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Welcome Back, Kotter (Television Favorites Compilation)
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Take a time-trip back to the wide lapels and bell bottoms of the '70s in one of that decade's biggest comedy hits! Teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) returns to his former high school, teaching the remedial class--of which he had been a member--known as the "sweathogs." But, for some reason, the lovable losers and delinquents of Buchanan High accept their new teacher as they provide a nonstop string of laughs on Welcome Back, Kotter. This compilation brings you the hit series for the first time ever on DVD!]]>
- Six episodes: One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Father Vinnie, Sweatside Story, I'm Having Their Baby, The Deprogramming of Arnold Horshack, Goodbye Mr. Kripps
Top Customer Reviews
This Welcome Back Kotter DVD has six 30 minute episodes on it. No extras, but i'm not complaining for the price. I just hope this DVD is a sign that Welcome Back Kotter will be released as full seasons in the SHORT future.
I can't wait for a more complete collection of the show to come out!
Considering that most of the episodes were taped nearly 30 years ago, this 6-episode DVD release looks and sounds great. Fans of the series looking to get good clean transfers of a few episodes will likely be happy with this abbreviated presentation from Warner Home Video and I hope, for their sake, that full seasons will eventually be released. For me, this sampler collection is enough.
Until this season one collecyion happens , this six episode sampler collection will have to do. This six episodes have the heart of the swries with many of its Marx Brother antics that Kotter and crew did so well
To make a person wait for June is cruel and harsh, so buy this set now and enjoy the taste of Kotter before you partake of a full season..you will be glad you did
Bennet Pomerantz, Audioworld
While not a comprehensive set, it has some really entertaining episodes.
"One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is the unlikely tale of Kotter's sweathogs being forced to share a class with some gifted studetns durig a flu epidemic. Good comedic moments and an interesitng message about people being gifted in different ways.
Another tale has the comically pathetic resident geek-boy Arnold Horshack (Ron Palillo) joining a cult. He's really at his comic best in this one (especially when he recites the Baba's matra) and in an interesting twist Ellen Travolta (castmate John Travolta's mother) plays Horshack's mom. Interestingly, weak and silly characters joining ridiculous cults (see a similar episode involving Rerun in the "What's happening" season II set) were a staple of seventies sitcoms. The Jim Jones tragedy of 1978 stopped this trend.
The other episodes, such as the Sweathogs joining a gang, Travolta's guilt after a teacher has a heart attack while yelling at him, and were Travolta becomes a priest, all have their moments of knee-slapping leave your brains at the door fun.
Gabe Kaplan's storytelling interludes in these tales reign supreme, especially the yarn about his uncle facing a firing squad (you've got to hear this)! Bonzo Maretti was quite a guy.
It's too bad that Gabe Kaplan's 1974 comedy album "Holes and Mellow Rolls" (which inspired this show) isn't currently available. But in either case, this is a good way to have some knee-slapping belly laughs after a long day at work or school.
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This is still a all time favorite show for me! Loved it when I was younger & still love it now that I'm olderPublished 20 days ago by Unknown
Brings back childhood memories when television had somewhat family values.Published 25 days ago by Tony Griffin