Debuting on NBC in 1985, the 227 sitcom revolves around a group of middle-class people living in a Washington, DC apartment building. The series was designed as a vehicle for The Jeffersons’ Marla Gibbs and also stars Alaina Reed Hall, Jackee Harry, Helen Martin, Hal Williams, Regina King, Curtis Baldwin, Countess Vaughn, Toukie Smith, Barry Sobel, Stoney Jackson, Kevin Peter Hall and Paul Winfield.
The 227 show lasted for five seasons and came to a close after 116 episodes in 1990. The final episode revolves around the plight of the homeless, a story co-written by Gibbs.
This morning, NBC’s Today Show hosted a reunion of the cast of 227 and it was the first time that they’d been seen onscreen together in 20 years.
Taking part in the tribute were Gibbs, Williams, Harry, King, and Baldwin. Martin passed away back in 2000. Alaina Reed Hall passed away in December and her husband (both on and off the show), Kevin Peter Hall, had died in 1991 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion. No mention was made of the other 227 castmembers, like Goodwin who played Hall’s daughter, Tiffany.
Though time has passed and everyone looks a few years older, the chemistry of the sitcom cast is still very apparent.
What do you think? Were you glad to see the cast again? Would you like to see a reunion with the cast reprising their 227 characters?
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