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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

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.
  • Tue 5/24
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 5/24
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 5/25
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 5/25
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 5/26
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 5/26
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 5/27
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 5/27
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 5/30
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 5/30
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 5/31
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 5/31
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/1
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 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 6/1
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 6/2
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Double Date

S04, E06  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1981)
Parental restrictions threaten to ruin Arnold's first real date before it even begins.
  • Thu 6/2
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Health Club

S04, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1981)
Drummond doesn't realize his hard-won award comes from a club with a restricted membership.
  • Fri 6/3
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Jilted

S04, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1982)
Willis' girlfriend is tired of being taken for granted, so she goes out with another guy.
  • Fri 6/3
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Health Club

S04, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1981)
Drummond doesn't realize his hard-won award comes from a club with a restricted membership.
  • Sun 6/5
  • 5:30AM-6:00AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Jilted

S04, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1982)
Willis' girlfriend is tired of being taken for granted, so she goes out with another guy.
  • Sun 6/5
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

Burial Ground

S04, E09  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1982)
Arnold and Willis learn that Drummond's company may threaten an Indian burial ground.
  • Mon 6/6
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK

The Squatter

S04, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1982)
Drummond learns the hard way that converting apartments into condos can hurt innocent people.
  • Mon 6/6
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM
  • 355
  • STZENBK