This sitcom follows recently divorced mother (Ann Romano) and her two teenage daughters (Barbara and Julie) as they start a new life together in Indianapolis, They are befriended by the ... See full summary »
Pat Harrington Jr.
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>
The actors playing the four main Sweathogs were much older than the characters they played. By the final season, Ron Palillo was 29, Robert Hegyes 27, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs 25, and John Travolta 24. See more »
We all go through the gawky phase of adolescence, and television was no different. Welcome Back Kotter was a goofy show in the '70s and remains campy to this day.
One of its most redeeming features lies in the fact that it is like the professional equivalent of embarrassing baby pictures of those involved (regular or guest stars) in the series who have gone on to fame and success in more meaty projects.
At least, that's how it is for those of us who are old enough to remember that simple decade when half the population was into hemp and the other polyester, but young enough to do so without nostalgia. Kotter was and is a kids' show, but even for the seventies it was an unholy amalgam of Elvis and Beaver Cleaver.
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