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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:
NBC's flagship of lame. See more (29 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 100)

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

Gary Coleman ... Arnold Jackson (179 episodes, 1978-1986)

Todd Bridges ... Willis Jackson (166 episodes, 1978-1986)

Dana Plato ... Kimberly Drummond (140 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)
Migdia Chinea (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
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)
Stephanie Fox-Kramer (42 episodes, 1984-1986)
Sandra Baker (8 episodes, 1981-1983)
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)
Art Dielhenn .... associate director (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Selig Frank .... associate director (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Randy Winburn .... associate director (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 (31 episodes, 1978-1982)
Stu Goldman .... stage manager (29 episodes, 1979-1981)
Cheryl Whitman-Dubuque .... publicity and media liaison (29 episodes, 1982-1983)
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)
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)
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:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

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Trivia:
Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "TV Party" by Black Flag.See more »
Quotes:
Willis Jackson:[Arnold refuses to fight the school bully] Alright, Arnold. Then I'll just tell Mr. Drummond what a coward you are. He'll talk some sense into you. Think he wants a coward for a son?
Arnold Jackson:Awww Willis, please don't say anything to him.
Willis Jackson:Well, somebody's gotta make a man outta you.
Arnold Jackson:What's the rush? I'm barely outta toilet-training.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chop (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Diff'rent StrokesSee more »

FAQ

When did Arnold and Willis' parents die?
Willis had trouble remembering events from what year?
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
NBC's flagship of lame., 30 July 2013
Author: shconover from United States

There was an era on NBC where every show was lame except for the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Of all of those shows, this show was the flagship of lame. Sub-standard writing, horrible acting and a script built around one unfunny catch phrase: "What you talking about Willis?"

Of course, over the years, there were many variations, "What you talking about Dad?", "What you talking about Kimberly?", "What you talking about Mrs. Garrett?", and then there's the ultimate creative variation, "What you talking about 'insert name of guest star of the week'?"

Secondly, has Conrad Bain ever been on a show that had any value? Then they surround him with kids who couldn't act their way out of a loosely tied Walmart bag and an old hag with a quivering voice? This is comedy? Worse yet, you can see the child actors often mouthing the lines of their costars while awaiting their canned "humorous" reply, or their eyes wandering left to right as they read their poorly written lines from a cue card.

To further the vomit aspect, they bring in friends of Arnold to add to the fun. The annoying little girl crush, the kid in a wheelchair (to posture the show as caring and all inclusive) and his pet gold fish, with which he has heart to heart talks. And as ratings fell through the floor, big name guest stars would be brought in to help salvage the shipwreck.

And of course, as expected each one would be asked, "What you talking about?"

And yet there seems to be nothing but praise for this steaming pile of canned laugh track sitcom from NBC's era of suck. More than 1 star, seriously? No wonder all the child stars of this show crashed and burned. If it was this pathetic on the surface, I can only imagine how bad things were behind the scenes.

In summary, I could eat a box of Apha-Bits and crap a better script than any episode of this show, 1 star because zero isn't an option.

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