I cannot wait to see these restored. I haven't seen them properly in 30 years. Most of my favorites are from Season Two; "The Wedding" was as good as it got for Season One. Some excellent writing there.
Some Season Two highlights I'm especially looking forward to:
Flaming Forties: Mama tries to put on a "USO" show for the high school kids--who were hoping for a punk band called "Medication." "Well you're gettin' Medicare!!" cries Mama. One of the funniest moments in the whole series is when Mama, Naomi and Fran lip-synch to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters.
Blackbelt Mama: After getting her purse stolen, Mama learns karate.
No Room at the Inn: Possibly the saltiest "Mama" episode ever--it concerns the misadventures of Mama stuck overnight in Vint & Naomi's honeymoon suite. Mama accidentally narrates a porno on closed captioned television--one of the greatest scenes in Mama history!
Mama Cries Uncle: Mama's brother-in-law visits; (apparently nobody told him Carl Harper was dead). Mama and Uncle Roy strike up a non-romance. Very well-written episode, although Vicki demanded serious adjustments before the episode was taped (in the original script, Thelma and Roy were to consummate their relationship, and Vicki said NO!)
Harper Versus Harper: Silly but funny episode in which Naomi and Thelma destroy both a vacuum cleaner and a throw rug and sue each other. Highlighted by Michael (Room 222) Constantine's turn as a stern small claims judge.
The Mama Who Came to Dinner: Another silly episode; this time Mama throws her back out and is forced to lie on the living room floor while Vint & Naomi host a dinner party.
An oddity is "Gert Rides Again," the Imogene Coca episode, which is supposedly a rare episode to find. It wasn't heavily in rotation during Mama's syndicated days. Hopefully it'll turn up intact on the dvd. The rumor is that the Imogene Coca Estate didn't want it rerun; (doubtful). But nevertheless, it was rarely run...I taped it the night it aired, thank goodness.
I taped most of Mama; I taped most of Season Two when it aired, got a handful of Season One eps during summer reruns, and a brief NBC rerun revival in 1985. I didn't tape the syndicated eps as they aired; I got them on TBS years and years later. I think I'm missing about 7 episodes at this time. It will be a thrill to see it in its entirety. And I also have not seen "Eunice" since the night it aired in the 80s (I tried watching it on youtube but it's painful).