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
- The addition of Maggie and (in particular) Sam is generally seen as the show's "Jump The Shark" moment by fans of the series.
- Staff writer Fred Rubin composed a funky instrumental piece he offered as the theme song, but by the time he offered it, the more famous theme heard today had already been chosen.
- Janet Jackson was in the early stages of her music career when playing the recurring role of Willis's girlfriend Charlene. Jackson did sing in one episode, and found it awkward to perform as…
[show]Janet Jackson was in the early stages of her music career when playing the recurring role of Willis's girlfriend Charlene. Jackson did sing in one episode, and found it awkward to perform as such while filming the episode. Charlene was gradually phased out of the series as Jackson began to devote more time to furthering her musical career.