Monday, April 26, 2010

Mama's Family: Cleaning Out The Attic

Starring birthday gal Carol Burnett as her most famous creation, Eunice Higgins, the series of sketches that eventually turned into Mama's Family was originally called simply The Family. The show-within-a-show was a popular feature of The Carol Burnett Show during its eleven-year run; Carol is joined here by sketch regulars Vicki Lawrence as 'Mama' Thelma Harper and Harvey Korman as Ed Higgins with special guest star Betty White as Eunice's stuck-up sister Ellen Harper.

Perennially put-upon loser Eunice gives as good as she gets as she joins Mama and Ed in cleaning out the attic; after Ellen arrives each uncovered treasure is seemingly accompanied by an emotional skeleton. By the time they're done spatting it's like the dust won't ever settle!

Surely, the moral of the story is: We're only as sick as our secrets.

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