1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (USA)
15 x 30 minute episodes
Nick Szysznyk (Ned Beatty) was a retired Marine sergeant used to the discipline and order of military life who had taken on a new job as a playground supervisor at the Northeast Community Center in a poor neighbourhood in Washington, DC.
Coping with the bureaucracy in the city government that funded the centre, his coworkers, and the street kids who used the centre all proved challenging to him.
Also starring were Olivia Cole as his boss, district supervisor Ms Harrison; Susan Lanier as Sandi, the nursery school teacher; Leonard Barr as the centre’s equipment manager; and Jarrod Johnson, Barry Miller, Scott Colomby and Thomas Carter as the centre’s prime habitues, Ralph, Bernard Fortwengler, Tony La Placa, and Ray Gun.
Highly successful in its initial run on CBS against repeat programming during the summer, Szysznyk (pronounced “ziznik”) returned in December 1977 against stronger competition and lasted only two months.
Tony La Placa