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.
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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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The pilot episode was the sixth episode aired, so that later episodes could be aired first and explain the characters better. This becomes confusing when the episodes are aired in production order, since the story from the pilot continues in the seventh episode. See more
[after receiving a bouquet of flowers
Oh, Mary! You know what? These are probably from Tony apologizing for last night.
You see there? All upset for nothing.
[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!
La Bamba? Child, that place is so expensive, even the doorman takes credit cards.
Oh, look, Mary, isn't this cute? There's a P.S! Please don't tell... Sandra.
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Featured in The Goldbergs: The Hooters
There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs See more