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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

It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To

S08, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1985)
Drummond has `insured' that Sam will have an unforgettable birthday party by arranging for a local television personality to be the main attraction.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 5:18AM-5:48AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Willis Goes to College

S08, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1985)
Willis shocks the family when he unexpectedly returns home a few days after leaving for college.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 5:48AM-6:18AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To

S08, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1985)
Drummond has `insured' that Sam will have an unforgettable birthday party by arranging for a local television personality to be the main attraction.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Willis Goes to College

S08, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1985)
Willis shocks the family when he unexpectedly returns home a few days after leaving for college.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

A Tale of Two Teachers

S08, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 1985)
Arnold's punishment for ``goofing off'' in class is teaching ``A Tale of Two Cities'' to his rowdy classmates. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest stars.
  • Tue 5/2
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Speak No Evil

S08, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1985)
An outraged Arnold objects to a white supremacy organization speaking at his school, and a discerning Drummond can't support Arnold's fury on the basis of the right to free speech.
  • Tue 5/2
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

So You Want to Be a Rock Star

S08, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1985)
A music instructor ``backs up'' Arnold after he claims to be an expert sax player in order to impress a girl. Superstar saxophonist Clarence Clemons guest stars.
  • Wed 5/3
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Bulimia

S08, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1986)
Arnold suspects that Kimberly has an eating disorder when his slender sister is secretly gorging herself, but not gaining any weight.
  • Wed 5/3
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold's Bad Rep

S08, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1985)
Arnold succumbs to peer pressure and boasts he went ``all the way'' with his girlfriend.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold's Initiation

S08, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1986)
Arnold's initiation into the ``cool'' club at school jeopardizes his friendship with a mildly-retarded dishwasher.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Sam's Big Brother

S08, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 24, 1986)
Arnold's preoccupation with girls and school leaves younger brother Sam alone and bored.
  • Fri 5/5
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Arnold's Tangled Web

S08, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1986)
When Arnold brings home a forged report card, Phillip decides to enroll him in a more advanced class.
  • Fri 5/5
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown

S08, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1986)
A new kid at the hamburger joint ridicules Sam's comfortable lifestyle.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Big Bribe

S08, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1986)
Arnold discovers that the girl who asked him to the rock concert has been bribed by Willis.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Photo Club

S08, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1986)
Arnold gets locked in the darkroom with the girl he was paired with in a photography class.
  • Tue 5/9
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Front Page

S08, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 7, 1986)
Arnold investigates a rumor of school athletes using steroids.
  • Tue 5/9
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Movin' In

S01, E01  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1978)
Multimillionaire Phillip Drummond carries out the wish of his late housekeeper and welcomes her two sons into his New York penthouse.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 7:00PM-7:28PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Social Worker

S01, E02  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1978)
Arnold jumps to conclusions when he overhears Drummond telling a social worker that black children belong with black families.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 7:28PM-7:55PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Mother's Last Visit

S01, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1978)
Drummond's upper-crust mother arrives for a visit and isn't too pleased with the latest family additions.
  • Thu 5/11
  • 7:00PM-7:27PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Spanking

S01, E05  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1978)
Arnold's continuing prank of dropping water balloons from the balcony prompts punishment from Mr. Drummond.
  • Thu 5/11
  • 7:27PM-7:54PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Prep School

S01, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 24, 1978)
Drummond attempts to enroll Willis and Arnold in an exclusive prep school.
  • Fri 5/12
  • 7:00PM-7:28PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Goodbye Dolly

S01, E06  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 1978)
Arnold is inconsolable after Kimberley donates his doll to charity.
  • Fri 5/12
  • 7:28PM-7:56PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK