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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One of the very few TV series set in Washington, DC not to center around any political or governmental themes. See more »

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Rose Lee: Mary, now you know I am a very understanding person.
Sandra: HA!
Rose Lee: But I told Sandra if she didn't have that rent money by the end of the week, she was out of here!
Sandra: And after all the favors I've done for her!
Rose Lee: Favors? What favors?
Sandra: What about last week? You were feeling kind of low. You spent all that money on a new dress and you didn't know if it was attractive. You came to me for help, and I looked you straight in the eye and said it was gorgeous.
[smugly]
Sandra: I lied, Rose.
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There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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Saturday Nights on NBC was the place to be in the 1980s!
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show and Amen both aired on NBC. Both show featured the comic genius of two Jeffersons' alums, Sherman Hemsley, and Marla Gibbs. We all watched her play the wisecracking maid, Florence Johnston, on the Jeffersons. Now she shines in her own show but not without a great supporting cast. There is Emmy winning Jackee Harry as Sandra, her upstairs neighbor, or veteran actress Helen Martin as the nosy neighbor on the stoop. The show was named 227 after it's address. No it was set in Washington D.C. of all place, a nice change in location. Hal Williams played the ideal spouse to Marla Gibbs' husband. If you look, you will see Regina King who is on her way to becoming a star with credits like Jerry Maguire and Ray. It was a good show with wholesome family entertainment.


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