Mama’s Family Debuts in 1983

Mama’s Family originally aired on NBC, debuting on January 22, 1983. After several timeslot changes and subsequent drop in ratings the network cancelled the series, the final episode airing on April 7, 1984. NBC broadcast reruns until September 1985.

Two years after its cancellation, the original series producer decided to follow a lead that several other programs at the time had set and revive Mama’s Family for first-run syndication. The revived series premiered on September 27, 1986. The syndicated version garnered substantially higher ratings than did its network version, eventually becoming the highest rated sitcom in first-run syndication. Its four season-run ended on February 24, 1990.