Diff'rent Strokes

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Diff'rent Strokes is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African-American... read more

Diff'rent Strokes is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African-American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Edna Garrett.

Original Release

11/03/1978 on NBC

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Cast

Gary Coleman Arnold Jackson
Todd Bridges Willis Jackson
Dana Plato Kimberly Drummond
Conrad Bain Phillip Drummond
Danny Cooksey
Mary Jo Catlett
Mary Jo Catlett Pearl Gallagher
Conrad Bain Philip Drummond
Danny Cooksey Sam McKinney
Shavar Ross Dudley Ramsey
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Sam's Missing Friday, 27 September 1985
2 Bully for Arnold Friday, 04 October 1985
3 Love on the Run Friday, 11 October 1985
4 Willis Goes to College Friday, 18 October 1985
5 Arnold's Job Friday, 25 October 1985
6 A Tale of Two Teachers Friday, 08 November 1985
7 So You Want to Be a Rock Star? Friday, 15 November 1985
8 Speak No Evil Friday, 29 November 1985
9 Arnold's Bad Rep Friday, 06 December 1985
10 It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To Friday, 13 December 1985
11 Arnold's Initiation Friday, 10 January 1986
12 Bulimia Friday, 17 January 1986
13 Sam's Big Brother Friday, 24 January 1986
14 Arnold's Tangled Web Friday, 31 January 1986
15 Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown Friday, 07 February 1986
16 The Big Bribe Friday, 21 February 1986
17 The Photo Club Friday, 28 February 1986
18 The Front Page Friday, 07 March 1986
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Directors

Gerren Keith, Herbert Kenwith, Mel Ferber, Barbara Schultz, Tony Singletary, Selig Frank, Leslie H. Martinson, Lee Lochhead, Lee Shallat Chemel, Jeremiah Morris, Linda Day, Dolores Ferraro, Ellen Gittelsohn

Writers

Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff, Howard Leeds, Martin Cohan, Ben Starr, Bruce A. Taylor, Robert Jayson, A. Dudley Johnson Jr., Ed Jurist, Howard Meyers, Blake Hunter, Bob Brunner, Ken Hecht, Albert E. Lewin, Glenn Padnick, Dawn Aldredge, John Donley, Alan Rosen, Fred Rubin, Sandy Veith, Seaman Jacobs, Richard Gurman, Fred S. Fox, Paul Haggis, Mark Miller, José Rivera, Donald Ross, Howard Leeds, Debra Frank, Gordon Mitchell, Jerry Winnick, Scott Rubenstein, Marshall Goldberg, Sydney Julien, Phil Margo, Al Aidekman, Budd Grossman, Norm Liebmann, Max Katz, Toni Wunsch, Elaine Newman, Susan H. Lee, Jack Gross Jr., Calvin Kelly, Kurt Taylor, Bernard Burnell Mack, Warren S. Murray, Bill Shinkai, Mitchell Wayne Cohen, Janna Lowell, Jennifer Burton Kurtz, Dan Kennicott, Michael Curley, Martin Ragaway, Ifa Baeza, Joseph Sirota, Jess Korman, Louis Smallwood, Ron Alexander, Helen Levitt, David W. Duclon, Jenna McMahon, Danny Simon, Sandy Fries, Roland Wolpert, Myles Wilder, Jill Gordon, Ben Gershman, Michael G. Moye, Dick Clair, Charles Stewart, George Tibbles, Booker Bradshaw, Clay Graham, Arlene Sanford, Gary Coleman, Stephen Fischer, Jaie Brashar, Patricia Kane, Susan Kessler, Rosemary Lee Potter, Diane Schroder, Sheryl Levine, Bob Peete, Richard B. Eckhaus, M. Martez Thomas, Barry Rubinowitz, Jane Gould, Karyl Miller, Michael Russnow, Bobby Herbeck, Shelly Landau, John B. Collins, Mara Lideks, Paul Robinson Hunter, Maria Alexander, Larry Rhine, Judith Bustany, Don Segall, Sheila Scott, Migdia Skarsgård Chinea, Keith Moody, Jim Tisdale, Joseph Bonaduce, Barry Gold, Sylvia Alan, Hugh Wedlock Jr., George Geiger, Alfred Lewis Levitt, Helen Levitt, Walter Smith, William Raynor, Tim O'Donnell, Jeffrey Lewis

Creators

Bernie Kukoff, Jeff Harris

Cast

Gary Coleman Arnold Jackson
Todd Bridges Willis Jackson
Dana Plato Kimberly Drummond
Conrad Bain Phillip Drummond
Danny Cooksey
Mary Jo Catlett
Mary Jo Catlett Pearl Gallagher
Conrad Bain Philip Drummond
Danny Cooksey Sam McKinney
Shavar Ross Dudley Ramsey
Charlotte Rae Edna Garrett
Dixie Carter Maggie McKinney
Nedra Volz Adelaide Brubaker
Steven Mond Robbie Jason
Nikki Swasey Seaton Lisa Hayes
Mary Ann Mobley Maggie McKinney Drummond
Mary Jo Catlett Pearl Gallagher (credit only)
Janet Jackson Charlene DuPrey
Jason Hervey Charlie
Dody Goodman Aunt Sophia Drummond

Producers

Howard Leeds Executive Producer
Blake Hunter Executive Producer
Martin Cohan Executive Producer
Ken Hecht Executive Producer
Bob Brunner Executive Producer
Budd Grossman Executive Producer
Howard Leeds Executive Producer
Howard Meyers Executive Producer
Dick Bensfield Executive Producer
Perry Grant Executive Producer
Martin Cohan Producer
Howard Leeds Producer
John Maxwell Anderson Producer
Blake Hunter Producer
Ben Starr Producer
Roxie Wenk Evans Producer
Bob Brunner Producer
Ken Hecht Producer
Bruce A. Taylor Producer
Herbert Kenwith Producer
Richard Gurman Producer
Al Aidekman Producer
Barbara Cramer Producer
Budd Grossman Producer
Howard Leeds Producer
Rita Dillon Producer
Patricia Fass Palmer Producer
Heywood Kling Producer
George Tibbles Producer
Dick Bensfield Producer
Perry Grant Producer

Editors

Abe Schwartz, Bill Petty, Skip Collector, Gregory Bennett, Henry Chan, Robert Bramwell, M.A. Krupnick, Kelly Sandefur, Robert Rockwell, Barney Robinson, Andy Zall

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