|The Mama Who Came to Dinner|
|Season 01, Episode 01|
|Air Date||September 22, 1989|
|Writer|| William Bickley |
The Mama Who Came to Dinner is the first episode of Season One and the overall 1st episode. It was aired on September 22, 1989. It was written by William Bickley and Michael Warren and directed by Joel Zwick.
When Carl's mother comes to move in with the Winslows, Carl gets nervous about her dictator-like personality.
- The title is based on the play "The Man Who Came to Dinner" written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on October 16, 1939 and ran for 739 performances.
- In the first episode, the entire set is different. There is a small hallway at the front door. The living room is smaller and the stairs go straight up (in all the other episodes, they are shaped like an L with a platform between the two sets of stairs). There is also a room where the stairs are in all the other episodes. In the kitchen, there is no stair case to go upstairs (only a door for the laundry room). The kitchen is also longer and the island is decor one. The wood work is all stained and not painted or wallpapered.