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Diff'rent Strokes
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Cast of 'Diff'rent Strokes'

  • Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond
  • Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson
  • Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson
  • Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond
  • Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Garrett
  • Mary Jo Catlett as Pearl Gallagher
  • Danny Cooksey as Sam McKinney
  • Mary Ann Mobley as Maggie McKinney

Diff'rent Strokes

Two black kids from Harlem, Arnold Jackson and older brother Willis, are welcomed into the family of wealthy New York businessman Philip Drummond when their mother, his housekeeper, passes away. The two brothers become part of the Drummond family and learn various lessons about life.

Premiere:
Nov 03, 1978
Original Network:
NBC
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All Upcoming Times for Diff'rent Strokes

Episode Air Date Channel

Birds and Bees

S02, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 1979)
Willis's suspicious story on the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions.
  • Fri 1/20
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Father and Son Day

S02, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1979)
Cut-throat competition leads Willis to make a decision that he later regrets.
  • Fri 1/20
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Rivals

S02, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1979)
A fickle girl in Arnold's class turns her attentions to Willis, much to Arnold's disappointment.
  • Mon 1/23
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Thanksgiving Crossover

S02, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1979)
The Drummonds and Alders gather for Thanksgiving, but tempers explode when Larry learns that friendship isn't always an asset to good business.
  • Mon 1/23
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK
  • Tue 1/24
  • 3:55AM-4:25AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Thanksgiving Crossover

S02, E12  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1979)
On Thanksgiving, Larry Alder's temper reaches explosive heights when he discovers that friendship and business don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.
  • Tue 1/24
  • 4:25AM-4:55AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK
  •  
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Hot Watch

S02, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1979)
Willis and Arnold become suspects when a neighbor's apartment is robbed.
  • Tue 1/24
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Dog Story

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1979)
Arnold is bitten by a dog, and he faces rabies shots at the insistence of Drummond.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Election

S02, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 1980)
The Drummonds' sassy new housekeeper rallies behind the family when Phillip runs for a seat on the city council.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Friendly-Mate

S02, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1980)
Drummond's need for companionship sends Arnold and Willis to a computer dating service.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Big Business

S02, E19  (First Aired: Jan. 30, 1980)
Willis and Arnold soon learn about big business when they start up a brownie-making enterprise.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Poor Drummond

S02, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 1980)
An edgy Mr. Drummond makes Willis and Arnold wonder whether they should move back to Harlem.
  • Fri 1/27
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Return of the Gooch

S02, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 6, 1980)
Willis works on Arnold's self-confidence after the local bully returns.
  • Fri 1/27
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Valentine's Day Retrospective

S02, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1980)
Arnold and Willis become trapped in the basement where they reflect on their past.
  • Mon 1/30
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Teacher's Pet

S02, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 27, 1980)
Drummond's romance with Arnold's teacher sparks jealousy among Arnold's classmates.
  • Mon 1/30
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Guess Who

S02, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1980)
Kimberly discovers that her new boyfriend is a bigot after he suggests a double date with his sister and Willis.
  • Tue 1/31
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Slumber Party

S02, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 12, 1980)
Chaos reigns when Willis is placed in charge of Kimberly's slumber party.
  • Tue 1/31
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Will

S02, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 19, 1980)
Arnold fears his loved ones may soon die after he stumbles upon Drummond's will.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Squealer

S02, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 26, 1980)
Willis seeks companionship in a gang and is arrested rather than squeal on his fellow members.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Magician

S03, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 11, 1981)
A disappearing magic trick backfires, leaving Arnold out on a ledge.
  • Thu 2/2
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Football Father

S03, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1980)
Drummond makes a deal with the football coach to assure Arnold a place on the team.
  • Thu 2/2
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK