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Welcome Back, Kotter 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1979)
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 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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Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington: Hey, Mr. Kot-tair!
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Welcome Back
Composed by John Sebastian
Performed by John Sebastian
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One of the best shows ever? I think so.
1 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

'Welcome Back, Kotter' is one of those shows you stay home on the weekends for. I know I do. From the puberty-neglected voice of Arnold Horseshack to the feathered and Jew-froed hair of Vinnie Barbarino, Juan Epstein, and Gabe Kotter, everything about this show is classic. At first glance it might just seem like some kitschy little retro sitcom, but make no mistake, it is awesome. By the last season the show slowed down and became a shadow of it's former self, but if you can ignore that then you will see that this show is one of the best ever.


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