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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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 (

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Despite some rumours along with some controversy, Marla Gibbs said in an interview there wasn't any feud between her and Jackée Harry. See more »


Mary: [while watching Donna walking, laughing, and flirting with two guys] Um, Madonna? I mean... Donna. I think we need to talk.
Donna Dalton: Sure, Aunt Mary, what about?
Mary: [referring to Donna's new look and attitude] About your... your, um... difference.
Donna Dalton: Oh, I know, isn't it wonderful? I feel like a whole new person! I've never had this much fun in my entire life! I feel so good and confident about myself! Coming to see you and Uncle Lester has been the best thing that's ever happened to me! Oh, I love it here!
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Referenced in Your Alcohol I.Q. (1988) See more »


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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