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Welcome Back, Kotter 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1979)
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A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids.
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1979   1978   1977   1976   1975  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 82 episodes, 1975-1979
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Storyline

Gabe Kotter is a high-school teacher with a bunch of unruly students in his class. The student troublemakers are led by Vinnie Barbarino, who has a knack for rhyming insults. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kotter See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(95 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series was based on Gabe Kaplan's stand-up routine "Holes and Mello Rolls" in which he recounts his experience as a remedial high school student. The characters were based on his classmates named in the routine. Vinnie Barbarino was based on two classmates, Eddie Lecarri and Ray Barbarino. Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington was based on Freddie "Furdy" Peyton. Juan Epstein was based on a classmate known as 'Epstein the Animal'. Arnold Horshack's name was unchanged. A line from the routine "Up your hole with a Mello Roll" became the show's catchphrase "Up your nose with a rubber hose". See more »

Quotes

Vincent 'Vinnie' Barbarino: What? Where?
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Connections

Referenced in Scorpion: Satellite of Love (2015) See more »

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Welcome Back
Composed by John Sebastian
Performed by John Sebastian
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One of the best shows ever? I think so.
1 June 2003 | by rosettarosettaSee all my reviews

'Welcome Back, Kotter' is one of those shows you stay home on the weekends for. I know I do. From the puberty-neglected voice of Arnold Horseshack to the feathered and Jew-froed hair of Vinnie Barbarino, Juan Epstein, and Gabe Kotter, everything about this show is classic. At first glance it might just seem like some kitschy little retro sitcom, but make no mistake, it is awesome. By the last season the show slowed down and became a shadow of it's former self, but if you can ignore that then you will see that this show is one of the best ever.


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