227, an NBC situation comedy, aired from 1985 to 1990. The show stared Marla Gibbs as Mary Jenkins, Hal Williams as Lester Jenkins, Brenda Jenkins (Regina King), and Alaina Reed Hall as Rose Lee Hollaway. Marla Gibbs had previously starred as the maid on The Jeffersons. Although The Cosby Show ranked at the top as far as popular black comedies went, 227 clearly came in second.
227 referred to the Washington D.C. apartment number of Marla Jenkins, a quick witted house wife who constantly found herself mixed up in the lives of other quirky tenants, usually by gossiping too much. Her husband, Lester, owned a construction company, her daughter, Brenda, was boy crazy, and her best friend Rose Lee was everyone's friend. Some other notable characters were the snoopy Pearly Shay, and her grandson, Curtis Baldwin.