Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Series 1975–1979) Poster



Jump to: Remade as (1) | Spin-off (1) | Referenced in (151) | Featured in (17) | Spoofed in (7)

Remade as 


Mr. T and Tina: Pilot (1976) (TV Episode)
The Sweathogs appear in this episode.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (1976) (TV Episode)
Theme tune performed by John Sebastian
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976) (TV Special)
Paul Lynde: "Kids! With their silly Sweathogs!"
Battle of the Network Stars (1976) (TV Special)
Referenced in contestant introductions.
Saturday Night Live: Jodie Foster/Brian Wilson (1976) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Puberty Helper sketch
The Sonny and Cher Show: Episode #2.13 (1976) (TV Episode)
Theme tune sung in the TV themes medley
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/The Kinks (1977) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Roots II
Barney Miller: Tunnel (1977) (TV Episode)
A teacher refers to the show, saying he hates it for its unrealistic portrayal of teaching in New York.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Gabriel Kaplan/Cloris Leachman/Marcel Marceau (1978) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions Gabriel Kaplan's series
Saturday Night Live: Bill Russell/Chicago (1979) (TV Episode)
Title acknowledged during end credits of 'The Black Shadow'
Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood (1979) (TV Movie)
Shaggy pitches a show called "Welcome Back, Shaggy".
Mork & Mindy: The Night They Raided Mind-ski's (1980) (TV Episode)
Mork declares that Nelson "is so clean, he makes Debbie Boone look like a Sweathog."
Saturday Night Live: Teri Garr/The B-52's (1980) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Weekend Update
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: John Travolta/Erma Bombeck (1981) (TV Episode)
John Travolta mentions his former series
The Facts of Life: New York, New York (1982) (TV Episode)
Dina called Jesse one of the Sweathogs
Night Court: Welcome Back, Momma (1984) (TV Episode)
title reference
Night Patrol (1984)
Tony Baroni impersonates John Travolta from this show
Siskel & Ebert: UHF/Valentino Returns/Shag (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the Video Pick of the Week segment about "The Experts".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
"Sweathogs cards"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "When 'Welcome Back Kotter' is cancelled."
Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson/Vanessa Williams (1992) (TV Episode)
Dana Carvey, as Dennis Miller, mentions the blond guy who replaced Barbarino on Kotter during Final Tonight Show cold opening
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Horshack, they're your Girl Scout cookies!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) (TV Episode)
Servo: She's got more stories about her relatives than Gabe Kaplan.
The Ben Stiller Show: Pilot (1992) (TV Episode)
Eddie Munster mentions Vinnie Barbarino.
The Simpsons: Selma's Choice (1993) (TV Episode)
Marge comments that the "101 Frozen Pops" magazine offers one of the Sweathogs, but Selma says, "I checked; it's not Horshack."
Beavis and Butt-Head: Cleaning House (1993) (TV Episode)
Horshack and Epstein mentioned
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Oh! Mr. Kotter!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: Was Juan Epstein Puerto Rican or Jewish?
Weird Science: Cyrano De Brainiac (1994) (TV Episode)
Wyatt refers to John Travolta as a former Sweathog.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
One of the plot aspects of 'Fox Force Five' is that if the show had been picked up, there would have been a gimmick in which Mia's character says one joke per episode. This gimmick is taken directly from 'Welcome Back, Kotter'.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion USA (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Which one played Juan Epstein?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: Oh, Mr. Kotter!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Code Name: Diamond Head (1994) (TV Episode)
"Mr Woodward?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Violent Years (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I hope they kill Mr. Kotter!"
Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) (TV Episode)
Show is mentioned during interview.
Married with Children: A Man for No Seasons (1994) (TV Episode)
According to Marcy "that guy that played Horshack" will be Ace in "Ace Ventura: The Musical".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: High School Big Shot (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Am I a Sweathog now, Mr. Kotter?"
The Red Green Show: The Badger Project (1994) (TV Episode)
Ranger Gord mentions it during his first scene (he says he can't wait to get back to civilization and see it)
Roseanne: My Name Is Bev (1995) (TV Episode)
When an A.A. speaker tells Roseanne "One day at a time", which is an AA motto. Roseanne sarcastically replys, "And a 'Welcome Back Kotter' to you".
ER: Welcome Back Carter! (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
Saturday Night Live: Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the hollywood minute
Friends: The One with the Prom Video (1996) (TV Episode)
After seeing Ross with big curly hair and moustache on the prom video, Joey says, "Looking good, Mr. Kotter!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brute Man (1996) (TV Episode)
Tom: "They're going to visit Mr. Kotter."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredible Melting Man (1996) (TV Episode)
Servo: Houston, put Mr. Woodman on. Kotter has a nosebleed.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
"He took out Horshak"
Muppets Tonight: Michelle Pfeiffer (1996) (TV Episode)
One of the programs listed on the KMUP station line-up chart is "Welcome Back Otter"
Petticoat Planet (1996)
mentioned in dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Terror from the Year 5000 (1997) (TV Episode)
"And former Sweathog"
Plump Fiction (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Mr. Kotter!"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Westward, No! (1997) (TV Episode)
Duckman mentions the show when he encounter a mirage of Ron Palillo.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Das Sub (1997) (TV Episode)
Duckman mentions Gabe Kaplan.
The Nanny: The Ex-Niles (1997) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the character, Vinnie Barbarino, by name
The Nanny: Call Me Fran (1998) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the show by name.
NewsRadio: Who's the Boss: Part 2 (1998) (TV Episode)
Bill, "One knows these things." Dave, "Juan who?" - Sal played Juan on Kotter
Friends: The One with the Invitation (1998) (TV Episode)
After seeing Ross with big curly hair and moustache on the prom video, Joey says, "Looking good, Mr. Kotter!"
The Nanny: The Pre-Nup (1998) (TV Episode)
Maxwell mentions the show by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) (TV Episode)
"You catch Kotter last night"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Fish (1998) (TV Episode)
"Thanks, Kotter's wife"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Screaming Skull (1998) (TV Episode)
"He's doing Juan Epstein."
Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Smashing Pumpkins (1998) (TV Episode)
Colin Quinn compares Bill Clinton to Vinnie Barbarino
The Simpsons: When You Dish Upon a Star (1998) (TV Episode)
Homer refers to Ron Howard as "Horshack."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the dialogue: "Just the last name, like... Barbarino."
Six Days in Roswell (1998)
Model car shown in Rich's bedroom.
Will & Grace: The Big Vent (1999) (TV Episode)
mentions it
Freaks and Geeks: Girlfriends and Boyfriends (2000) (TV Episode)
Bill asks if Cindy watches "Welcome Back Kotter"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Welcome Back, Duke (2000) (TV Episode)
title reference
E! True Hollywood Story: Welcome Back Kotter (2000) (TV Episode)
Story tackles the tv series.
The King of Queens: Strike Too (2000) (TV Episode)
Theme music plays as Doug walks the corridor.
Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) (Video)
the title is referenced in "Hey Ladies"
King of the Hill: Peggy Makes the Big Leagues (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Peggy
South Park: Cripple Fight (2001) (TV Episode)
Jimmy does an impression of John Travolta where he shouts "Oh my God Mr Kotter! Mr Kotter, oh my God!" in reference to John's character saying this in this show.
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Family Guy: A Fish Out of Water (2001) (TV Episode)
Lois says, "Up your nose with a rubber hose!", one of Barbarino's catchphrases on this show.
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002)
Horshack mentioned
Citizen Shane (2004)
A lunchbox featuring Welcome Back, Kotter is shown.
A Conversation with Art Director Roy Christopher (2004) (Video)
Referenced by name
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Referenced by title in one of Bilzarbra's conversations.
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by head honcho Frank
Family Guy: Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High (2005) (TV Episode)
After Brian becomes a teacher, Lois calls him "Mr. Ko-terr", which is how Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington referred to Mr. Kotter.
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005) (Video Game)
Bentley distracts a guard by yelling, "Up your nose with a rubber hose."
Saturday Night Live: Catherine Zeta-Jones/Franz Ferdinand (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Italian Hotel
Saturday Night Live: Jason Lee/Foo Fighters (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Hardball
The Office: E-Mail Surveillance (2005) (TV Episode)
Michael's line
Howard Stern on Demand: Dustin Diamond Needs Money (2006) (TV Episode)
Horshack from this show mentioned
Beerfest (2006)
One of the Germans quotes Vinnie Barbarino's "Up your nose with a rubber hose" line
My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Carny Crazy/Up and Adam (2006) (TV Episode)
Jake distracts a student by yelling, "Up your nose with a rubber hose."
House of Carters: Welcome Back, Carter (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned by 'Saddam Hussein' (Alec Baldwin)
The Footy Show: Episode #14.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
The theme music from this title is played during a series of clips featuring James Brayshaw.
The Making of 'The Larry Sanders Show' (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
"Welcome Back, Kotter" game mentioned
Saturday Night Live: Molly Shannon/Linkin Park (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned once
John from Cincinnati: His Visit: Day One (2007) (TV Episode)
Bill says "Up your nose with a rubber hose!", the 'famous comeback' phrase used quite often by Vinnie Barbarino.
Baby (2007)
"Welcome back, Mr. Kotter"
Breaking Bad: Pilot (2008) (TV Episode)
Pinkman said to White "You're not welcome back, Kotter"
The Simpsons: Papa Don't Leech (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Dixie Chicks song lyrics
Chuck: Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer (2008) (TV Episode)
Chuck jokingly confuses coworker with Sweathog
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
Juan Epstein is mentioned
My Boys: Welcome Back, Kalla Fötter (2009) (TV Episode)
episode title come from "Kalla Fötter" -- Swedish for "cold feet" -- sounding close to Kotter
30 Rock: A XXX Parody (2009) (Video)
Referenced as 'Welcome Black Kotter'
Gossip Girl: Reversals of Fortune (2009) (TV Episode)
Dan (to Rufus): "Now that you've spent the summer drinking coffee out of CeCe's china, will it taste as out of your 'Welcome Back, Kotter' mug at home?"
The Simpsons: Homer the Whopper (2009) (TV Episode)
A movie poster for "Welcome Back, Potter," featuring an elderly Harry Potter, can be seen.
Gossip Girl: Rufus Getting Married (2009) (TV Episode)
Rufus mentions how he and Lily once stayed at an inn in Amherst where they were served wine in 'Welcome Back, Kotter' mugs.
Gossip Girl: Enough About Eve (2009) (TV Episode)
Dan mentions Rufus' "Welcome Back, Kotter"-mugs
The Cleveland Show: Cleveland Jr. Cherry Bomb (2009) (TV Episode)
"Arnold's Whore Shack" seen
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.56 (2009) (TV Episode)
John Travolta says that he was working on the show when Robin Williams was working on "Mork & Mindy"
Community: Interpretive Dance (2010) (TV Episode)
The white board behind Annie is signed "Thanks & Welcome Back! Kotter"
Supernatural: Swap Meat (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by dean when sam returns
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.159 (2010) (TV Episode)
Reference in an $800 clue in the category "John Travolta Films"
Kendra: Welcome Back, Kendra (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Meet Monica Velour (2010)
Monica Velour is the star of "Welcome Back Harder"
Family Guy: Welcome Back Carter (2010) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a play on the title of the 1975-1979 ABC sitcom starring Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta, about a high school special education teacher and his misfit students
American Dad!: Son of Stan (2010) (TV Episode)
Steverino says he will drop the "-rino" from his name because he is not a character from this show.
Two and a Half Men: Twanging Your Magic Clanger (2010) (TV Episode)
Michelle answers a trivia question at the cinema, of which TV shows jumpstarted this actor's movie career, in this case John Travolta.
Conan: The Asiago Index (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Conan while referring to 70s posters with Fred Armisen
Half in the Bag: Paul and Toronto Comic Con (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.131 (2011) (TV Episode)
John Travolta talks about the show
Hiccups: Welcome Back Potter (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.24 (2011) (TV Episode)
The theme song is played during the intro.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.18 (2011) (TV Episode)
Zooey Deschanel says that she likes the theme song
Being Erica: Sins of the Father (2011) (TV Episode)
Amanda mentions the show by name.
Conan: This Episode Would Like You to Join It's LinkedIn Network (2012) (TV Episode)
Billy Gardell refers to John Travolta as Barbarino
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.184 (2012) (TV Episode)
The phrase "Welcome Back, Fodder" is used in relation to John Travolta's new music video.
Dave's Old Porn: Lisa Lampanelli/Herschel Savage (2012) (TV Episode)
Lisa Lampanelli calls Herschel a 'Little Vinnie Barbarino'
The Cinema Snob: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) (TV Episode)
"I've just cast the lead in my new sitcom: Welcome Back, Cutter."
DVD-R Hell: Deception of a Generation: Part 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
"This is Mr. Kotter's longest joke, and it's starting to get really old."
The Cinema Snob: In Search of the Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo (2013) (TV Episode)
"Gabe Kaplan as Hitler? What are you doing here?"
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013) (Video)
The series is discussed.
Gotham Comedy Live: Gabe Kaplan (2014) (TV Episode)
Gabe Kaplan talks about being recognized as "Welcome Back, Kotter".
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Steve Carell/Julianne Hough/Philip Selway feat. The Dap-Kings (2014) (TV Episode)
Several clips of the series The Walking Dead (2010) are edited together to depict the cast singing the sitcom's theme song
Gotham: Welcome Back, Jim Gordon (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Community: Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing (2015) (TV Episode)
Mr. Lundegard says, "You're, like, doing a terrible Vinnie Barbarino up here!"
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jesse Eisenberg/Rob Huebel/Years & Years (2015) (TV Episode)
Rob Huebel and Seth mention Vinny Barbarino and the Sweathogs
Bob's Burgers: Itty Bitty Ditty Committee (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in lyrics
BoJack Horseman: Let's Find Out (2015) (TV Episode)
Horshack mentioned
Suits: Uninvited Guests (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike Ross mentions the show
Scorpion: Satellite of Love (2015) (TV Episode)
When Walter enters the garage, Toby says "Welcome Back, Kotter." Walter replies that he doesn't understand the reference
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Hugh Laurie/Senator Ted Cruz/Future (2016) (TV Episode)
Steve Higgins mentions Vinnie Barbarino after Jimmy imitates John Travolta
Guardians of the Galaxy: Asgard War Part Two: Rescue Me (2016) (TV Episode)
Star-Lord says 'Up your nose with a rubber hose'
Talking Dead: Hostiles and Calamities (2017) (TV Episode)
There is an audience poll for the best "The Walking Dead" spin-off starring Eugene. One of the options given is "Welcome Back Porter".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Avalanche (2017) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Do you like 'Welcome Back, Kotter'?"
The Cinema Snob: Windy City (2017) (TV Episode)
"People keep calling me Mr. Kotter, and I don't have any funny jokes to tell them."
Bob's Burgers: Into the Mild (2017) (TV Episode)
"Welcome Back Potter" second hand ceramics on opening sequence.
The Footy Show: Episode #24.20 (2017) (TV Episode)
The opening theme is played in a segment.
One Lone Cat: Welcome Back, Summer (2017) (TV Episode)
Title reference

Featured in 

Behind the Laughs (1998) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are in this special
America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998) (TV Movie)
clips from the show are used here
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003) (TV Special)
A clip from this show appears.
I Love the '70s: 1975 (2003) (TV Episode)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) (Video)
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005) (Video)
trope of working class incompetence
20 to 1: Greatest Songs of All Time (2006) (TV Episode)
A clip of John Travolta from an episode of this title is shown in a segment on the song Stayin' Alive.
Famous: John Travolta (2007) (TV Episode)
Still photo
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 01: Hottest Stars on the Planet (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on John Travolta.
Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)
clip shown, confirmed in end credits
Todd's Pop Song Reviews: Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1976 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips used in review.
Casting By (2012)
fragments with John Travolta

Spoofed in 

Hey! There's Naked Bodies on My TV! (1979)
The "Don't Come Back, Cotler" segment is a parody of this show.
That's My Bush!: Fare Thee Welfare (2001) (TV Episode)
Teach Me, Mr. B is a parody of this show
Saturday Night Live: Brittany Murphy/Nelly (2002) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as Welcome Back, Potter
Scrubs: My Déjà Vu, My Déjà Vu (2006) (TV Episode)
J.D. organises a "Welcome back, Coxer" party when Dr. Cox returns
The Simpsons: Homer the Whopper (2009) (TV Episode)
poster in movie theater
Welcome Back, Kotter XXX: A DreamZone Parody (2013) (Video)
Adult parody.
Angie Tribeca: Welcome Back, Blotter (2017) (TV Episode)
Title parody

See also

Trivia | Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page