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(1978–1986)

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Season 1

3 Nov. 1978
Movin' In
Philip Drummond is a wealthy Manhattan industrialist who takes in Arnold and Willis Jackson, the two sons of his late housekeeper; Drummond is white and the boys are black. Arnold, age 8, is excited about the opportunity of a privileged life, but Willis, age 13, feels that Mr. Drummond is trying to buy their love with expensive gifts.
 
10 Nov. 1978
The Social Worker
A social worker investigates the boys' home life and tells Mr. Drummond that she believes black children belong in black households. When Drummond tells this to Mrs. Garrett while she is vacuuming the living room, Arnold overhears this and comes to the conclusion that he doesn't want them around anymore.
 
17 Nov. 1978
Mother's Last Visit
Mr. Drummond's mother arrives for an unscheduled visit and has an adverse reaction to her son's new family situation.
 
24 Nov. 1978
Prep School
Mr. Drummond is excited about the possibility of the boys enrolling at his old prep school.
 
1 Dec. 1978
The Spanking
Arnold is caught throwing water bombs off the balcony and Mr. Drummond feels that a fitting punishment is a spanking.
 
8 Dec. 1978
Goodbye Dolly
After Kimberly donates Arnold's ratty old doll named Homer to charity and it is sold, he can't sleep. Mr. Drummond quickly tires of this, so he hires a detective to try and find the doll.
 
15 Dec. 1978
The Trial
After reading a book on the American legal system, Willis demands a fair trial for Arnold after he is accused of putting his goldfish in the hot tub.
 
29 Dec. 1978
Retrospective
The Drummonds reminisce about the time they have spent together since Arnold and Willis joined the family. Clips from past episodes are featured.
 
5 Jan. 1979
The Fight
Over Mr. Drummond's objections, Willis teaches Arnold how to fight a playground bully.
 
12 Jan. 1979
The Club Meeting
Willis misses his friends from Harlem so he has a club meeting at the penthouse.
 
19 Jan. 1979
The Woman
Mr. Drummond introduces the family to a woman in his life that he plans to propose to.
 
26 Jan. 1979
No Time for Arnold
Arnold feels he's being ignored by the other members of the family, so he pretends to wet the bed in order to get attention and sympathy.
 
2 Feb. 1979
The Relative
A relative of the boys comes to visit from Detroit. She plans to stay only a night, but then fakes an injury and quickly overstays her welcome.
 
9 Feb. 1979
The Tutor
Willis is doing poorly in school, so Mr. Drummond hires a tutor. However, he is not pleased by his unconventional methods of teaching.
 
16 Feb. 1979
The New Landlord
The Drummonds may have to move when the new landlord enforces a rule forbidding children Arnold's age from living there.
 
23 Feb. 1979
Willis' Privacy
Willis starts to feel that Arnold is a nuisance and wants his own space away from him.
 
2 Mar. 1979
Mrs. Garrett's Crisis
Mrs. Garrett feels that her life goals have not been fulfilled and she wants to leave her job.
 
16 Mar. 1979
The Job
Willis gets a job at a gas station, which lasts for only a few hours.
 
30 Mar. 1979
The Trip: Part 1
Mr. Drummond's company has bought out a radio station in Portland, Oregon, where his old army buddy, Larry Alder, hosts a talk show.
 
6 Apr. 1979
Getting Involved
Arnold witnesses a mugging with his telescope.
 
13 Apr. 1979
Willis' Birthday
Willis wants to have his birthday party at a friend's house in Harlem, but Mr. Drummond is concerned about going there on a Saturday night.
 
4 May 1979
The Girls School
Mrs. Garrett bonds with the girls at Eastlake Academy, the school Kimberly attends.
 

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