Diff'rent Strokes

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Whatchoo talkin' bout Willis? Gary Coleman became a child superstar playing the lovable, mischievous Arnold in this comedy series that brought issues of race and class into American living rooms in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The series begins with Arnold and... read more

Whatchoo talkin' bout Willis? Gary Coleman became a child superstar playing the lovable, mischievous Arnold in this comedy series that brought issues of race and class into American living rooms in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The series begins with Arnold and Willis; two African-American brothers from Harlem going from rags to riches, overnight. Upon their mother’s death, the wealthy (and white) Mr. Drummond fulfils a promise to look after his late housekeeper’s boys and brings them to his Manhattan home where along with their new sister, Kimberly, and no-nonsense housekeeper they form an unconventional but loving family.

Original Release

11/03/1978 on NBC

US Release

11/03/1978

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Cast

Todd Bridges Willis Jackson
Gary Coleman Arnold Jackson
Dana Plato Kimberly Drummond
Conrad Bain Phillip Drummond / Philip Drummond
Mary Jo Catlett Pearl Gallagher
Conrad Bain Philip Drummond
Danny Cooksey Sam McKinney
Shavar Ross Dudley Ramsey
Dixie Carter Maggie McKinney
Charlotte Rae Edna Garrett
(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, Leslie H. Martinson, Selig Frank, Tony Singletary, Barbara Schultz, Lee Shallat Chemel, Jeremiah Morris, Linda Day, Ellen Gittelsohn, Dolores Ferraro, Lee Lochhead

Writers

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

Creators

Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff

Cast

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

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

Editors

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

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