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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 »

Also Known As:

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

The original title of the series was to be simply "Kotter," but that was before composer John Sebastian had difficulty writing the theme song lyrics. He couldn't find enough rhyming words for the title. Giving up on that tack, he decided to compose lyrics that illustrated the premise of the show in a song called, "Welcome Back." The producers were so impressed with the song that they decided to change the series title to "Welcome Back, Kotter." The song was also released on a single which went to #1 on the charts. See more »

Quotes

Vincent 'Vinnie' Barbarino: Hey! Up your nose with a rubber hoses!
Squiggy: Yeah? Well, up your gizzard with a rubber lizard!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) See more »

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Welcome Back
Composed by John Sebastian
Performed by John Sebastian
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Cult Classic (ignoring fourth season)
25 April 2003 | by Swampthing316See all my reviews

This show premiered in September of 1975 and instantly became a classic. The First three seasons are pure genius, however I have no idea what the hell happened to season 4.

This show has potential if you ignore season 4.

TVland now shows this show every Friday and Saturday night at midnight.


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