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1970s Brooklyn on TV: Welcome Back, Kotter

January 26, 2010

The plot lines are so moronic, and the jokes so awful, the show is practically unwatchable. But the opening credits—now that’s another story.

It’s 48 seconds of gritty mid-1970s Bensonhurst, featuring shots of graffiti-covered subway cars, the 86th Street elevated train, and New Utrecht High School.

New Utrecht is the real-life Buchanan High School on the show and alma mater of Gabe Kaplan, aka Mr. Kotter.

It’s also where David Geffen, Buddy Hackett, and Moe and Curly Howard went to school. That’s quite an illustrious list of alumni, almost as good as at nearby Midwood High School.