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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Suzanne 9/26/07
Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete First Season
Even though I was a teen in the 70's, I rarely watched this show. First of all,
the humor is very lowbrow and just not all that funny unless you are really
young or kinda stupid. Secondly, I tended to watch shows with cute guys, and for
some reason I just did not find the guys in this show that cute. It's probably
because I grew up in California, so I liked blond guys, surfer-types, and I
wasn't into really ethnic-looking guys, aside from maybe Freddie Prinze. So even
though John Travolta was very popular, he wasn't my kind of guy back then.
Later, I did grow to like Travolta more. The guys who play Epstein and
Washington are also very good-looking. So that is a plus in the show's favor!
If you like old jokes, this show has a lot of those, mostly from Gabe Kaplan,
who starred in the show as the teacher, Gabe Kotter. He was a stand-up comic, so
they built this show around him.
I don't know why it took them so long to bring this show to DVD...but it's a
good thing for the fans that they finally did.
The special features on the DVD set are great. The retrospective featurette
shows how all of the actors look now and has them chatting about the show in
great depth. Also, it has the stars' original screen tests, and those are always
If you like this type of silly humor, or you're a Travolta fan, you will love
this DVD set!
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