- 5 Seasons
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.