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Old 08-18-2019, 11:01 AM   #16
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The episode Welcome Back is listed as the pilot and normally aired as episode 1 in syndication. When it first aired on ABC it was aired as the 3rd episode because it came off as too rough for ABC Network executives
I would say the episode is extremely tame compared to today's standards, especially those shows on Netflix and Hulu.
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I would say the episode is extremely tame compared to today's standards, especially those shows on Netflix and Hulu.
I think they wanted viewers to see the likable side of the sweathoggs first before showing the pilot episode

Even this promo below shows the sweathoggs in a likable way versus the way they came off in that pilot

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I think they wanted viewers to see the likable side of the sweathoggs first before showing the pilot episode

Even this promo below shows the sweathoggs in a likable way versus the way they came off in that pilot

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I really think the group of sweathogs come off as a lovable group who grow quickly to love and trust their teacher. That is what makes the show special.
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I really think the group of sweathogs come off as a lovable group who grow quickly to love and trust their teacher. That is what makes the show special.
They did eventually but that pilot episode made it seem like they would give Kotter pure hell every episode lol
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They did eventually but that pilot episode made it seem like they would give Kotter pure hell every episode lol
It certainly did. I suppose that was the intimidation factor of the new teacher thing. Once they really got to know Kotter he became of course way more than just a teacher.
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It certainly did. I suppose that was the intimidation factor of the new teacher thing. Once they really got to know Kotter he became of course way more than just a teacher.
Epstein was the main one who wasn't Network TV at 8pm material in that pilot
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Epstein was the main one who wasn't Network TV at 8pm material in that pilot
He was a thug.
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He was a thug.
And was not smiling when he said..........."ASSAULT"
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And was not smiling when he said..........."ASSAULT"
He sure was one little tough guy.
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And to think poor Horshack had his heart taken by Jason Voorheese years later. I'll never be able to dissolve that association.
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