Type
Scripted
Premiered
Nov. 03, 1978
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
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Diff'rent Strokes

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"

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08x19 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 …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 8 seasons and 189 episodes air between 1978 and 1986.

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  • Dana Kimmell would star as Michelle in the "Coming of Age" episode, she would also star as Dina Becker, Blair's friend, in the Facts of Life "New York New York" episode.
  • Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) himself says "Watcha Talkin bout" to another one of the characters in one episode.
  • SPOILER: "The Bicycle Man" was one of the first shows ever to address the issue of pediophilia. The critics were not kind to this episode, questioning whether it was right for Norman Lear to…
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    SPOILER: "The Bicycle Man" was one of the first shows ever to address the issue of pediophilia. The critics were not kind to this episode, questioning whether it was right for Norman Lear to address this serious issue of sexual abuse in such a flip, sitcom-y format, intermixed with lame jokes, a laugh track, and slapstick buffoonery. (Much as Lear was criticized for addressing the issue of racism in a sitcom format ten years earlier on "All in the Family".) These days the episode is considered a camp classic, and is celebrated by bloggers who collect hilariously bad "very special episodes" of the eighties. Derided as it is, at least it broke the tabboo for talking about this issue, and paved the way for telejournalists like Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue to do specials on it; opening the door for celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne Barr, Corey Feldman and Tyler Perry to discuss their own experiences with this issue; and helping us all shine a light on a dangerous problem which needs to be stopped.
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