Welcome Freshmen

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Welcome Freshmen
Also known asSchool Students
Created byRobert Mittenthal
  • Jocelyn Steiner
  • Rick Galloway
  • Mike Speller
  • Jill Setter (1991-1992)
Theme music composerPeter Lauer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52
Running time30 minutes
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseFebruary 16, 1991 (1991-02-16) –
1994 (1994)

Welcome Freshmen is an American comedy series that ran on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1994 with reruns until 1996. The show took place at Hawthorne High School with a group of high school students and a bumbling vice principal. Game shows like Get the Picture and Nick Arcade had celebrity episodes starring some of the cast of Welcome Freshmen and Clarissa Explains It All.

Welcome Freshmen was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Seasons 1 and 2[edit]

The earlier episodes of the series consisted of comedy sketches that loosely followed a theme. Some of the comedy routines involved a tortoise named Mortise teaching children about safety, a documentarian named Mr. History who talks about past generations of freshmen, the bumbling, freshmen-hating, vice principal Mr. Lippman imagining himself as a stand-up comedian telling really bad jokes that insult freshmen, and a student named Billy Cushman who, though his appearance was occasional, provided not only a good example of how not to behave, but also a good example of flatulence.

Each episode had two or three short skits about the gang's misadventures in high school.

Recurring skits[edit]

  • Home-Room Announcements-Mr. Lippman, the vice principal, doing the morning announcements (at the same time, imagining how he'd really like to say them as a stand-up format).
  • The Merv-U-Mentary-Merv's amateurish attempt at uncovering news and scandals at the high school.
  • Mr. History-featuring the gang as high school students of a past time period.
  • Mike Who-featuring close-ups of a sidelined high school basketball player driving the crowd wild with a single wave. Eventually cut after vice Principal Lippman said it was too distracting, resulting in a tense showdown between Lippman and Who.
  • Morris the Safety Tortoise

Season 3[edit]

In the later episodes, the sketch comedy format was abandoned and Welcome Freshmen became a standard sitcom.

In the third season, the gang became sophomores, except Walter who flunked and was held behind. Merv and Tara left, and new characters came in: Manny and Erin (incoming freshmen) and Grant, a junior who was Erin's brother and soon became Alex's boyfriend. Eventually Walter moves up to sophomore as the teachers all threatened to quit if they had him another year.



Season 1 (1991)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"How We Look"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill (director)February 16, 1991 (1991-02-16)
22"Extra-Curricular Activities"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillFebruary 23, 1991 (1991-02-23)
33"Mind Games"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMarch 2, 1991 (1991-03-02)
44"Knowledge is Power"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMarch 9, 1991 (1991-03-09)
55"Growing Up"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMarch 16, 1991 (1991-03-16)
66"Technology"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMarch 23, 1991 (1991-03-23)
77"Money"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMarch 30, 1991 (1991-03-30)
88"Authority"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillApril 6, 1991 (1991-04-06)
99"Express Yourself"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillApril 13, 1991 (1991-04-13)
1010"Careers in the Making"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillApril 20, 1991 (1991-04-20)
1111"Language"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillApril 27, 1991 (1991-04-27)
1212"What We Eat"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMay 4, 1991 (1991-05-04)
1313"Getting Even"Scott FishmanRobert Mittenthal & Tim HillMay 11, 1991 (1991-05-11)

Season 2 (1992)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
141"Friends"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
152"Conformity"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
163"Choices"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
174"Bullies"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
185"The Grass is Always Greener"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
196"Holidays"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
207"Dating"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
218"Health"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
229"Ecology"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
2310"Communication"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
2411"Success"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
2512"Competition"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)
2613"Secrets"Tim HillRobert Mittenthal & Tim Hill1992 (1992)

Season 3 (1993-94)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
271"Things Change"Michael BerryTim HillJanuary 2, 1993 (1993-01-02)
282"The Harvest Ball"Michael BerryGena Van WinkleJanuary 9, 1993 (1993-01-09)
293"To Walter's Dad with Love"Michael BerryMichael RubinerJanuary 16, 1993 (1993-01-16)
304"The People vs. Walter"Ron SmithRob DinsmoorJanuary 23, 1993 (1993-01-23)
315"Othello the (Sopho)moor"Ron SmithAnne BernsteinJanuary 30, 1993 (1993-01-30)
326"Shiny Top"Bob LampelDavid PotortiFebruary 6, 1993 (1993-02-06)
337"I'm Dead"Ron SmithClifford FaginFebruary 13, 1993 (1993-02-13)
348"Manny in Love"Bob LampelVeronica AlicinoFebruary 20, 1993 (1993-02-20)
359"Requiem for a Lightweight"Bob LampelAlan LevyFebruary 27, 1993 (1993-02-27)
3610"The Lippdromeda Strain"Adam WeissmanHoward Nemetz, Simon Rakoff, Tim Hill, & Michael RubinerJuly 3, 1993 (1993-07-03)
3711"Erin for Office"Adam WeissmanGena Van WinkleJuly 17, 1993 (1993-07-17)
3812"Getting What You Want"Adam WeissmanTim HillJuly 24, 1993 (1993-07-24)
3913"What Rhymes with Liar"Helen SmithRobert LeightonJuly 31, 1993 (1993-07-31)
4014"Year's End"Adam WeissmanTim HillDecember 26, 1993 (1993-12-26)
4115"Drawn and Quoted"Tim HillStory by: Robert Leighton
Teleplay by: Rob Dinsmoor
January 15, 1994 (1994-01-15)
4216"Math, Lies & Videotape"Tim HillMichael RubinerJanuary 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)
4317"The Genius"Tim HillStory by: Robert Leighton
Teleplay by: Anne Bernstein
January 22, 1994 (1994-01-22)
4418"The Stuff"Adam WeissmanRobert LeightonJanuary 29, 1994 (1994-01-29)
4519"Marathon Woman"Adam WeissmanStory by: Michael Rubiner & Jed Spingarn
Teleplay by: Jed Spingarn
February 5, 1994 (1994-02-05)
4620"Reachin' for the Stars"Adam WeissmanStory by: Veronica Alicino & Michael Rubiner
Teleplay by: Veronica Alicino
February 12, 1994 (1994-02-12)
4721"The Courtship of Walter's Father"Adam WeissmanJay MartelFebruary 19, 1994 (1994-02-19)
4822"Safety Last"Adam WeissmanTom WargoFebruary 16, 1994 (1994-02-16)
4923"Hawthorne Confidential"Adam WeissmanRob Dinsmoor1994 (1994)
5024TBATBATBA1994 (1994)
5125TBATBATBA1994 (1994)
5226TBATBATBA1994 (1994)

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