|Who is it?||Actor|
|Birth Day||November 19, 1925|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Age||95 YEARS OLD|
|Created by||C.J. Banks Bill Boulware|
|Based on||227 by Christine Houston|
|Developed by||Jack Elinson|
|Starring||Marla Gibbs Hal Williams Alaina Reed Hall Jackée Harry Helen Martin Regina King Kia Goodwin Curtis Baldwin Countess Vaughn Toukie A. Smith Stoney Jackson Barry Sobel Paul Winfield Kevin Peter Hall|
|Theme music composer||Ray Colcord|
|Opening theme||"There's No Place Like Home", performed by Marla Gibbs|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||116 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Marla Gibbs (1985–1986) Ronald Rubin (1987–1988) Bill Boulware (1987–1988) Bob Myer (1985–1986) Bob Young (1985–1986) Richard Gurman (1985–1987) George Burditt (1987–1988) Ron Bloomberg (1985–1988) Jack Elinson (1985–1987) Roy Campanella, Jr. (1985–1986) Irma Kalish (1988–1990)|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Embassy Television (1985–1986) (season 1) Embassy Communications (1986–1988) (seasons 2-3) ELP Communications (1988-1990) (seasons 3-5) Columbia Pictures Television (1988–1990) (seasons 3-5)|
|Distributor||Columbia Pictures Television (1990-1991)|
|Original release||September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) – May 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)|
The series was adapted from a play written in 1978 by Christine Houston about the lives of women in a predominantly black apartment building in 1950s Chicago. The setting of the series, however, was changed to present-day Washington, D.C. The show was created as a starring vehicle for Marla Gibbs, who had become famous as Florence Johnston, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons, and had starred in Houston's play in Los Angeles. This role was similar in nature to that of tart-tongued Florence; Gibbs' character, housewife Mary Jenkins, loved a good gossip and often spoke what she thought, with sometimes not-so-favorable results.
According to Gibbs, 227 was originally offered to ABC, but sold to NBC. Since The Jeffersons was still on the air on CBS, the new 227 show was scheduled to begin in 1986. However, when The Jeffersons was abruptly and unexpectedly canceled in 1985, Gibbs was free to begin, and 227 went into production a year earlier than had been previously planned.
By the time taping started on the third season in 1987, Jackée Harry, who had just won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress changed her stage name to simply Jackée, which she used until 1994. In the fourth season, an 11-year-old child Prodigy named Alexandria DeWitt (Countess Vaughn) became the Jenkins' houseguest. Vaughn received her role after she appeared on Star Search and declared to host Ed McMahon that her favorite show was 227. However, Alexandria left during Calvin's graduation episode near the end of season four to reunite with her father who after completing his archaeological dig in the Amazon had moved to London to catalogue his items.
After the fourth season, Jackée's television pilot, entitled Jackée, found Sandra moving to New York City and finding work at a spa. NBC aired the episode on May 11, 1989. The pilot was rejected, and Jackée left the show; however, she was a guest star in seven of the final season's episodes.
In the show's final season, Toukie Smith, Barry Sobel, Stoney Jackson, Kevin Peter Hall and Paul Winfield joined the cast in an effort to stop the show's declining ratings. In the end, the cast additions proved fruitless, and 227 ended its run in the spring of 1990.
On September 28, 2004, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment released the complete first season of 227 on DVD in Region 1.
NBC aired daytime reruns of 227 from September 1989 to July 1990. The show went into syndication in the fall of 1990. It has previously aired on cable's BET, TV One, TV Land, Centric, and UP (formerly GMC). Selected Minisodes from the first season are available to view for free on Crackle. 227 (alongside Amen) aired on Encore Black from November 12, 2013 to November 30, 2015. The show is owned and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. 227 aired back-to-back episodes on Logo starting at midnight on New Year's Day 2016. In January 2017, the series began airing on Antenna TV. The series started airing on OWN weekend nights starting December 2, 2017.
On February 7, 2017, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the first season on DVD in Region 1. It is unknown as to when Mill Creek will release sets of the remaining four seasons.