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"Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Year: 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Great Debate

9 September 1975
Kotter arranges a debate between the Sweathogs and the debate team.

Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)

Marcia Strassman ... Julie Kotter

John Sylvester White ... Mr. Michael Woodman

Robert Hegyes ... Juan Epstein

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)

Ron Palillo ... Arnold Horshack

John Travolta ... Vinnie Barbarino

Debralee Scott ... Rosalie 'Hotsy' Totsy

James Woods ... Alex Welles
Dennis Bowen ... Todd Ludlow
Jim Kester ... Classmate

Helaine Lembeck ... Judy Borden
Eric Suter ... Student
Bill Adler ... Student (uncredited)
Scott Ben-Yashar ... Student in Class (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: Basket Case

16 September 1975
Kotter is pressured to give Boom-Boom a passing grade on his exam, which he fails, so that he can continue to play on the basketball team.

Season 1, Episode 3: Welcome Back (Pilot)

23 September 1975
Gabriel Kotter is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York who ends up teaching at his old alma mater: Buchanan High School. He has been assigned to teach the remedial students, better known as the Sweathogs, a group to which he used to belong.

Season 1, Episode 4: Whodunit?

30 September 1975
Rosalie fakes shes pregnant in order to make the sweathogs confess she did not fool around with them.

Season 1, Episode 5: The Election

7 October 1975
Vinnie runs for class president.

Season 1, Episode 6: No More Mr. Nice Guy

14 October 1975
Mr. Woodman and Mr. Kotter reverse roles. Mr. Woodman starts being nice to the sweathogs, and Mr. Kotter starts getting mean to them.

Season 1, Episode 7: Classroom Marriage

21 October 1975
Freddie and Vernajean wants to quit school to get married. So Mr. Kotter has them act out a marriage in class.

Season 1, Episode 8: One of Our Sweathogs Is Missing

28 October 1975
Epstein loses a fight to Todd Ludlow, he feels so ashamed about it he runs away.

Season 1, Episode 9: Mr. Kotter, Teacher

4 November 1975
Mr. Kotter is suspended because Mr. Woodman doesn't like his teaching methods.

Season 1, Episode 10: The Reunion

18 November 1975
Mr. Kotter dreads an old successful classmate coming to dinner.

Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)

Marcia Strassman ... Julie Kotter

John Sylvester White ... Mr. Michael Woodman

Robert Hegyes ... Juan Epstein

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)

Ron Palillo ... Arnold Horshack

John Travolta ... Vinnie Barbarino
Bridget Hanley ... Mary Flannigan
Michael Taylor ... Lyle Flannigan

Vernee Watson-Johnson ... Vernajean Williams (as Vernee Watson)
Bill Adler ... Student (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 11: Barbarino's Girl

25 November 1975
Mr. Kotter talks Judy into tutoring Barbarino. The two eventually become friends, but Barbarino doesn't want the other Sweathogs to know about it.

Season 1, Episode 12: California Dreamin'

2 December 1975
A new girl sweathog arrives and has all the boy sweathogs in heat.

Season 1, Episode 13: Arrividerci, Arnold

16 December 1975
When it is announced that Horshack has graduated out of the Sweathogs and into regular classes, Kotter instructs the remaining Sweathogs to shun him so that he can meet people in his new classes.

Season 1, Episode 14: The Longest Weekend

6 January 1976
Kotter begins to behave erratically when he learns that Julie will be going on a weekend ski trip, marking the first time that they've been separated since their marriage.

Season 1, Episode 15: The Sit-In

13 January 1976
Instead of the planned food fight, Kotter convinces the Sweathogs to stage an all-night classroom sit-in to protest the school's serving of liver for lunch.

Season 1, Episode 16: Follow the Leader: Part 1

20 January 1976
Sweathogs tapping at the window for breakfast, coupled with the love, attention and time Mr. Kotter lavishes upon his students finally drive the neglected Julie to leave Gabe. Meanwhile, Kotter's classroom lesson on democracy goes awry when the Sweathogs vote Barbarino out and Freddie in as their new leader, provoking the rejected Vinnie to drop out of school.

Season 1, Episode 17: Follow the Leader: Part 2

22 January 1976
Mr. Kotter seeks to reconcile with Julie, Freddie's leadership of the Sweathogs evokes the adage of absolute power corrupting absolutely and Barbarino weighs humility versus being a high school dropout and door-to-door Tidy-Didy cleanser salesman.

Season 1, Episode 18: Dr. Epstein, I Presume

29 January 1976

Season 1, Episode 19: One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest

5 February 1976
A flu epidemic requires several advanced students to join Kotter's class, where they quickly outshine his struggling students. Kotter boosts the battered self-confidence of his Sweathogs by demonstrating that not all smarts are book smarts.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Telethon

12 February 1976
Arnold and Mr. Kotter persuade the Sweathogs to hold a telethon for much needed school supplies.

Season 1, Episode 21: Kotter Makes Good

19 February 1976
Mr. Woodman gleefully informs Kotter that there are no records of his having completed his senior exams, so Kotter has to take the tests alongside his Sweathogs, who commit to tutoring him.

Season 1, Episode 22: Father Vinnie

26 February 1976
Vinnie's 87 year old grandmother is in the hospital possibly on her death bed. When his grandmother dies he decides he must honor her death bed request of him and become a priest. He now walks the hallways of Buchanan telling everyone he loves them and organizing prayer meetings. But what is he to do when faced with an after school date with Bambi? Kotter and the rest of the guys must convince Vinnie that he just isn't cut out to be a priest.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Career Day

23 September 1976

Season 2, Episode 2: Inherit the Halibut

30 September 1976
When the Sweathogs' treasury money is stolen, all fingers point to Washington who has just purchased a new bike.

Season 2, Episode 3: Sweatside Story

7 October 1976

Season 2, Episode 4: The Fight

21 October 1976

Season 2, Episode 5: The Museum

28 October 1976
The Sweathogs go on a field trip to a museum and meet its mysterious curator.

Season 2, Episode 6: Gabe Under Pressure

4 November 1976

Season 2, Episode 7: Sweathog, Nebraska Style

11 November 1976
Julie's sister from Nebraska visits and enrolls at Buchanan. She wants to be in Gabe's class and develops a fondness for Epstein...much to Julie's dismay.

Season 2, Episode 8: Sadie Hawkins Day

18 November 1976

Season 2, Episode 9: Hello Ms. Chips

2 December 1976

Season 2, Episode 10: Horshack vs. Carvelli

9 December 1976

Season 2, Episode 11: Sweathog Clinic for the Cure of Smoking

16 December 1976
The Sweathogs try to convince Epstein to give up his smoking habit.

Season 2, Episode 12: Hark, the Sweatkings

23 December 1976

Season 2, Episode 13: A Love Story

30 December 1976
Juan's younger sister is enrolled in Kotter's class and Arnold is immediately attracted to her, but so is Vinnie, and this drives Juan crazy. Freddie is also in a romantic mood and Kotter sees it as an opportunity to teach the Sweathogs about love.

Season 2, Episode 14: Caruso's Way

6 January 1977

Season 2, Episode 15: Sweatgate Scandal

13 January 1977

Season 2, Episode 16: Kotter and Son

20 January 1977

Season 2, Episode 17: Chicken a la Kotter

27 January 1977
Gabe finds himself short of cash. So he gets a job but he doesn't Julie what it is. She sees him go out with a suitcase. She then confronts him and he opens the suitcase and she sees what's in it; a chicken suit. He got a job at a chicken restaurant that requires him to wear a chicken suit. And when his students and Woodman come in, he wonders if it's worth it.

Season 2, Episode 18: Has Anyone Seen Arnold?

3 February 1977

Season 2, Episode 19: There Goes Number 5

3 February 1977


Elyssa Davalos ... Judy Horshack
Chanin Hale
Fred Karger ... Howard Horshack
James Komack ... Uncle Harry Orshack
Susan Lawrence ... Goldie Horshack

Andrea McArdle ... Doris Horshack
Dean M. Solomon ... Manny Horshack
Robert Stoneman

Ellen Travolta ... Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara

Season 2, Episode 20: The Littlest Sweathog

10 February 1977

Season 2, Episode 21: Radio Free Freddie

17 February 1977

Season 2, Episode 22: I'm Having Their Baby

24 February 1977

Season 2, Episode 23: I Wonder Who's Kissing Gabe Now

3 March 1977
Epstein spies a sexy art teacher kiss Kotter and assumes that Kotter is cheating on Julie.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Sweathog Back-to-School Special

10 September 1977


Melody Anderson ... Female Sweathog
Rebecca York ... Female Sweathog

Season 3, Episode 2: And Baby Makes Four: Part 1

15 September 1977

Season 3, Episode 3: And Baby Makes Four: Part 2

15 September 1977

Season 3, Episode 4: And Baby Makes Four: Part 3

22 September 1977

Season 3, Episode 5: Brother, Can You Spare a Million?

29 September 1977

Season 3, Episode 6: Just Testing

6 October 1977

Season 3, Episode 7: The Deprogramming of Arnold Horshack

13 October 1977

Season 3, Episode 8: What a Move

20 October 1977
The Kotters are looking for a new apartment and having no luck. Juan has an answer to their problem. His Uncle owns a building in a good neighborhood at the right price. The gang helps the Kotters move in and everything seems to be going great...until Moe Epstein tells them that there are no babies allowed.

Season 3, Episode 9: A Novel Idea

27 October 1977

Season 3, Episode 10: Barbarino in Love: Part 1

3 November 1977

Season 3, Episode 11: Barbarino in Love: Part 2

10 November 1977

Season 3, Episode 12: Kotter for Vice Principal

17 November 1977

Season 3, Episode 13: Swine and Punishment

24 November 1977

Season 3, Episode 14: Epstein's Madonna

8 December 1977

Season 3, Episode 15: A Sweathog Christmas Special

15 December 1977
Merriment, mistletoe and menorahs are the beginnings of a Merry Christmas celebration with the Sweathogs and Gabe and Julie Kotter.

Season 3, Episode 16: Sweatwork

22 December 1977

Season 3, Episode 17: Meet Your New Teacher: Batteries Not Included

5 January 1978

Season 3, Episode 18: Angie

12 January 1978

Season 3, Episode 19: Epstein's Term Paper

19 January 1978
The sweathogs purchase term papers from a couple of local hoods. Kotter recognizes Epstein's paper as one he himself had handed in years ago.

Season 3, Episode 20: There's No Business: Part 1

26 January 1978
The Sweathogs convince Gabe to audition at a local hot spot, never expecting him to succeed, but after Mr. Charnoff a slick agent gets through with him, it's goodbye teacher, hello show biz. First of a two-part episode.

Season 3, Episode 21: There's No Business: Part 2

2 February 1978
Kotter is a success at being a comedian but it is putting a strain on his marriage and his relationship with the Sweathogs. Second of a two-part episode.

Season 3, Episode 22: What Goes Up

9 February 1978
Freddie is prescribed painkillers to treat a nagging injury he suffered playing basketball ... and soon becomes hooked. His friends become concerned about Freddie's increasingly scary behavior, but "Boom-Boom" tries to brush them off - after all, it's just "vitamins." What becomes even more scary is that Horshack blindly believes his friend's explanation, even though it becomes clear that Freddie needs help before something goes horribly wrong.

Season 3, Episode 23: Goodbye, Mr. Kripps

16 February 1978


Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)

Marcia Strassman ... Julie Kotter

John Sylvester White ... Mr. Michael Woodman

Robert Hegyes ... Juan Epstein

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)

Ron Palillo ... Arnold Horshack

John Travolta ... Vinnie Barbarino
Melonie Haller ... Angie Globagoski

Norman Alden ... Detective Lieutenant Eddie Lasky
Jack Fletcher ... Mr. Leonard Kripps
Bryan O'Byrne ... Desk Sergeant

Season 3, Episode 24: Horshack and the Madame X

23 February 1978

Season 3, Episode 25: The Kiss

9 March 1978

Season 3, Episode 26: The Return of Hotsy Totsy

11 May 1978

Season 3, Episode 27: Class Encounters of the Carvelli Kind

18 May 1978


Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: The Drop-Ins: Part 1

11 September 1978

Season 4, Episode 2: The Drop-Ins: Part 2

11 September 1978

Season 4, Episode 3: Don't Come Up and See Me Sometime

25 September 1978

Season 4, Episode 4: Once Upon a Ledge

2 October 1978
A new girl at Buchanan High contemplates suicide after having a hard time making friends.

Season 4, Episode 5: The Sweatmobile

9 October 1978

Season 4, Episode 6: Beau's Jest

16 October 1978

Season 4, Episode 7: Barbarino's Boo-Boo

21 October 1978

Season 4, Episode 8: X-Rated Education

28 October 1978

Season 4, Episode 9: The Barbarino Blues

3 November 1978

Season 4, Episode 10: Washington's Clone

11 November 1978

Season 4, Episode 11: Frog Day Afternoon

25 November 1978
The students are told as part of their biology requirement they're going to have to dissect a frog. And Arnold refuses to do it. He even protests by trying to take the frogs. He is told if he doesn't do it, he will get a failing grade and he's asking the other Sweathogs for support.

Season 4, Episode 12: A Little Fright Music

2 December 1978

Season 4, Episode 13: A Winter's Coat Tale

16 December 1978

Season 4, Episode 14: Bride and Gloom

13 January 1979
Barbarino's wedding is coming up very soon and he's getting cold feet.

Season 4, Episode 15: Barbarino's Baby

3 February 1979

Season 4, Episode 16: The Goodbye Guy

10 February 1979

Season 4, Episode 17: Come Back, Little Arnold

24 February 1979
Terrified of going out with pretty Mary Johnson, Horshack believes he can find courage in a bottle.

Season 4, Episode 18: The Sweat Smell of Success

3 March 1979
Epstein is assigned to the school paper and changes it from a dull, lifeless weekly to a gossipy, sensationalist money-maker -- almost losing his friends in the process.

Season 4, Episode 19: The Gang Show

17 March 1979

Season 4, Episode 20: Oo, Oo, I Do: Part 1

25 May 1979

Season 4, Episode 21: Oo, Oo, I Do: Part 2

25 May 1979

Season 4, Episode 22: I'm Okay, But You're Not

1 June 1979
Beau's sweet-talking to Mr. Woodman backfires when the guys accuse him of bad-mouthing them.

Season 4, Episode 23: The Breadwinners

8 June 1979
Epstein has a job prospect, but Washington unknowingly takes the job before Epstein gets a chance to interview. Their friendship is in danger, and they decide to settle their differences through a fight at the local spa.

Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)

Marcia Strassman ... Julie Kotter

John Sylvester White ... Mr. Michael Woodman

Robert Hegyes ... Juan Epstein

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)

Ron Palillo ... Arnold Horshack
Stephen Shortridge ... Beau De Labarre
Irene Arranga ... Mary Johnson Horshack
Henry Beckman ... Samson Malone
Georganne LaPiere ... Kelly Woodman
Priscilla Morrill ... Mrs. Gladstone Trevors-Smythe

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