Brothers Arnold and Willis, orphaned African American children from Harlem, are adopted by Phillip Drummond, a rich white man from Manhattan, as a promise to their dying mother. The show focuses on the children's struggle to fit in and the lessons of growing up. Featured the popular catch phrase, "What You Talkin' 'bout Willis"
Last Episode08x19 The Front Page Aired: Mar. 07, 1986
Arnold's feature story about his high school football team threatens to turn into a controversial expose for the school newspaper when he witnesses …
Series Fun Facts
- Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "TV Party" by Black Flag.
- The show's original title during it's development was 45 Minutes From Harlem.
- A number of changes were made for the final season. The change of networks necessitated the overhauling of existing sets, and construction of newer ones, as well as a revamping of the theme…
[show]A number of changes were made for the final season. The change of networks necessitated the overhauling of existing sets, and construction of newer ones, as well as a revamping of the theme song. In addition, Arnold was established as a more mature High School student. The move was pushed by Gary Coleman who wanted the character to be closer to his own age, and be involved with more substantive and relatable plotlines.