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This series took place in an apartment building numbered 227. The cast would frequently e sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, involved in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plotline.
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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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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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USA

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English

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14 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Countess Vaughn (Alexandria DeWitt) got her role after mentioning on Star Search (1983) in 1988 that her dream was to appear on the program. See more »

Quotes

Rose Lee: [referring to Sandra] Mary, this woman has got me at the end of my rope!
Sandra: [muttering] It should be around your neck.
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There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
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Marla Gibbs Continued To Be In A Zany Sitcom Just Like The Jeffersons
13 August 2005 | by leighabc123See all my reviews

This show came on after my bedtime when it first came on. Therefore I saw the first seasons episodes in reruns. Marla Gibbs had that same Florence Johnston personality. But she did not whine as much. Hal Williams was the husband who was a construction worker. He was not funny. Regina King played Brenda, the spoiled daughter. Then there was Alaina Reed, the lady from Sesame Street, who had a daughter who disappeared (a la Judy Winslow) and fly Jackee Harry who also lived in the building. Helen Martin played Pearl, who was just a reoccurring guest star who would just look out the window and make wise remarks the 1st season. The 2nd season she became a regular and finally came out of the window. She had a grandson named Calvin who thought he was cool. I hated the episode when Bobby Brown appeared. When Brenda got in trouble, she should have really been punished by not seeing Bobby Brown. She was still allowed to dance with him! When Countess Vaughn came on the show, the show got worse. When Jackee got demoted to guest star and Toukie Smith, Paul Winfield, Barry Sobel, and Stoney Jackson became regulars, the show got even much worse than that! I was still mad that the 227 characters didn't get to win on Wheel Of Fortune or Family Feud. I was also mad at the episode when Gary Coleman was a criminal on the show and Mary and Lester didn't get to go to Hawaii as planned. It's not their fault that they got robbed!


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