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.