Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 09, 1975
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
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Welcome Back, Kotter

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.

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04x23 The Breadwinners Aired: Jun. 08, 1979

While Horshack adjusts the married life, Epstein sets up an interview for a job. Washington gets the job before Epstein, unaware that it's the …

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The show had 4 seasons and 95 episodes air between 1975 and 1979.

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  • Welcome Back Kotter was the inspiration and prototype for Facts of Life, which was basically supposed to be girls version of Kotter called Garrett's Girls with Charlotte Rae standing in for…
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    Welcome Back Kotter was the inspiration and prototype for Facts of Life, which was basically supposed to be girls version of Kotter called Garrett's Girls with Charlotte Rae standing in for Gabe Kaplan as the lead, and Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn and Lisa Welchel the distaff Sweathogs. However, Facts of Life turned out to be much more successful than Kotter, lasting 9 seasons compared to Kotter's 4, becoming NBC's longest running sitcom up to that point, and still holding the record as the longest running show of any type with an all female cast
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  • The series was based on Gabe Kaplan's stand-up routine "Holes and Mello Rolls" in which he recounts his experience as a remedial high school student. The characters were based on his…
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    The series was based on Gabe Kaplan's stand-up routine "Holes and Mello Rolls" in which he recounts his experience as a remedial high school student. The characters were based on his classmates named in the routine. Vinnie Barbarino was based on two classmates, Eddie Lecarri and Ray Barbarino. Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington was based on Freddie "Furdy" Peyton. Juan Epstein was based on a classmate known as 'Epstein the Animal'. Arnold Horshack's name was unchanged. A line from the routine "Up your hole with a Mello Roll" became the show's catchphrase "Up your nose with a rubber hose".
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  • The show was the US version of a very successful British sitcom called Please Sir, about an idealistic but slightly naive teacher, working at a tough London secondary school,called Fenn…
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    The show was the US version of a very successful British sitcom called Please Sir, about an idealistic but slightly naive teacher, working at a tough London secondary school,called Fenn Street, teaching a class of occasionally rebellious and challenging 16 year olds. It ran on the ITV network from 1968 -72 and also included a feature film. A spin - off series called the Fenn Street Gang followed the teenagers after they had left the school.
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