Welcome Back, Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter

  • TV-PG
  • 1975
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.0  (5,595)

Welcome Back, Kotter a comedy filled TV show which is set in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Kotter is portrayed by comedian Gabe Kaplin who returns to his Alma mater, the fictional James Buchanan High School as a teacher. Mr. Kotter is a slick tongued funny man with an array of unusual students called the sweat hogs. From the cool and sexy to the weird and annoying, this show is filled with laughter. Covering a host of subjects from drugs to teen pregnancy, with witty and quirky remarks; thus softening the blow of the subject matter. Kotter is married to Julie Kotter, played by Marcia Strassman who is just as funny, with her dry humor balances the two of them. The principle of the school is Mr. Michael Woodman, known as John Sylvester White. A strict disciplinarian that is always on the hunt for Mr.Kotters kids. However, most of the time the kids get away with almost anything because Mr. Kotter has their back. The students are quick witted and think on their feet, but are labeled the school trouble makers. Vincent "Vinnie" Barbarino played by John Travolta, a proud Italian American that is a cool, tall handsome dude, that all the girls love. He leads the sweat hogs without the title of leader. His home is filled with arguments, which prompts him to be the first of the seat hogs to move out on his own. Next on the role call is Freddie "Boom Boom" Percy Washington who is played by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. This African American actor is the star of the James Buchanan High School basketball team and is an additional heartthrob of the bunch. Even though the sweat hogs do not have an official leader he and Vinnie are the front runners. Arnold Horshack also know as Horshack is portrayed by Ron Palillo, with his annoying laugh and goofy ways, the sweat hogs are just not the same without him. He is probably the smartest of the group; yet the class clown. Last but not least you have Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein, played by Robert Hegyes. Epstein is the incredibly proud Puerto Rican Jew that suffers from little man complex and is the toughest of the sweat hogs.

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The Breadwinners
23. The Breadwinners
June 8, 1979
Epstein goes to interview for a new job and discovers that it's already been taken -- by Washington.
I'm Okay, But You're Not
22. I'm Okay, But You're Not
June 1, 1979
Beau's sweet-talking to Mr. Woodman backfires when the guys accuse him of bad-mouthing them.
Oo, Oo, I Do  (2)
21. Oo, Oo, I Do (2)
May 25, 1979
Arnold gets upset when the other Sweathogs tease him about not being able to provide for Mary, and he vanishes. Mary finds him and convinces him not to worry, and the two get married.
Oo, Oo, I Do  (1)
20. Oo, Oo, I Do (1)
May 25, 1979
Arnold's relationship with Mary gets serious. Then he finds out he has to move and leave the school. Upset, Arnold decides to propose marriage to Mary. She accepts.
The Gang Show
19. The Gang Show
March 17, 1979
Freddie and Juan plan to do an act together for the upcoming talent contest, while Carvelli has some bribed judges up his sleeves. Arnold and Beau take over as judges, leaving Murray in the third spot.
The Sweat Smell of Success
18. The Sweat Smell of Success
March 3, 1979
Epstein is assigned to the school paper and changes it from a dull, lifeless weekly to a gossipy, sensationalist money-maker -- almost losing his friends in the process.
Come Back, Little Arnold
17. Come Back, Little Arnold
February 24, 1979
To get up his nerve with Mary, Carvelli offers Arnold liquor. He doesn't like the idea at first, but as time goes on, he becomes addicted to drinking; developing a scary and unlikable new personality that only turns Mary away.
The Goodbye Guy
16. The Goodbye Guy
February 10, 1979
Mr. Woodman's niece Kelly is babysitting for the Kotters when Juan drops by the apartment. The two abruptly fall in love and decide to move in together, but the romance begins to crumble when it seems that they can't respect one another's interests.
Barbarino's Baby
15. Barbarino's Baby
February 3, 1979
Vinnie is forced to deliver a baby in an elevator.
Bride and Gloom
14. Bride and Gloom
January 13, 1979
Barbarino's wedding is coming up very soon and he's getting cold feet.
A Winter's Coat Tail
13. A Winter's Coat Tail
December 16, 1978
Vinnie is saddened when his new coat is stolen.
A Little Fright Music
12. A Little Fright Music
December 2, 1978
The Sweathogs opt to change Mr. Woodman's tired old school song.
Frog Day Afternoon
11. Frog Day Afternoon
October 9, 1978
After Horshack refuses to disect a frog in class, his grade is in jeopardy.
Washington's Clone
10. Washington's Clone
November 11, 1978
A younger student begins to imitate Freddie, not much to Freddie's liking.
The Barbarino Blues
9. The Barbarino Blues
November 4, 1978
Vinnie becomes depressed when it seems that he has lost his way with women.
X-Rated Education
8. X-Rated Education
October 28, 1978
The gang is liable to get in trouble when the x-rated film Carvelli brought into school is accidentally mixed up with a film on sexual education.
Barbarino's Boo-Boo
7. Barbarino's Boo-Boo
October 21, 1978
When Mr. Woodman comes to Vinnie's hospital for an operation, Vinnie loses him and he and the other Sweathogs try to find him.
The Sweatmobile
6. The Sweatmobile
October 9, 1978
The Sweathogs remember how they tried to buy a used car from Vinnie's uncle.
Once Upon a Ledge
5. Once Upon a Ledge
October 2, 1978
A new girl at Buchanan High contemplates suicide after having a hard time making friends.
Don't Come Up and See Me Sometime
4. Don't Come Up and See Me Sometime
September 25, 1978
Vinnie throws the Sweathogs out of his new apartment.
Beau's Jest
3. Beau's Jest
September 18, 1978
With Barbarino now an ordlery at a hospital, the Sweathogs try to get jobs there, too. Meanwhile, Kotter tries to get the gang to return to school.
The Drop-Ins (2)
2. The Drop-Ins (2)
September 11, 1978
With Barbarino now an ordlery at a hospital, the Sweathogs try to get jobs there, too. Meanwhile, Kotter tries to get the gang to return to school.
The Drop-Ins (1)
1. The Drop-Ins (1)
September 11, 1978
Gabe announces that he is now the vice-principal and Mr. Woodman is the principal. The Sweathogs are pleased, until Gabe gets strict. After Vinnie visits the school to tell the gang he's dropped out, the other Sweathogs decide to follow in his footsteps.
Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter

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Welcome Back, Kotter a comedy filled TV show which is set in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Kotter is portrayed by comedian Gabe Kaplin who returns to his Alma mater, the fictional James Buchanan High School as a teacher. Mr. Kotter is a slick tongued funny man with an array of unusual students called the sweat hogs. From the cool and sexy to the weird and annoying, this show is filled with laughter. Covering a host of subjects from drugs to teen pregnancy, with witty and quirky remarks; thus softening the blow of the subject matter.

Kotter is married to Julie Kotter, played by Marcia Strassman who is just as funny, with her dry humor balances the two of them. The principle of the school is Mr. Michael Woodman, known as John Sylvester White. A strict disciplinarian that is always on the hunt for Mr.Kotters kids. However, most of the time the kids get away with almost anything because Mr. Kotter has their back. The students are quick witted and think on their feet, but are labeled the school trouble makers.

Vincent "Vinnie" Barbarino played by John Travolta, a proud Italian American that is a cool, tall handsome dude, that all the girls love. He leads the sweat hogs without the title of leader. His home is filled with arguments, which prompts him to be the first of the seat hogs to move out on his own. Next on the role call is Freddie "Boom Boom" Percy Washington who is played by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. This African American actor is the star of the James Buchanan High School basketball team and is an additional heartthrob of the bunch. Even though the sweat hogs do not have an official leader he and Vinnie are the front runners.

Arnold Horshack also know as Horshack is portrayed by Ron Palillo, with his annoying laugh and goofy ways, the sweat hogs are just not the same without him. He is probably the smartest of the group; yet the class clown. Last but not least you have Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein, played by Robert Hegyes. Epstein is the incredibly proud Puerto Rican Jew that suffers from little man complex and is the toughest of the sweat hogs.Welcome Back, Kotter is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (95 episodes). The series first aired on September 9, 1975.

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Welcome Back, Kotter is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Welcome Back, Kotter on demand at Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 9, 1975
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (5,595)