I have fond memories of watching this show as a kid, I thought it was funny. When I watched it though, they had Bubba the nephew as well as the neighbor Iola and after awhile when the rereuns started over they had some different characters, namely Vint's kids Buzz and Sonja.
So I always wondered WTF was up with that and why did they retool it like they did ? I don't know which one was more critically lauded, probably the first one since that was spun off from the Carol Burnett show.
Well, I did some inquiring and I figured out that the early stuff was a network program and once it got cancelled and moved into a syndicated program, that's when they sliced and diced and added the new characters. From what I've read though, they didn't really explain "why" Buzz and Sonja weren't there anymore and why Iola was moved in and suddenly Mama's best friend, I guess people were just supposed to fill in their own gaps there.
So which version of the show did you prefer ? I'm going with the later years, because like I said earlier that's when I became a fan of the show.
Vint sure had some classic moments, like the time he "invented" the Pet Lock as opposed to the Pet Rock (he was a locksmith as you'll recall) and also the time he matched the winning lottery numbers but did so using all 6 of his tickets that he bought, what an idiot.
And Vicki Lawrence was kind of hot back in the day, not as Mama of course but out of costume. :lipsrseal