The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.
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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 (169 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 African American orphans 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 away; 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 rather skeptical of their newfound wealth, but eventually, both he and Arnold felt right at home in their newfound surroundings. Also part of the family were Drummond's beautiful daughter, 13-year-old Kimberly; and his no-nonsense housekeeper, Edna Garrett. As the years passed, Mrs. Garrett left to become housemother 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' ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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3 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the Different Strokes/Facts of Life crossover episode "Slumber Party" Gary Coleman is wearing the same futuristic costume which he wore when he guest starred on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" that same season; playing the 492 year old president on an alien planet who gets kidnapped. On "Different Strokes" the futuristic space man suit is clearly supposed to be Arnold's pajamas. See more »

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Willis Jackson: [Mrs. Garrett catches the boys throwing punches] Uhhh, it's a new dance we're doing... It's called, ummm... The Punch Shuffle.
Edna Garrett: Now if Mr. Drummond catches you practicing fighting, you're gonna switch from the Punch Shuffle to the Bruised Bottom Blues!
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Referenced in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) 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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