{"title":"Welcome Freshmen","dateDebut":"1991","dateEnd":"1993","description":"basically Nickelodeon's version of Saved by the bell. 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.\n\nThe earlier episodes of the series consisted of comedy sketches that loosely followed a theme. Some of the comedy routines involved a tortoise named Mortis teaching children about safety, a documentarian named Mr. History who talks about past generations of freshmen, the vice principal Mr. Lippman imagining himself as a stand-up comedian, 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.\n\nIn the later episodes, the sketch comedy format was abandoned and Welcome Freshmen became a standard situation comedy.\nIn 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.","leadImageMedUrl":"https:\/\/cdn.retrojunk.com\/file\/rj-media-image\/93d_e465ae46b0.jpg"}