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.
Gary Richard Collins II (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Join Marla Gibbs and an apartment building full of crazies on the funny side of the street! (season 1)
Did You Know?
Marla Gibbs's childhood friend Della Reese guest-starred in 2 episodes of this show. On one episode, Reese played Sandra's long-lost mother, who was visiting town, and in another episode, she played an angel (in Heaven) whom Lester had dreamt of, when both he & Mary were attending church. This was before Reese be reunited with Gibbs would later guest star on Reese's Touched by an Angel
(1994) as one of the psychics, attempting to commit suicide. See more
Mary, now you know I am a very understanding person.
But I told Sandra if she didn't have that rent money by the end of the week, she was out of here!
And after all the favors I've done for her!
Favors? What favors?
What about last week? You were feeling kind of low. You spent all that money on a new dress and you didn't know if it was attractive. You came to me for help, and I looked you straight in the eye and said it was gorgeous.
I lied, Rose.
There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs See more