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TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1985–1990)
This series took place in an apartment building numbered 227. The cast would frequently be sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, involved in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plotline.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Helen Martin ...  Pearl Shay 116 episodes, 1985-1990
Marla Gibbs ...  Mary Jenkins 115 episodes, 1985-1990
Hal Williams ...  Lester Jenkins 115 episodes, 1985-1990
Alaina Reed-Hall ...  Rose Lee Holloway 115 episodes, 1985-1990
Regina King ...  Brenda Jenkins 107 episodes, 1985-1990
Jackée Harry ...  Sandra Clark 99 episodes, 1985-1989
Curtis Baldwin ...  Calvin Dobbs 81 episodes, 1985-1990
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Storyline

In this sitcom based on Christine Houston's play about the lives of black women residing in an apartment building in 1950s Chicago. Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing Florence Johnston, the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise and George Jefferson on "The Jeffersons," got her own series. Gibbs starred as tart-tongued Washington, D.C. Her husband Lester was a construction worker and they had a teenage daughter, Brenda. Pearl Shay was an annoying but open-minded neighbor who gossiped with Mary, and Rose Holloway was Mary's best friend, who lived in the building with her daughter Tiffany and was sympathetic to the neighbors. The landlord died in the pilot episode and Rose took his place until Season 4. Attractive, sassy vamp Sandra Clark showed up later in the show's run. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

227 See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Co-creator and writer Michael G. Moye is credited under the pseudonym "C.J. Banks" because he disagreed with the producers over the series' tone and didn't want his real name in the credits. "C.J." was the name of his college theater professor. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

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 SylSee 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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