Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

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The misadventures of a rich Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American maid.

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 Philip Drummond / ... (181 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Arnold Jackson (176 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Willis Jackson (161 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Kimberly Drummond (134 episodes, 1978-1986)
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Phillip Drummond, a widowed Manhattan millionaire and president of the mega-firm Trans Allied Inc., adopts two orphaned black brothers from Harlem 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis. Drummond had made a promise to their dying mother, his housekeeper that he would care for the boys after she passes on; their father had died years earlier. The boys, whom Drummond always introduced as his two sons, went from rags to riches literally overnight. At first, Willis was a bit skeptical of their new-found wealth, but eventually, both he and Arnold felt right at home in their new-found surroundings. Also part of the family were Drummond's beautiful daughter, 13-year-old Kimberly; and his current housekeeper, Edna Garrett. As the years passed, Mrs. Garrett left to become house-mother at the Eastland School for Girls; she was replaced by the cantankerous Adelaide Brubaker and still later, charming Pearl Gallagher. Arnold's friends, Dudley and Robbie (and later, Charlie); Willis' girlfriend, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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3 November 1978 (USA)  »

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45 Minutes from Harlem  »

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The show's original title during it's development was 45 Minutes From Harlem. See more »

Quotes

Philip Drummond: Why are you still in bed, Arnold?
Arnold Jackson: I'm studying.
Philip Drummond: Superman is studying?
Arnold Jackson: I'm too young for Wonderwoman.
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Diff'rent Strokes
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Written by Alan Thicke, Al Burton and Gloria Loring
Performed by Alan Thicke
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Very gulity pleasure
25 February 2002 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Diff'rent Strokes is a show that I came to love later in life. The show heart and soul was little Gary Coleman. Although Todd Bridges and Dana Plato would have the occasional good one-liner this was Coleman's show. He was so the pimp sh*t on the show. I wonder where his charcter of Arnold would be now?


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