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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'That's My Mama' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'That's My Mama':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

September 4, 1974: Whose Child Is This?
Season 1, episode 1
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Judy Pace (Judy Wilson), Teddy Wilson (Andrew Carruthers).
Series concerning a black family living in Washington, D.C. where the son, Clifton, runs the family barbershop inherited from his father. Tonight, Clifton is presented with a baby boy and a marriage proposal when a former Army romance returns to haunt him, claiming that he is the father of her child.

September 11, 1974: Honesty Day
Season 1, episode 2
W: Tom Tenowich, Ed Scharlach   D: Bob Lahendro

With llunga Adell (Leonard Taylor), Fuddle Bagley (Customer).
When Clifton, Mama and Tracy decide to be entirely truthful for one day, they end up at each other's throats.

September 18, 1974: Clifton's Dubious Romance
Season 1, episode 3
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Berlinda Tolbert (Polly Carstairs), Paulene Myers (Mrs. Carstairs).
Clifton turns down Mama's recommendation to meet a church-going young lady from Baltimore until he sees how pretty she is.

September 25, 1974: Cousin Albert
Season 1, episode 4
W: Hal Goldman, Al Gordon   D: Bob Lahendro

With Gordon Jump (Officer O'Reilly), William Elliott (Albert).
Mama wants Clifton to be successful like his Cousin Albert. What she doesn't know is that her nephew's money comes from dealing in drugs.

October 2, 1974: Clifton's Sugar Mama
Season 1, episode 5
W: Ron Friedman   D: Bob Lahendro

With Kim Hamilton (Melvina), Ernestine Wade (Augusta), Lillian Randolph (Mrs. Birdie).
An old friend of Mama's returns to Washington, D.C., both wealthy and glamorous, and makes a play for Clifton.

October 9, 1974: Clifton's Big Move
Season 1, episode 6
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Ray Vitte (Freddie Hampton), Jeannie Bell (Ginger).
Clifton gets talked into moving out of his home and into a bachelor apartment with an old Army buddy to enjoy the swinging single life.

October 16, 1974: Mama Steps Out
Season 1, episode 7
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Charles Lampkin (Will Harrington), Dorothy Meyer (Ruby Lester), Angela Satterwhite (Harrington's Daughter).
Clifton is worried because Mama is dating a widower and the romance looks serious.

October 23, 1974: The Loan
Season 1, episode 8
W: Bob Shayne   D: Bob Lahendro

Clifton has a loan out to Earl, who isn't paying it back.

October 30, 1974: Clifton's Con
Season 1, episode 9
W: Thad Mumford, Dan Wilcox   D: Bob Lahendro

With Ron Gist (Floyd).
Mama fumes when Clifton gives a job to a friend, an ex-convict, in spite of the family economic pinch.

November 6, 1974: Clifton's Persuasion
Season 1, episode 10
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Tim Reid (Rev. Armbruster).
Clifton, picked by the new minister to lead in Sunday prayers, is more interested in a high stakes game of pool.

November 13, 1974: Oscar's Affair
Season 1, episode 11
W: Larry Siegel, Jerry Ross   D: Bob Lahendro

With Hilda Haynes (Lenore Wilton), Dorothy Meyer (Ruby Lester).
Mama finds out inadvertently that Oscar had a "dalliance" many years ago.

November 20, 1974: Tracy's Trouble
Season 1, episode 12
W: Hal Goldman, Al Gordon   D: Bob Lahendro

With Esther McCarroll (Welinda).
Tracy comes home to Mama when she and Leonard fight about something they can't discuss, and Clifton lends Mama a hand in bringing them together.

December 4, 1974: The Gun
Season 1, episode 13
W: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan   D: Bob Lahendro

With Ray Vitte (Freddie Hampton), Ernest Williams (Customer), Cal Gibson (Burglar).
Clifton buys a gun, over the protests of Mama, so he can protect the house after Earl's apartment is robbed.

December 11, 1974: Song And Dance Man
Season 1, episode 14
W: Ron Friedman   D: Bob Lahendro

With Rosanne Katon (Lola MacBee), Slappy White (Blainey Carter).
Clifton becomes the third person in an open marriage arrangement between an old friend and his young wife.

December 25, 1974: Mama Gets Fractured
Season 1, episode 15
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Dorothy Meyer (Ruby Lester).
After Mama is confined to a wheelchair because of a broken leg, she is afraid Clifton and Tracy will decide they don't need her and upset her position in the family.

January 8, 1975: The Last Haircut
Season 1, episode 16
W: Larry Siegel   D: Bob Lahendro

With Gordon Jump (Officer O'Reilly).
Clifton and Earl debate what to do with the body of Loanshark Louie, who quietly expired in the barber's chair while waiting for a shave and a haircut.

January 15, 1975: The Shakedown
Season 1, episode 17
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Stan Lathan

With Lonny Stevens (Nate Pritchart), George Reynolds (Pig Iron Brooks), Ella Mae Brown (Martha Pritchart), Dave Turner (Big Jelly), Alfonso Williams (Red Dog).
Loan sharks turn Clifton's barbershop into a bookie joint after he co-signs a loan for Earl.

January 22, 1975: The Ambulance Chaser
Season 1, episode 18
W: Simon Muntner   D: Stan Lathan

With Richard Stahl (A.C. Barr), Jose Gonzalez-Gonzalez (Martinez), Ken Sansom (Dr. Fairfax), Lance Taylor (Judge).
When Clifton is hit by a taxi, he is perfectly willing to settle the damages out of court until Earl and a shady lawyer persuade him to sue.

January 29, 1975: Earl's Girl
Season 1, episode 19
W: Jerry Ross   D: Bob Lahendro

With Chelsea Brown (Joanne Roberts), Stephanie Faulkner (Cindy Finch), Harvey Ellington (Customer).
Earl believes he has found the girl of his dreams, but she turns out to have eyes for Clifton.

February 5, 1975: The Witness
Season 1, episode 20
W: Hal Goldman, Al Gordon   D: Bob Lahendro

With Gordon Jump (Officer O'Reilly), Sidney Clute (Police Captain), Lee Kolima (Croaker).
Earl sees Croaker Connelly hold up Weiss's delicatessen but is afraid to report it for fear of reprisals.

February 12, 1975: Clifton And The Kid
Season 1, episode 21
W: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan   D: Alan Rafkin

With Lillian Lehman (Jill), Tierre Turner (Jimmy).
Clifton has difficulty resolving a friendship with a youngster after he decides to break up with the boy's divorced mother.

February 19, 1975: The Hero
Season 1, episode 22
W: Erik Tarloff   D: Norman Abbott

With Hilly Hicks (Hank Craig), Roger E. Mosley (Doc Green), Ray Vitte (Freddie Hampton), Jayne Kennedy (Girl).
Earl talks Clifton into sheltering his cousin Hank overnight when he returns to town for his father's funeral, even though a vengeance-bent dope gang is after Hank.

February 26, 1975: The Image Maker
Season 1, episode 23
W: Ron Friedman   D: Stan Lathan

With Sam Laws (Uncle Gus Hotchkiss), Dennis Robertson (Roland Ellis), John Milton Kennedy (Mr. Johnson).
Clifton becomes one of the subjects of a news documentary on modern black businessmen and is embarrassed when his old fashioned relatives come for a visit during the filming.

March 5, 1975: Trial And Error
Season 1, episode 24
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Norman Abbott

With Ray Vitte (Freddie Hampton), Susanne Zenor (Foxy Flo), Jack Perkins (Blotto), Marcus J. Grapes (Turner).
Mild-mannered Leonard shocks everyone by winding up in jail, accused of visiting a brothel.

March 12, 1975: Clifton And Politics
Season 1, episode 25
W: Ilunga Adell   D: Bob Lahendro

With Stack Pierce (Phil Fleming), Davis Roberts (Dr. Jessup), Wonderful Smith (Childs), Ford Lile (Eustace).
Clifton incurs the wrath of Mama when he backs a radical city council candidate who has served numerous jail terms.

March 26, 1975: Stephanie's Boyfriend
Season 1, episode 26
W: Ron Friedman   D: Bob Lahendro

With Emily Yancy (Stephanie Roland), Ronald Warden (Neville Ewing III), Brunetta Barnett (Lucille Roland).
Clifton is presented with a baby boy and a marriage proposal when a former romance returns to haunt him.





September 10, 1975: The Birthday Party
Season 2, episode 1
W: Lloyd Garver   D: Arnold Margolin

With Ernestine Wade (Laura).
The series begins its second season. Mama receives a practical but bizarre birthday present from son-in-law Leonard -- a burial plot. The ghoulish gift sends the household, particularly Clifton, into a dither.

September 17, 1975: Business Is Business
Season 2, episode 2
W: Walter Bien, Gene Farmer   D: Noam Pitlik

With Mel Stewart (Laforche).
Earl is the stumbling block between Clifton and a lucrative business opportunity.

September 24, 1975: Mama's Solution
Season 2, episode 3
W: Charlie Hauck   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Helen Martin (Laura).
Uptight Leonard is pressured into hiring Mama as the receptionist at the accounting firm where he works.

October 1, 1975: That's Earl, Brother
Season 2, episode 4
W: Milton R.F. Brown   D: Arnold Margolin

With Helen Martin (Laura), Vernee Watson (Thelma), Ray Vitte (Freddie Hampton).
Clifton and Earl have a falling out when Earl, left in charge of the barbershop, is duped by a pretty girl who empties the cash register.

October 8, 1975: A Date With Judy
Season 2, episode 5
W: Larry Siegel   D: Burt Brinckerhoff

With Ray Vitte (Freddie), Tamu Blackwell (Judy).
Clifton worries about what his friends will think when he falls for a plain-looking chick.

October 15, 1975: Earl's Dad And Mama's Glad
Season 2, episode 6
W: Lloyd Garver   D: Arnold Margolin

With Fuddle Bagley (Buster), Lee Weaver (Sammy Chambers).
Clifton introduces Mama to Earl's visiting dad who, on their first evening together, tries to interest her in a business venture.

October 22, 1975: Weekend Daddy
Season 2, episode 7
W: Bud Wiser   D: Arnold Margolin

With Helen Martin (Laura), Kristoff St. John (Andy), Joseph Stachowski (Policeman).
Leonard joins a Weekend Fathers program and "loses" the boy he's assigned to take care of.

October 29, 1975: Clifton And La Femme
Season 2, episode 8
W: David Pollock, Elias Davis   D: Arnold Margolin

With Sylvia Mackey (Denise).
Clifton agonizes over telling the truth about a heavy date he had with a French-speaking girl, when he learns that his friend is in love with her.

November 5, 1975: Mama's Big Move
Season 2, episode 9
W: Bud Wiser   D: Arnold Margolin

With Janear Hines (Pamela), Helen Martin (Laura).
When Clifton's date tells him he is "mother-dominated" he wants to move out, but Mama beats him to it.

November 12, 1975: Queen Of The Ribs
Season 2, episode 10
W: Jim Parker   D: Mort Lachman

With Tracy Reed (Wynona), David Downing (Quincy).
Earl alienates his friends except for Leonard when he begins to act like a refined phony to impress a girl.

November 19, 1975: A Man From The Past
Season 2, episode 11
W: Charlie Hauck   D: Burt Brinckerhoff

With Ray Vitte (Freddie Hampton), Bernie Hamilton (Jake).
Clifton is stunned to learn that his unusual allergy is shared only by his mother's old flame, whose problem is hereditary.

December 3, 1975: Get Your Kicks On Routes 22 And 76
Season 2, episode 12
W: Winston Moss   D: Mort Lachman

With Helen Martin (Laura), Richard Foronjy (Hotel Manager).
It's storming inside and out as Clifton and Earl feud during a snowbound night in a motel with five miserable companions.

December 17, 1975: Clifton's Casual Fling
Season 2, episode 13
W: Lloyd Garver, Winston Moss, Thad Mumford   D: Jerry Markus

With Dee Timberlake (Sharon), Helen Martin (Laura), Sarina Grant (Diane).
Mama is elated when Clifton begins going steady with a girl who meets her approval. (Last show of the series.)


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