1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (USA)
39 x 30 minute episodes
25-year-old Clifton Curtis (Clifton Davis) runs his late father’s barbershop – “Oscar’s” – in Washington DC, and his mother, Eloise (Theresa Merritt) runs him – or tries to, anyway.
“Not much gets past Mama,” Clifton tells us, in one of his frequent asides to the viewing audience, “because she always seems to know more than you think she does.”
Like the time Clifton tries to hide the fact that an old girlfriend has accused him of being the father of her child.
Mama gets him out of that mess in plenty of time for her to meddle in the lives of her married daughter, Tracy (Lynne Moody initially and Joan Pringle later), the local postman, Earl (Theodore ‘Teddy’ Wilson) and anybody who comes in for a haircut.
Wildcat (Jester Hairston) and Josh (DeForest Covan) are two senior citizens who hang out in the barbershop.
That’s My Mama debuted on ABC on Wednesday 4 September 1974. In 1987, a pilot for a syndicated revival series called That’s My Mama Now! was produced (starring Ted Lange) but it was not picked up.
Eloise ‘Mama’ Curtis
Tracy Curtis Taylor
Lynne Moody (1)
Joan Pringle (2)