Welcome Back, Kotter (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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 Gabe Kotter (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Juan Epstein (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Julie Kotter (94 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Mr. Michael Woodman (94 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Arnold Horshack (94 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Vinnie Barbarino / ... (81 episodes, 1975-1979)
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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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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 »

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[when Arnold became a cult member]
Arnold Horshack: What is? is. What was? will be. What will be *was*, but will be again.
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Composed by John Sebastian
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Up Your Nose With a Rubber Hose!
2 June 2000 | by See 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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