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TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1985–1990)
This series took place in an apartment building numbered 227. The cast would frequently be sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, involved in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plotline.
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5   4   3   2   1  
1990   1989   1988   1987   1986   1985  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Helen Martin ...  Pearl Shay 116 episodes, 1985-1990
Marla Gibbs ...  Mary Jenkins 115 episodes, 1985-1990
Hal Williams ...  Lester Jenkins 115 episodes, 1985-1990
Alaina Reed-Hall ...  Rose Lee Holloway 115 episodes, 1985-1990
Regina King ...  Brenda Jenkins 108 episodes, 1985-1990
Jackée Harry ...  Sandra Clark 99 episodes, 1985-1989
Curtis Baldwin ...  Calvin Dobbs 84 episodes, 1985-1990
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In this sitcom based on Christine Houston's play about the lives of black women residing in an apartment building in 1950s Chicago, Illinois. Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing Florence Johnston, the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise and George Jefferson on The Jeffersons (1975), got her own series. Gibbs starred as tart-tongued Mary Jenkins. Her husband Lester (Hal Williams) was a construction worker and they had a teenage daughter, Brenda (Regina King). Pearl Shay (Helen Martin) was an annoying but open-minded neighbor who gossiped with Mary, and Rose Lee Holloway (Alaina Reed-Hall) was Mary's best friend, who lived in the building with her daughter Tiffany (Kia Goodwin) and was sympathetic to the neighbors. The landlord died in the pilot episode and Rose took his place until season four. Attractive, sassy vamp Sandra Clark (Jackée Harry) showed up later in the show's run. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (gcollinsii@aol.com)

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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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Trivia

Based on Christine Houston's play of the same title that had been presented at the Crossroads Theatre and Arts Academy. Marla Gibbs originally intended to adapt it as a made-for-television movie. See more »

Quotes

Sandra: Calvin, You're still a boy.
Calvin: [Before Sandra screams when Calvin tries to kiss her] Hopefully I won't be after tonight!
Sandra: Don't move, breathe deep, think about Church!
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.55 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home
Composed by Ray Colcord
Performed by Marla Gibbs
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GREAT SHOW.......for a while
11 October 2005 | by gv416-1See all my reviews

This show was EXCELLENT for about the first two seasons....then they started messing with it. It became too socially conscious and in the process became almost unwatchable. It was hilarious when Mary and Sandra were enemies. When they became too friendly it just wasn't funny any more. I can name the episode when the slide began....When they introduced Countess Vaughn. It was straight downhill from there. Too bad. It had an excellent cast and much potential, but it wasted it trying to be too relevant. Then they had to go and add Stoney Jackson, Paul Winfield, Barry Sobel, and Toukie Smith. No offense to them, but the whole show was unraveling by that time. In the first two seasons, almost all the episodes were hilarious, but by the third season, there were only a handful that were good. The fourth and fifth season were abominable. I LOVE Marla Gibbs, but season 3-5 were substandard.


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14 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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