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 (179 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Willis Jackson (166 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Kimberly Drummond (140 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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Trivia

Charlotte Rae was promised a smooth return back onto this series if her spin-off, The Facts of Life (1979), had failed. But it was renewed, so she was replaced. See more »

Quotes

Willis Jackson: Arnold's always under my feet. I'll never have any privacy until he gets married.
Arnold Jackson: Married? On MY allowance?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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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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Funny Show!!!
24 September 2001 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Diff'rent Strokes is one of my favorite comedy shows I watched on Nick-At-Nite!! Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis (Todd Bridges) are my two favorite characters. My favorite part from one of the episodes from this show is when Arnold dropped the plastic with water to the man outside from the apartment accidently and he pretended he got lost.

Very Funny Show, huh? **** out of **** stars. That means excellent!


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