TV 227 (NBC 1985-1990, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams) Published 2 years ago on January 31, 2017 In 1985, Marla Gibbs “moved on up” to her own series. After playing Florence for nine years on The Jeffersons, Gibbs got her own apartment, her own family and friends, and her very own show. Based on a play by Christine Houston that had been presented at Marla Gibb’s Crossroads Theatre, 227 cast Gibbs as Mary Jenkins, who lived with her contractor husband Lester and their teenage daughter Brenda in a Washington, D.C. apartment numbered 227. Most of the show took place in the building, involving Mary with her neighbor Sandra Clark, landlady Rose Lee Holloway, and Rose’s daughter Tiffany. Sandra, fast-talking and man-hungry, soon became the breakout character. Although Mary and she really didn’t get along, the writers always found some reason for them to be together. Brenda’s boyfriend Calvin Dobbs also lived in the building with his grandmother Pearl Shay. Although the Jenkins didn’t have another baby (as many TV families did in the eighties), a precocious child named Alexandria did live with the family for a year (1988-89). Several new characters were brought on for the last season, including building owner Julian Barlow and the apartment’s first white tenant Dylan McMillan, who just happened to be Regina’s history teacher. His roommate was another new character, Travis Filmore. The series, which lasted for five seasons, showed a less idyllic portrayal of an African-American family than The Cosby Show did. The result was a more realistic, though still positive show that was both successful and critically praised. production details USA / NBC – Columbia Pictures / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 September 1985 – 28 July 1990 Theme Vocal: There’s No Place Like Home sung by Marla Gibbs. cast Marla Gibbs as Mary Jenkins Hal Williams as Lester Jenkins Regina King as Brenda Jenkins Jackee Harry as Sandra Clark Helen Martin as Pearl Shay Alaina Reed Hall as Rose Holloway Paul Winfield as Julian Barlow Countess Vaughn as Alexandra DeWitt Curtis Baldwin as Calvin Dobbs Toukie A. Smith as Eva Rawley Stoney Jackson as Travis Fillmore Barry Sobel as Dylan McMillan Marla GibbsNBCRegina KingSitcomsTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes8 hours ago Bring It!: Breaking the Curse of the B-Squad (S5EP20 Lifetime Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Breaking the Curse of the B-Squad: Alumni Kayla and Sunjai arrive at the Dollhouse to help the B-Squad break their... Episodes8 hours ago The Titan Games: The Titan Games Championship (Season Finale NBC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) The Titan Games Championship: After thousands of hopefuls applied, a field of 64 exceptional athletes has been narrowed down to... Episodes8 hours ago How to Get Away with Murder: Please Say No One Else Is Dead (Season finale ABC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Please Say No One Else Is Dead: Annalise and her team need to get to the truth before the truth... Episodes8 hours ago Flack: Episode Two (Pop Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Episode Two: Robyn tries to distract the press from the fact that her pop star client is being dropped by... Episodes8 hours ago Better Things: Chicago (S3EP1 FX Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Chicago: Sam and Max go on a trip. Written by Pamela Adlon Directed by Pamela Adlon Airdate: Thursday 28 February... search EPISODES Episodes8 hours ago Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry: Terra Jole, Lizzo, Howie Mandel (S4EP2 E! Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Terra Jole, Lizzo, Howie Mandel: Terra Jole breaks down as Tyler delivers a message of validation from her deceased father;... Episodes8 hours ago The Orville: Identity Part 2 (S2EP9 FOX Thurs 28 Feb 2019) Identity Part 2: Ed and the crew travel to Isaac’s home planet Kaylon in the second half of this two... Episodes8 hours ago A Million Little Things: goodbye (Season finale ABC Thurs 28 Feb 2019) goodbye: With questions still lingering around Jon’s death, his loved ones try to move on, each taking meaningful steps forward... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.