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227 - The Complete First Season
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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!!!
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 tv.com. 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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Where are the other discs?!!!! Why put out just 1 season. Come on....they're playing with us here. This is my fav show of all time! Bring out the other seasons....Published 29 days ago by sjones_writer
I purchased this Dvd for my mom who loves this sitcom and was excited to see it on dvd she loved watching it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L_82
In the pantheon of black sitcoms, 227 wasn’t as upscale as THE JEFFERSONS nor as bleak as GOOD TIMES, and while it never attained the blockbuster ratings of THE COSBY SHOW, when... Read morePublished 5 months ago by KaseyG
Great show but just have one pressing question WHERE THE HECK ARE THE OTHER SEASONS?????????? This was released 12 years ago what happened to the others? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert B. Warren Jr.
This show is hysterical. Typical 80s show but super funny. I laughed and laughed. I highly reccomendPublished 12 months ago by Jenny
This is a funny show with class in it. I like it very much and hope more seasons are released soon.Published 14 months ago by Marco Benden