TV Fact #233 – June 14th, 2015:

“227” (1985-1990) may have been one of the very few TV series set in Washington, DC not to center around any political or governmental themes, but it was also one of the earliest uses of rap in a National TV Promo or Ad directed at mainstream viewers. This was done where, prior to the show’s debut, NBC’s promotional campaign included a TV spot narrated in a Rap style.

It separated itself from other Washington, DC shows also because it was based on a play of the same title by playwright Christine Houston. It had been presented at the Crossroads Theatre and Arts Academy prior to being adapted as a series. This just happened to be actress Marla Gibbs’s company. Gibbs would go on to play the character Mary Jenkins and, along with actor Hal Williams and actress Helen Martin who played Lester Jenkins and Pearl Shay respectively, were the only three actors to appear in every episode over the show’s five year run.

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