The BEST Episodes of Welcome Back, Kotter
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2022
Network: ABC (US)
Gabe Kotter, formerly a Sweathog, returns to James Buchanan High as a teacher and is assigned the remedial class to which he once belonged. Mr. Kotter is an involved and caring teacher, which one would have to be in dealing with a certain four students in his class, who end up in trouble on a regular basis -- lady's man Vinnie Barbarino, the always cool Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington, the tough Juan (Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos) Epstein, and the sheepish Arnold Dingfelder Horshack. Welcome Back, Kotter was based on Gabe Kaplan's own high school experiences with redmedial education and a teacher who cared dearly for her students. Changes on the show. Gabe Kaplan left the series in the third season. He hadn't expected the show to run as long as it had. Kotter was made Vice-Principal, and thus was seen considerably less. John Travolta, of course, found his own place as a celebrity, leaving the show around the same time Gabe Kaplan did (returning every so often as a "spec
#1 - Sweatgate Scandal
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 13, 1977
Tired of the way the school newspaper is always putting them down, the Sweathogs join the staff in order to redeem themselves; and the crack investigative team of "Vinstein" (Vinnie and Juan) are hot on the trail of the culprit behind the recent break-in of Principal Lazarus's office.
#2 - I'm Having Their Baby
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 24, 1977
With Gabe away at a teacher's convention, the Sweathogs take it upon themselves to watch over the pregnant Julie...but the harder they try to make Julie comfortable, the more trouble they seem to cause.
#3 - I Wonder Who's Kissing Gabe Now?
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 3, 1977
The art teacher falls in love with Gabe.
#4 - The Visit
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 1977
Julie's parents come to see the babies.
#5 - Buddy, Can You Spare a Million?
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 29, 1977
Emotions mix when it seems that the Sweathogs may win the lottery.
#6 - The Deprogramming of Arnold Horshack
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 13, 1977
Arnold is accepted into a religious cult. Mr. Kotter and the three other sweathogs try to get Arnold to snap out of it. Eventually, he does and goes back to his former self, complete with his trademark laugh.
#7 - Kotter for Vice Principal
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 17, 1977
Kotter has a dream about life when the Sweathogs are old.
#8 - Epstein's Madonna
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 8, 1977
Juan paints a great masterpiece on the walls of the school.
#9 - Sweathog Christmas Special
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 15, 1977
At Christmas time, the gang reminisces over past episodes.
#10 - Sweatwork
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 22, 1977
Arnold voices angst and pioneers for change on the school radio station, gathering fans in the process.
#11 - Meet Your New Teacher: Batteries Not Included
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 5, 1978
The Sweathogs' new tutor is a computer. Despite initial raises in grades, Gabe becomes displeased with the machine, as it is turning him obsolete to the class.
#12 - Epstein's Term Paper
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 19, 1978
Juan buys four term papers - one for each Sweathog - from Carvelli, only to end up with an essay that Gabe had turned in eleven years earlier. DETAILS: Instead of writing their own term papers for Gabe's class, the Sweathogs choose to buy old "guaranteed A papers" for $5 each from Carvelli. Epstein's paper is on Franklin D. Roosevelt ("a mighty knight who fights for what's right"), Horshack's is on Joseph Stalin, Freddy's is on the Dust Bowl, and Vinnie's is on the Irish Potato Famine ("Great French Fry Phantom"). When Gabe grades Epstein's paper, he recognizes it as the same paper he handed in 11 years ago, so he gives all of them F's. Epstein then demands Carvelli refund their $20 per his guarantee, but Carvelli weasels out of that. Gabe tells Epstein he knows that Carvelli is selling used term papers and to thwart future use of the papers, Gabe passes around a list of them to all teachers and schools. Gabe then gives the Sweathogs one more chance to do the paper because, as he admits, he may have turned in that paper on FDR 11 years ago -- but he never said he WROTE it.
#13 - The Kiss
Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 13, 1978
After performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a female student who has passed out in the classroom, Gabe is accused of molestation, and is in danger of losing his job.
#14 - The Drop-Ins (1)
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1978
Gabe announces that he is now the vice-principal and Mr. Woodman is the principal. The Sweathogs are pleased, until Gabe gets strict. After Vinnie visits the school to tell the gang he's dropped out, the other Sweathogs decide to follow in his footsteps.
#15 - Beau's Jest
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 18, 1978
A new student, Beau De Labarre, sets up Epstein with a bad date.
#16 - Once Upon a Ledge
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 2, 1978
Horshack saves a lonely, overlooked girl named Mary Johnson from commiting suicide by jumping off the ledge of the school.
#17 - Kotter and Son
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 20, 1977
Gabe's overly-critical father comes for a visit and, unconvinced that his son has chosen a worthwhile career, goes with Gabe to school in order to watch him in action with his Sweathogs.
#18 - What Goes Up
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 9, 1978
Freddie becomes addicted to drugs after taking prescribed pain killers. Despite the other Sweathogs' best efforts, the only thing that can bring Freddie around is Arnold's faith in him...and in his "vitamin pills."
#19 - Hello, Ms. Chips
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 1976
The new student teacher discovers that all her training to work with remedial children hasn't prepared her for dealing with the Sweathogs.
#20 - Has Anyone Seen Arnold? (1)
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 3, 1977
For the school drama festival, Gabe is going to direct a scene from Cyrano de Bergerac. Arnold is set to play the lead, but recieves only heckling and ridicule from his fellow Sweathogs; and when Arnold turns up missing, Vinnie is forced to take his place on stage.
#21 - There Goes Number 5 (2)
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 3, 1977
When Arnold finally shows back up at school, it's discovered that his absence was due to the recent death of his fifth father. A feeling of responsibility within him, Arnold sets out to find a job to help support his siblings and his mother, who's only priority lies in finding a replacement father for her kids.
#22 - And Baby Makes Four (1)
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 15, 1977
Julie goes into labor.
#23 - And Baby Makes Four (2)
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 15, 1977
Julie gives birth to twin girls.
#24 - What a Move!
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 1977
Juan, with the help of his uncle, hooks the Kotters up with a new apartment.
#25 - Sweathog Clinic for the Cure of Smoking
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 1976
Epstein is caught smoking cigarettes. Gabe and the sweathogs try to get him to stop.