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 (180 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Arnold Jackson (175 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Willis Jackson (160 episodes, 1978-1986)
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 Kimberly Drummond (133 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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Dixie Carter was said to frequently clash with Gary Coleman on the set, and largely found her experience doing the show to be unpleasant. After leaving the show, Carter refused to talk about it while being interviewed. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Arnold Jackson: Watchoo talkin' 'bout?
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Referenced in Hello, Larry: Feudin' and Fussin': Part 2 (1979) 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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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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