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227 - The Complete First Season (1985)

Marla Gibbs , Hal Williams , Arlando Smith , Ellen Falcon  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall, Jackée Harry, Regina King
  • Directors: Arlando Smith, Ellen Falcon, Gary Brown, Gerren Keith, Oz Scott
  • Writers: Bill Boulware, Bob Myer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002O7Y8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "227 - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on three discs
  • Stories from the Stoop
  • Three Ladies Remember 227
  • From Stage to Screen: 227

Editorial Reviews

The Complete First Season of the ‘80s classic "227" is now available on DVD! This 3-disc set features Marla Gibbs as a sharp-witted housewife who finds herself mixed up in the lives of the eccentric fellow tenants in her apartment complex. Stars: Regina King (Daddy Day Care, Jerry Maguire, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde), 5-time Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award nominee Marla Gibbs, (TV’s "The Jeffersons," The Brothers), 2-time Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award nominee Jackee Harry (You Got Served; Sister, Sister).

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see this show on DVD October 4, 2004
It is really great that Columbia Tri Star is brining back some of the class African-American comedies from the 70's and 80's to DVD. These shows were enjoyed by all. The first season of 227 we really learn about the foundation of the characters on 227, Mary, Lester and her daughter Brenda. It was nice to see Marla Gibb in a role where she wasn't a maid but a wife and mother. Her and Lester had a nice family. The late Helen Martin shines as the elderly wise cracking neighbor Pearl and Jackee Harry is quite funny as Sexy Sandra. I really enjoy this show because these were working class people who often found themselves in funny predicaments that usually were solved by the end of the show. Some of the funniest episodes on this set include the episode when the people in the building think they have won the lottery, the episode when Brenda has a crush on Calvin and turns to Sandra for advice and the first episode when Mary accidently hits a car and leaves a note on the car only to have another car come along and almost destroy the car. I hope that future seasons make it to DVD also. The first three seasons were the funniest! I purchase a lot of these DVD's to let my family watch because some of these older shows are a lot better than these new shows.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE RELEASE SEASON 2 PRONTO !!!!!!!!!!! December 6, 2005
I have always loved this show and was thrilled when it was finally released on dvd, but this show really started to cook in the second season hint!hint! I just wish the powers at be would'nt take so long releasing other season sets, which I think can really affect the sales and future sets being released.

Meanwhile, I hope the second season sees the light of day on dvd because I would love to own the episode when Sondra meets a politian who also has eyes for Brenda's teacher, played by Jayne Kennedy! The whole second season is filled with great episodes and I hope we fans won't have to wait in vain for the next release of this very funny show!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Crazy Episode Sequencing January 3, 2008
I will echo the praise of other reviewers here for this show. It's one of my favorite sitcoms from the mid to late 80s. The casting is perfect, the stories well written. Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry are a joy to watch.

The reason I'm giving this dvd only three stars is because the episode sequencing on the set is the worst I've ever seen. Instead of following the airing order, which is the way the show should be viewed, I think they followed the production order. What this means is that after watching the pilot episode on disc one you will have to go to another disc to watch the second part of that story. They do not tell you this anywhere on the set.

The proper airing order can be viewed at This is the way the creators of the show intended viewers to watch it. You'll understand why once you see the sequence. Unfortunately, to watch it the way it was meant to be watched one has to alternate back and forth between discs which can get real annoying real quick.

I'm also shocked that only the first season has been released after all this time. Is this not selling well? Regardless of the crazy episode sequencing this is one terrific show and I'll buy it no matter how they release it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~* With your family around you, you're never alone ~* September 19, 2006
227: The Complete First Season is a classic series. Pull up a milk crate and take up a space on the stoop - you'll be laughing in no time.

Marla Gibbs, within a few weeks of her last performance as the smart-mouthed maid Florence on The Jeffersons, Gibbs purchased the rights to a stage play called 227, had it developed into a sitcom, and began filming the new series. In July 1985, The Jeffersons ran for the last time on CBS. Two months later, on September 14, 1985, 227 joined NBC's Saturday night lineup.

Set in Washington, DC, the series follows the residents of building number 227, a solidly middle-class apartment house located in a neighbor that is rapidly becoming gentrified with posh condominiums. Gibbs plays Mary Jenkins, a no-nonsense housewife. Mary's construction supervisor husband, Lester (Hal Williams), is a caring, dependable father to their teenage daughter, Brenda (Regina King). Mary's best friend is Rose Lee Holloway (Alaina Reed-Hall), a gossipy widow. The two pals love to sit on the stoop and discuss their lives.and the lives of anyone else who happens to wander by. Sandra Clark (Jackee Harry) is the building's resident vamp, a sashaying mantrap whose haughty attitude often sets her at odds with down-to-earth Mary. Pearl Shay (Helen Martin) is an elderly busybody who observes all of 227's comings and goings from her perch at the window of her first floor apartment. Rounding out the building's principal residents are Calvin (Curtis Baldwin), Pearl's seventeen year-old grandson (and Brenda's boyfriend), and Rose's daughter Tiffany (Kia Goodwin).

One reason that the show is so fresh is that its characters are relatively unique, especially for a show created in 1985.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue! Excellent collecting of 1st season! October 3, 2004
By Preston
I think it was long overdue that they made a DVD package of "227." That first season had some good, funny episodes. It rivaled "The Cosby Show" in terms of the family element and themes. I thought that Jackee Harry's character of sassy Sandra was so funny, always coming to Mary Jenkins' apartment in her flashy, colorful dresses. Every week she was wearing something different. I was impressed by how Marla Gibbs would go from one successful show of "The Jeffersons" to another successful show in "227" all within a 15-year span! I still can't get over how NBC scheduled the show in its final season of 1990, putting it on Sunday against very high rated shows like "Murder She Wrote." But for the first four seasons from 1985 to 1989, they produced their best output. Regina King's start on this show set the tone for her roles in movies such as Jerry McGuire, Daddy Day Care, Boyz N The Hood, Ray and many others. Much credit to Bill Benfield, Bill Boulware, Gerren Keith, Arlando Smith, Roxie Wenk-Evans and the many producers, writers, actors and people who were involved in the show.
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