“Which classic ’70s sitcom, one that launched the career of a Hollywood superstar and dropped several memorable characters and catchphrases into TV history, is being released as a complete series DVD boxed set?
Oooh-oooh-oooh, we’ve got the answer: It’s Welcome Back, Kotter, the 1975-1979 ABC sitcom hit that marked the beginning of John Travolta’s Oscar-nominated career, made the Sweathogs iconic TV high schoolers, and suggested that a nasal cavity was an appropriate place for an elastic gardening implement.
But how much do you know about Mr. Kott-air, Barbarino, Horshack, Epstein, Washington, and how the Sweathogs made it to primetime? We’ve got 25 facts that might surprise even the most devoted Kotter aficionado.
1. Welcome Back, Kaplan
James Buchanan High School, home of the Sweathogs in Welcome Back, Kotter, is fictional. But it was based on series star and stand-up comedian Gabe Kaplan’s real-life experiences as a remedial student at New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, where Kaplan’s fellow alumni include DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen, Entourage star Jerry Ferrara, Scott Baio, Buddy Hackett, and Three Stooges brothers Moe and Curly Howard…”