ROOM 222

September 17, 1969 - January 11, 1974
ABC Situation Comedy - 112 Episodes


Pete Dixon:   Lloyd Haynes
Liz McIntyre:   Denise Nicholas
Seymour Kaufman:   Michael Constantine
Alice Johnson:   Karen Valentine
Miss Evans:   Hollis Irving
Miss Hogarth:   Patsy Garrett
Miss Portnoy:   Carol Worthington
Richie Lane:   Howard Rice
Jason Allen:   Heshimu
Larry:   Eric Laneuville
Pamela:   Ta-Tanisha
Helen Loomis:   Judy Strangis
Bernie:   David Jolliffe
Al Crowley:   Pendrant Netherly
Laura:   Pamela Peters
Kim:   Carol Green
Herbie Constadine:   Bruno Kirby
Cleon:   Ty Henderson

Life at 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.

An idealist, Pete instilled his students with gentle lessons
in tolerance and understanding. The students loved him for
his easygoing manner and willingness to side with them
when he knew they were being short-changed by the system.
Seymour Kaufman was the cool, slightly sarcastic principal,
Liz McIntyre Pete's girlfriend and school counselor, and
Alice Johnson an exuberant student teacher.

Many of the plotlines were based on the politics of the day,
while most of the episodes were timeless tales of teenage angst.
Even though "Room 222" was grounded in the era of peace
and love, it wasn't all hippy-dippy jive. Sure, one week the
plot was about radical and square students facing off, but the
next week the show was about a fat kid hiding his pain by acting
as the class clown; pretty timeless stuff. A lot of fundraising
and authority-questioning went on at the fictional Southern
California campus, but there was always a lesson learned with
little or no preaching attached. The show was very well received
by viewers and critics alike, and was awarded with the Emmy
for "Outstanding New Series" its freshman year.

There was a cast of regular players in the multi-racial student
body; frizzy-haired Bernie, jive-talking Jason, girl-next-door
Helen and several others that were residents of Pete Dixon's
homeroom over "Room 222"'s 4 1/2 seasons. Guest students and
staffers would join on a one-off basis to add to the drama and
keep the storylines fresh. Some of faces who passed through the
hallowed halls of Walt Whitman High as students; Cindy Williams,
Teri Garr, Jamie Farr, Rob Reiner, Richard Dreyfus, Chuck Norris,
Kurt Russell, and Mark Hamill to name a few.


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