This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.
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Based on a play about the lives of women residing in a black apartment building in 1950s Chicago, by Christine Houston, Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise & George Jefferson, Florence Johnston, in "The Jeffersons," got her own series. In this sitcom, she starred as Mary Jenkins, a tart-tongued, sharp housewife, who enjoyed a great deal of gossip, and often spoke of what she'd believed, not-so-good results. 227 was also about the many African-Americans who resided in a Washington, D.C. apartment building, among the many of her residents were Lester Jenkins, Mary's husband who was a construction worker, Brenda Jenkins, a teenaged daughter of Mary's & Lester's, whose very scholarly, when at times, she overdoes things and apologizes, Pearl Shay, an annoying, yet open-minded neighbor, who believes in gossip, the same topic Mary believes in, and Rose Halloway, a best friend of Mary's who show sympathy to the neighbors, who in turn, had a ... 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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Mary Jenkins' (Marla Gibbs') birthday is June 14 (she cuts Lester off before he could say the year). See more »

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Sandra: [after receiving a bouquet of flowers] Oh, Mary! You know what? These are probably from Tony apologizing for last night.
Mary: You see there? All upset for nothing.
Sandra: [reading the attached note] Oh! Dear Snookums, please accept these flowers as well as an invitation to dinner Friday night at La Bamba! Love, Tony!
Mary: La Bamba? Child, that place is so expensive, even the doorman takes credit cards.
Sandra: [laughs] Oh, look, Mary, isn't this cute? There's a P.S! Please don't tell... Sandra.
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Connections

Spoofed in In Living Color: Passenger 227 (1993) See more »

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There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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A must-see NBC hit!
21 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

"227," in my opinion, is a must-see NBC hit! Despite the fact that I've never seen every episode, I still enjoyed it. It's hard to say which one is my favorite. Also, I really loved the theme song. Oh, when I was a little girl, I thought this show took place in a regular townhouse. If you ask me, even though I liked everyone, it would have been nice if everyone had stayed on the show throughout its entire run, especially Sandra (Jackée Harry). Everyone always gave a good performance, the production design was spectacular, the costumes were well-designed, and the writing was always very strong. In conclusion, even though it can be seen on TV Land now, I strongly recommend you catch it just in case it goes off the air for good.


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