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Welcome Back, Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter

You get 6 A+ episodes from this beloved series. 1) One Flu Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, 2) Father Vinnie, 3) Sweatside Story, 4) I’m Having Their Baby, 5) The Deprogramming Of Arnold Horshack, and 6) Goodbye, Mr. Krippsd.Welcome to DVD, Mr. Kotter. Born o

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Keep Smiling With TV Theme Songs

You may have forgotten how to solve an algebraic equation you had in high school, but heaven knows you remember the beginning words to the theme song of the classical television show Gilligan’s Island. (“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…”) TV theme songs are some of the most beloved tunes in American culture and stick in our minds long after the shows they introduce have gone off the air. TV Theme downloads, from “Mr Ed” to “Mary Tyler More to “Cheers” conjure up memories of warm, snugly nights, childhood delight and a universal nostalgia for bygone days. We’ll always have a full compliment of classic TV Theme songs to sing along to when we watch the TV Land or Nickelodeon television networks, or when we’re just kicking back with friends.

These days the TV theme song is in decline because television executives worry about going over budget on their programming “It’s a rarity today,” says television historian Tim Brooks of the catchy, tuneful openings. “It’s kind of like the Broadway musical producing hit songs—it just doesn’t do that anymore.” Back in the good old days, even as late as the 90s, shows usually had what was called a “Main Title”—a 40 to 60 second opening montage that introduced the characters and set the situation up. Written by a composer, these songs summed up what the program was about whether it revolved around a group of wacky castaways (Gilligan’s Island) or a young career girl showing the world that she could make it after all (The Mary Tyler More Show). Even then, though, budgets were tight. For instance, Norman Lear, the creator of “All in the Family” had Carol O’Connor and Jean Stapleton sing the theme song to his show because he did not want to pay singers to perform it.

Today, the prevailing view is that the television audience itself no longer has the patience to listen to a theme song with an opening montage. “I think one of the things that has squeezed themes out is this relentless kind of move toward tightening everything, making it go right from joke to joke, from action to action, from shootout to shootout so that you won’t press the dreaded remote,” says Brooks. The attentive probably have noticed that there aren’t even commercials in between shows anymore for fear that the viewer will click to another station—TV theme songs are just a luxury programmers don’t have anymore.

It’s hard to believe that doing away with TV theme songs is what the viewing public really wants. Good theme songs like “Movin’ On Up” from the Jeffersons or “Welcome Back” from Welcome Back Kotter bring us endless joy and laughter. They fill us with fond memories from special times in our lives and are great to sing along to when friends gather together. Perhaps we should start a letter writing campaign to TV executives demanding that theme songs come back, but first get free TV Theme songs now!

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gabe kotter becomes a teacher at his old high school,buchanan high,and is assigned to the sweathog class, where he once belonged, himself.
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  1. take403 says:
    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    “What? Where? When?”, October 23, 2005

    This review is from: Welcome Back, Kotter (DVD)

    This was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. Gabe Kaplan played Mr. Kotter, a teacher in Brooklyn, NY (Buchanan High, I believe, was the name). He was funny, clever with a good bit of wisdom in his teaching style and cared a lot about his students (aka the Sweathogs). He’d often start and end the show with a corny joke about one of his uncles (“Did I ever tell you about my Uncle So-and-So?”). Marcia Stassman played his long suffering wife, Julie (Gabe Kotter loved his wife, but not her tuna casseroles!). John Sylvester White played Mr. Woodman, consumate curmudgeon who had little tolerance for the Sweathogs. John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever and Ladder 49) played Vinnie Barbarino, the class stud. He was the most popular with the ladies. He could be difficult when Mr. Kotter asked him questions in class (“What? Where? When?”). Sometimes when frustrated, he’d shout “I’m so confuuuuused!” When annoyed, he’d tell one of his fellow Sweathogs “Up your nose with a rubber hose!” His theme song was “Ba-ba-ba-ba-Barbarino” (to the tune of “Barbara Ann.” Ron Pallillo played Arnold Horshack (pronounced by little Arnold as “Hawwwwshaaaack!”), the lovable class dork (“Hallo! Howrya? Very impressive, Mista Kotta!”). To get Mr. Kotter’s attention, he’d often shout “Oh-oh-oh-oh!” He also had the best laugh in the class (he’d grunt “heh-heh-heh-heh!” like a seal). Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (Cooley High and The Jackson Story) played Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, lovably hip African American. He was the only Sweathog with a steady girlfriend (Verna Jean) and played on Buchanon’s basketball team. He’d address Mr. Kotter “Yo, Mr. Kottair!” and when addressed in class, he’d smile and say (in a deep voice) “Hi there!” or “Unfortunately, I don’t have my homework haaandy!” Finally, Robert Hedges played Juan Julio de Huevos Epstein, who was part Puerto Rican, part Jewish. He was often late for class (I’ve got a note, Mr. Kotter!”). His late note was often signed by Epstein’s mother (I wonder how many kids in school tried that?)! When annoyed (often by Barbarino), he’d say “Vinniiiiie! You gonna diiiiiiiiiie!” The theme song was written, sung and performed by John B. Sebastian (formerly of the Lovin’ Spoonful).

    Unfortunately, this is not the Complete 1st Season (which is why I had to dock this one star). The pilot episode introduced the class as unresponsive and difficult. The Deprogramming of Arnold Horshack shows Arnold being moved to a different class after he’s excelled in Mr. Kotter’s class (the trouble is, he doesn’t really fit in with the “smarter” kids). In Father Vinnie, Vinnie Barbarino almost drops out of school to become a priest, just to please his family’s wishes.

    Hopefully, Warner Bros. will release the entire seasons of this show. It may not be politically correct by today’s standards, but it was funny, clever and often taught a good lesson.

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  2. type1kirk "how lovely" says:
    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Cool, March 1, 2006

    Very Cool show.
    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.
    No complaints.

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  3. 70's Girl "Born to Talk" says:
    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Choice of Episodes, May 13, 2006
    70′s Girl “Born to Talk” (Far From My Hometown) –

    I would love to see this whole series on DVD, but was happy to get just this small amount on one DVD. I watched some Welcome Back Kotter episodes as a kid and even now, as an adult, I think they are just hysterical. Great fun for a small amount of money!

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  4. bassace1358 says:

    They don’t make em like this anymore

  5. JoJoBets says:

    love Vinny

  6. hy6100 says:

    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and John Travolta were so hot

  7. Fastball2000 says:

    Wow, i grew up watching this show. Julie was pretty hot!

  8. s3p3l3a3s3hhh343434 says:

    aaawwwwwwwwwwwww isnt that a cute floweer?. <3 hes best aay.

  9. 718mack says:

    Off my case…..Toilet face….LOL…Love this show.

  10. TheShannon76 says:

    dayum….Kotter’s wife is bangin’…

  11. guti449 says:

    I thought Kotter’s wife was fine when I first watched the show (as a mere lad) and I still think she looks damn good.

  12. TravoltaNewtonJohn says:


  13. isaiahblack says:

    4 people prefer Charles in Charge

  14. mH8675309 says:

    I love the way Epstein calls him Kotter

  15. vlunney says:


    i thought bailey was hotter than jennifer on WKRP.

  16. FasterThanYou321 says:

    @kavalere – That’s very sexy, actually. Major turn on. Have you seen a 30 year old woman with large breasts? Major turn off, man. Sagging to her waist is not cool. But a woman with flat breasts will be hot when she’s 50. True it. Now, if you were planning a getting a brand new woman every single year, then yeah, go for the big tits. But if you’re thinking long term, go with small. Besides, they’re more insecure and treat you better that way.

  17. MordecaiTemplar says:

    hahah I see it!

  18. kavalere says:

    julie is flat

  19. bigpopparamma says:

    Is that a scar on Epstein’s brow?

  20. Nemesis000000 says:

    Wow Gabe is a bad actor lol

  21. Gbert1972 says:

    Is it just me or did Gabe have a faint resemblance to Gino Vannelli?…lol

  22. mia2kl says:

    @ronaldvanbell LOL… Sweathog was a unique slang word they made up for this TV show. In the 60′s and 70′s, ghetto kids were not respected and were usually called “hoods” or “hoodlums.” But this show wanted the general public to empathize with them, not look down on them, so they used a new terminology, which became a term of endearment. We all learned to appreciate and understand these kids because of this show. (I was a 1969 high school graduate.)

  23. grindecore1 says:

    bell bottoms? had em!

  24. guyguy398 says:

    no bra

  25. ramadarose41 says:

    “off my case, toilet face!” LMAO i still use that sometimes!! haha

  26. BoIivarDan says:

    GOD I grew up on these episodes…

  27. ronaldvanbell says:

    anyone knows what sweat hog? i thought it to be a very ugly chick

  28. adamdicy says:

    @hivelocity100 Yeah Marcia Strassman is still hot she was in a couple movies that I own on like Another Stakeout and And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird….I also catched her in that short lived series “Tremors” based on the movies about 7 years ago.

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