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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

A Haunting We Will Go

S07, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 29, 1984)
Arnold and Sam set out to rid the neighborhood home of ghosts. Guest: Ray Bolger.
  • Mon 12/5
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold Saves the Squirrel

S07, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 12, 1985)
Arnold and Sam protest the cancellation of Sam's favorite TV show.
  • Mon 12/5
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Sam's Father

S07, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1984)
Sam's real father (Hoyt Axton) visits the Drummond's new neighbors.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Carmella Meets the Gooch

S07, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1984)
The school bully faces his first challenge when he meets the Drummond's new neighbor.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold's Songbird

S07, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 15, 1984)
Arnold wants a celebrity to attend the school's charity fund-raiser.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold the Entrepreneur

S07, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1984)
Arnold and Sam start a business together, but a falling out makes them competitors.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold's Songbird

S07, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 15, 1984)
Arnold wants a celebrity to attend the school's charity fund-raiser.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 4:55AM-5:25AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold the Entrepreneur

S07, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1984)
Arnold and Sam start a business together, but a falling out makes them competitors.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 5:25AM-5:55AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Gymnasts

S07, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1984)
Drummond hopes to encourage an Olympic aspirant who suffered a tragic accident. Guests: 1984 Olympic gymnasts Mitch Gaylord and Bart Conner.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Sam Adopts a Grandparent

S07, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1985)
A cynical senior citizen wants no part in Sam's ``Adopt a Grandparent'' program.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Baseball Blues

S07, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 5, 1985)
Sam persuades a reluctant Mr. Drummond to become the coach of his ``bad news'' baseball team.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Sam's New Pal

S07, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 2, 1985)
Sam wants to have a sleep over with his new buddy, who is a girl.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Harry Birthday Drummond

S07, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 26, 1985)
Arnold and Willis want to give Drummond a special birthday gift.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Russian Embassy

S07, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 1985)
Arnold's rocket for a class project accidentally lands on top of the Russian embassy.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Cheers to Arnold

S07, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 1985)
Arnold tries to stop a friend from drinking, but a misunderstanding gets him in trouble.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

A Camping We Will Go

S07, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1985)
Drummond's plan for a camping trip with Sam go awry when Sam's real father (Hoyt Axton) invites himself along.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Beauty Is in the Eye of Arnold

S07, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 2, 1985)
Arnold's friends want him to ask a cute cheerleader to a dance.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Street Smarts

S07, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 23, 1985)
Drummond learns that Arnold used a dangerous method of protection when he was mugged.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

A Special Friend

S07, E24  (First Aired: May. 4, 1985)
Arnold and Sam aren't sure how to proceed after they learn that their friend has epilepsy.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Love on the Run

S08, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 11, 1985)
Sam and Arnold fear that the time their parents are spending apart is a symptom of an ailing marriage, and the boys attempt to give them a dose of romance.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Bully for Arnold

S08, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 4, 1985)
Guarding the school bully's girlfriend seems like a simple task to Arnold, until his natural `Jackson' charm makes the girl fall head over heels for him.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold's Job

S08, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 25, 1985)
Drummond arranges a job for Arnold as a photographer's assistant on a weekly newspaper.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK