Gabe Kotter is a high-school teacher with a bunch of unruly students in his class. The student troublemakers are led by Vinnie Barbarino, who has a knack for rhyming insults.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In replacing John Travolta for the fourth season, producers wanted to avoid bringing in a Vinnie Barbarino "Clone"/Knockoff. As a result, Beau was developed as a complete contrast to Barbarino, as well as the other Sweathogs. Producers also gave Beau the down home southern background/persona to boost the show's appeal in non-Urban markets where the show was ratings challenged. See more »
"Welcome Back, Kotter" was one of the funniest serials I have ever seen. It starred Gabe Kaplan as Mr. Kotter, who taught a remedial class of "Sweathogs" which featured Arnold Horshack, Juan Epstein, Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington, and Vinnie Barbarino as four of his students. Between the hilarious plots and the identifiable high school situations, the show was a hit. What student in a diverse environment can't identify with "Roses are red, violets are blue, my mom wants me to date a Puerto Rican Jew"? My favourite episode focused upon the Sweathogs cleaning for a pregnant Mrs. Kotter, only to destroy her apartment. Reruns have been off the air in Canada for quite some time, so I suggest that if networks want to improve ratings, that they welcome back Kotter!
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