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John Travolta and Cast of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Honored at 'TV Land Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 18th 2011 4:07AM
John Travolta of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' - '2011 TV Land Awards'Despite enormous breakout popularity in its first two seasons, 'Welcome Back, Kotter' never managed to win any awards. It created catch-phrases and made instant stars of its cast, but it wasn't until its 35th anniversary at the '2011 TV Land Awards' (Sun., 9PM ET on TV Land) that the cast were honored for their work on the series.

"I think it's a little overdue, but thank you very much," said Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who played Freddie 'Boom-Boom' Washington. "Thank you for the award. Thank you for honoring us and the legacy."

Series co-creator and star Gabe Kaplan talked about how the show was largely inspired by his own upbringing and particularly his multicultural group of friends.

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'Welcome Back, Kotter' Cast Reunites on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 11th 2011 12:00PM
'Welcome Back, Kotter' Cast Reunites on 'GMA'On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), six cast members from 'Welcome Back, Kotter' reunited and fondly recalled the seminal sitcom. In particular, John Travolta thanked Gabe Kaplan for giving him a start in acting, and Kaplan revealed the origin of Vinnie Barbarino's catchphrase.

"I've waited thirty-five years to thank this man," Travolta said, gesturing to Kaplan. "I never got to publicly thank Gabe for his genius, his putting us on the map. You know, we all wouldn't be here today without Gabe."

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John Travolta Says Yes to a 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Reunion

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 3rd 2011 11:40AM
John TravoltaJohn Travolta is finally ready to reunite with his fellow Sweathogs.

The 'Welcome Back, Kotter' star has RSVP'd yes to the show's 35th reunion, which is scheduled to be held at the TV Land Awards in April, TV Guide reports. Although Travolta's the most famous James Buchanan High alum to say he'll attend, there's still a major piece of the cast who still hasn't signed on: Kotter himself.

Gabe Kaplan has not yet sent his response, according to TV Guide. However, TV Land assured the publication that more cast members will be announced soon.

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Inspiring TV Teachers: Real-Life Educators Pay Tribute

by TV Squad Readers, posted Aug 31st 2010 1:00PM
William DanielsWe've all had that one teacher who really drove us to do well in school, to reach for our dreams and to succeed. Sometimes in the life of a TV fanatic, that teacher may be a character on your favorite series.

To salute those inspiring educators -- both real and fake -- we asked real-life teachers to tell us what TV teachers they hold close to their hearts.

From Mr. Kotter on 'Welcome Back, Kotter' to Mr. Feeny on 'Boy Meets World,' read on to find out which characters have left a lasting mark on the molders of today's youth.

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Best '70s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:00AM
MASHIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we're back to break down the 1970s, a decade when the cop dramas were less gritty, the families were close-knit and the sitcoms were sprinkled with serious social commentary.

Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.

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Five small-screen teachers for whom we'd totally do our homework - VIDEOS

by Eliot Glazer, posted Mar 3rd 2009 11:02AM
hangin with mr. cooper mark curry abc tgifSome say the most important job in the world is that of a teacher. And, really, we've all been placed under the tutelage of someone who was literally paid to provide education. But yet, so often, kids find themselves inspired by - and often in worship of - these individuals, young and old alike, who can play an integral role in shaping one's childhood and, some might argue, the rest of their lives.

Of course, that isn't always the case. Teachers can also be awful monsters whom we never forget for their ability to patronize, degrade, or humiliate us, often leaving one wondering if the man or woman in question took the job merely to torture students. This, naturally, can lead a kid to fantasize about how cool it would be to fall under the instruction of one of the following actors who, despite likely not possessing any type of teaching certification in real life, would probably be a blast to spend 40-or-so minutes on a daily basis.

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Best School Shows of All Time

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 26th 2008 4:15PM
Beverly Hills, 90210 ... 21 Jump Street ... The Facts of Life ... see where they rank on our list.

The bad news? Summer's almost over and it's nearly time for school again.

The good news? We've got just the thing to ease you into back-to-school mode: Our countdown of TV's 21 best school shows ever.

So sharpen your No. 2 pencil and dive in to see which series just make the grade and which ones are at the top of the class.


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AmericanLife: It's swell

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 9th 2008 10:40AM
Richard BasehartWhile channel-surfing on my little office TV last week around 1 a.m., looking for something to keep me company, I stumbled across an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (star Richard Basehart, pictured), followed by Combat!.

"What is this channel that plays all these old shows I remember as a kid?" I asked the TV Gods.

"It's AmericanLife," they replied. "They feature classic family shows aimed at Baby Boomers -- shows like Remington Steele, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Lost in Space, and Welcome Back, Kotter."

Ok, the TV Gods didn't really say that. I looked it up on the AmericanLife Web site, not to be confused with Showtime's This American Life, the fab documentary series hosted by Ira Glass.

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Welcome Back, Kotter ... you've got mail!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2007 12:20PM

Gabe KaplanPeople who say "hey, whatever happened to Gabe Kaplan?" obviously don't watch poker on television. He's been a player and commentator on the tour for quite some time now. He doesn't act, but he is getting back into stand-up comedy.

He's also a writer. He has a new book out, Kotter's Back: E-mails From A Faded Celebrity To A Bewildered World. It's a series of humorous e-mails to various people about supposedly great ideas that Kaplan has to get back into the public eye. Stuff like writing a memoir about his sex life or starting a gambling camp for kids.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2007 6:22PM

DeadwoodHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Deadwood - Season 3
  • Diagnosis Murder - Season 2
  • Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season 2
  • Jesse Stone: Night Passage and Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List - Season 1
  • Masters of Horror - The Screwfly Solution
  • The Office - Season 1 and Season 2 set
  • The Practice - Vol. 1
  • The Rat Patrol - Season 2
  • Red Shoe Diaries - Season 1 Limited Edition
  • Walker, Texas Ranger - Season 3
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - Season 1
  • What's Happening Now - Season 1

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Kaplan endorses choice of Ice Cube to play "Mr. Kot-tear"

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2006 3:40PM
Welcome Back Kotter - check out that 'fro on Gabe
Kaplan!Snicker if you will at the prospect of a South Central version of Welcome Back, Kotter with Ice Cube in the lead. But one very important person endorses the idea: none other than the original Kotter himself, Gabe Kaplan.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Kaplan said that Cube is a great choice for the role. "He has shown what kind of crossover appeal he has," he told the program.

Of course, Kaplan probably couldn't care less about a Kotter remake, since he's been busy playing professional poker for the last couple of decades. But he could not have said a word, or even refused to talk about it. So Cube and company should be happy with Kaplan's endorsement.

Although, to be honest, I don't even think Ice Cube will ever have a better 'fro than Gabe did. Gabe wins the hair war, hands down.

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AOL's In2TV goes live

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 15th 2006 12:12PM
In2TV
Yesterday, Keith McDuffee made a great post about his preview of AOL's new online television goldmine, In2TV. The site has gone live to the public today, with plenty of your old favorites ready for streaming. It's completely free (ad-supported) and these shows aren't going to watch themselves, so what are you waiting for? Now, if you will excuse me, I need to start my Freakazoid marathon.

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Ice Cube starring in movie version of Welcome Back, Kotter

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 15th 2006 11:24AM
ice cube kotterWelcome Back, Kotter on the big screen? Why? It makes me wonder whether they'll move to the 80s soon with a movie version of Punky Brewster and Mr. Belvedere one of these days. Or Growing Pains, Family Ties, and Hill Street Blues.

Anyway. Ice Cube has signed on to play the lead role in the movie, as well as produce it. He'll be the teacher who returns to his old, inner-city school to help rough kids get an education. I wonder if John Travolta will do a cameo?

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