Travolta agrees to Welcome Back, Kotter reunion

Last night Olivia Newton-John appeared onstage at the Melbourne premiere of Xanadu the Musical to sing the legendary song with star Christie Whelan and the cast.

Now her former Grease co-star John Travolta has indicated he will step back in time, by agreeing to appear in a reunion for 70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

It will be the 35th anniversary of the show that ignited his movie career.

The ‘sweathog reunion’ is part of the TV Land Awards in April.

So far Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington), Ron Palillo (Arnold Horseshack) and Marcia Strassman (Mrs. Kotter) have also confirmed.

But Robert Hegyes (Epstein) and Gabe Kaplan (Mr. Kotter) are yet to lock in. Maybe now Travolta is on board they will be more agreeable.

The event will also feature Family Ties and The Cosby Show cast reunions.

Source: TV Guide


  1. @ greg – lol ..those who haven’t watched WBC will think you’ve gone loopy! I loved it when Vinnie would say those things with that dopey look on his face. I will also say the theme song is one of the best ever,and a well deserved #1 for singer John Sebastian (of The Lovin Spoonful)

  2. Armchair Analyst

    “Hey iam Vinnie Barbarino” what a classic catch phrase pretty sure John Travolta got tired of saying that almost every episode. Currently screening on 7 two i kind of like this show even though some of the references are dated and i probably dont get it. HOwever i still enjoy this show very good comedy. As far as which shows are better then others people have to understand that the good shows of that era somewhat paved the way for the current shows which we have on now. I wonder how many of the cast will make it to the reunion hopefuly all.

  3. One of the great sitcom classics without a doubt although it went downhill post Travolta. Won’t be the same though if Epstein and especially the title character don’t appear.

  4. I think you miss the point. No one is saying these shows were better than shows we have today (they weren’t). It’s about re-connecting with a show you enjoyed at the time – just as some of us will be enjoying reunions of the Big Bang Theory and Modern Family casts in a few years time.

  5. Maybe now Travolta is on board they will be running as fast as they can from the scene of a potential personality test 😉

    Seriously, though, way too much “aww wasn’t TV great” these days and absolutely zero effort to, well, make it great again. Aside from Fringe 🙂

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