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Starring Peggy Wood & Judson Laire
Season 4 (CBS) (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive  [Updated Jan 2019 TA]
with contributions by:
Jim Brent, R.B. Huggins, Tom Alger, Robert P.Alexander, Randy Watts

references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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CBS Fridays 8:00 pm EST
(05Sep52-03Jul53)

4.01 [--] Mama: MAMA AND THE MINISTER
05Sep1952 CBS
Synopsis:
The iceman's son becomes a clergyman. Due to a personality difficulty, he's not too well liked, until Mama steps in. [JB]

4.02 [--] Mama: HAND ME DOWNS
12Sep1952 CBS
Dagmar wants clothes of her own, instead of seconds. [Columbus Dispatch]

4.03 [--] Mama: CITIZEN MAMA
19Sep1952 CBS
(either a Repeat or a re-staging of earlier episode).
Synopsis 1:
Mama, the heart-warming saga of a Norwegian-American family at the turn of the century, celebrates “Citizenship Day” with a s
pecial repeat broadcast, “Citizen Mama.” [Boston Herald]
Synopsis 2:
Papa Larson applies in trepidation for his citizenship papers. [Washington DC Evening Star]
Synopsis 3:
A repeat of a previously done episode. Papa Hanson wished to be an American, but doubts of his ability to pass a test caused him
to defer taking the final test. Mama Hanson solved the problem: She attended the naturalization school and her home studies with
her husband enabled him to reach his goal. [excerpts from Jersey Journal, Jersey City, NJ]

4.04 [--] Mama: DAGMAR DUCKS ARITHMETIC
26Sep1952 CBS
Synopsis:
With an arithmetic test on the horizon, Dagmar visits a chum with chicken pox in the hope that she will catch the malady
and avoid the test. [Boston Traveler]

4.05 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
03Oct1952 CBS Fri
Synopsis:
Mama finds herself involved in a riot caused by Dagmar. [Daily Advocate, Stamford, CT]

4.06 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
10Oct1952 CBS Fri
When Gunnar Gunnerson has a help shortage in his store, Mama and Aunt Jenny try to promote a romance for Trina. [JB]

4.07 [--] Mama: MAMA BORROWS A BABY
17Oct1952 CBS Fri
Synopsis 1:
When Mama takes a friend's baby into the house for a week, the family takes a spin down a dream world of memory. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Peggy Wood and her associates in the cast of “Mama” went in for baby-sitting in the latest CBS-TV story of the Hansen family
and gave viewers another heart-warming glimpse on life on Stiner Street. Minding a baby for a neighbor who had to go to her
ill husband working in Denver brought new joy to everyone except Dagmar who resented the attention the baby received.
Aunt Jenny (who always manages to give events a disquieting twist) when she learned there was a baby supposed it was an
addition to the Hansen menage with amusing repercussions. Once again the Hansens showed why they’d be nice people to have as neighbors.
[Jersey Journal, TV and Radio column by C.J. Ingram]

4.08 [--] Mama: NELS TAKES UP THE MANDOLIN
24Oct1952 CBS Fri
Nels becomes infatuated with a girl whom he thinks likes music. In order to impress her he tries to lean to play the mandolin. [JB]

4.09 [--] Mama: KATRIN FIXES THINGS UP
31Oct1952 CBS Fri
Katrin fixes things up and takes it upon herself to break the friendship between her girlfriend and the boy she feels is unworthy. [JB]

4.10 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
07Nov1952 CBS Fri
Dagmar, competing for the grand prize in a magazine contest, peddles perfume. [JB]

4.11 [--] Mama: VICE PRESIDENT MAMA
14Nov1952 CBS Fri
Synopsis 1:
Mama is elected vice president of the mothers' Club at school.
Synopsis 2:
'Mama' Takes Up The Gavel
Much against her wishes, Mama is voted into the vice presidency of the School Mothers' Club and finds herself caught up in an
embarrassing maze of parliamentary rules, disgruntled parents and martyred teachers. [Pittsburgh PA Courier]

4.xx [--] Mama: THE SHOW MUST GO ON [UCLA]
17Nov52 ? [UCLA]

4.12 [--] Mama: MAMA AND PEER GYNT
21Nov1952 CBS Fri
After planning for many years to see "Peer Gynt," Mama and Papa obtain expensive tickets but Katrin develops a sore throat on the day of the performance. [JB]

4.13 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
28Nov1952 CBS Fri
Katrin has a crush on a snobbish college friend of her brother's and decides her family is quite middle class, compared to him. [JB]

4.14 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
05Dec1952 CBS Fri
Synopsis 1:
Aunt Jenny takes a gentleman boarder and accepts charm instead of cash for rent. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
For about the first time in a “Mama” episode, pesky Aunt Jenny won sympathy. The invariably annoying aunt succumbed to the blarney
of a youth and took him into her home. He paid what he owned in words, promises and eventual petty stealing. When Aunt Jenny is
made aware of the truth, she protects him and he leaves.
Realization of how she had been fooled makes her more than ever dissatisfied with her lot. Then a miracle happens. The youth,
his conscience awakened, returns and makes restitution and restores Jenny’s faith in others. A warming story which proved again
that human nature is pretty much the same in all, only it takes deeper digging in some to reveal it.
[Jersey Journal, TV and Radio column by C.J. Ingram]

4.15 [--] Mama: NELS GETS KNOW-HOW
12Dec1952 CBS Fri
Nels gets a Christmas vacation job selling toys in a department store, but finds he has lost the child's knack for handling the
complexities of mechanical trains and other complicated items. Luckily, a little boy next door is able to give him a hand. [JB]

4.16 [--] Mama: THE NIGHT THE ANIMALS TALKED
19Dec1952 CBS Fri
Synopsis:
Dagmar learns that miracles do happen on Christmas Eve.
Note: This was the annual Christmas episode "The Night the Animals Talked."

4.17 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
26Dec1952 CBS Fri
Aunt Jenny insists that Trina's fiancé, Gunnar Gunnerson, produce an engagement ring before he is allowed to pose with the family for a portrait.[JB]

4.18 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
02Jan1953 CBS Fri
Teddy Roosevelt Ryan, the new little boy next door to the Hansen's again becomes involved with Mama's family. [JB]

4.19 [--] Mama: PAPA'S VISITOR
09Jan1953 CBS Fri
An old friend of Papa's, whom he thinks is down and out, comes to visit. [JB]

4.20 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
16Jan1953 CBS Fri
When a young biology professor becomes a frequent visitor, the Hansens assume that he has a crush on Katrin. [JB]

4.21 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
23Jan1953 CBS Fri
Dagmar feels neglected because of T.R. Ryan. [JB]

4.22 [--] Mama: PAPA'S DAY IN COURT
30Jan1953 CBS Fri
Papa receives a call to serve his term on the jury. [JB]

4.23 [--] Mama: THE SKELETON IN NELS' CLOSET
06Feb1953 CBS Fri
Nels teaches little T.R. Ryan the manly art of self-defense and in so doing reveals a boyhood secret. [JB]

4.24 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
13Feb1953 CBS Fri
“Mama” gives daughter Katrin a lesson in values. [Daily Advocate, Stamford, CT]

4.25 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
20Feb1953 CBS Fri
Synopsis:
Trina decides that mother doesn't always know best. [JB]

4.26 [--] Mama: PAPA AT THE CHILDREN'S PARTY
27Feb1953 CBS Fri
Synopsis 1:
Papa wants to plan Dagmar's party his way. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A birthday party is held for Dagmar. [Daily Advocate, Stamford, CT]

4.27 [--] Mama: KATRIN KNOWS BEST
06Mar1953 CBS Fri
Katrin learns to judge people not by their position in life, but by what they are. [JB]

4.28 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
13Mar1953 CBS Fri
Nels becomes involved with a man who is building a race car. [JB]

4.29 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
20Mar1953 CBS Fri
Dagmar finds a new friend when a little vaudeville actress and her aunt come to stay with Aunt Jenny. [JB]

4.30 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
27Mar1953 CBS Fri
Papa invents a two-headed nail for use in temporary construction, only to
find someone has beaten him to the patent. [JB]

4.31 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
03Apr1953 CBS Fri
Dagmar enters someone else's drawing in a contest.

4.32 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
10Apr1953 CBS Fri
When one of Katrin's classmates becomes engaged, Katrin decides she, too, should be betrothed. [JB]

4.33 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
17Apr1953 CBS Fri
Mama tries to keep Dagmar's school from being torn down. [JB]

4.34 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
24Apr1953 CBS Fri
Excitement is at a high pitch in the Hansen household when Aunt Trina gets married. [JB]

4.35 [--] Mama: T. R. AND THE FISHING TRIP
01May1953 CBS Fri
Little T.R. Ryan goes on his first fishing trip. [JB]

4.36 [--] Mama: NELS ON KNOB HILL
08May1953 CBS Fri
Nels is invited to a fancy ball and meets a wealthy girl from Knob Hill in San Francisco. [JB]

4.37 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
15May1953 CBS Fri
The Hansens help a newly-arrived Norwegian singer.

4.38 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
22May1953 CBS Fri
Synopsis 1:
Dagmar corresponds with a little boy who writes that he is part Indian.
Synopsis 2:
Little Dagmar is the central figure in tonight's "Mama"
episode. When Dagmar's teacher has her class write to pupils in far off places, Dagmar draws the strange name of Charlie Red Cloud of Montana.
[Buffalo NY Courier Express]

4.39 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
29May1953 CBS Fri
Nels takes a girl to a school prom in spite of financial difficulties.

4.40 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
05Jun1953 CBS Fri
Katrin has a series of misadventures trying to get a letter of recommendation. [JB]

4.41 [--] Mama: DAGMAR'S FIRST DATE
12Jun1953 CBS Fri
Dagmar's father fixes her up with a date for a school boat ride. [JB]

4.42 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
19Jun1953 CBS Fri
Katrin finds that summer resorts, aren't always fun for people working there,
but she learns a valuable lesson from Mama about jobs and responsibilities. [JB]

4.43 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
26Jun1953 CBS Fri
When Trina and Gunnar have a marital misunderstanding, Trina decides to move in with the Hansen family. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Domestic difficulties between Mama's sister, Trina, and her new husband, Gunner, reach a crisis. [Buffalo NY Courier Express]

4.44 [--] Mama: (episode title not known)
03Jul1953 CBS Fri
Aunt Jenny and her star boarder have a tiff over the forthcoming Fireman's Ball. [JB]
(Last show of season 4)

[--] 10Jul1953 CBS - start of Summer replacement series “Pantomime Quiz” (10Jul53 through 28Aug53).

"Mama” returned for its fifth season on 04Sep1953. 

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