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Welcome Back, Kotter

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TV Series

The Resume

    (September 9, 1975-August 10, 1979)
    Gabe Kaplan as Mr. (Gabe) Kotter
    Marcia Strassman as Mrs. (Julie) Kotter
    John Travolta as Vinnie (What? Where?) Barbarino
    Ron Palillo as Arnold Dingfelder (oooooh!...oooooh!) Horshack
    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Freddy 'Boom Boom' (Hi there) Washington
    Robert Hegyes as Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos (I got a note) Epstein
    John Sylvester White as Vice Principal (Michael) Woodman

Why Welcome Back, Kotter might be annoying:

    The show began and ended with Kotter telling the stale old jokes.
    The students (Sweathogs) were stereotypes (the dumb/sexy Italian, the weak wise-cracking nerd, the fast talkin' black and the tough/wise-ass Puerto Rican Jew).
    The four actors were playing high school students despite all being in their twenties.
    Mr. and Mrs. Kotter had small arguments on the show, but the real life actors had real heated arguments. Members of the cast often pick sides.
    By the end of the last season (1978-79) Kotter and Barbarino were all but written out of scripts.
    The catch phrase 'Up your nose with a rubber hose' was used ad nauseam.

Why Welcome Back, Kotter might not be annoying:

    The series showed troubled inner city kids could learn.
    Epstein's notes were pathetic like: 'Please excuse Juan for being late as he was in an ecumenical conference with the Pope.' Signed, 'Epstein's Mother.'
    Barbarino launched Travolta's successful acting career. He made 'Saturday Night Fever' and 'Grease' during the show's run.
    The theme song 'Welcome Back' by John Sebastian, reached #1 (May 1976).
    Debralee Scott who portrayed Rosalie 'Hotzie' Totzie, husband was a New York City cop who perished inside the World Trade Center building on September 11, 2001.
    Research:Tim Howard

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 163 Votes: 41.72% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 35 Votes: 51.43% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 228 Votes: 79.39% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 18 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 21 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 46.67% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 277 Votes: 50.90% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 62 Votes: 67.74% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 71 Votes: 33.80% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 76 Votes: 57.89% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 170 Votes: 42.94% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 5935 Votes: 66.77% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 406 Votes: 51.23% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 640 Votes: 49.84% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 1479 Votes: 55.38% Annoying