Room 222: Season 1
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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.
* 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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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.Read more ›
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!
Room 222 did for the teaching profession on television what Jack Webb did for the police profession on TV. It just brought the whole thing down to earth and made the people more true to life. I saw Room 222 growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and it was part of that smash ABC Friday night line-up: The Brady Bunch at 8 p.m., The Partridge Family at 8:30, Room 222 at 9 p.m., The Odd Couple at 9:30, and Love American Style at 10 o'clock. Looking back upon it all, I probably understood Room 222 the least. The show was subtle with much more mature conversation than the shows which preceded it on Friday night, and more serious than the two which were to follow. The laugh track was subdued; It didn't hit one over the head. I suppose the ABC execs who programmed the show meant it for a high school audience and their parents, and both had to listen attentively and be thoughtful at that. In a world that seemed to be unraveling in the late '60s and early '70s with Vietnam, the Youth Movement, Watergate, what have you, Room 222 now seems like an island of stability compared with more recent times of what is happening on junior high and high school campuses.
I suppose that Lloyd Haynes was an ABC counterpart to NBC's Chet Kincaid on The Bill Cosby Show. Here was a thoughtful, African-American man who could teach and hold the students' interest while putting history into perspective and addressing current issues.Read more ›
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Bring back wonderful memories I wish they had the whole series availablePublished 10 months ago by stephanie jones
Just OK. Aside from the mediocre video quality , the show itself seems rather dated, and not holding up very well, although I remember it from way back when. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer