227

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227 Fan Reviews (12)

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  • I never wrote this review or rated the show, I have never seen it

    2.2
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  • Mild Entertainment. I've seen worse - but I've also seen better.

    7.0
    227 was the break-out ‘doing it on my own’ sitcom for Marla Gibbs. After portraying Florence Johnston, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons, Gibbs had finally received the kudos to be the front wheel drive navigating her own sitcom.

    Gibbs was amusing as Mary Jenkins – housewife and mother. But the image of Florence Johnston forever hovered above, as her latter work failed to surpass her breakthrough Jeffersons role.

    The cast pool contained decent talent – Hal Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall, Helen Martin and Regina King. But without rib-shattering comedy being written for the cast to feed off of, the show often generated average performances. The show’s spice was nicely provided by Jackee’ Harry – the building bombshell who often went to odds with Mary.
    The verbal jabs between the two was the better part of the show’s existence, unfortunately when Jackee’ departed the sitcom – 227’s ability to compete with other existing sitcoms seemed to fade as well.
  • It's an OK show.

    8.1
    227 is one of my mom's favorite shows and thats how I was introduced to it. She bought the first season on dvd and I watched it. It's a funny show and I like it but it seems mediocre. Marla Gibbs was at her best in The Jeffersons but she was only ok in this show. I guess because I'm a guy it doesn't appeal to me as much and because it's an 80s show. Regina King was great though and its good to see how she started out. 227 isn't one of my favorites but it is worth watching.
  • loved it

    8.5
    A classical show with a hilarious star. Marla Gibbs is a funny lady. Jackee set a tone for all ladies to be not only sex but kind of clueless. Pearl was the funniest always had a crack whether on Sandra or her grandson. This tv show went off of air too quickly. I loved the show and the characters. It showcased and started many careers like Regina King who is a very good actress whether in comedy or drama. Thumbs up on this show. They should show reruns of this show.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! !!!!!! !@!!! !!!!!! !!! ! ! ! !
  • Marla Gibbs is great.

    8.6
    As a fan of all things sitcoms, I was happy this show came about.
    Mary was a very good mother, even if she was overprotective towards her daughter Brenda.
    Lester was a loving and supporting husband who basically ran his own company.
    Her friends were great.
    Rose as the man hungry yet shy woman, Pearl as the wise old yet funny woman and Sandra as the man hungry not so shy woman rounded out the show.
    And who could forget Calvin, the hearthrob of the show that never was given a chance to truly develop.
    They dealt with problems and showed strong values when some shows strayed away from it.
    Unlike The Cosby Show, 227 did not mind talking about church and going to church or paticapating in church.
    This show was a personal favorite of mine, that has yet to be matched in the black family sitcom era.
    I miss this show alot and am very angry that only Season 1 is out on dvd.
  • 227: There's No Place Like Home

    8.7
    227 is an American sitcom that originally aired on the NBC network from September 14, 1985 to May 6, 1990. The program revolves around the lives of the occupants of a Washington, D.C. apartment building numbered 227, nearly all of whom are African American. Mary took a no-nonsense, old-fashioned approach to life, and Mary and Rose's views sometimes clashed. As the show went on, Jackée Harry's portrayal of man-hungry Sandra became very popular and, for all intents and purposes, displaced Marla Gibbs as the show's "star." In 1987, capitalizing on her popularity, Harry decided to just go by "Jackée". A good show.
  • When your watching 227, it doesnt makes you feel like your anywhere else but home.

    9.0
    When I first watched this show in the TV One network I just fell in love with the comedy and theme music. I especially liked the last season, except how they would play crazy music at the end of every scene or punchline. I also liked the devil of a landlord, mister Julius C. Barlow, he was rich. I would also watch the show because I liked Sandra and her smart allecky mouth and she was a cutie. Also, I would love to see what pearl spotted going on in the neighborhood. However, the top reason I would watch 227 was because of Marla Gibbs. I loved her no non-sense attitude and her comical remarks after someones response and how she would dress up just to be nosy.
  • Bye Sandra!

    10
    This episode is such a "227" classic.

    This marks Jackee's (Sandra) last appearance on the show. I will say this- she went out with a bang!

    There's no explanation of her character leaving, but this episode rocks. It's so funny and kind of a bitter sweet end for Sandra. Throughout the whole series Sandra and Mary have been fighting and arguing and in Sandra's last episode Mary steps up to help her when she knows that Sandra has been treated unfairly. Can we say the two ended on a friendly note?

    If so, that would be very ironic because the reason of Jackee's departing of show was because of a feud between her and Marla Gibbs. After Jackee won her Emmy, Marla (who was the head of the show) didn't send flowers or allow the other cast members of the show to throw her party.
  • Should Be Released As A DVD Box Set!!!!

    10
    227 is a fabulous show, i wish the whole 5 seasons Should Be Released As A DVD Box Set!!!! And in the SPECIAL FEATURES / BONUS:
    1. Behind-The-Scenes DONT FORGET THEM!!!!!
    2. Bloopers during the making of the scenes
    3. Jackee's pilot eposide of her own show (which flopped) as a bonus.
    The customers in amazon.com also says the same. Since everything is released on dvd now, even a one-season- only flopped shows are released on dvd! why not 227! They brought out Jackson 5, The Good Times, Different Strokes, The Cosby Show, Girlfriends, My Wife & Kids, etc.... why won't they release another one black comedy on dvd box set!!!!
  • a great family show

    10
    This popular sitcom that starred Marla Gibbs, who played Florence Johnston for many years on The Jeffersons, got her own show. She played Mary Jenkins, a housewife who lived with her contractor husband, Lester and their 14-year-old daughter Brenda. Mary's best friend was Rose Lee Holloway, who used to sit out with her on the stoop of the apartment building (#227) and discuss many things, especially Sandra Clark, the wise-cracking, hyperactive, and often scatter-brained woman from upstairs. Rose had a daughter named Tiffany. Next door to the Jenkins was the gossipping, yet loving, Pearl Shay, a crotchety busybody who lived with her grandson Calvin Dobbs, who was Brenda's first love. Throughout the final two seasons, several new characters appeared.
  • a great family show

    10
    This popular sitcom that starred Marla Gibbs, who played Florence Johnston for many years on The Jeffersons, got her own show. She played Mary Jenkins, a housewife who lived with her contractor husband, Lester and their 14-year-old daughter Brenda. Mary's best friend was Rose Lee Holloway, who used to sit out with her on the stoop of the apartment building (#227) and discuss many things, especially Sandra Clark, the wise-cracking, hyperactive, and often scatter-brained woman from upstairs. Rose had a daughter named Tiffany. Next door to the Jenkins was the gossipping, yet loving, Pearl Shay, a crotchety busybody who lived with her grandson Calvin Dobbs, who was Brenda's first love. Throughout the final two seasons, several new characters appeared.
  • Good Saturday Night Television

    10
    Theres no show like this one. Marla Gibbs went from housekeeper to housewife in this classic 80's sitcom. 227 focused on issues in a close knit middle class neighborhood where everyone knew everyone. We saw the neighborhood kids Calvin (Curtis Baldwin) and Brenda (Regina King) grow up and stayed in the know with the gossip hens Pearl (Helen Martin) and Rose (Alana Reed). The show was very light hearted and never really dealt with any hard, society issues. It was a nice comic relief with good writing to wind down after a hard week on Saturday night in.

    Classic moments from this show included Saundra wanting to have a baby, Run DMC at Brenda and Calvin's high school and Mary's constant insults on Saundra.

    The show seemed to lose steam in the last season after the departure of Jackee Harry. New characters were added to bring a new life to the series but all good things have to come to an end. The show was canceled in April 1990 and the cast did a good send off with the episode "Class of 90"
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