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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 »
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Diff'rent Strokes Was An 80s US Sitcom Classic See more (28 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 101)

Conrad Bain ... Philip Drummond / ... (181 episodes, 1978-1986)

Gary Coleman ... Arnold Jackson (176 episodes, 1978-1986)

Todd Bridges ... Willis Jackson (162 episodes, 1978-1986)

Dana Plato ... Kimberly Drummond (137 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:
In addition to the spin-off series "Facts of Life, The" (1979), characters from this show also made crossovers onto "Hello, Larry" (1979) and "Silver Spoons" (1982), thereby implying that all four shows exist in the same universe.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 12 people found the following review useful.
Diff'rent Strokes Was An 80s US Sitcom Classic, 23 August 2007
Author: waiching liu from London, England, UK

Diff'rent Strokes was and still is regarded by many as not just one of the most successful sitcoms in TV history but one of the very few, which succeeded due to the multi-racial cast of Conrad Bain as Philip/Mr Drummond, Dana Plato as Kimberley, Todd Bridges as Willis, and the lovable scamp, Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson. The performances given by the main leads in Diff'rent Strokes was great, particularly Conrad's as the strict but fair, Mr Drummond. Mrs Edna Garrett played by Charlotte Rae was funny, charming and witty and a great addition to the cast. But the star of the show was Coleman as Arnold and his famous catchphrase 'whatcha talking'about Willis?'.

Even though it was a sitcom, the show wasn't afraid of tackling and addressing social and controversial issues such as child molestation, racism, bulimia, class division and sex for example. The writing was funny but also sharp, witty and clever. Arnold has arguably the best and funnier lines out of all the characters, although Philip isn't that far off either.

He was one of the reasons why Diff'rent Strokes was such a huge success story, as Coleman's comic timing was almost spot-on. The cutesy factor that accompanies his cheeky and somewhat mischievous persona as Arnold was a huge incentive on his part.

There have been many sitcoms past and present, which centred around youngsters as the main protagonists, but whilst most of them have tried they have failed, mainly because one of the reasons for this is that those shows do not possess a central character as humorous, as versatile as Arnold and of whom has a personality of which viewers can fall in love with straight away.

Diff'rent Strokes didn't have just one but three child characters in Kimberly, Willis and Arnold. The concept was original and addressed the issue of child adoption in a straight-to-the-point manner but at the same time combine laughs with clean cut jokes, good gags and great humour. It's such a shame though that the notoriety of the show, in regards to the child performers was always brought up; likewise Coleman's own brushes with the law and surprising fall from grace, Todd's battle with drugs, and the rather unfortunate and well documented demise of Dana and her subsequent death during the late 90s, slightly tarnished the mainstream success, as well as history of Diff'rent Strokes. Next year in 2008, it will be the 30th anniversary of Diff'rent Strokes, since its debut in 1978.

All in all though, this was a great little sitcom, starring a little guy with a big heart played by Coleman which was destined to be a big hit, which it was and one that captured millions of audiences hearts, worldwide.

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