This Was Television On September 14

1985: NBC moves in to 227

Marla Gibbs, Regina King, and Jackée Harry starred as residents of a Washington, D.C. apartment building at the titular address. The sitcom ran for five seasons and is often best remembered for making Jackée a breakout star: she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy in 1987, adopted her mononymous stage name, and left 227 after its fourth season for a failed spinoff pilot.

The success of 227 sparked a brief trend of TV shows named for addresses, including 21 Jump Street, Beverly Hills 90210, and the spectacularly unsuccessful variety hour Rawlins, WY P.O. Box 82301-5566. -A.D.

Also on September 14:

1965: Western-spoofing sitcom F Troop debuts on ABC. The Old West hijinks, centered on the motley military men of Fort Courage, entertained ABC audiences for two seasons.

1981The People’s Court is in session. For the 12 years of the original version’s syndicated run, Judge Joseph Wapner was one of the most famous jurists in America.

Today’s Birthdays: Dan Cortese, MTV sportsman (45); Mary Crosby, Dallasite (53); Faith Ford, FYI reporter (48); Ben Garant, Statseman (42); Walter Koenig, ensign (76); Melissa Leo, Balmer police (52); Andrew Lincoln, walking alive (39); Callum Keith Rennie, Cylon (52); Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Belushi-adjacent (41).

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