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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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Episode Air Date Channel

Little Mother

S03, E07  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1980)
Arnold and Willis think Kimberly is expecting when she helps a pregnant girlfriend.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

First Love

S03, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 31, 1980)
Drummond is concerned about Arnold when a siege of puppy love keeps him away from his studies.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Loan

S03, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1981)
Arnold wants Drummond to lend $4,000 to the apartment building doorman.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Roots

S03, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1981)
Willis and Arnold go to great lengths to prove they haven't lost touch with their cultural roots.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Junk Food Junkie

S03, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 28, 1981)
Drummond and Arnold clash over the presence of junk food machines in Arnold's school.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Bus

S03, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1981)
Arnold's excitement over being bused to a white school turns to fear when he gets a phoned threat.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Older Man

S03, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1981)
Fifteen-year-old Kimberly discovers there's more to being older than looking it.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Where There's Hope

S03, E16  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1981)
Arnold doesn't want a certain pesky girl invited to his birthday party.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Almost American

S03, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1981)
Arnold gets a new perspective on America through an immigrant studying for naturalization.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Drummond's Fair Lady

S03, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1981)
Drummond meets opposition when he chooses a woman to head a new division of his company.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Ancestors

S03, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 25, 1981)
Drummond discovers a long-lost ancestor who may be more of a liability than an asset.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Room for One More

S03, E21  (First Aired: May. 6, 1981)
Arnold asks Drummond to adopt a classmate who's afraid he might be sent back to an orphanage.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Growing Up

S04, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1981)
His friends' stories of sexual exploits convince Willis it's time he ``becomes a man'' too.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Model

S04, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1981)
Kimberly seeks independence with a summer job, but Drummond may not allow her to be a jet-set model.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Athlete

S03, E22  (First Aired: May. 13, 1981)
The city's top high school baseball coach wants Willis on his team -- at any price.
  • Mon 10/10
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Ski Weekend

S04, E07  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1981)
Kimberly must decide whether or not to spend a ski weekend with a boy.
  • Mon 10/10
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

First Day Blues

S04, E02  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1981)
The first day of high school could spell disaster for a nervous Willis.
  • Tue 10/11
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Team

S04, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1981)
Racial quotas in Drummond's business and at Willis' school have repercussions at home.
  • Tue 10/11
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Hello, Daddy

S04, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1982)
A young man claiming to be Drummond's son arrives at the penthouse door.
  • Wed 10/12
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Big Heist

S04, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 26, 1981)
Arnold is thrilled to be part of an elite club until he learns what initiation entails.
  • Wed 10/12
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK