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 Episodes6 hours ago Portals to Hell: Emerald Hill Hell House (S1EP5 Travel Fri 24 May 2019) Emerald Hill Hell House: Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman investigate a 19th-century estate in Monongahela, Pa., which is bursting with... Episodes6 hours ago Doom Patrol: Ezekiel Patrol (Season 1 Finale DC Fri 24 May 2019) Ezekiel Patrol: The Doom Patrol go their separate ways in the season finale. Airdate: Friday 24 May 2019 on DC.... Episodes6 hours ago Warrior: They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think (S1EP8 Cinemax Fri 24 May 2019) They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think: After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long... Episodes6 hours ago Whistleblower Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May 2019 on CBS WHISTLEBLOWER begins its second season on Friday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), investigating the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of... Episodes6 hours ago Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson(S6EP3 ABC Fri 24 May 2019) Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson: It’s a wild night out on the planet of Kitson for the... search EPISODES Episodes6 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes6 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes6 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago LelleBelle | 2010 | Anna Raadsveld, Benja Bruijning 19-year old Belle practices playing the violin diligently, but is unable to impart her music with a sensitive undertone. Her... Movies2 months ago Roma | Netflix 2018 | Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira In 1970s Mexico City, two domestic workers help a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended... Movies2 months ago War Dogs | 2016 | Jonah Hill, Miles Teller Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.