View Full Version : What Happened after Season two??
I have been a huge fan of Mama's Family for years. Infact I just put it as one of my favorite shows on my top ten list on another message board. I do however have a question regarding the first two seasons.
What happened where the show changed so dromatically after 1984? I can understand why Betty White and Rue McClanahan left (to do Golden Years) but why did Vint's children no longer appear? And what network did it appear from 1986-1990? THANKS FOR THE HELP.
03-06-2001, 11:39 PM
Mama's Family was aired in first run syndication from 1986-1990. There was no specific explanation as to what happened to Buzz and Sonia. They were referred to in the episode "Farewel Frannie" Thelma was disappointed that Fran was going to have a "No show funeral" She talked about how Buzz and Sonia would not be there. Other than that, that is it.
Sonia: What am I? A Slave around here?
Fran:If you were, you would have been sold years ago.
03-08-2001, 10:56 PM
There is an answer to why Buzz and Sonya were written out of the script. The producers of the show were not satisfied with the failing ratings, so they axed the characters of Buzz, Sonya, & Frannie. They only kept on Ellen for special appearances. Their reason for doing this, is that they wanted to add sexual appeal to the show for young viewers to tune in - i.e. Bubba. When Allan Kayser was cast, the shows ratings skyrocketed and that was the reason for the tight jeans and tight shirts he always wore. That is what happened to Buzz and Sonya.
03-09-2001, 05:16 PM
Actaually, that isn't it at all. NBC canceled the show in 84'. It was brought back 2 years later in First Run syndication.Fran(Rue McClanahan)and Betty White were already on the Golden Girls when Mama's Family went back into production. Betty White made only 1 appearance on the show in 1986. The first 2 years were better. The last 4 were funny but done under a low budget form.
Carol Burnett chose not to come back as Eunice. There was talk about her bringing her popular variety show from the 60's and 70's back to TV. She wanted to do Eunice sketches on the show but Vicki committed herself to doing the syndicated version of Mama's Family.
Bubba and Iola were brought in as fill-ins. On the Carol Burnett show, Ed and Eunice refered to their son Bubba but he was never seen. So it seems the writers had a legitamate excuse to add him in to the show. Iola Boylen's family was refered to during the Recent years of the show as well. So they were able to add her in.
As far as Buzz and Sonya go, I guess they weren't that interesting. However, they should have been referred to more and had occasional appearances. I know they had to be out of high school but should have been referenced to more. The show was stil funny so it's cool.
jeff of nc
03-24-2001, 12:01 PM
Sonia/Karin Argoud was very sexy.
I figure her & Buzz went back to live with their Mom in Las Vegas (Vint's 1st wife). Also, they were older so they went on to college, Although Sonia's brain was curious.
I was wondering also what happened with Vint's 1st wife after she became a showgirl? Oh well.
04-07-2001, 07:14 PM
I THINK THE SHOW IMPROVED GREATLY WITH THE ADDITION OF BUBBA AND IOLA!
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