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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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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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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Calvin lived with his grandmother Pearl because his widower father, an Air Force Officer, was stationed overseas. See more »

Quotes

Pee-Wee Herman: We sure picked a dumb time to not be invisible.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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Good Talent, Tired Writing
19 October 2017 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

"227" is a comedy about the tenants of an apartment building in Washngton, D.C. It features a group of competent actors but suffers from lackluster writing. Much of the dialogue is tired and clichéd.

Comparing it to one of its contemporary shows, "The Golden Girls", can help illustrate. On TGG, the dialogue and the humor is sharper. This might explain the huge discrepancy in award nominations and wins.

Jackee helped add zing, but not enough to elevate the show above mediocrity.


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