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Along with What's Happening, Welcome Back, Kotter was what the cool kids were watching--just as their kids would turn to Freaks and Geeks in the years to come. Unlike the teens of Happy Days, Buchanan's remedial students aren't polite preppies, but slang-slinging hooligans. Gabe Kotter (Kaplan) serves as home-room teacher to a "pack of howling baboons" led by Vinnie Barbarino (Travolta), Arnold Horshack (Ron Palillo), Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), and self-described Puerto Rican Jew Juan Epstein (Robert Hegyes) Their adversary: Vice Principal Woodman (John Sylvester White), who lives to put a kibosh on their high jinks--just as he did when Kotter was a Sweathog in the 1960s.
Other regulars include Kotter's wife, Julie (Marcia Strassman, who hosts the featurette "Only a Few Degrees from a Sweathog"), and Rosalie "Hotzy" Totzy (Mary Hartman's Debra Lee Scott). At the time, Welcome Back, Kotter was more than just a show. It was a cultural phenomenon, spawning lunch boxes, schoolyard taunts, and the like. In retrospect, the jokes are cornier than ever, but the anything-goes spirit--crazy costumes and musical numbers--is hard to resist. At least that's true of the first three seasons. By the fourth, Travolta and Kaplan became scarce, and Kotter ran out of steam. Rest assured, though, that John Sebastian's clap-happy, chart-topping theme remains as catchy as ever. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
The main idea is terrific, the music is legendary, and the cast is perfect. I am loving this show I an 28 years old and lover of so many classic shows, and this is now in my top... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CP
I've worn out copies of this series. It just hits my funny bone in a way that no current comedy out there ever could. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KH
I watched this series when it was on "prime time". It was funny then but now, watching it with my daughter, I realize just how timely it was and still is. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary Nordt
The only complaint I could give, I want the rest of the season's. Not sure why they only have season 1 on DVD. I'd love to be able to find a complete Welcome Back Kotter on dvdPublished 6 months ago by Chad M Beadle
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|What's The Delay With Season 2 and 3?||
Considering that we've lost both Robert Heyges (Juan Epstein) & Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack) within a seven month period,Warner Brothers should go ahead & release the remaining three seasons.
Aug 14, 2012 by Scott N. Burton | See all 2 posts
it's the same way with "CHiPS", they took forever to get season 1 and it seems like it will be at least a full year before we even hear about season 2. Pretty annoying how slow Warner Bros. puts out some tv show dvds. And they are doing a HORRENDOUS job with 'Whose Line is it... Read More
Dec 15, 2007 by Bryan | See all 5 posts
|John Travolta MIA||
Yeah, I noticed that, too. You'd think he'd take the time to say a few words about the show that made him famous. Oh, well.
Jul 28, 2007 by Kiwi Kenobi | See all 2 posts
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