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TV Shows - Welcome Back Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter is an American television sitcom that originally aired on the ABC network from September 9, 1975 to June 8, 1979. The show starred comedian Gabe Kaplan as the title character Gabe Kotter, a wise-cracking teacher who returns to his high school alma mater - the fictional James Buchanan High in Brooklyn, New York - to teach an often unruly group of remedial wiseguys known as the "Sweathogs." The school's principal was an absentee; the uptight vice principal dismissed them as worthless hoodlums and only expected Kotter to attempt to control them until they inevitably dropped out.

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1 Exit...stage left Vinnie Babarino
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2 A very special... Horschack gets serious
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3 New Kid In Town The Southern Guy. Gimmie a break!
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 It's a girl(s) Twins and new appt added nothing
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7 Season 4 No Kotter to Welcome Back
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1 John Sylvester White (Mr. Woodman), was by far the funniest member of the cast! -- Submitted By: (bipinbarr) on August 19, 2014, 12:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 R.I.P. both Horshack and Epstein. Kotter's class just got a little bit more empty. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on August 14, 2012, 9:51 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 It took some time for me to see the final season of the show. Before I did, I assumed that the show went down after John Travolta left the show to pursue a movie career. But when I did, I noticed that the show's star Gabe Kaplan didn't appear in all of the show's episodes during that final season. We can't be sure either way but I think both factors led to the show's demise. -- Submitted By: (rony) on July 23, 2012, 11:19 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 It started to bone when Julie gave birth to the twins / Gabe & Julie moved to the new appartment. No more suprise visits from the sweathogs letting themselves in through the open windows (always thought it was hilarious how they would just show up like that anytime they felt like it), and no more opening / closing "uncle" jokes. This was the beginning of the end, but what really sent this show hurtling toward cancellation was the Season 4 changes! Barbarino being gone (except for 8 shows) was bad, but Kotter being gone (except for 8 shows) was WORSE! This show was Gabe Kaplan's concept (with Alan Sacks). How could you do most of a season without the show's creator and star? I think history would have been a lot kinder to this show if 1/4 of the episodes weren't rendered total garbage by picking this up for a 4th season. It's certainly one reason it hasn't been more successful in reruns. Once you get to season four you stop watching, and by the time it comes around again to season one, both the viewers and the channel showing it have moved on. Even the season 4 episodes that included Kotter and Barbarino were weak, and often done having them appear in only one scene with one other cast member via sloppy editing / splicing that was clearly taped separately from the rest of the episode. When they knew they were only going to have Kaplan and Travolta for only 8 episodes for season 4, they should have cancelled this. Beau should have been unnecessary, but he certainly didn't help things either. I'm sure it came down to producer James Komack wanting to milk this dying franchise for all it was worth at the time, but was that wise? I think it would have brought him more royalties in reruns without that awful 4th season dragging down the overall quality. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 29, 2012, 4:24 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I recently saw something on the biography channel or something about this show that did state that many of the actors on this show had little or no experience. Even for John Travolta, this is supposed to have been the strting point. And think he's the only one to have achieved any lasting fame. I think at the time it fit the mold of the Norman Lear dysfunctional comedy. Sort of the antithesis to Happy Days. I think it was the catch phrases that caught on which may have been the same thing that sold Happy Days. It was actually banned in Boston because the show featured a racially integrated class of students and at the time it was thought the show would add to the problem of racism in schools at the time. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on July 4, 2011, 2:29 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I never understood the appeal of this program. The actors were all over-the-top hams, the characters they played were annoying, and I was convinced the producers and writers had never been to high school themselves. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 6, 2011, 12:05 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Welcome Back Kotter's best seasons were well behind them when some Mensa member somewhere decided to drop in that Southern guy played by Stephen Shortridge. I would imagine that this was a last ditch rescue stunt for the show as I'm pretty sure that 'The Dukes of Hazzard' were pretty popular by that time. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on January 25, 2010, 12:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Agree, waltonlover1991. Of course, the last year was by far the worst. Between Vinnie only being on a few times working as a hospital orderly that the other Sweathogs would try to get into trouble (with 'And Special Guest John Travolta' for the billing) after Mr. Travolta's first movie career took off with "Saturday Night Fever" - and Gabe Kaplan having a major falling out with the producer James Komack which resulted in Kotter himself being reduced to almost no appearances, there was virtually nothing for even the diehard fans to cling to. Why they thought the audience would buy MRS. Kotter taking over her absent husband's job when she'd been a barely seen struggling student and mother of baby twins is somewhat of a mystery. Of course, the irony of the show is that it was created after some bigwigs got all excited about Gabe Kaplan's comedy album about his own high school antics yet he's gotten little lasting fame and the show only seems to get shown whenever there seems to be a demand for all things Travolta. As for the other Sweathogs? The only one who seems to even have small amount of residual fame is Horshack! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on July 4, 2009, 3:32 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 This show was pretty lame to begin with. It's only saving grace was its theme song. That's the only reason I watched it. -- Submitted By: (Waltonlover1991) on July 3, 2009, 10:58 am - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote

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