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The show starred stand-up comic/actor (now professional poker commentator/player) Gabriel 'Gabe' W. Kaplan as the title character, Gabe Kotter, a wisecracking teacher who returns to his alma mater high school. The fictional James Buchanan High in Brooklyn New York to teach an often unruly group of remedial loafers self-labeled as the "Sweathogs." (The nickname reflected the fact that the remedial classes were held on the very top floor of the high school.) The school was based on New Utrecht High School, which was used in the opening credits, and also the high school that Kaplan attended. The school's principal was perpetually absent, while the uptight vice principal, Michael Woodman (John Sylvester White), dismissed the Sweathogs as worthless hoodlums and only expected Kotter to attempt to contain them until they inevitably dropped out.
Kotter had attended the same remedial classes when he was a student at Buchanan, and was a founding member of the Sweathogs. Recognizing that he was his students' last chance to learn enough to survive beyond high school, he soon befriended them as they grew to recognize and appreciate his faith in their potential. His devotion to the class was such that his students often visited his Bensonhurst apartment, sometime via window, to the chagrin of his wife, Julie (Marcia Strassman). The Sweathogs celebrate a winning lottery ticket as Mr. Kotter looks on.
Many of the characters of Welcome Back, Kotter were based on people from Kaplan's teen-years as a remedial school student in Brooklyn. As a stand-up comic, one of Kaplan's routines was "Holes and Mellow Rolls", in which he talked in depth about his former classmates. The names of characters in Holes and Mellow Rolls: "Vinnie Barbarino" was inspired by Eddie Lecarri and Ray Barbarino, from Miami, FL; "Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington" was inspired by Freddie "Furdy" Peyton; and "Juan Epstein" was partially inspired by Epstein "The Animal"; "Arnold *beep* was changed to "Arnold Horshack" for network television.
September 1975 – January 1976 Tuesday 8:30–9:00 pm January 1976 – August 1978 Thursday 8:00–8:30 pm September 1978 – October 1978 Monday 8:00–8:30 pm October 1978 – March 1979 Saturday 8:00–8:30 pm May 1979 – August 1979 Friday 8:00–8:30 pm
Season One (1975) #18 1 The Great Debate (9-Sep-1975) 2 Basket Case (16-Sep-1975) 3 Welcome Back (pilot) (23-Sep-1975) 4 Whodunit? (30-Sep-1975) 5 The Election (7-Oct-1975) 6 No More Mr. Nice Guy (14-Oct-1975) 7 Classroom Marriage (21-Oct-1975) 8 One of Our Sweathogs Is Missing (28-Oct-1975) 9 Mr. Kotter, Teacher (4-Nov-1975) 10 The Reunion (18-Nov-1975) 11 Barbarino's Girl (25-Nov-1975) 12 California Dreamin' (2-Dec-1975) 13 Arrividerci, Arnold (16-Dec-1975) 14 The Longest Weekend (6-Jan-1976) 15 The Sit-in (13-Jan-1976) 16 Follow the Leader (Part 1) (20-Jan-1976) 17 Follow the Leader (Part 2) (22-Jan-1976) 18 Dr. Epstein, I Presume (29-Jan-1976) 19 One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest (5-Feb-1976) 20 The Telethon (12-Feb-1976) 21 Kotter Makes Good (19-Feb-1976) 22 Father Vinnie (26-Feb-1976)
Season Two (1976) #13 1 Career Day (23-Sep-1976) 2 Inherit the Halibut (30-Sep-1976) 3 Sweatside Story (7-Oct-1976) 4 The Fight (21-Oct-1976) 5 The Museum (28-Oct-1976) 6 Gabe Under Pressure (4-Nov-1976) 7 Sweathog, Nebraska Style (11-Nov-1976) 8 Sadie Hawkins Day (18-Nov-1976) 9 Hello, Ms. Chips (2-Dec-1976) 10 Horshack vs. Carvelli (9-Dec-1976) 11 Sweathog Clinic for the Cure of Smoking (16-Dec-1976) 12 Hark, the Sweatkings (23-Dec-1976) 13 A Love Story (30-Dec-1976) 14 Caruso's Way (6-Jan-1977) 15 Sweatgate Scandal (13-Jan-1977) 16 Kotter and Son (20-Jan-1977) 17 Chicken a la Kotter (27-Jan-1977) 18 Has Anyone Here Seen Arnold? (Part 1) (3-Feb-1977) 19 There Goes Number 5 (Part 2) (3-Feb-1977) 20 The Littlest Sweathog (10-Feb-1977) 21 Radio Free Freddie (17-Feb-1977) 22 I'm Having Their Baby (24-Feb-1977) 23 I Wonder Who's Kissing Gabe Now (3-Mar-1977)
Season Three (1977) #27 1 Sweathog Back to School Special (10-Sep-1977) 2 And Baby Makes Four (Part 1) (15-Sep-1977) 3 And Baby Makes Four (Part 2) (15-Sep-1977) 4 The Visit (Part 3) (22-Sep-1977) 5 Buddy, Can You Spare a Million? (29-Sep-1977) 6 Just Testing (6-Oct-1977) 7 The Deprogramming of Arnold Horshack (13-Oct-1977) 8 What a Move! (20-Oct-1977) 9 A Novel Idea (27-Oct-1977) 10 Barbarino in Love (Part 1) (3-Nov-1977) 11 Barbarino in Love (Part 2) (10-Nov-1977) 12 Kotter for Vice-Principal (17-Nov-1977) 13 Swine and Punishment (24-Nov-1977) 14 Epstein's Madonna (8-Dec-1977) 15 A Sweathog Christmas Special (15-Dec-1977) 16 Sweatwork (22-Dec-1977) 17 Meet Your New Teacher (5-Jan-1978) 18 Angie (12-Jan-1978) 19 Epstein's Term Paper (19-Jan-1978) 20 There's No Business (Part 1) (26-Jan-1978) 21 There's No Business (Part 2) (2-Feb-1978) 22 What Goes Up (9-Feb-1978) 23 Goodbye, Mr. Kripps (16-Feb-1978) 24 Horshack and Madame X (23-Feb-1978) 25 The Kiss (9-Mar-1978) 26 The Return of Hotsy Totsy (11-May-1978) 27 Class Encounters of the Carvelli Kind (18-May-1978)
Season Four (1978) Not in Top 30 1 The Drop-Ins (Part 1) (11-Sep-1978) 2 The Drop-Ins (Part 2) (11-Sep-1978) 3 Beau's Jest (18-Sep-1978) 4 Don't Come Up and See Me Sometime (25-Sep-1978) 5 Once Upon a Ledge (2-Oct-1978) 6 The Sweatmobile (9-Oct-1978) 7 Barbarino's Boo Boo (21-Oct-1978) 8 X-rated Education (28-Oct-1978) 9 The Barbarino Blues (4-Nov-1978) 10 Washington's Clone (11-Nov-1978) 11 Frog Day Afternoon (25-Nov-1978) 12 A Little Fright Music (2-Dec-1978) 13 A Winter's Coat Tale (16-Dec-1978)****1/2 14 Bride and Gloom (13-Jan-1979)****1/2 15 Barbarino's Baby (3-Feb-1979)****1/2 16 The Goodbye Guy (10-Feb-1979)*** 17 Come Back, Little Arnold (24-Feb-1979)*** 18 The Sweat Smell of Success (3-Mar-1979)*** 19 The Gang Show (17-Mar-1979)**1/2 20 Oo-Oo, I Do (Part 1) (25-May-1979)* 21 Oo-Oo, I Do (Part 2) (25-May-1979)* 22 I'm Okay, But You're Not (1-Jun-1979)**1/2 23 The Breadwinners (8-Jun-1979)**
Dead of Summer (2016)
One of the Best Show in Years, I Can't Wait for New Episodes to Come Back. The Cast are Incredible. The Casting, The Acting & The Writing are Amazing. Perfect Next to Pretty Little Liars, Great Combo. Everybody Should be Watching This. They Should Make More Shows Just Like This on TV. Killing Off the Main Character Almost Every Week is Wonderful. Elizabeth Lail & Amber Coney are Great Newcomers Plus Very Pretty to Look At. You Have to Watch Almost the Whole Season Before You Can Review a Show. I Gave Guilt an Entire Season & I Did Not Like It Plus It Was Also on the FreeForm Channel. But Dead of Summer You Won't Regret Giving it a Chance, It's Worth Your Time, Trust Me. FreeForm Please Keep This Winner of a Show. Thank You.