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Welcome Back, Kotter
Originally posted 11/11/2015 03:25PM
Everyone knows that a Sadie Hawkins dance is the yearly high school tradition in which the girls ask guys out – even if they have no idea who Sadie Hawkins is. In fact, most people probably know this even if their particular high school didn't offer any such opportunity to reverse gender norms.
Why, then, is it so celebrated? Well, for one it's long been a staple of pop culture and of teen-centered TV shows in particular. In fact, a lot of people may have only ever experienced a Sadie Hawkins dance through TV. And TV shows are still doing it today, even if we've gotten to a point in American society where it wouldn't be all that strange for a girl to ask a guy to prom, homecoming or any other major dance. (Actually, it wouldn't be so out of left field for a girl to ask a girl, a guy to ask a guy, or any other combination these days either.)
In honor of Sadie Hawkins Day, which is generally celebrated in early November, we're recounting its history and its long life as a plot device in TV shows.
Originally posted 10/27/2014 07:00AM
Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. She was 66.
Originally posted 08/14/2012 01:15PM
Ron Palillo, the boyish actor who played Arnold Horshack, the remedial-class loser on Welcome Back, Kotter, died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach, Fla., TMZ reports. He was 63.
He suffered an apparent heart attack and was found by his longtime companion, Joseph Gramm, according to the report. Rushed to the hospital, Palillo, a heavy smoker, was pronounced dead upon arrival.
According to a 1977 PEOPLE profile, Palillo's most-famous role cast him against type – he had been an overachiever from his childhood in Cheshire, Conn.
Originally posted 07/03/2012 01:15PM
Great TV show theme songs have a tendency to sneak up on you when you least expect it. Often times, you'll find yourself humming one while taking a shower or walking down the street – and soon enough it'll be stuck in your head for the entire rest of the day!
But that's what makes a theme great. It worms its way into your brain and stays there for as long as you can remember, just like a decent Top 40 hit. Sometimes, if it's good enough, it'll even stick around after a show has ended.
Originally posted 01/26/2012 06:35PM
Robert Hegyes, best known as John Travolta's fellow "Sweathog" Juan Epstein on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. He was 60
Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack after having chest pains, The Star-Ledger reports. His brother tells the New Jersey paper the actor had suffered a heart attack in the last couple of years and was not well.
Hegyes, who was born in New Jersey, played a wise-cracking Jewish Puerto Rican student with an infectious wide grin. He co-starred in the classic comedy with a young Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.
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