This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.
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 Pearl Shay (116 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Mary Jenkins (115 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Lester Jenkins (115 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Rose Lee Holloway (113 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Brenda Jenkins (107 episodes, 1985-1990)
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 Sandra Clark (99 episodes, 1985-1989)
Curtis Baldwin ...
 Calvin Dobbs (81 episodes, 1985-1990)
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Based on a play about the lives of women residing in a black apartment building in 1950s Chicago, by Christine Houston, Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise & George Jefferson, Florence Johnston, in "The Jeffersons," got her own series. In this sitcom, she starred as Mary Jenkins, a tart-tongued, sharp housewife, who enjoyed a great deal of gossip, and often spoke of what she'd believed, not-so-good results. 227 was also about the many African-Americans who resided in a Washington, D.C. apartment building, among the many of her residents were Lester Jenkins, Mary's husband who was a construction worker, Brenda Jenkins, a teenaged daughter of Mary's & Lester's, whose very scholarly, when at times, she overdoes things and apologizes, Pearl Shay, an annoying, yet open-minded neighbor, who believes in gossip, the same topic Mary believes in, and Rose Halloway, a best friend of Mary's who show sympathy to the neighbors, who in turn, had a ... Written by Gary Richard Collins II (gcollinsii@aol.com)

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During its 5 year run, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams and Helen Martin, are the only actors to appear in every episode. See more »

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Rose Lee: [while interviewing applicants to be Sandra's roommate] Hello, I'm Rose Holloway, the landlady here, and this is Miss Sandra Clark.
Muffin Tee Matthews: [in a Southern accent] Nice to meet you! Muffin Tee Matthews
Sandra: Muffin?
Muffin Tee Matthews: Oh, that's not my real name. I just use it for the beauty pageants.
Sandra: Beauty pageants?
Muffin Tee Matthews: And may I say that living with you would be so fufilling and rewarding!
Sandra: What are you, Miss Congeniality?
Muffin Tee Matthews: No. I'm Miss Tuscaloosa. And next year, we're going after Miss America. My manager says I'm a perfect 10!
Sandra: Oh, ...
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There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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A great show!!!!
4 September 2001 | by (Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This TV series was great! It was funny and bring joy everytime I watch it! The characters where wonderful, as where the actors/actresses! I LOVED the storylines. Pearl, Sandra, and ALL the others where there to make us laugh!


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