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Welcome Back, Kotter: Season 4: Episode 23 -- Epstein goes to interview for a new job and discovers that it's already been taken -- by Washington.


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9 September 1975 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 33)

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 / ... (81 episodes, 1975-1979)

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)
Donald B. Colhour .... unit manager (15 episodes, 1977-1979)
Helen Azevedo .... unit manager (13 episodes, 1977)
Gary Necessary .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1975)
Avigail Yaacovy .... unit manager (4 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 (14 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ron Cronkhite .... audio (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
William Cole .... audio (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Denton .... camera operator / camera (37 episodes, 1977-1979)
Rory O'Connor .... camera assistant / assistant camera (16 episodes, 1975-1977)
Les Shaw .... video (10 episodes, 1975)
Diane Biederbeck .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1976-1977)
Carl Pitsch .... lighting director (8 episodes, 1975-1976)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Herb Margolis .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1975)
Bill Pope .... camera operator / camera (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marc Palius .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Dale Walsh .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1976)
Victor Bagdadi .... senior video / senior video operator (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Scott .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1979)
Lon Stucky .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1975)
Jim DuBois .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1976)
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
Roy Goran .... technical director (23 episodes, 1976-1978)
Earl Barret .... executive script consultant (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marc Ferrero .... production assistant / production staff (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Herm Falk .... technical director (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Daly .... production clerk (19 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mei Ling Moore .... production assistant / assistant to executive producer / ... (16 episodes, 1975-1979)
Jim Ralston .... technical director (16 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 (12 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)
Helen Azevedo .... technical director (2 episodes, 1977)
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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Ron Palillo explained later that his portrayal of Arnold Horshack was a blend of Dustin Hoffman's Ratzo Rizzo (from Midnight Cowboy (1969)), and a favorite aunt of Palillo's. His "Hello, my name is Arnold Horshack..." instantly won him the role.See more »
Vincent 'Vinnie' Barbarino:Hey! Up your nose with a rubber hoses!
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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Great Early Years, Awful in Final Season, 8 July 2002
Author: John from Southfield, MI

This show ranks highly among the other 1970's shows which we remember: "All in the Family", "Maude", "Sanford and Son", "One Day at a Time", and "The Jeffersons". These shows dealt with issues such as racism, divorce, abortion, and being poor. These shows had writing that was great, and characters that were even greater. The characters, which had flaws (Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, and George Jefferson, etc.) which we all, whether we were conservative, or liberal, or moderate, could relate to.

"Welcome Back, Kotter" was about a dedicated teacher who wanted to return to his alma mater to try to deal with a bunch of remedial, misfit high school students in inner city NYC when no one else wanted to deal with them. These types of teenagers were not tackled on TV before. The casting was perfect for the NYC setting: from the nerd in Horshack, to the cool maverick in Barbarino, to the Latino in Epstein, to the Black male, of course, in Washington. There is also the Principal in Mr. Woodman. The writing was great. The timing was awesome. The theme song by John Sebastian is breathtaking. The show was purely magical in its first few seasons.

There were problems, as life deals us sometimes. One was Marcia Straussman. She was very unhappy that her involvement in storylines was limited. It was unfortunate because the show primarily dealt with life at the school. Because she played the wife of the teacher, and she was primarily at home, there was not room for her. The act of making her a character on the show was not a good one. The Mrs. Kotter character would have been more appropriate on recurring basis. Another problem was differences between Gabe Kaplan and the other producers and writers. This explains why we never saw him much during the later run of the series.

Gabe Kaplan's lack of involvement in the show's fourth and final season was just one of the many problems which doomed the show. The writing in that final season was sloppy, unrealistic, unfunny, and was so amateurish. As a teenager watching the show in reruns, I saw that something was amiss. The actors on the show complained that the scripts were trash. A storyline about Horshack getting married was about as bad as the writing could get, and it was that. The E! Channel's "E! True Hollywood Story" about this show talks about that dismal fourth season. Another major problem with that show in the fourth season was that the actors who played the Sweathogs. The problem with actors playing teenagers is that they were older than teenagers when they began portraying those characters. To prepare to portray teens, they had to learn how to be teenagers again. It worked in the early days.

However, by the time the fourth season had arrived, the actors had matured and developed as adults where they were getting too old to portray teenagers anymore. They also did not look like teenagers, either. Let's not forget John Travolta and his blossoming as a movie star. These factors led to the demise of the series.

The series was about a concept so fresh, people in this modern era can relate to it even more now than they could back in the 70's. This concept is about misfit children. This is why it was so popular for awhile in syndication. However, it fizzled in syndication because when those fourth season episodes began airing, the viewing felt that the whole show was crap and stopped watching. USA Network had it. TV Land had it. They both stopped showing it.

Even though things did not end on a good note, true fans of the show can ignore that fourth season and remember the greater moments. It was a great show in general.

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