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  • TV-PG
  • 1985
  • 5 Seasons
  • 6.5  (2,783)

Mary Jenkins, who was played by the actress Marla Gibbs, was the main actress in a NBC sitcom show which aired for approximately 5 years. It was centered around a quick wit, down to earth, middle-class housewife, her family, and the tenants in a Washington D.C. apartment building. Most of the time the women in the building would sit around and gossip a lot, and in those gossipy conversations is how got to know and come to love the characters of the sitcom. The husband, Lester Jenkins, who was played by actor Hal Williams, supported his family by working hard and usually at the end of his work day, he would come home just to get a run down of everything that had happened in their apartment building throughout the day. Mary made sure that she kept him up to date with everything that went on. She stayed in the daughters business all of the time. Her daughters name was Brenda, who was played by Regina King. Some of the neighbors ranged from a sultry Sandra Clark, who was played by Jackee, to the single mother Rose Halloway, played by Alaina Reed who ended up being the landlord of theses DC apartments where they resided. We surely can't leave out the feisty, humorous, elderly single grandmother Rose Shay, played by Helen Martin. She loved to sit in her window all day just so that she could get a birds-eye view of everything that happened, and not just concerning the tenants in the building. But she loved to see what everyone in the streets were doing also. She kept tabs on everyone in the neighborhood and was determined to let anyone who was listening know what was going on in the neighborhood. She also was the single grandmother of who was raising her grandson Calvin Dobbs, played by Curtis Baldwin. Of course he could not get away with much because whatever he attempted to do his grandmother would find out about it. This show dealt with real life topics that happened to everyone, everywhere.

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No Place Like Home
24. No Place Like Home
May 6, 1990
Mary dreams that she's homeless after misinterpreting a plea for help from a street person as a threat to her safety.
The Class of '90
23. The Class of '90
April 29, 1990
Just before Brenda gets ready to graduate high school, Mary is rushed to the hospital with appendicitis. Mary gets a lesson in plastic surgery from her roommate (guest star Phyllis Diller); and Lester gives low marks to his father's girlfriend.
Nightmare on 227
22. Nightmare on 227
April 21, 1990
Mary gets the part of a slasher in a movie, but has an unscheduled rehearsal with an NYU dean.
Gone Fishing
21. Gone Fishing
February 24, 1990
Julian recruits Mary to help him keep 227 out of the hands of his soon-to-be ex-wife (Rosalind Cash).
You Gotta Have Art
20. You Gotta Have Art
February 17, 1990
While helping Eva straighten up the gallery, Mary inadvertently creates a pop-art sensation, and spends some of her 15 minutes of fame on The Joan Rivers Show.
Do Not Pass Go: Part 2
19. Do Not Pass Go: Part 2
February 10, 1990
Mary's luck runs out in Atlantic City and she loses all of her winnings, including $3000 she promised Lester. Meanwhile, Warren and the mystery woman meet again and Rose spots them in a compromising position. She breaks off the engagement, but since neither will accept the ring, Mary takes it for safe-keeping. Travis gets stage fright at the comedy show and Dylan takes his place. He wins, but is disqualified because he never officially entered making Pearl lose out on seeing Luther. After confessing to Lester she lost all her money, Mary notices Rose's ring has been stolen. Mary stops the woman and it turns out she is the woman Warren had been seeing. Warren admits he was seeing her, but did so because he knew she was the jewel thief who stole Pearl's brooch, and even Luther Vandross' watch, so she would let her guard down. Rose & Warren get married in Atlantic City after all. At the wedding, Luther comes to thank Mary for getting him his watch back, and in return he agrees to sing at the wedding so Pearl can finally see him.
Do Not Pass Go: Part 1
18. Do Not Pass Go: Part 1
February 3, 1990
Everyone goes to Atlantic City for a Luther Vandross concert for Pearl's birthday. While there, Mary goes on a lucky streak at gambling. Lester decided to go into business with Julian in owning part of a promising boxer. Pearl looks for Luther Vandross, but when a mob goes after Luther, her antique diamond brooch is stolen. Brenda & Calvin try sneaking into the casino in hopes of winning a new car. Travis finds out that his tickets for the Luther Vandross concert weren't ordered and decided to enter a comedy contest to win tickets for Pearl. Meanwhile Warren has planned a special weekend for Rose, and he asks her to marry him. When she goes to tell her friends, Warren make a pass at another woman and is spotted by Mary. But before Mary can tell Rose, Rose asks her to be her matron of honor.
Knock it Off
17. Knock it Off
January 27, 1990
Travis finds $250,000 left in his limo, and is convinced by Mary & Lester to turn the money in. If the money isn't claimed within 30 days, Travis may keep it. The next day, a woman named Eartha Kitten (Iman) comes to the door and claims the money belongs to her boss, and is furious when he learns he turned the money in. Meanwhile, Mary & Lester are heading to Hawaii and have a Bon Voyage party the night before, but the party is interrupted when Eartha's boss, a mob boss (Gary Coleman), holds everyone hostage. Warren saves the day when he returns disguised as a woman, and pretends to romance Mr Big. Before Travis can return with Mr Big's money, Warren turns the tables on Mr Big and has him arrested.
Play Christy for Me
16. Play Christy for Me
January 13, 1990
While working as a deejay, Lester gets suggestive requests from a caller named Christy, who he believes to be Mary in disguise, asking him to play "Stardust". Lester flirts with the caller and invites her to spend a romantic evening with him at his apartment. When the night comes, Mary goes out with Rose and Pearl and Lester finds that Christy really isn't Mary at all! Afraid of Mary catching the woman in their home he runs her out but she shows up the next morning and it's revealed that Mary was playing a joke on him, and testing his loyalty, as Christy is one of her friends.
Where Do We Go From Here?
15. Where Do We Go From Here?
January 6, 1990
Lester falls asleep during church and dreams that he and Mary visit both Heaven and Hell. While in both places, they return to earth to see what has happened to their family and friends. While in Heaven: Brenda inherits Lester's construction company and is a success when Calvin, her husband takes over. Pearl has moved in with them. Rose still hasn't come to terms with Mary's death. While in hell: Calvin becomes a failure and sells the business to Julian for $500. Brenda is pregnant and the family is in poverty. Rose has married Julian and they have raised the rent of the building big time. Della Reese and Richard Moll guest star.
Come The Revolution
14. Come The Revolution
December 30, 1989
When Brenda buys a revealing dress to wear to her party, Mary and Lester make her return it. When she refuses to return it, her parents won't allow her to have the party. Brenda decides to throw the party in Julian's penthouse when she discovers that he will be away. Wearing her dress, Dylan and Travis discover that Brenda is having a party when they come upstairs. Instead of stopping the party, Travis winds up engaging in a dance contest with Calvin. Mary and Lester find out about the party when Rose and Pearl come to the apartment talking about the loud music and the numerous teenagers who have come into the apartment building that night. Julian comes home to discover the mess in his apartment right when Mary and Lester end the party.
There Go The Clowns
13. There Go The Clowns
December 23, 1989
Mary dons clown garb to erase a nasty message she left on the answering machine of Lester's business contact, an eccentric novelties magnate.
Guess Who's Not Coming to Christmas
12. Guess Who's Not Coming to Christmas
December 16, 1989
When everybody skips out on Mary's Christmas Eve party, she decides to invite her landlord Julian in hopes of livening things up. Also, everybody gets to meet Rose's new boyfriend Warren.
War is Heck
11. War is Heck
December 9, 1989
After seeing that college is more difficult than he imagined, Calvin wants to quit school and join the Army. Lester tries to put him through his paces at a mock boot camp, but Calvin exceeds his expectations. However, military life becomes a frightening experience when the camp comes under attack for real.
The Perfume Game
10. The Perfume Game
December 2, 1989
Sandra comes up with a slogan for a new perfume, but she thinks it stinks when her ad-agency boss steals her idea.
Reunion Blues
9. Reunion Blues
November 25, 1989
Dylan's mother moves in with him after leaving his father, who she found out is cheating on her. While talking to Mary and the ladies, she gets her confidence back and begins spending a lot of time with Julian, to everyone's surprise. When Mr. McMillan comes to 227 to apologize, he finds her on a "date" in Julian's penthouse.
Flying Down to Leo's
8. Flying Down to Leo's
November 18, 1989
When Lester is unable to attend his birthday party due to being stuck on a construction job, Mary and Sandra fly up to join him. En route, they get stranded at a diner and run into gang members who want them as their biker chicks.
Video Activity
7. Video Activity
November 11, 1989
Bobby Brown shoots a video at Brenda's high school, while Brenda plagiarizes an old essay of Mary's to win a part as an extra. Brenda kept putting off writing it by going to pep rallies, football games, and parties with Calvin at Morgan State, and on Sunday night, she still does not have her paper done. When Mary wrote it (25 years earlier), she received an A+, but Brenda gets a C and is not one of the five chosen to appear in Bobby Brown's video. Meanwhile, Julian bribes Travis into bringing Bobby Brown to his penthouse so he can discuss going into business ventures with each other. Bobby Brown decides that he does not want only five students to appear in his video, but the whole class. Brenda is allowed to be in the video but she is still grounded and has to write 3 more papers for Mary.
How the West Was Fun: Part 2
6. How the West Was Fun: Part 2
November 4, 1989
Conclusion. Lester puts together a posse to find the womenfolk when the water rustlers take them hostage.
How the West Was Fun: Part 1
5. How the West Was Fun: Part 1
October 28, 1989
The Jenkins and their friends vacation at a dude ranch, where the owner's mineral water supply is being stolen by rustlers. Meanwhile, Mary lassos Rose and Sandra into a treasure hunt, and Dylan takes a liking to a filly.
The Fight of the Century
4. The Fight of the Century
October 21, 1989
When Mary causes Lester to miss a prizefight, they have a bout that could deliver a knockout punch to their marriage, so Lester stays with swinging bachelors Dylan and Travis.
A Pampered Tale
3. A Pampered Tale
October 14, 1989
The women head to a spa to prepare for a beauty contest. Meanwhile, Travis and Dylan care for a baby left in Travis' limo. Later, Lester & Julian help out until the baby's mother returns.
Tenants, Anyone?
2. Tenants, Anyone?
September 30, 1989
Mary and the gang try to draw a bead on new landlord Julian Barlow (Paul Winfield), who's been ducking them. Meanwhile, Dylan hunts for a new roommate, and settles for Travis Fillmore.
Take My Diva... Please!
1. Take My Diva... Please!
September 23, 1989
Mary's organized a charity benefit featuring diva Beverly Morris (Nell Carter). Now she's a prima donna and Mary's worried that if she finds out that Sandra's dating her former boyfriend, Armand she'll back out. So she tries to keep her from finding out, but when they end up in the powder room together, things get hairy.
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Mary Jenkins, who was played by the actress Marla Gibbs, was the main actress in a NBC sitcom show which aired for approximately 5 years. It was centered around a quick wit, down to earth, middle-class housewife, her family, and the tenants in a Washington D.C. apartment building. Most of the time the women in the building would sit around and gossip a lot, and in those gossipy conversations is how got to know and come to love the characters of the sitcom.

The husband, Lester Jenkins, who was played by actor Hal Williams, supported his family by working hard and usually at the end of his work day, he would come home just to get a run down of everything that had happened in their apartment building throughout the day. Mary made sure that she kept him up to date with everything that went on. She stayed in the daughters business all of the time. Her daughters name was Brenda, who was played by Regina King.

Some of the neighbors ranged from a sultry Sandra Clark, who was played by Jackee, to the single mother Rose Halloway, played by Alaina Reed who ended up being the landlord of theses DC apartments where they resided. We surely can't leave out the feisty, humorous, elderly single grandmother Rose Shay, played by Helen Martin. She loved to sit in her window all day just so that she could get a birds-eye view of everything that happened, and not just concerning the tenants in the building.

But she loved to see what everyone in the streets were doing also. She kept tabs on everyone in the neighborhood and was determined to let anyone who was listening know what was going on in the neighborhood. She also was the single grandmother of who was raising her grandson Calvin Dobbs, played by Curtis Baldwin. Of course he could not get away with much because whatever he attempted to do his grandmother would find out about it. This show dealt with real life topics that happened to everyone, everywhere.227 is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (116 episodes). The series first aired on October 26, 1985.

Where to Watch 227

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  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (2,783)