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Room 222

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Room 222 was an ABC situation comedy/drama TV series that aired from September 17, 1969 to January 11, 1974. It chronicled the events in an American History class at Walt Whitman High School in Los Angeles. The class was taught by Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes), an African-American instructor. Other characters featured in the show were Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas) as Pete's girlfriend, Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine) as the school principal and Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine) as a student teacher. In addition, many recurring students were featured from episode to episode.

Pete Dixon was portrayed as an idealist and 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. However, most plots were timeless and featured themes common to teenagers of any era.

The show is notable for featuring many actors who went on to become major stars, such as Bruno Kirby, Cindy Williams, Teri Garr, Jamie Farr, Rob Reiner, Anthony Geary, Richard Dreyfuss, Chuck Norris, Kurt Russell, and Mark Hamill.

After the series ended, the show entered syndication and was rerun on several stations throughout the United States.

The fictional Walt Whitman High School is in real life John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, which is located less than a mile from the ABC Television Center. The school was attended by many future stars, news and sports figures, including Julie Newmar, Andy Reid, Heidi Fleiss, Anne-Marie Johnson, Pete Arbogast, Bob Arbogast, Lance Ito and Michelle Phillips.

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