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Welcome Freshmen is a television show that ran on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1993. The show took place at Hawthorne High School with a group of high school students and a bumbling vice principal.

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


Seasons 1 and 2

The 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.

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

Other recurring skits

  • Mr. Lippman, the Vice Principal doing the morning announcements (at the same time, imagining how he'd really like to say them).
  • 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 who driving the crowd wild with a single wave. Eventually cut after Vice Principal "Pervert" Lippman said it was too distracting, resulting in a tense showdown between Lippman and Who.

Season 3

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

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.


  • Jocelyn Steiner as Alex Moore
  • Rick Galloway as Walter Patterson
  • Chris Lobban as Kevin St. James
  • Veronica Alicino as Miss Topaz
  • Arian Waring Ash as Erin Kelly (1992-1993)
  • Janis Benson as Miss Petruka
  • Brock Bradley as Grant Kelly (1992-1993)
  • Nicholas Caruso as Manny Barrington (1992-1993)
  • David Rhoden as Merv (1991-1992)
  • Jill Setter as Tara (1991-1992)
  • Mike Speller as Mr. Elliott Lippman
  • Nick Barnes as Billy Cushman

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