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That's My Mama

That's My Mama is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 1974 until December 1975. There are 39 episodes of this series.

Set in a middle-class African American neighborhood in Washington, D.C., the program revolved around the character Clifton Curtis (played by Clifton Davis), a man in his late 20s who worked as a barber at Oscar's Barber Shop, the family barber shop he had inherited from his late father. While Clifton enjoyed being a bachelor, his opinionated mother "Mama" Curtis, played by Theresa Merritt, wanted him to settle down and find a nice wife. Additional characters - both Curtis's friends and other members of his family - came and went over the course of a typical day at Oscar's Barber Shop.

That's My Mama was never a ratings success, and it was not one of the Top 30 most-watched U.S. programs in the Nielsen ratings for either the 1974-75 or 1975-76 television seasons. Interestingly, three other sitcoms that revolved around the lives of Black Americans - Good Times, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son - were all in the Nielsen Top Ten during the 1974-75 season, something that has never happened in any other television season since.