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(1985–1990)

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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.
For the second season, a storyline was considered, in which Mary (Marla Gibbs) would become pregnant and deliver a stillborn baby. Marla Gibbs said the idea was scrapped, because the outcome would have been too much of a downer for a sitcom.
Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, and Helen Martin were the only actor and actresses to appear in every episode.
Marla Gibbs's character was based on her character from The Jeffersons (1975).
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Other than Hal Williams and Alaina Reed-Hall, other best friends of Marla Gibbs's have guest starred on the show were Della Reese, Billy Dee Williams, Paul Benedict, and Sherman Hemsley.
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Based on a play of the same title by Christine Houston. It had been presented at the Crossroads Theatre and Arts Academy. Marla Gibbs originally intended to adapt it as a made-for-television movie.
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Countess Vaughn (Alexandria DeWitt) got her role after mentioning on Star Search (1983) in 1988, that her dream was to appear on the program.
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The entire address of the building in the show, is 227 Lexington Place, Washington, D.C.
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Originally Jackée Harry auditioned for the role of Rose. Marla Gibbs got her to play Sandra.
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While the series was set in contemporary Washington, D.C., the original play was set in 1950's Chicago, Illinois.
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Despite some rumours and controversy, Marla Gibbs said in an interview there was no feud between her and Jackée Harry.
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Three of Marla Gibbs co-stars from The Jeffersons (1975), Sherman Hemsley, Roxie Roker, and Franklin Cover made guest appearances on this show. In addition, The Jeffersons (1975) semi-regular Ned Wertimer, made a guest appearance as well.
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One of very few television series, set in Washington, D.C., that isn't centered on politics or government.
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Prior to the show's debut, NBC's promotional campaign included a television spot narrated in a rap style. This marked one of the earliest uses of rap in a national television promotion, or advertisement, directed at mainstream viewers.
After gaining celebrity status, Jackée Harry, was at one point planning to leave the show to star in a pilot that has never been materialized, but left midway through the 1989-90 season, which was coincidentally, the final year.
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Mary Jenkins' (Marla Gibbs') birthday is June 14 (she cuts Lester off before he could say the year).
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When acquiring the rights to develop the play of the same name for television, Marla Gibbs original intent was to adapt it as a television movie.
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Marla Gibbs got the lead role of Mary Jenkins, primarily because of her popularity on The Jeffersons (1975).
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Co-Creator and Writer Michael G. Moye is credited under the pseudonym "C.J. Banks". Moye disagreed with the producers over the tone of the series, and did not want his real name in the credits. "C.J." was the name of Moye's college theater professor.
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Calvin (Curtis Baldwin) lived with his grandmother Pearl (Helen Martin), because his widower father was an Air Force Officer, stationed overseas.
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If Marla Gibbs was unavailable to star in this show, then, it would've debuted the season after 1985, if The Jeffersons (1975) would've been on the air. When the show was unexpectedly cancelled in 1985, Norman Lear allowed Gibbs to star in this show.
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Hal Williams, Helen Martin, and Stoney Jackson had previously made guest appearances on The Jeffersons (1975).
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Marla Gibbs was fifty-four years old when the show started.
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The show debuted on September 14, 1985, the same night as The Golden Girls (1985). Both shows originally aired on NBC.
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Alaina Reed-Hall and Kevin Peter Hall were a married couple in real-life.
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