|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Barry & Enright Productions|
Columbia Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||March 7 –|
July 21, 1984
The series' main character was Renate Malone (surname rhymed with "baloney"), an Italian-American woman married to an Irish-American man (never seen in the series), thus the unusual pronunciation of her married name. She was the hostess of a home cooking show called Cooking with Mama Malone that was telecast live from her fourth-floor apartment in a Brooklyn tenement. Each episode began with her instructing her viewers to chop onions no matter what the recipe might be, and the recipes never were completed because a parade of characters kept popping in to interrupt her and eat up the show's time.
Initially, the show was scheduled to premiere in the fall of 1982, but was pushed back a season and a half. The series was reminiscent of another ethnically-based series, The Goldbergs, the iconic radio and TV show written by and starring Gertrude Goldberg as a New York City resident of European Jewish descent that played on ethno-religious neighborhoods populated by immigrant groups. Among the good-natured stereotypes on Mama Malaone was Padre Guradiano, an Italian-American Catholic priest who wound up gasping for breath each time he climbed the steep stairs to her apartment.
US Television RatingsEdit
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|1983-84||13||March 14, 1984||July 21, 1984||81||11.4||"Whiz Kids"|
Note: The rating presented here comes from the tv ratings guide website, and May not be completely accurate.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||TBA||TBA||March 7, 1984|
|2||"The Commitment"||TBA||TBA||March 14, 1984|
|3||"Connie's Old Flame"||TBA||TBA||March 21, 1984|
|4||"Father Romeo"||TBA||TBA||April 4, 1984|
|5||"The Education of Frankie"||TBA||TBA||April 18, 1984|
|6||"Karamakopoulos and Son"||TBA||TBA||April 25, 1984|
|7||"A New Neighbor"||TBA||TBA||June 9, 1984|
|8||"Shall We Dance?"||TBA||TBA||June 16, 1984|
|9||"Even Dino Gets the Blues"||TBA||TBA||June 23, 1984|
|10||"Connie's Move"||TBA||TBA||June 30, 1984|
|11||"Dino's Fan"||TBA||TBA||July 7, 1984|
|12||"A Call from the Vatican"||TBA||TBA||July 14, 1984|
|13||"Back to Basics"||TBA||TBA||July 21, 1984|
Mama Malone was poorly received critically and by audiences, owing to the characters drawing accusations of being stereotypical[according to whom?] and Kaye, who was British, actually being miscast as an Italian-American.
The show had premiered in the spring of 1984, but it lasted for no longer than thirteen episodes, whose titles are given above, and was canceled in the summer of 1984.