Over the eleven years run time of The Carol Burnett Show, the variety comedy series created several long-running bits that had audiences around the country doubled over in laughter. One of the most popular ones was “The Family.”
“The Family” was a recurring sketch that featured Mama Harper (Vicki Lawrence), Eunice (Carol Burnett), Mickey Hart (Tim Conway) and Ed (Harvey Korman). The characters were constantly bickering and had long overwrought southern drawls.
The Carol Burnett Show introduced the characters in a sketch in 1973, and they were so popular that Carol Burnett continued to feature them on the show. That was how we got this gem of a scene.
In this sketch, Mama Harper and Eunice decided to pay a surprise visit to Ed at his hardware store. Shortly after they arrived, Mickey Hart joined the rest of the family.
What might have seemed like a sweet gesture quickly turned sour when Mama Harper asked for a new bath stopper. Things only got worse when Eunice got jealous when a pretty customer arrived at Ed’s hardware shop.
Every member of the family had audiences around the country in stitches. They became so popular that the concept eventually became a movie called Eunice and a TV series called Mama’s Family.
Even fifty years after “The Family” first appeared in televisions around the country, these characters still make for a gut-busting watching experience. Watch their hilarious antics yourself and see why audiences around the country could not get enough of this family.