I'd love to see a release of this show on DVD. Howard Hesseman was a riot! There was that geeky guy Arvid (who was played by an actor who looked to be in his 30's) and his overweight buddy, Dennis, Brian Robbins (who went on to direct a bunch of films like "Good Burger") played Eric the rebel student who sat up front. There was Robin Givens (who went onto big fame and married Mike Tyson), Leslie Bega (who played Maria the neurotic student who always wore denim), Krystyne Haje (the wacky redhead who never failed to make it in National Enquirer's worst dressed), Kimberly Russell (who I've only otherwise seen in Bill Cosby movies), that annoying little grade school girl with glasses, Tony O'Dell (who played the preppy Alan Pinkard), Jenetta Arnette (who was best remembered for her "I haven't eaten any lunch" Sizzler commercials and went on to play Chloe Sevigny's haggard mom in 'Boys Don't Cry'), Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain, who joined the cast later on as a 'troubled' student (she really spiced things up with her no nonsense attitude and I believe it was her who came up with the phrase "Talk to the Hand" right on this very show), that Middle-Eastern guy whose name nobody could pronounce, that cute blonde girl who replaced Leslie Bega in later seasons (I don't remember what her deal was but I think she changed her name after this show ended and went onto do porn films), and Billy Connelly (who was brilliant in 'Mrs. Brown') had replaced Howard Hesseman for the remainder of the series. I think he may have even taken the kids to Russia for a 2-part episode. I remember a particular episode which centered around the presidential election between Bush and Dukakis and a bunch of the Russian kids asking the student who they were goin to vote for. One of my favorite episodes was the take-off on 'Fatal Attraction' featuring Leslie bega as the Glenn Close character. These kids were brilliant. This show was kind of like Welcome Back Kotter only with a class full of gifted students as opposed to sweathogs (which I didn't mind aside from Horshack who annoyed the living crap outta me with his "ooh ooh ooh mister kotter!!!"). Plus Howard Hessman was a comic genius compared to unfunny, Howie-Mandell-of-his-time, Gabe Kaplan. I always seem to be drawn to these TV series' with large, everchanging casts which read like a whos-who of 'where are they now' and didn't realize that HOTC lasted for 5 seasons. I guess this is a good sign that the show was well-liked back in the day. Hopefully it's remembered enough by many that this will garner a DVD release someday. This certainly was a better show that "Saved By the Bell"