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227 

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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5   4   3   2   1  
1990   1989   1988   1987   1986   1985  
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 115 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 112 episodes, 1985-1990
Jackée Harry ...  Sandra Clark 99 episodes, 1985-1989
Curtis Baldwin ...  Calvin Dobbs 99 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, Illinois. Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing Florence Johnston, the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise and George Jefferson on The Jeffersons (1975), got her own series. Gibbs starred as tart-tongued Mary Jenkins. Her husband Lester (Hal Williams) was a construction worker and they had a teenage daughter, Brenda (Regina King). Pearl Shay (Helen Martin) was an annoying but open-minded neighbor who gossiped with Mary, and Rose Lee Holloway (Alaina Reed-Hall) was Mary's best friend, who lived in the building with her daughter Tiffany (Kia Goodwin) and was sympathetic to the neighbors. The landlord died in the pilot episode and Rose took his place until season four. Attractive, sassy vamp Sandra Clark (Jackée Harry) 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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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Several of the big stars that had episodes revolved around their appearances. See more »

Quotes

Holdup Man: Who are you?
Mary: I'm Gladys Knight and these are my Pips.
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Connections

Referenced in You Don't Know Jack: Television (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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Ghastly !
7 July 2004 | by SpasticTriscuitSee all my reviews

I have to agree with what 'EricTee' posted above. This show was standard. It was just like most other sitcoms: stale jokes, repetitive stories. I completely agree about the woman who played 'Pearl', she was awful ! I gave this show a fair shake when it came on, but my word....simply dreadful !

On any given episode, we'd see:

What wacky hijinx will Mary and Sandra get into this week?

Will Brendas' date try to go 'too far' with her ? <a 'very special' episode, no doubt>

Will Pearl lean out her window and make some bad joke which will prompt guffaws from Mary and Rose ?

Will Sandra have a date and emit that irritating 'Ewwwwwww' noise when asked for details of her date ?

Silly and unwatchable


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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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1.33 : 1
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