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, Leslie H. Martinson, Tony Singletary, Barbara Schultz, Selig Frank, Lee Lochhead, Dolores Ferraro, Ellen Gittelsohn, Jeremiah Morris, Linda Day, Lee Shallat Chemel

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

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
Bob Brunner Executive Producer
Ken Hecht Executive Producer
Budd Grossman Executive Producer
Howard Leeds Executive Producer
Dick Bensfield Executive Producer
Perry Grant Executive Producer
Howard Meyers 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
Al Aidekman Producer
Richard Gurman Producer
Barbara Cramer Producer
Budd Grossman Producer
Howard Leeds Producer
Rita Dillon Producer
Patricia Fass Palmer Producer
Heywood Kling Producer
Dick Bensfield Producer
Perry Grant Producer
George Tibbles Producer
Woody Kling Producer

Editors

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

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