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.