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Room 222
Room 222 openingtitle.jpg
Room 222 opening title
Format Comedy-drama
Created by James L. Brooks
Starring Lloyd Haynes
Denise Nicholas
Michael Constantine
Karen Valentine
Theme music composer Jerry Goldsmith
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 112
Executive producer(s) Gene Reynolds
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Original channel ABC
Original run September 11, 1969 – January 11, 1974

Room 222 is an American comedy-drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series aired on ABC from September 17, 1969, to January 11, 1974, for 112 episodes. The show was broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 9:00 PM (EST) for its first two seasons before settling into its best-known time slot of Friday evenings at 9:00 PM, following The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family and preceding The Odd Couple and Love, American Style.[1]

In 1970, Room 222 earned Emmy Awards in three categories: Outstanding New Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Michael Constantine), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Karen Valentine).




Recurring cast

  • Howard Rice - Richie Lane
  • Heshimu - Jason Allen
  • Eric Laneuville - Larry
  • Ta-Tanisha - Pamela
  • Judy Strangis - Helen Loomis
  • David Jolliffe - Bernie
  • Pendrant Netherly - Al Crowley
  • Pamela Peters - Laura
  • Carol Green - Kim
  • Bruno Kirby - Herbie Constadine
  • Ty Henderson - Cleon
  • Hollis Irving - Miss Evans
  • Patsy Garrett - Miss Hogarth
  • Carol Worthington - Miss Portnoy
  • Ivor Francis - Mr. Dragon


The series focused on an American history class at the fictional Walt Whitman High School in Los Angeles, California, although it also depicted other events at the school. The class, held in Room 222, was taught by Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes), an idealistic African-American teacher. Other characters featured in the show were the school's compassionate guidance counselor, Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas), who was also Pete's girlfriend; the dryly humorous school principal, Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine), and the petite and enthusiastic Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine), a student teacher. Also shown was Patsy Garrett as Mr. Kaufman's secretary, Miss Hogarth. In addition, many recurring students were featured from episode to episode.

Pete Dixon delivered gentle lessons to his students in tolerance and understanding. Students admired his wisdom, insight and easygoing manner. The themes of the episodes were sometimes topical, reflecting the current political climate (the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s such as the Vietnam War, women's rights, race relations and Watergate). However, most plots were timeless and featured themes common to teenagers of any era. For example, the 1974 episode entitled "I Didn't Raise My Girl to Be a Soldier?" deals with parent-teenager issues and gender role issues.

The show featured many actors who went on to become major stars, such as Bruno Kirby, Bernie Kopell, Cindy Williams, Teri Garr, Jamie Farr, Rob Reiner, Anthony Geary, Richard Dreyfuss, Chuck Norris, Kurt Russell, and Mark Hamill. Child actor Flip Mark made one of his last screen roles in the 1969 episode "Funny Boy".

The series was filmed on location in the city of Los Angeles, at Los Angeles High School.[2]

Room 222's initial episodes garnered weak ratings and ABC was poised to cancel the program after one season. But the show earned several nominations at the 1970 Emmy Awards and ABC relented. After the series ended, the program entered syndication and was rerun on several television stations throughout the United States.

The theme song was composed by film composer Jerry Goldsmith, written in a 7/4 time signature.

DVD release

On March 24, 2009, Shout! Factory released Season 1 of Room 222 on DVD in Region 1. Season 2 will be released on January 19, 2010. However, it will only be available for purchase through Shout! Factory's retail site. [1]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Season One 26 March 24, 2009

"Forty Years On": Featurette with all-new interviews with series creator James L. Brooks and cast members Denise Nicholas & Michael Constantine

Season Two 26 January 19, 2010


  1. ^ Room 222 at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Closing credits of Room 222 (DVD)

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