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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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Comedy

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TV-PG
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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show premiered on Saturday, September 14, 1985, on NBC, at 9:30 PM EST/8:30 PM PST, the same night as The Golden Girls (1985), which aired immediately following that (9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM PST), until the following year, 227 aired before The Golden Girls. See more »

Quotes

Rose Lee: [while interviewing applicants to be Sandra's roommate] Hello, I'm Rose Holloway, the landlady here, and this is Miss Sandra Clark.
Muffin Tee Matthews: [in a Southern accent] Nice to meet you! Muffin Tee Matthews
Sandra: Muffin?
Muffin Tee Matthews: Oh, that's not my real name. I just use it for the beauty pageants.
Sandra: Beauty pageants?
Muffin Tee Matthews: And may I say that living with you would be so fufilling and rewarding!
Sandra: What are you, Miss Congeniality?
Muffin Tee Matthews: No. I'm Miss Tuscaloosa. And next year, we're going after Miss America. My manager says I'm a perfect 10!
Sandra: Oh, ...
[...]
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There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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Fun Show
6 May 2014 | by hasani202See all my reviews

Episodes usually begin with the daily gossip on the front stairs of 227. There was one episode featuring Sherman Hemsley; the character thought Mary was a maid and the two spar is if they were still on The Jeffersons together. Jackee Harry is wonderful as Sandra. The episode that caught my attention is on disc 2: "We The People." This story is about Lester's supposedly wealthy friend who becomes the building's maintenance man. He doesn't complete all jobs and wears the same shirt for many days. Pearl senses something fishy when the maintenance man's friends enter but don't leave the building. Pearl and Mary visit the man to figure out what is happening and the door is opened for Mary.


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