Welcome Back, Kotter

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Gabe Kotter, formerly a Sweathog, returns to James Buchanan High as a teacher and is assigned the remedial class to which he once belonged. Mr. Kotter is an involved and caring teacher, which one would have to be in dealing with a certain four students in his class, who end up in trouble on a regular basis -- lady's man Vinnie Barbarino, the always cool Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington, the tough Juan (Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos) Epstein, and the sheepish Arnold Dingfelder Horshack. Welcome Back, Kotter was based on Gabe Kaplan's own high school experiences with redmedial education and a teacher who cared dearly for her students. Changes on the show. Gabe Kaplan left the series in the third season. He hadn't expected the show to run as long as it had. Kotter was made Vice-Principal, and thus was seen considerably less. John Travolta, of course, found his own place as a celebrity, leaving the show around the same time Gabe Kaplan did (returning every so often as a "special guest star"). The replacement for Barbarino was Beau, who didn't help things much. By now the show had essentially lost its two biggest stars. Theme song. "Welcome Back" by John Sebastian: opening credits Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out. Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about. Well, the names have all changed since you hung around. But those dreams have remained and they've turned around. Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (who'd have thought they'd lead ya) Back here where we need ya (back here where we need ya)? Yeah, we tease him a lot 'cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. end credits The second verse of the full song plays partially over the end credits. It goes as thus: Welcome back, we always could spot a friend. Welcome back, and I smile when I think how you must have been. And I know what a scene you were learnin' in. Was there something that made you come back again? And what could ever lead ya (what could ever lead ya) Back here where we need ya (back here where we need ya)? Yeah, we tease him a lot 'cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Catchphrases. Welcome Back, Kotter was a breeding ground for memorable catch phrases. If you have one that's been overlooked, feel free to contact the editor. Gabe Kotter: "Hey, Julie, wanna hear a joke?" (or similar dialogue) Vinnie Barbarino: "What? Where?" "I'm so confused!" "Ooookay, fine." "I said a ba-ba-ba-ba-Barbarino..." Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington: "Hi there." "I don't happen to have it...handy." Juan Epstein: "Signed, Epstein's mother." Arnold Horshack: "Ooh! Ooh, ooh!" "Hello. How are ya? I'm Arnold Horshack." "Very impressive, Mr. Kotter!" "Be brave, little soldier." (or "buckaroo") ...and a very distinctive laugh. DVD? Welcome Back, Kotter has yet to be released properly on either video or dvd. Be sure to visit TVShowsonDVD to vote for Welcome Back, Kotter on dvd (you will have to register for free in order to vote).moreless

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  • R.I.P.

    Ron Palillo, Welcome Back Kotter's Horshack, Dies at 63

    The actor passed away from an apparent heart attack at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

  • THE THIRD SEASON OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HBO WESTERN, DEADWOOD, STARTS THE ROUNDUP WITH A BANG THIS WEEK. THE HITS KEEP COMING WITH THE RELEASE OF VOLUME ONE OF THE PRACTICE. WE FINISH OFF WITH A FEW CLASSIC COMEDY FAVORITES LIKE WELCOME BACK, KOTTER AND WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW!

    June 12, 2007 DVD Releases

  • Marcia Strassman

    Marcia Strassman

    Julie Kotter

    John Travolta

    John Travolta

    Vinnie Barbarino

    Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

    Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

    Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington

    Ron Palillo

    Ron Palillo

    Arnold Horshack

    John Sylvester White

    John Sylvester White

    Mr. Michael Woodman

    Gabriel Kaplan

    Gabriel Kaplan

    Gabe Kotter

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    surviving high school, observational humor, no parental guidance, pressures of high school, altruistic behavior