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  • Actors: Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRL4Y2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Room 222: Season 1" on IMDb

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When Room 222 premiered in 1969, it quickly made Friday nights worth staying home for. A compelling series about life at a multiracial Los Angeles high school, it left an indelible mark on popular culture by using the half hour form to explore socially relevant issues (more than a year before All In The Family) and by starting the still-popular trend of high school television series. Created by the now legendary James L. Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, The Simpsons), the program was praised for dealing realistically with such subjects as prejudice and drugs.

Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes) is a dedicated and popular history teacher who fights the good fight on the side of his students. Joining him in his idealistic approach to education are guidance counselor Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas) and student teacher Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine). Experienced and slightly world-weary principal Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine) provides a balance to the youthful idealism of the 60s cultural revolution but at the end of the day everyone is on the side of the students. Season One guest stars include Teri Garr, William Schallert, Bob Balaban, Kenneth Mars, Bud Cort, Donald Moffat, Larry Linville, Beah Richards, Paul Winfield, Nancy Wilson, Bernie Kopell, Rob Reiner and more.

Bonus Features:

* Forty Years On: All new interviews with creator James L. Brooks and cast members Denise Nicholas, Karen Valentine and Michael Constantine

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From its auspicious pilot episode, Room 222 was in a class by itself, earning an Emmy Award its first season for Outstanding New Series. James L. Brooks, who would graduate to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and The Simpsons, created this groundbreaking dramedy set in integrated Walt Whitman High School in Los Angeles. Anchoring the Grade-A ensemble is the late Lloyd Haines as idealistic history teacher Peter Dixon, who doesn't go by the book. "The world is being revised," he tells his students. "You'd better be doing some thinking." Denise Nicholas costars as compassionate guidance counselor (and Dixon's girlfriend) Liz McIntyre. Michael Constantine earned an Emmy Award as job-weary, but principled principal Mr. Kaufman. Karen Valentine also earned an Emmy as over-eager student teacher Alice Johnson. Rarely seen in syndication, Room 222 is a rediscovered treasure that holds up 40 years later. Episodes deal with such timeless issues as self-esteem (a disruptive student uses humor to mask his loneliness), course relevance (students rebel against their elderly "Preparation for Marriage" teacher), school bureaucracy (a prize student reveals he actually lives out of district), and popularity (a new student lies to gain acceptance). Room 222 gets high marks for keeping it real. It tackled some hot button issues of the day, such as race, in an understated and meaningful way (even the laugh track is restrained). When Alice asks Peter if he prefers to be referred to as colored, Negro, or black, he responds, "I've always preferred 'Pete.'" Among the standouts in the classroom are Howard Rice as the precocious Richie, David Jolliffe as Bernie with the red afro, Heshimu as militant Jason, and Judy Strangis as shy Helen Loomis. The show also features early appearances by a roster of Most Likely to Succeed candidates, including Teri Garr, Rob Reiner, and Bob Balaban, along with such TV Land faves as William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show), Ann Morgan Guilbert (Millie on The Dick Van Dyke Show), and Bernie Koppell (Get Smart). Little, if any, restoration works appears to have been done, but in this case, the washed-out colors and less than crystal audio complement Room 222's 60s vibe. This set gets extra credit for a nice bonus feature, a series retrospective featuring new interviews with Brooks, his writing partner, Allan Burns, Constantine, and Nicholas. Their affectionate and candid remembrances put this show in the context of the era and restore its legacy as one of TV's smartest, and, for the time, hippest, half hours. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

Many of the problems of are still relevant today.
Steven
Yes, the quality of the picture is awful especially the pilot episode,but Shout Factory warns on the DVD Box "DVDs created from best surviving video masters."
E. Hamilton
Would recommend the DVD if you liked the show from the 60's.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on December 13, 2008
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File this under the category, "good things come to those who wait," and brother, has it been a long, long wait for this Classic TV gem to be rediscovered and released on DVD. Now, thanks to Shout! Factory, the complete first season of the iconic comedy-drama, Room 222, is being released for the first-time ever in a four-disc DVD boxed set.

The series, which premiered on ABC in 1969, explored life at integrated Walt Whitman High School in Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of Pete Dixon, a black American history instructor whose classes are held in Room 222. It's amazing to look back and realize that integration was considered fairly "new" in 1969!

(The basic plot was similar to the popular 1967 film, To Sir, With Love, which starred the brilliant Sidney Poitier. In the movie, Poitier portrayed an idealistic teacher-trainee dealing with rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.)

Room 222 was a half-hour comedy-drama that aired on ABC from 1969-1974. While seldom seen in syndication today, the show broke new ground that would later be developed by the major sitcom factories of the 1970's.

Mixing dramatic elements with traditional TV comedy, Room 222 also predated the "dramedy" form by almost two decades! (Note: Director James L. Brooks worked on the series and went on to fame for his efforts in everything from the Mary Tyler Moore Show to the Simpons, as well as countless movies.)

The plots of Room 222 centered around dedicated and student-friendly teacher Dixon (played by Lloyd Haynes) whose mild-mannered style was admired and respected by students. He used American history class as a spring-board to teach real-life lessons in understanding and tolerance.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2009
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With so many TV series being abandoned by the larger studios, I caution reviews with the words they use to discourage shoppers from purchasing this wonderful series. I believe you can provide accurate information concerning the quality of this release without bashing it and scaring shoppers away. Room 222 in a charming, well written show that needs to see all of its seasons released. If sales are not good we may certainly not see any further seasons released. I am very happy to have this in my DVD collection. Of course I wish the video/audio were perfect, but it's completely watchable for a show from 1969. Please support this release and enjoy a great show from the past.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Allen Jackson on March 26, 2009
Despite the poor-to-fair, and inconsistently so, picture quality, I am so GLAD that this 1st season of Room 222 was released! Let's hope all the seasons are issued.

Also, it is apparent that the studio did the best job they could--for example, the episodes are about 26 minutes long, not shortened syndication versions.

We wanted very badly for this set to be released; let's not complain. It's not like Shout Factory regularly makes junk, it's normally pristine stuff; they obviously did the best they could with this, and it IS appreciated.

Let's see season #2 of Room 222 very soon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Mason on May 21, 2009
This DVD represents a breakthrough, in that it was one of the first shows on TV to have an integrated cast and and a black star. Although all four of the characters had a more or less equal role, it was Lloyd Haynes and Denise Nicholas who had the first two opening credits. It was also one of the first, if not THE first, show to address complex social issues. It was really one of a kind and gives a snapshot of what school life was like in the late 60s and early 70s. It's also great to see Karen Valentine (it was before my time, but she must have been the object of many guy's desire, especially those who like the girl-next-door type). And of course Michael Constantine is fantastic as Principal Kauffman. For anyone who loved him in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, here's a chance to see him in the role he was famous for before that. And it's great to watch the students to see actors who went on to become bigger stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monica on March 25, 2009
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All of the reviews thus far attesting to the poor quality of the video transfer are absolutely true! One reviewer stated your mouth will drop open when you see it...Not far from the truth. However, I give props to Shout Factory for even digging deep in the vault to bring this fine show to DVD. There is even a statement on the back of the DVD packaging that states "DVDs created from best surviving video masters." I ordered this DVD set as soon as Amazon put it up for an incredible pre-order price of $10.99! So, I'm not complaining....just putting this out there for those of you who want to know. Shout Factory has done a fine job with the many other DVD sets they have produced, and we look forward to more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom on April 12, 2009
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I've waited years for "Room 222," my favorite show as a kid, to come out on DVD. I've just now finished watching the last of every episode in this box set, and all I can say is: GROOVY, Baby! I hear the complaints about the film quality among the reviews here; it's true, there are some visual flaws, but really....I bought this set for the show, not the video quality. I can't say that any markings from the original video transfer hindered my enjoyment in any way. If you're an obsessive videophile, you might be bothered by these stray marks, but if you're looking to experience this wonderful show again, please don't be deterred by this.

What strikes me first about the show is how innocent it was. At the time, we all thought "222" was cutting edge and not a little controversial. To watch it today is to experience an era of idealism among teens which is sometimes hokey, but always endearing. The big winners here, though, are the teachers and staff of Walt Whitman High School. Michael Constantine's principal, Seymour Kaufman, is dryer and funnier than I had remembered. Lloyd Haynes' Pete Dixon is just as cool as I remembered him. I wanted to be Pete Dixon when I grew up, and now I see why; the guy is everything 1970's hip. Denise Nicholson is equally with-it, and more beautiful than I realized in 1969, at which time my first crush was Karen Valentine. It's easy to see why, though. Beneath the doofiness of her Alice Johnson is comic timing that was destined for TV greatness, and there's no mistaking her hidden grown-up attractiveness.

Honestly, I enjoyed every single episode of this 4-disc set--something I can't say for most TV series I've purchased on DVD (which is many). I can't wait for Seasons 2, 3 and beyond to be released. I'll be first on line to purchase again.
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