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Mama's Boy (TV series)

Mama's Boy is an American sitcom that aired from September 19, 1987 until August 6, 1988. It was created by Susan Harris, and produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions and Touchstone Television. The comedy starred Bruce Weitz and Nancy Walker in the lead roles.

Mama's Boy
GenreSitcom
Created bySusan Harris
StarringBruce Weitz
Nancy Walker
Susan Blakely
Dan Hedaya
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (1 unaired) (list of episodes)
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions
Touchstone Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1987 – August 6, 1988

Mama's Boy was proposed as a new NBC project to debut as a series sometime during the 1987–88 season. However, after a couple of preview telecasts in the fall of 1987, the network continued to air the series' initial episodes sporadically (with as many as five months passing between episodes three and four) without a regular time slot. By the end of the season, NBC decided not to upgrade the show from "specials" status; only seven episodes were produced, with six airing through August 6, 1988. The last episode remains unaired.

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PremiseEdit

A newspaper columnist shares a New York apartment with his mother.[1]

Weitz and Walker received this series in response to their recent popular NBC roles: his seven-year run as Det. Mick Belker on Hill Street Blues, and her two-time guest role as Angela, sister of Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) on The Golden Girls. Additionally, Dan Hedaya, whose high-profile NBC guest role was as Nick Tortelli on Cheers, was added to the cast of this proposed series soon after the cancellation of his short-lived Cheers spin-off, The Tortellis.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Bachelor of the Year"J.D. LobueDon ReoSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
Jake gets nominated for Bachelor of the Year by Manhattan Magazine. Ranked fourth in United States Nielsen ratings for the week (20.6, 18.3 million homes), helped by following The Golden Girls.[2]
2"Molly's Night Out"TBATBAOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
Jake fixes Molly up with a millionaire.
3"Pilot"TBATBANovember 26, 1987 (1987-11-26)
4"Mickey's Song"TBATBAApril 9, 1988 (1988-04-09)
When Jake's cop buddy is shot, he recuperates at the McCaskey's apartment.
5"Remembrance of Things Past"TBABob Schiller and Bob WeiskopfJune 29, 1988 (1988-06-29)
Jake thinks about getting married when he meets a former girlfriend.
6"Hamlet"TBATBAAugust 6, 1988 (1988-08-06)
7"Scared Straight"TBATBAUNAIRED

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TV Guide. "Mama's Boy Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  2. ^ Baker, Kathryn (23 September 1987). NBC adds to Nielsen lead with new shows debuts, Kentucky New Era (Associated Press story)

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