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"Welcome Back, Kotter"
What Still Works: What's so shocking (and, let's face it, depressing) about this show is that, forty years later, it's just as relevant today. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) teaches a racially diverse assortment of kids at a Brooklyn high school who have been dismissed as unteachable by the system – and Kotter, once a remedial student at the same student, takes it upon himself to make an effort with these kids. Issues of class and race were part of the dialogue – and it's a dialogue that is largely missing from primetime today.
What Doesn't: The Sweathogs were mighty long in the tooth to play high school students – Ron Palillo was 29 by the third season.
How We'd Change It: While '70s sitcoms were stuck in a few locations and had to keep the language family-friendly, let's go hard R for a movie. Real kids, real issues, real language -- and no John Travolta.