227 is rated “green” and is awarded the Entertainment Seal of Approval™ by the Parents Television Council.
227 follows the lives of middle-class residents at an apartment building in Washington, D.C. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued gossip and housewife, Mary Jenkins, who became famous as Florence Johnston, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons. Her husband, Lester (Hal Williams), had his own construction company, and their 14-year-old daughter, Brenda (Regina King), was boy-crazy yet smart and studious.
227 also stars Sandra Clark (Jackée Harry), Mary's young, sexy building vamp who constantly bickered back and forth with her about their respective views on life. Although their relationship was antagonistic at first, Mary and Sandra became good friends as time went on. Pearl Shay (Helen Martin), a crotchety-but-kind busybody neighbor, who was known for snooping. Pearl had a grandson named Calvin Dobbs (Curtis Baldwin), whom Brenda had a crush on and would finally date later in the series' run.
Rose Lee Holloway (Alaina Reed Hall) was the kindhearted best friend to all. She had a daughter named Tiffany (Kia Goodwin), who disappeared after the second season. In the premiere episode, Rose became the unexpected landlord of the building after the building's stingy slumlord Mr. Calloway (who was constantly mentioned but never seen onscreen) died out of the blue. Rose stayed on as landlady until the fourth season.
In the first season, both Helen Martin and Curtis Baldwin, who had only been recurring stars, appeared in nearly every episode. In the second season's opening credits, Martin and Baldwin shared a title card, thus making them official full-time cast members. Martin had her own title for the third and fifth seasons, while Regina King and Baldwin shared a title card together in those years.
By the time taping started on the third season in 1987, Jackée Harry, who had just won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress changed her stage name to simply Jackée, which she used until 1994. In the fourth season, an 11-year-old child prodigy named Alexandria DeWitt (Countess Vaughn) became the Jenkins' houseguest. Vaughn received her role after she appeared on Star Search and declared to host Ed McMahon that her favorite program was 227. However, Alexandria left during Calvin's graduation episode near the end of season four to reunite with her father in London who had completed his archaeological dig in the Amazon and was now cataloging his items in London.
By the time production on the fourth season commenced in 1988, tension between stars Gibbs and Jackée were mounting due to the show's increasing focus on the Sandra character. To keep the stars happy, Jackée was given the chance to spin off the Sandra character into her own show. Jackée's television pilot, entitled Jackée, found Sandra moving to New York City and finding work at a spa. NBC aired the episode in primetime on May 11, 1989. The pilot was rejected, and Jackée left the show; however, she was a guest star in eight of the final season's episodes.
The show's final season saw Toukie Smith, Barry Sobel, Stoney Jackson, Kevin Peter Hall and Paul Winfield join the cast in an effort to rejuvenate the show's sagging ratings. In the end, the cast additions proved fruitless, and 227 ended its run in the spring of 1990.
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05/25/2013 - 1:00am
After Mary leaves an embarrassing phone message on the answering machine of Lester's would be client, she enlists the help of Rose, Dylan and Travis to erase the tape.
05/25/2013 - 1:30am
When Lester nods off during a fiery Sunday sermon, he dreams he and Mary go on to their great reward in heaven, actually a bizarre restaurant, and are later sent down to a warmer climate in which they can glimpse how different their friends and family would be without them.
05/27/2013 - 11:00pm
When Lester wins a contest and becomes the temporary host of a radio show, Mary decides to test his boast that his velvet voice" will drive women crazy! She asks an attractive female friend to fawn over her husband."
05/27/2013 - 11:30pm
When Travis finds $250,000 in the back of his limo, Julian, Dylan and Pearl take a new-found interest in him as does mobster Mr. Bigg who, along with his moll and bodyguards, holds the residents of 227 hostage until Travis hands over the loot. (Gary Coleman stars)
05/28/2013 - 1:00am
The tenants of 227 travel to Atlantic City to see singer Luther Vandross in concert. However, the trip becomes even more exciting than they anticipated when Warren proposes to Rose and Lester decides to invest in a prize fighter. (Luther Vandross stars)
05/28/2013 - 1:30am
Rose finds Warren kissing another woman and calls off their wedding, while Travis tries to win Luther Vandross tickets for Pearl's birthday. (Luther Vandross stars)