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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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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Join Marla Gibbs and an apartment building full of crazies on the funny side of the street! (season 1)

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Sandra Clark (Jackée Harry) was never intended to be a regular character. She was added to the cast after testing positively with audiences. See more »

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Alexandria DeWitt: And you must be...
Sandra: Oh, I'm Madame Curie.
Alexandria DeWitt: Oh, you're much prettier than she.
Sandra: Ah! Give this kid a Nobel prize!
Alexandria DeWitt: Oh, she won one of those for the betterment of mankind.
Sandra: Oh, gee! We both work for the same cause!
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There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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One of the best series, comedy or drama ever.
10 March 2000 | by 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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