Series / Room 222

Room 222 was a comedy-drama series created by James L. Brooks and airing on ABC from 19691974, focusing on life at a typical American High School in Los Angeles and set primarily in the American history class taught in the titular Room 222 by African-American teacher Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes).

Many serious topics facing teen-agers were addressed, some relevant today: bullying, depression, suicide, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, cheating, teacher-student relationships and so forth. Despite this, most episodes had at least one lighter-hearted subplot to provide balance.

In addition to being the first major success for Brooks (who would go on to develop many popular TV shows and films), and one of the first successful series set at a high school to appeal directly to teenagers, Room 222 is best remembered today for two things: