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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | unknown
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:
One of the best older shows. 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:
Gary Coleman wanted the show to end in 1985, when it moved to ABC, but was persuaded into signing on for another year, after which it was canceled.See more »
Quotes:
Arnold Jackson:Be careful with my goldfish. His name's Abraham.
Philip Drummond:I've never seen a black goldfish before.
Arnold Jackson:That's okay. He never saw a rich white man before either.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

When did Arnold and Willis' parents die?
Willis had trouble remembering events from what year?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the best older shows., 28 October 2001
Author: (llihilloh)

Since I wasn't around when the show originally aired, I have to catch it whenever I can on Nick at Nite or TV Land. And since TV Land just showed a 48 hour fandemonium marathon, I was able to catch a lot of episodes.

I absolutely love this show. The plot approach is different which works out great. The writing and quick comedy is terrific and the acting is one of a kind. The writing that was given to Gary Coleman was unbelievably hysterical, and being such a young kid at that time, he handled it so well. While I like the entire cast and think that they all did a nice job, I must say that I especially like Todd Bridges. I don't know, there's just something about him that you can't help but like.

This show like all shows has its moments where the plots could use some improvement but what show would it be if it didn't have its moments? Overall, the eight seasons are filled with the better episodes.

'Diff'rent Strokes' scared me a little during the seventh and eighth seasons when they hauled in Danny Cooksey and Dixie Carter/Mary Ann Mobley to join the Drummonds. I think that it would have been better off leaving the family as it was. Then again, the boys were getting older, they lost their afros, and Kimberly started to move on. So, it's kind of a tricky situation.

I would really like to see a reunion but it would be a little hard without the sadly missed Dana Plato. All in all, this show was an above average, very funny, good family get-together show. I know I'll keep watching whenever it's on!

(P.S. - The theme song is really addicting.)

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