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Writer:
James L. Brooks (created by)
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Seasons:
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Release Date:
17 September 1969 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Black teacher Pete Dixon tries to teach the students at Walt Whitman High to be tolerant. He is assisted by girlfriend and school counselor Liz and student teacher (later teacher) Alice. The students love him. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Lloyd Haynes ... Pete Dixon (113 episodes, 1969-1974)

Denise Nicholas ... Liz McIntyre (113 episodes, 1969-1974)

Michael Constantine ... Principal Seymour Kaufman (113 episodes, 1969-1974)

Karen Valentine ... Alice Johnson (113 episodes, 1969-1974)
David Jolliffe ... Bernie (65 episodes, 1969-1973)
Judy Strangis ... Helen Loomis / ... (56 episodes, 1969-1973)
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Series Directed by
Charles R. Rondeau (15 episodes, 1971-1974)
William Wiard (10 episodes, 1969-1971)
Terry Becker (8 episodes, 1969-1971)
Gene Reynolds (8 episodes, 1969-1971)
Richard Kinon (8 episodes, 1970-1972)
James Sheldon (8 episodes, 1971-1973)
Herman Hoffman (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Lee Philips (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Allen Baron (5 episodes, 1971-1974)
Ivan Dixon (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Seymour Robbie (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Leslie H. Martinson (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Sid McCoy (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Leo Penn (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Charles S. Dubin (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Richard Michaels (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
John Erman (2 episodes, 1970)
Bill Bixby (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Writing credits
James L. Brooks (113 episodes, 1969-1974)
Martin Donovan (10 episodes, 1972-1974)
Arlene Stadd (9 episodes, 1972-1974)
Leonard Stadd (9 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bud Freeman (7 episodes, 1970-1972)
John D.F. Black (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Richard M. Bluel (6 episodes, 1971-1974)
Ronald Rubin (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Joanna Lee (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Steven Pritzker (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Allan Burns (4 episodes, 1969)
Stephen Kandel (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
Albert Ruben (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Douglas Day Stewart (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Jerry Rannow (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Greg Strangis (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
George Kirgo (3 episodes, 1969-1973)
Anthony Lawrence (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
William Wood (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Richard De Roy (3 episodes, 1970)
John McGreevey (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Peggy Elliott (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Treva Silverman (2 episodes, 1969)
Dale McRaven (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bernie Kahn (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Don Balluck (2 episodes, 1971)
Gene Reynolds (2 episodes, 1971)
Gene Thompson (2 episodes, 1972)

Series Produced by
Jon Kubichan .... producer (38 episodes, 1972-1974)
Terry Becker .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Ronald Rubin .... producer (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
William P. D'Angelo .... producer (23 episodes, 1971-1972)
Gene Reynolds .... producer (19 episodes, 1969-1970)
Allan Burns .... producer (7 episodes, 1969-1970)
William J. Kenney .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Original Music by
Benny Golson (52 episodes, 1969-1972)
Richard LaSalle (38 episodes, 1972-1974)
Warren Barker (2 episodes, 1969)
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (2 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Cinematography by
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (97 episodes, 1969-1973)
Ted Voigtlander (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
J. Frank O'Neill (56 episodes, 1969-1974)
Clay Bartels (35 episodes, 1970-1973)
George Jay Nicholson (13 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Phillips (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1969-1973)
James Blakeley .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mike Salamunovich .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Glassman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Stunts
Ernest Robinson .... stunt coordinator (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
 
Series Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music (113 episodes, 1969-1974)
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (113 episodes, 1969-1974)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... production driver (5 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Other crew
Martin Donovan .... executive script consultant (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 

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Runtime:
30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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The show takes place at the fictional Walt Whitman High School. The old building at Los Angeles High School, which was used for the exterior of Walt Whitman High, collapsed in the 1971 earthquake.See more »
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Commentary, 7 May 2002
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

It may have been socially relevant for its time,but this was one of the shows that dealt with the cutting-edge issues of its day. This show came on the heels of several issues of its time including the Apollo 13 moon mission,the struggle of the civil rights movement and the overall fighting and the anti-war demonstrations of the Vietnam War.

However,it was the 'Boston Public' of its time.

Room 222 simply deals with the everyday happenings of a black English teacher(played by Lloyd Haynes)who is struggling against bureaucratic pressures which is exemplified by the school principal(played by Michael Constantine) who would always help his students make something of themselves by staying in school and not getting into trouble. However,it was absolutely routine even by today's standards--but it was frank and very controversial went it premiered in 1969 on ABC-TV.

The show dealt with a lot of racial issues here which goes to show that just seeing an African-American in a position of authority and helping out the students and bringing them together made this show stand out. There were other issues as well including pregnancy,drug abuse and school violence,and interracial dating(something that was explored but never dealt with and the first to do so). One episode in particular dealt with a student who wanted the faculty have a black festival and out of the blue---the queen of soul herself---Aretha Franklin lends her support and even sings here(that episode is a rarity if it is seen).

There were excellent secondary performances from not only Haynes,but from Karen Valentine and Denise Nicholas and from the students too including Glynn Turman and Eric Laneuville. The series ran on ABC-TV from 1969-1974 and it came out during the "bubble gum" era of shows like The Brady Bunch. This was a fine show that was very "realistic" and to learn what it was like to just get along with each other.

NOTE: The shows' creator was James L. Brooks who went on to produced "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and countless others. The producers were Larry Gelbert and Gene Reynolds who would also produced the M*A*S*H TV show the following year as well as writer D'Angelo Brooks.

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