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Release Date:
3 November 1978 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The misadventures of a rich Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American maid. Full summary »
Awards:
2 wins & 31 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gary Coleman made this show......when lasted eight seasons and 189 episodes See more (28 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 101)

Conrad Bain ... Philip Drummond (180 episodes, 1978-1986)

Gary Coleman ... Arnold Jackson (175 episodes, 1978-1986)

Todd Bridges ... Willis Jackson (160 episodes, 1978-1986)

Dana Plato ... Kimberly Drummond (133 episodes, 1978-1986)
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Series Directed by
Gerren Keith (140 episodes, 1979-1986)
Herbert Kenwith (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mel Ferber (8 episodes, 1984-1986)
Leslie H. Martinson (2 episodes, 1984)
Selig Frank (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tony Singletary (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Writing credits
Jeff Harris (181 episodes, 1978-1986)
Bernie Kukoff (181 episodes, 1978-1986)
Howard Leeds (33 episodes, 1978-1984)
Martin Cohan (32 episodes, 1979-1984)
Ben Starr (24 episodes, 1978-1982)
Bruce A. Taylor (18 episodes, 1981-1985)
Robert Jayson (15 episodes, 1982-1986)
A. Dudley Johnson Jr. (15 episodes, 1982-1986)
Ed Jurist (12 episodes, 1979-1983)
Howard Meyers (11 episodes, 1981-1984)
Blake Hunter (11 episodes, 1982-1984)
Albert E. Lewin (10 episodes, 1978-1983)
Bob Brunner (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Ken Hecht (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Glenn Padnick (8 episodes, 1981-1985)
Alan Rosen (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Fred Rubin (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Dawn Aldredge (7 episodes, 1980-1984)
John Donley (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
Sandy Veith (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
Fred S. Fox (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Seaman Jacobs (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Donald Ross (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Richard Gurman (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jerry Winnick (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Debra Frank (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Scott Rubenstein (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Gordon Mitchell (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Marshall Goldberg (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Paul Haggis (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mark Miller (3 episodes, 1984)
Jose Rivera (3 episodes, 1985)
Budd Grossman (2 episodes, 1978)
Elaine Newman (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joseph Sirota (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Norm Liebmann (2 episodes, 1979)
Calvin Kelly (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bill Shinkai (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
Warren S. Murray (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Kurt Taylor (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bernard Burnell Mack (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Jack Gross Jr. (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Phil Margo (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Mitchell Wayne Cohen (2 episodes, 1983)
Jennifer Burton Kurtz (2 episodes, 1983)
Ifa Baeza (2 episodes, 1984)
Michael Curley (2 episodes, 1984)
Sydney Julien (2 episodes, 1984)
Dan Kennicott (2 episodes, 1984)
Al Aidekman (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Susan H. Lee (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Max Katz (2 episodes, 1985)
Toni Wunsch (2 episodes, 1985)
Janna Lowell (2 episodes, 1986)

Series Produced by
Martin Cohan .... producer / executive producer (141 episodes, 1979-1985)
Howard Leeds .... executive producer / producer (128 episodes, 1978-1984)
John Maxwell Anderson .... associate producer (106 episodes, 1978-1983)
Blake Hunter .... executive producer (67 episodes, 1982-1985)
Ben Starr .... producer (64 episodes, 1979-1982)
Roxie Wenk Evans .... associate producer (45 episodes, 1983-1985)
Bob Brunner .... supervising producer / executive producer (41 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ken Hecht .... supervising producer / executive producer (41 episodes, 1984-1986)
Bruce A. Taylor .... producer (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Herbert Kenwith .... producer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Al Aidekman .... producer (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Barbara Cramer .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard Gurman .... producer (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
Budd Grossman .... executive producer (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Rita Dillon .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Heywood Kling .... producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Patricia Fass Palmer .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
J. Bruce Nielsen (5 episodes, 1982-1984)
Alan Keath Walker (2 episodes, 1984)
Tony Yarlett (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bill Petty (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Abe Schwartz (16 episodes, 1980-1984)
Skip Collector (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rob Bramwell (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gregory Bennett (6 episodes, 1980)
Henry Chan (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kelly Sandefur (3 episodes, 1979)
M.A. Krupnick (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Casting by
Eve Brandstein (52 episodes, 1978-1981)
Pat Kirkland (9 episodes, 1979-1983)
Marc Hirschfeld (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Production Design by
Chuck Murawski (9 episodes, 1982-1985)
Don Roberts (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Chuck Murawski (57 episodes, 1978-1982)
Dahl Delu (9 episodes, 1982-1985)
Don Roberts (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Scott Heineman (5 episodes, 1982-1984)
Richard Wineholt (2 episodes, 1984)
Patricia Suzanne Bruner (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Costume Design by
Margery Epstein (52 episodes, 1978-1981)
Sandra Baker (8 episodes, 1981-1983)
Stephanie Fox (6 episodes, 1984-1986)
James Alvarez (3 episodes, 1979)
Betsey Potter (3 episodes, 1979)
Kathleen Ernde (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
 
Series Makeup Department
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... hair stylist / hairdresser (62 episodes, 1978-1986)
Jennifer Kaplan .... makeup artist (35 episodes, 1978-1980)
Wynona Price .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1980-1986)
Sylvia Surdu .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1978)
Verne Langdon .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1979)
Evelyn Trimmer .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1979)
Jim Ruffino .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jennifer Danzig .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1980)
Chris Brice .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Production Management
Alan Horn .... production supervisor (65 episodes, 1978-1981)
Ken Stump .... in charge of production (65 episodes, 1983-1986)
Al Burton .... production supervisor (50 episodes, 1981-1983)
Glenn Padnick .... production supervisor (42 episodes, 1984-1986)
Douglas Wellman .... unit manager (28 episodes, 1981-1982)
Schatzie Allen .... unit manager (12 episodes, 1979)
Dick Brooks .... unit manager (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tyna Huebner .... unit manager (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Roger Mills .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1980)
Myra Kumagae .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jim Gaston .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Handley .... associate director (23 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Richard Banicki .... associate director (15 episodes, 1980-1983)
Selig Frank .... associate director (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Joanie Rhodes .... associate director (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Arlando Smith .... associate director (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Art Department
Norm Peterson .... property master (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steve Hill .... property master (12 episodes, 1980-1982)
Dahl Delu .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jocko Kearns .... property master (5 episodes, 1984-1986)
Larry Phillips .... property master (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Sound Department
Ron Worrell .... audio (25 episodes, 1979-1981)
Kerry Boggio .... audio (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Russ Gary .... audio (6 episodes, 1983-1985)
Sam Mallaun .... audio (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Robert Houston .... audio / sound (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Chris Chigaridas .... audio / sound (2 episodes, 1979)
James L. Mylenek .... audio (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Carlson .... camera operator (37 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ken Schamp .... lighting director (23 episodes, 1979-1982)
Pat Day .... lighting director (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ritch Kenney .... camera operator (20 episodes, 1983-1984)
John O'Brien .... video controller (16 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ken Wilcox .... lighting director (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tom Schamp .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Robin Strickland .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
 
Series Casting Department
Jane Murray .... casting executive / principal casting executive (66 episodes, 1978-1985)
Stephen Kolzak .... executive in charge of casting (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Music Department
Al Burton .... composer: theme music (180 episodes, 1978-1986)
Gloria Loring .... composer: theme music / composer: theme (180 episodes, 1978-1986)
Alan Thicke .... composer: theme music / composer: theme (180 episodes, 1978-1986)
John LaSalle .... composer: theme music (3 episodes, 1979)
Tom Smith .... composer: theme music (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Al Burton .... production consultant (65 episodes, 1978-1981)
Chris Klausen .... production assistant / stage manager (63 episodes, 1983-1986)
Susan Straughn Harris .... production associate / assistant to producers / ... (57 episodes, 1978-1985)
Alan Rosen .... story editor (45 episodes, 1978-1980)
Fred Rubin .... story editor (45 episodes, 1978-1980)
Fran McConnell .... production consultant / production supervisor (45 episodes, 1982-1986)
Len Uslaner .... technical director (30 episodes, 1978-1982)
Stu Goldman .... stage manager (29 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jackie Henken .... stage manager (26 episodes, 1979-1981)
John Banicki .... associate director (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Howard Miller .... stage manager (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ben Starr .... executive script consultant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ed Jurist .... executive script consultant / script consultant (21 episodes, 1980-1982)
Richard Draney .... stage manager (18 episodes, 1979-1986)
John Westbrook .... technical director (18 episodes, 1979-1980)
Norm Liebmann .... program consultant / production consultant (17 episodes, 1978-1979)
Patricia Edwards .... stage manager (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
Howard Meyers .... story editor (12 episodes, 1981-1984)
Gloria Vinson .... production associate (10 episodes, 1979)
Glenn Padnick .... production consultant (10 episodes, 1981-1984)
Bernard F. Basley .... stage manager (8 episodes, 1981-1984)
Paul Haggis .... story editor (8 episodes, 1982-1983)
Dick Woodka .... technical director (7 episodes, 1978-1981)
Wesley Staples .... studio teacher (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Donley .... story editor / program consultant (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Talley .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1979)
Robert Jayson .... story editor / program consultant / ... (6 episodes, 1983-1986)
A. Dudley Johnson Jr. .... story editor / program consultant / ... (6 episodes, 1983-1986)
A. Chisholm Halle .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bruce A. Taylor .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 1982-1984)
Art Dielhenn .... associate director (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sydney Julien .... production consultant (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
Chris Donovan .... technical director (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Jose Rivera .... program consultant / story editor (4 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ed Cervantes .... production consultant (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Tom Doak .... technical director (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Catherine Kelly .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jim Mancuso .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Susan Jacoby .... production associate / assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1979)
Randy Winburn .... associate director (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert A. Bowen .... technical director (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Lisa Benscheidt .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1979)
Dick Bensfield .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1979)
David Eisenbise .... technical director (2 episodes, 1979)
Perry Grant .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1979)
Karyl Miller .... story editor (2 episodes, 1979)
Mikki Capparelli .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gordon Mitchell .... story supervisor (2 episodes, 1981)
Ifa Baeza .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Mark Miller .... story editor (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Scot Hunter .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jim Ralston .... technical director (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 

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Runtime:
30 min | USA:30 min (189 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Philip Drummond:I'm sorry, Mrs. Garrett. I didn't mean to startle you.
Edna Garrett:Oh Mr. Drummond, it's very dangerous to sneak up behind me. I'm going to karate class, and I just got an 'A' in "kicking where it hurts".
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FAQ

When did Arnold and Willis' parents die?
Willis had trouble remembering events from what year?
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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Gary Coleman made this show......when lasted eight seasons and 189 episodes, 8 June 2000
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

During my days as a kid,and partly through my high school years as well,this show was just that: The brainchild of Gary Coleman. Coleman made millions off this series,and when the show left the airwaves in 1986(and its repeats in syndication),it was totally discarded forever,never to be heard from again,despite of what the people may say about this show and the fate of its cast including Todd Bridges(who played brother Willis),and the sudden death of Dana Plato(who played big sister Kimberly),and also from Conrad Bain(who played the widower Mr. Drummond) who was a regular on TV's Maude before coming to this series.

If someone would come up to you on the street,they would asked "What you talking about?" in the form of that question.

Interesting point about this show: It started off as a show called "Milk" on the NBC network before it became a series. "Diff'rent Strokes" when it premiered on November 3,1978 became one of the network's biggest hits scoring in the top ten of the Nielsens during its astounding seven year run on the Peacock Network and made Gary Coleman a huge megastar. NBC canceled this series on May 4,1985 after 170 episodes.

Also Mr. Drummond would get married in the show too during the 1984-1985 season to Maggie McKinney(played by Dixie Carter before going on to "Designing Women",which was on a rival network),and also bringing in her son Danny as Arnold's other brother(played by Danny Cooksey-who would go on to star opposite Scwarzenegger in Terminator 2,and also do voice-overs for children's shows) Also,Janet Jackson would appear as Willis' girlfriend Charlene during the 1981-1983 season(which during this time Miss Jackson did have a hit album out along with this series at that time). Shavar Ross was Arnold's best friend Dudley. When the show was canceled by NBC on May 4,1985 there were several cast changes. Mary Ann Mobley replaced Dixie Carter on the show and also gone were Pearl(Mary Jo Catlett). On September 27,1985,the show moved to ABC-TV where 19 new episodes were produced before the network finally canceled it on March 7,1986 after 189 episodes.

This was a grand series that spawned two spin-offs,the short-lived situation comedy series "Hello,Larry",and another successful series "The Facts of Life",which would go on to become NBC's longest-running and successful series from 1979-1987.

If it comes back on the air,its worth seeing.

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