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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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Mary Jenkins' birthday is June 14 (she cuts Lester off before he could say the year). See more »


[Julian asks Mary about painting the master bedroom]
Julian: It's House and Condo's Color of the Month.
Mary: I don't care if it's Baskin Robbins flavor of the month! You are not painting our bedroom passion purple!
Lester: Passion Purple, Are you Crazy?
Travis: Cheap! $3.95 a gallon and they threw in the beret!
Julian: Balderdash!
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Referenced in Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend (2003) See more »


There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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Very standard
17 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand all the 'rave' reviews for this show. This was the most standard of sitcoms. There was nothing new or innovative about it at all. Sure, it might provide a few chuckles, but even that would be stretching it. It's basically just like any other bad sitcom: sophomoric writing, rehashed plots from other bad sitcoms, poor performances (including the horrid Helen Thomas). Though Jackee' Harry did supply a few laughs, overall the show didn't add anything new to the medium.

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