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Spin-off 

The Facts of Life (1979) (TV Series)
Edna Garrett starts as the Drummonds' housekeeper, then becomes the housemother at Eastland School.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) (TV Episode)
Title on Fred Silverman's TV schedule board
Hello, Larry: The Trip: Part 2 (1979) (TV Episode)
Philip Drummond, Arnold Jackson, Willis Jackson, Kimberly Drummond and Edna Garrett visit the Adlers in a two-part crossover with "Hello, Larry" that begins on Diff'rent Strokes: The Trip: Part 1 (1979).
Saturday Night Live: Michael Palin/James Taylor (1979) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Fred Silverman
The Facts of Life: Rough Housing (1979) (TV Episode)
Arnold is a crossover character
Hello, Larry: Feudin' and Fussin': Part 2 (1979) (TV Episode)
Philip Drummond, Arnold Jackson, Willis Jackson and Kimberly Drummond pay the Adlers another visit in a two-part crossover with "Hello, Larry" that begins on Diff'rent Strokes: Feudin' and Fussin' (1979).
Hello, Larry: Thanksgiving Crossover: Part 2 (1979) (TV Episode)
Philip Drummond, Arnold Jackson, Willis Jackson and Kimberly Drummond visit the Adlers for Thanksgiving in a two-part crossover with "Hello, Larry" that begins on Diff'rent Strokes: Thanksgiving Crossover: Part 1 (1979).
Saturday Night Live: Ted Knight/Desmond Child & Rouge (1979) (TV Episode)
New title announcement: Diff'rent Storks
Saturday Night Live: Bob Newhart/The Amazing Rhthym Aces/Bruce Cockburn (1980) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Al Franken on Weekend Update
Silver Spoons: The Great Computer Caper (1982) (TV Episode)
Arnold Jackson crosses over onto this series.
Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone (1983) (TV Episode)
Referenced on Saturday Night News
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T (1984) (TV Special)
Title mentioned while introducing Gary Coleman
Fame: The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll (1984) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Valerie Landsburg while introducing Janet Jackson
Night of 100 Stars II (1985) (TV Movie)
Part of the "TV Stars" segment
Amazing Stories: Remote Control Man (1985) (TV Episode)
Walter uses the remote control to turn his son into Arnold Jackson.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Legend of Dinosaurs (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo (as Arnold Jackson): "What you talkin' 'bout, Crow?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jungle Goddess (1990) (TV Episode)
The show was mentioned once.
Designing Women: Charlene Buys a House (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Designing Women: Pearls of Wisdom (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Saturday Night Live: Michael J. Fox/Black Crowes (1991) (TV Episode)
Referenced on America's Most Wanted: Former Child Actors
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
"Cards of the cast"
Night Court: A Guy Named Phantom: Part 1 (1991) (TV Episode)
"What you talking about, Pepitone?"
Tiny Toon Adventures: Thirteensomething (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a one-off joke about the cast in the "Entertainment Tonight" spoof.
The Ben Stiller Show: With Garry Shandling (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bruce Springsteen (Ben Stiller) while giving a haircut to Gary Coleman
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Christopher Walken's psychic friends network
Rugrats: When Wishes Come True/Angelica Breaks a Leg (1993) (TV Episode)
Tommy asks, "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Phil?" a la Arnold's (Gary Coleman) catchphrase, "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) (TV Episode)
"A Documentry about the likes of Todd Bridges and Dana Plato"
Clerks. (1994)
Dante speaks Lyrics from the theme song for Different Strokes
Married with Children: How Green Was My Apple (1994) (TV Episode)
Gary Coleman guest stars and is asked by Kelly if he wasn't on this show.
The Critic: Marathon Mensch (1994) (TV Episode)
Duke says he thought he was buying the rights to "Diff'rent Strokes" when he bought the rights to "Webster"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Married with Children: Shoeway to Heaven (1994) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Mystery Science Theater 3000: San Francisco International (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Red Zone Cuba (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Saturday Night Live: David Schwimmer/Natalie Merchant (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the monologue
Married with Children: The Two That Got Away (1995) (TV Episode)
Lucky: "I get in the commercial, you get the money, I end up sharing a jail cell with the cast of 'Diffr'ent Strokes'."
Saturday Night Live: Elle MacPherson/Sting (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced and quoted by Winston Graff during his recording session
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: I, Done: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Philip & Arnold Drummond make an appearance
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: What you talkin' 'bout Willis?
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Zorak (1997) (TV Episode)
If Zorak had never been born, "Diff'rent Strokes" would still be on the air.
Dexter's Laboratory: Sister Mom/The Laughing (1998) (TV Episode)
Dee Dee says to Dexter, "Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Dexter?"
Dirty Work (1998)
During Mitch's hallucination about being in hell, Gary Coleman appears and asks: "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Satan?" - Arnold's famous catchphrase.
E! True Hollywood Story: Diff'rent Strokes (1998) (TV Episode)
Tackles about the star of the tv series.
Homicide: Life on the Street: The Twenty Percent Solution (1998) (TV Episode)
Meldrick says, "What'chu talkin' about, Willis?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War (1999) (TV Episode)
A character in the film says "Willis," after which Crow adds, "What you talkin' 'bout?"
Oz: The Truth and Nothing But... (1999) (TV Episode)
characters from this show mentioned
Futurama: When Aliens Attack (1999) (TV Episode)
The "What you talkin' 'bout" line is quoted as a reference.
E! True Hollywood Story: The Facts of Life Girls (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as being a spin-off of this series
The Simpsons: Grift of the Magi (1999) (TV Episode)
Several references to elements of this show abound due to its guest star's involvement with it.
Freaks and Geeks: Carded and Discarded (2000) (TV Episode)
The bouncer talk about how funny the show is
Freaks and Geeks: The Diary (2000) (TV Episode)
Theme song is heard on Frederick's TV.
Family Guy: Running Mates (2000) (TV Episode)
theme song heard
Family Guy: Fore, Father (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter asks Cleveland Jr. to call him Mr. Drummond
Spin City: All the Wrong Moves (2000) (TV Episode)
Caitlin's Arnold Jackson impression.
King of the Hill: Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story (2001) (TV Episode)
When the high schoolers mention "that kid on that old TV show," it is this show they mean.
The Brak Show: Time Machine (2001) (TV Episode)
The opening sequence is called "Diff'rent Braks."
The Slim Shady Show (2001) (Video)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Family Guy: Peter Griffin: Husband, Father... Brother? (2001) (TV Episode)
While trying to convince the Quahog African American League that he is black, Peter references the experiences of black characters in the Jeffersons, Good Times, The Facts of Life, and Different Strokes to show that he was with them.
Snow Dogs (2002)
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002)
"Whatchu talkin bout Dick?"
Gilmore Girls: I Can't Get Started (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says that her new catchphrase is "knocking 'What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?' right out of first place."
Ken Park (2002)
Tate mentions "Diff'rent Strokes".
Do Over: Joel Strikes Back (2002) (TV Episode)
Pat says, "What you talkin' about, Willis?"
Scrubs: My Overkill (2002) (TV Episode)
J.D. says, "What are you talking about, Willis?"
Northfork (2003)
When the man in the black hat is talking to his son, Willis, he says "What are you talking about, Willis."
Final Destination 2 (2003)
One of the characters asks the group if they are cursed like the cast members of the TV show.
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)
Pauly calls Todd Bridges "Willis"
Retarded Animal Babies (2003) (Video)
David Hasselhoff calls Hamster "Gary Coleman," and Hamster replies with, "Whatcho talkin' 'bout?" like how Gary Coleman's character says it in Diff'rent Strokes.
Chappelle's Show: Episode #2.3 (2004) (TV Episode)
Dave sings the theme song
Chappelle's Show: Episode #2.8 (2004) (TV Episode)
The grocery store owner thinks Willis from this show was on "Good Times".
Scrubs: My Moment of Un-Truth (2004) (TV Episode)
J.D. wears a t-shirt that reads, "I'm what Willis was talkin' 'bout."
Drawn Together: Hot Tub (2004) (TV Episode)
"Whatchu talkin bout, pig?"
Drawn Together: Gay Bash (2004) (TV Episode)
"Whatchu talk bout, Xandir"
Sammy Case Superstar (2004) (Video)
"Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Willis?" said
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy' (2005) (TV Movie)
Title is seen on Frank's scheduling board
Robot Chicken: Atta Toy (2005) (TV Episode)
Conrad Bain and this show are mentioned.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Jay yells "Aim high, Willis" as the angry customer leaves.
Drawn Together: The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist: Part 2 (2005) (TV Episode)
"Whatcha talkin bout, Sweetcake?"
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 1 (2005) (Video)
In "Teen Girl Squad Issue 8", one of The Ugly One's drums reads "Mr. Drummond", a reference to Philip Drummond, a character on the show
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Picture Day (2006) (TV Episode)
The narrator asks "Watchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" at one point
South Park: Cartoon Wars: Part 2 (2006) (TV Episode)
Gary Coleman says "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Fifty Pills (2006)
mentioned several times
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Challenge of the Superfriends (2006) (TV Episode)
One of Mac's attempted catch phrases is, "Whatcha talkin' 'bout?", spoken by Arnold Jackson
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Rocky VII (2006) (TV Episode)
Yami uses Arnold's catchphrase "what you talkin' bout" while dueling with Pegasus
Chappelle's Show: Episode #3.2 (2006) (TV Episode)
Chappelle as Gary Coleman says 'What'chu talkin' bout, bitch?"
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006) (TV Movie)
This bioptic is a behinds-the-scenes of this TV series.
Hannah Montana: People Who Use People (2006) (TV Episode)
Miley says, "What you talking about, Willis?"
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Buddy System (2006) (TV Episode)
Caruso mentions he likes to wach Gary Coleman, presumably on this show
Robot Chicken: Donkey Punch (2006) (TV Episode)
Gary Coleman meets costar Conrad Bain
My Name Is Earl: Buried Treasure (2007) (TV Episode)
Randy talks about what would've happened if they'd kidnap "Webster from Diff'rent Strokes".
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Eggs (2007) (TV Episode)
the narrator says "Whatchu talkin' about, Monk?" in imitation of Arnold Jackson
Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)
"What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
It Takes Two: Episode #2.6 (2007) (TV Episode)
Grant Denyer says "Watchoo talkin' about?" during his introduction.
TV Land Confidential: Oddballs & Original Characters (2007) (TV Episode)
still picture
Psychopathic: The Videos (2007) (Video)
Shaggy 2 Dope says "What you talking about J" while introducing Esham's "Woo Woo Woo" video which includes a cameo from Todd Bridges.
Oliver Twink (2007) (Video)
"What you talkin' bout', Mr. Bumble?"
The Suite Life on Deck: Sea Monster Mash (2008) (TV Episode)
Cody: Wha'choo talkin' 'bout, Bailey? As Arnold Jackson, Gary Coleman popularized the catchphrase "Wha'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" in the show Diff'rent Strokes.
How I Met Your Mother: The Fight (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Barney; part of faking the conversation by just saying titles of sitcoms
The Office: Prince Family Paper (2009) (TV Episode)
Michael says, "What you talkin' 'bout, Wallace?"
The Hangover (2009)
Mr. Chow says "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?" This is a famous line from Different Strokes.
Tosh.0: Leave Britney Alone! (2009) (TV Episode)
"What you talkin' about" is referenced
Family Guy: Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (2009) (TV Episode)
Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Garrett mentioned
Family Guy: Jerome Is the New Black (2009) (TV Episode)
Peter recognizes the "Whatchoo talkin' about" catchphrase when Jerome asks why Peter is wearing a KKK hood and carrying a torch
The Cleveland Show: Field of Streams (2010) (TV Episode)
Cleveland says, "What you talkin' 'bout, Wallace?"
America's Next Top Model: Dreckitude! (2010) (TV Episode)
"Whatchoo talkin' bout, Willis" said by Tyra during judging
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Episode #6.132 (2010) (TV Episode)
Geoff Peterson says "Watchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
iCarly: iPsycho (2010) (TV Episode)
Gibby says that he watched reruns of ''Diff'rent Strokes'' on TV
Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) (TV Episode)
The "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?" catch phrase is mentioned in the "ESPN Deportes" segment.
The Cinema Snob: Night Trap (2011) (TV Episode)
Snob says not to confuse this TV series with the softcore porn also starring Dana Plato.
The Cleveland Show: The Way the Cookie Crumbles (2011) (TV Episode)
"What you talkin bout, Barry"
Saturday Night Live: Helen Mirren/Foo Fighters (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Bongo's Clown Room" segment
Chop (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
30 Rock: Everything Sunny All the Time Always (2011) (TV Episode)
Liz says that someday her apartment will be a duplex like the one on the show
Blitz (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #11.5 (2011) (TV Episode)
When Daniel MacPherson introduces Joshua Horner, he says "Watchoo talkin' about, Willis?"
Conan: I Know What You Did Last Lobsterfest (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan makes a refference to Diff'rent Strokes but Busy Philipps thinks he's talking about Die Hard
Conan: The One Hour of Footage George Lucas Hasn't Messed With (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Andy in clip from previous show during Fan Corrections
The Big Bang Theory: The Infestation Hypothesis (2011) (TV Episode)
Amy knows how to play the theme song on the harp.
Tosh.0: Redneck Stuntman (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Division III: Football's Finest (2011)
"What are you talking about, Willis?
Psych: The Amazing Psych-Man & Tap Man, Issue No. 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Shawn refers to Gus as "Benedict Arnold Jackson."
Family Guy: Thanksgiving (2011) (TV Episode)
Arnold Drummond mentioned
How I Met Your Mother: The Rebound Girl (2011) (TV Episode)
Ted mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.68 (2012) (TV Episode)
Janet Jackson mentions the show
Nostalgia Critic: Ri¢hie Ri¢h (2012) (TV Episode)
Theme song briefly played.
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
"Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Bad Ass (2012)
mentioned in dialogue
Eretz Nehederet: Episode #9.12 (2012) (TV Episode)
ALF asks to be in the same cell as the Sudanese from the show
Ted (2012)
Ted mentions the show
Suits: All In (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialog
The Cleveland Show: Menace II Secret Society (2012) (TV Episode)
Roberta is called Willis
Shameful Sequels: Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (2012) (TV Episode)
"Don't do a Diff'rent Strokes reference!"
Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (2013) (TV Episode)
In the opening monologue, Jennifer Lawrence says, "What you talkin' 'bout, Wallace?"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.10 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Cleveland Show: Here Comes the Bribe (2013) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (2013) (TV Episode)
"Looks like Cousin Oliver was tied up by the bicycle shop owner from Diff'rent Strokes."
Family Guy: Bigfat (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
DVD-R Hell: Gary Coleman: For Safety's Sake (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when discussing Bobby Jacoby, and referenced throughout in relation of to Gary Coleman.
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded (2013) (Video Game)
"What'sa talkin' bout Willis!?"
Unforgettable: Incognito (2013) (TV Episode)
Carrie mentions that Killborn is probably watching this show
Brickleberry: Miracle Lake (2013) (TV Episode)
"What you talkin bout, Krog?"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.154 (2013) (TV Episode)
Loni mentions the show by name.
Alpha House: No Shame (2013) (TV Episode)
Robert says "Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Willis?" to Aaron
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Michael Weatherly (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "Hollywood Director"

Featured in 

Child Stars: Their Story (2000) (TV Movie)
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
I Love the '80s (2002) (TV Series)
I Love the '80s: 1983 (2002) (TV Episode)
Fifty Pills (2006)
while watching TV, the theme song is heard
20 to 1: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Gary Coleman.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 30 June 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Various clips from from this show were featured during the repeat segment with Garry Coleman.
Black to the Future: Hour 2: The 80s (2009) (TV Episode)
clips; discussed
20 to 1: Greatest TV Families (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on the Drummond and Jackson families.
Nostalgia Critic: Cop and 1/2 (2011) (TV Episode)
the theme song plays briefly
The Goldbergs: The Circle of Driving (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip shown in beginning montage.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
A clip is featured.

Spoofed in 

Family Matters: False Arrest (1989) (TV Episode)
"The Buddy Goodrich Show" (seen in the first act) is a spoof of the long-running situation comedy. Here, a rich black man (Goodrich) adopts two poor white orphans.
Stay Tuned (1992)
Family Guy: Death Has a Shadow (1999) (TV Episode)
The "The Bicycle Man" episode is spoofed in a cutaway gag and Peter identifies it as his favorite episode of the show.
That's My Bush!: An Aborted Dinner Date (2001) (TV Episode)
"What you talkin' about Larry?!" said in the style of the "What you talkin' about Willis?!" catchphrase.
Childstar (2004)
the show he works on is very much like this show and they make numerous references to Gary Coleman
Robot Chicken: Junk in the Trunk (2005) (TV Episode)
a sketch with 'bloopers' from the show
Robot Chicken: Badunkadunk (2005) (TV Episode)
The Hulk appears on the show
Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) (TV Episode)
Peter's 80's television montage spoofs opening scenes various sitcoms, including this one.
Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary (2007)
Contains a vignette depicting a family sitcom titled "Diff'rent Tokes".
Nostalgia Critic: Super Mario Brothers Super Show (2008) (TV Episode)
The Nostalgia Critic spoofs "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" when discussing an alternative catchphrase for Link.
Midgets Vs. Mascots (2009)
Gary Coleman joke
Robot Chicken: No Country for Old Dogs (2011) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Tak'n" segment
That's My Boy (2012)
In The bar, characters says lines about the show and ask about the show

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