from his late father. While Clifton enjoyed being a bachelor, his opinionated mother "Mama" Curtis, played by Theresa Merritt, wanted him to settle down and find a nice wife. Additional characters - both Curtis's friends and other members of his family - came and went over the course of a typical day at Oscar's Barber Shop.

That's My Mama was never a ratings success. It was not one of the top 30 most-watched U.S. programs in the Nielsen Ratings for either the 1974-75 or 1975-76 television seasons. However, the show retained a small cult following despite rarely running in syndication. The show currently airs on TV One, Mondays through Fridays at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

In the late '80s a pilot for a revival series called That's My Mama Now! with Ted Lange as the star was produced, but lack of enough stations signing up ensured the death of the revival.


Catch Phrases

  • "Wooooooo, WHEE!! I got it, I got it, and I got to report it!" -- Junior's (Ted Lange) introduction whenever he had a bit of juicy gossip to tell Clifton and anybody else in the barbershop who happened to be listening.

DVD Releases

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released both Seasons on DVD in Region 1 on August 23, 2005. The majority of episodes are presented on both DVD releases in their edited-for-syndication form. Only a handful of episodes are presented in their original unedited form.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1 26 August 23, 2005
Season 2 13 August 23, 2005

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