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Program:  227
Broadcast History:
First Telecast: September 14, 1985
Last Telecast: May 6, 1990
Network(s):  NBC
Currently Airs  On: TV One 
Coming to TV Land in 2006.
Previously Shown On:
Available Formats: DVD
Related Links: (none)
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On DVD
227: The Complete First Season [DVD](1985) DVD
All 22 episodes from the debut season--including the pilot, "The Sidewalk Sale," "Honesty," "The Big Piano Play-Off," and "Young Man with a Job"--are collected on a three-disc set. 8 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
About 227
"227"  was based on a play of the same title by Christine Houston. It had been presented at the Crossroads Theatre and Arts Academy (Marla Gibbs's company) prior to being adapted as a series that aired for five seasons (1985-1990) on NBC. 

During it's run, Jackée Harry won an Emmy for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series"  but her role, Sandra Clark, was never intended to be a regular character,. she was added to the cast after testing positively with audience

The comedy is set around an apartment building, numbered 227, located in a racially-mixed neighborhood of Washington D. C. Featuring a cast that includes such popular television personalities as Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Paul Winfield, Barry Sobel, Regina King, Helen Martin and Jackee Harry.  At it's height in 1987, "227" reached #14 in the Nielsen Ratings.

The 227 apartment complex has a host of entertaining and memorable characters. The show stars Marla Gibbs. Gibbs plays Mary Jenkins, a housewife who lives with her contractor husband, Lester and their 14-year-old daughter Brenda. Brenda is a studious, talented, and mostly well behaved young woman just beginning adolescence.

Sandra Clark, played by Jackée Harry, is the wise-cracking, scatter-brained neighbor. Sandra's whiny voice and wiggly, tight-dressed body became staple features of 227. Rose Lee Holloway, the landlady who was always there to lend a listening ear, is Mary's best friend.

Next door to the Jenkins is the gossiping Pearl Shay, an older woman who lives with her grandson Calvin Dobbs and often leans out her front window to listen and comment on the discussions of the day.
 

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