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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
9 September 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
First Three Seasons Funny, Fourth Season Not See more (25 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 33)

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)

Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (82 episodes, 1975-1979)

John Travolta ... Vinnie Barbarino / ... (81 episodes, 1975-1979)
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Series Directed by
Bob LaHendro (38 episodes, 1975-1977)
Norman Abbott (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bob Claver (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
James Komack (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
Bill Hobin (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Writing credits
Gabe Kaplan (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
Alan Sacks (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
Michael Barrie (26 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter Meyerson (24 episodes, 1975-1978)
Eric Cohen (16 episodes, 1975-1978)
George Arthur Bloom (12 episodes, 1977-1979)
Nick Arnold (11 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jewel Jaffe (8 episodes, 1975-1977)
Jerry Rannow (8 episodes, 1975-1977)
George Yanok (7 episodes, 1975-1977)
Earl Barret (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Rick Hawkins (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Liz Sage (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Beverly Bloomberg (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gene Perret (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Richmond (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Linda Morris (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Vic Rauseo (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Neil Rosen (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
George Tricker (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Steve Clements (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Mark Evanier (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Joyce Gittlin (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Dennis Palumbo (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Paul Mason (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Garry Ferrier (2 episodes, 1978)
Aubrey Tadman (2 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
James Komack .... executive producer (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
Claire Barrett Young .... associate producer (50 episodes, 1977-1979)
Nick Arnold .... producer (27 episodes, 1977-1978)
George Arthur Bloom .... producer (27 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter Meyerson .... supervising producer (27 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Manheim .... associate producer (24 episodes, 1975-1977)
Eric Cohen .... producer (23 episodes, 1976-1977)
George Yanok .... producer (23 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gene Perret .... producer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Richmond .... producer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ed Simmons .... supervising executive producer (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alan Sacks .... producer (22 episodes, 1975-1976)
Thomas Hill .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Original Music by
John Sebastian (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
Terry M. Pickford (23 episodes, 1976-1977)
Susan Jenkins (11 episodes, 1975)
Stephen McKeown (8 episodes, 1975)
Manuel Martinez (3 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Casting by
Jorge Luis Rodriguez (16 episodes, 1975-1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
Roy Christopher (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
James Shanahan (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Charles Kreiner (1 episode, 1975)
 
Series Costume Design by
Toni Vitale (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Makeup Department
Harry Blake .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Production Management
Conrad Holzgang .... executive in charge of production / production supervisor / ... (85 episodes, 1975-1979)
Paul Mason .... production supervisor (50 episodes, 1977-1979)
Helen Azevedo .... unit manager (13 episodes, 1977)
Gary Necessary .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1975)
Donald B. Colhour .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Avigail Yaacovy .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Hardwick .... associate director (11 episodes, 1975)
Jim Cox .... associate director (5 episodes, 1977-1979)
 
Series Art Department
James Shanahan .... assistant art director (13 episodes, 1975-1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Ron Estes .... audio (9 episodes, 1975)
Ron Cronkhite .... audio (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
William Cole .... audio (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Denton .... camera operator / camera (27 episodes, 1977-1979)
Rory O'Connor .... camera assistant / assistant camera (16 episodes, 1975-1977)
Les Shaw .... video (10 episodes, 1975)
Carl Pitsch .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Herb Margolis .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1975)
Marc Palius .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Victor Bagdadi .... senior video / senior video operator (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lon Stucky .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1975)
Dale Walsh .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1976)
Bill Pope .... camera operator / camera (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim DuBois .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1976)
Bill Scott .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Casting Department
Lynn Stalmaster .... original casting (94 episodes, 1975-1979)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toni Vitale .... costume supervisor / wardrobe supervisor / ... (14 episodes, 1975-1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
David W. Foster .... on-line editor (3 episodes, 1977)
Susan Jenkins .... supervising editor (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Andy Ackerman .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Music Department
John Sebastian .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (95 episodes, 1975-1979)
 
Series Other crew
Earl Barret .... executive script consultant (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marc Ferrero .... production assistant / production staff (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Roy Goran .... technical director (22 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bill Daly .... production clerk (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Herm Falk .... technical director (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mei Ling Moore .... production assistant / assistant to executive producer / ... (16 episodes, 1975-1979)
Jim Ralston .... technical director (15 episodes, 1976-1977)
Eric Cohen .... script supervisor / creative consultant / ... (13 episodes, 1975-1978)
Diane Katz .... assistant to the producer / assistant to producer (13 episodes, 1975-1978)
Jewel Jaffe .... story editor / executive script consultant (12 episodes, 1975-1977)
Jerry Rannow .... story editor / executive script consultant (12 episodes, 1975-1977)
Karl Messerschmidt .... technical director (11 episodes, 1975-1976)
Sandy Carrillo .... administrative assistant (11 episodes, 1975)
Jim Cox .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1975)
Moki de Marco .... production assistant (11 episodes, 1975)
Linda Robertson .... production assistant (11 episodes, 1975)
Maxine Surks .... production assistant (11 episodes, 1975)
Christopher Cookson .... engineering supervisor (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Paul Miller .... stage manager (9 episodes, 1975)
George Yanok .... script consultant (7 episodes, 1975)
Sandy Dvore .... komack logo (5 episodes, 1975)
Peter Meyerson .... executive script consultant (4 episodes, 1975)
Daniel Chodos .... dialogue coach (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Rick Hawkins .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Thomas M. Hill .... production executive (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Liz Sage .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Greg Giangregorio .... technical director (3 episodes, 1977)
Bob Bohacek .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alana Ireland .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ron Lewis .... production services coordinator (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Giovanna Nigro .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Gene Lukowski .... technical director (2 episodes, 1976)
Michael Barrie .... story editor (2 episodes, 1977)
Fred D'Aguilar .... technical director (2 episodes, 1978)
Judith Chorub .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Bob Gabrielson .... engineering supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
James Woodworth .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1979)
 

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30 min (95 episodes)
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The sweathogs' putdown line "Up your nose with a rubber hose!" was ranked #15 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue).See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
First Three Seasons Funny, Fourth Season Not, 6 June 2008
Author: hfan77 from St. Louis Park, MN

I really enjoyed Welcome Back, Kotter. It was a very funny show with an outstanding ensemble cast anchored by Gabe Kaplan, who brought lots of humor to the class of unteachable sweathogs with jokes and impressions. I always got a kick out of his uncle jokes in the opening and closing of each episode, including the ones when he was telling a joke to a turkey and to a computer used as an electronic teaching device.

As for the sweathogs, they were a riot. John Travolta catapulted his way to success as the macho, monosyllabic ("What? Where?") Vinnie Barbarino, Robert Hegyes portrayed TV's first Puerto Rican Jew Juan (Little Juan) Epstein and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs made me crack up every time he said "Hi there!" But my favorite of the sweathogs was Arnold Horshack. Ron Pallilo's portrayal of one of TV's funniest nerds was so outstanding, from his nasal voice to his inimitable laugh. His laugh was the funniest on TV prior to Steve Urkel.

Gabe constantly got grief from vice principal (later principal) Mr. Woodman, who kept barging into his class with the same frequency Frank & Marie Barone did to their son years later on Everybody Loves Raymond. Let's not forget Marcia Strassman as Gabe's wife Julie, who didn't have much to do in most of the show until the fourth season.

As for the fourth season, the least that can be said, the better. it was horrible without Kaplan and Travolta on the show full-time and Stephen Shortridge as Beau. It was like watching the Sanford and Son episodes a couple of years earlier without Redd Foxx.

I'll wrap this up by mentioning the theme song by John Sebastian that made it to No. 1 on the pop charts and resurrected his career. it was one of the best 70s TV theme songs. Welcome back. Welcome back. Welcome back.

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