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Welcome Back, Kotter (Television Favorites Compilation)

Welcome Back, Kotter (Television Favorites Compilation)

Take a time-trip back to the wide lapels and bell bottoms of the ’70s in one of that decade’s biggest comedy hits! Teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) returns to his former high school, teaching the remedial class–of which he had been a member–known

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John Travolta is a well known actor, director and singer in English cinema. Travolta was born in New Jersey and has five older siblings. He is a Roman Catholic owing to the fact that is father was part Italian. He was born in 1954 and is still pursuing his career of acting at the age 56. He is, of course, in his twilight zone but he is going great guns still. He started off his career with the super hit television series “Welcome Back, Kotter” and then played significant roles in big films like “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever”. This is was in the 1970s and after that he went downhill with his acting career almost coming to a stop. In the early 90s he came back with a bang with the very famous movie called “Pulp Fiction”. Ever since, he has been a regular actor in many Hollywood films.

He also had a great movie called “Look Who’s Talking” at that time which helped him revive his acting career. His other notable movies are “Broken Arrow”, an action movie, “Face/Off”, “Get Shorty”, “Ladder 49″ and many more. He is a very well known celebrity and a top actor, because he is still on some huge projects which might land him added fame. He is, however, though to be the actor of yesteryears because many other youngsters have taken over. The 90s being his best days because of his rise to fame through a second chance like a wild card entrant.

His upcoming project is “From Paris with Love” along with his wife Kelly Preston who shares the lead. In 2008, he was nominated under the Best Original Song category for the film Bolt. He is a talented person with exceptional singing qualities. He has had a great career spanning over 30 years with its own ups and downs. All in all, he is a splendid actor and a marvelous singer, not to forget that he is also a gentle human being with a great personality.


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

    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) –
    This review is from: Welcome Back, Kotter (Television Favorites Compilation) (DVD)

    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. amd77j says:

    LOL, does this take me back to the 70s or what? LOL. Thanks for posting!!!

  5. HOLLISTERpro13 says:

    brings back the days

  6. beyondonethousand says:



  7. trentblue says:

    I love Vinnie Barbarino! :)

  8. jaywooda says:

    is there a better theme song for a sitcom ever?

  9. slickzipper says:

    up your ass with a hunk of glass

  10. oriongirlfan says:

    @smellsogoody Well spoken! Times were simpler and safer then!

  11. oriongirlfan says:

    @dakota975 Hard to believe Travolta evolved to be in Pulp Fiction, Michael, Broken Arrow, The General’s Daughter, etc. !! Grew to love this song way after it was a hit!!

  12. DemetreEnterprises says:

    I’m keeping school.

  13. Komodoensis says:



  14. sambam8686 says:

    the episode with the debate in it is the funniest one i can remember

  15. sambam8686 says:

    geatest theme song evr written

  16. berad3 says:

    Great song! John Sebastian, great writer.

  17. LaidBackTiger says:

    I miss the 70s :*(

  18. dimpsey3 says:

    @smellsogoody lol sad but true

  19. dimpsey3 says:

    @dakota975 lol

  20. smellsogoody says:

    I just posted this on my fb page.This theme song remind me of the good ole days.We would sit on the porch and hear the ice cream truck on the next block over and we would be so happy that we would even start screaming “MOM THE ICE CREAM MAN IS COMING!!! “.HAAAAA! Nowadays you gotta call and make an appointment with the ice cream man cause ya scared to wait outside too long cause ya scared you might get shot.SMH

  21. atoz473 says:

    anyone else first hear this in slam harder by onyx ?

  22. Gbert1972 says:

    AWESOME! I loved this song immensely! The show was great and had some very good actors in it (Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta). It really brings back some great memories! Thanks!

  23. TheAtraxRobustus says:

    @live4marilyn It probably wouldnt be bad.

  24. epistte says:

    @live4marilyn It would suck, just like everything else he does.

  25. Benita120 says:

    Born in Kings County Hospital Brooklyn NY !!!

  26. welshrabbit5 says:

    such a pleasure to hear this classic

  27. live4marilyn says:

    What if John Mayer did his version of this song?

  28. vickymascias says:

    great video my dad is coming home and i am going to play it for him.

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