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Welcome Back, Kotter 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1979)
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A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids.
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1979   1978   1977   1976   1975  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gabe Kaplan ...  Gabe Kotter 95 episodes, 1975-1979
Robert Hegyes ...  Juan Epstein 95 episodes, 1975-1979
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ...  Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington 95 episodes, 1975-1979
Marcia Strassman ...  Julie Kotter 94 episodes, 1975-1979
John Sylvester White ...  Mr. Michael Woodman 94 episodes, 1975-1979
Ron Palillo ...  Arnold Horshack 94 episodes, 1975-1979
John Travolta ...  Vinnie Barbarino 82 episodes, 1975-1979
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Storyline

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>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

9 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Kotter See more »

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Runtime:

(95 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »


Connections

Referenced in A Conversation with Art Director Roy Christopher (2004) See more »

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Welcome Back
Composed by John Sebastian
Performed by John Sebastian
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Up Your Nose With a Rubber Hose!
2 June 2000 | by MIK7x3See all my reviews

"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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