If you can believe it, I was too young to catch this when it originally aired. I saw it in re-runs on Nick at Nite in the mid 90s, back when I still had cable television and could stay awake until midnight. Hence, my memory of the show is not from my youth, as with “The Love Boat” and “CHIPS”, both of which I still love today. It is from a not-so-great time in my life that cannot mask “Kotter” with nostalgia and sentimentality. When I watch this show today, it’s funny, it’s silly, it’s got kitsch value and a fantastic theme song. But Gabe Kaplan’s humor becomes quickly annoying to the point that even Travolta’s chin dimple cannot make me continue watching.
If I’m not crazy about the show anymore, why the hell did I stitch Barbarino and Kotter? Because of Travolta’s chin dimple.