227 (1985–1990)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
 Pearl Shay (116 episodes, 1985-1990)
 Mary Jenkins (115 episodes, 1985-1990)
 Lester Jenkins (115 episodes, 1985-1990)
 Rose Lee Holloway (113 episodes, 1985-1990)
 Brenda Jenkins (107 episodes, 1985-1990)
 Sandra Clark (99 episodes, 1985-1989)
Curtis Baldwin ...
 Calvin Dobbs / ... (81 episodes, 1985-1990)


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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A story line for the second season was considered in which Mary was to become pregnant, and miscarry the child at birth. Marla Gibbs said the idea was scrapped as the outcome would have been too much of a downer for a sitcom. See more »


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One of the best series, comedy or drama ever.
10 March 2000 | by (United states) – See all my reviews

I think that 227 is one of the best series, comedy or drama to ever be on television. It blended humour and drama into each episode, over the course of it's run it tackled topics such as homelessness and popularity (character of Brenda). Sandra was my personal favourite!

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