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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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Diff'rent Strokes is Canceled/Ended
The show had 8 seasons and 189 episodes air between 1978 and 1986.

Series Info

Type:
Scripted
Premiered:
Nov. 03, 1978
Status:
Canceled/Ended
Runtime:
30 min.
Aired:
1978 - 1986
To-Date:
8 Seasons
189 Episodes
Network
ABC TV Network
Genre

Character Guide

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Series Fun Facts

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  • Arnold's question "Watchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" was ranked #17 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue). It was never intended as a catch phrase; the…
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    Arnold's question "Watchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" was ranked #17 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue). It was never intended as a catch phrase; the writers simply made it so after the positive reaction to Coleman's delivery in the premiere. Towards the end of the show's run Coleman had become so tired of it that he demanded it be retired; he has not uttered it publicly since his 1999 cameo as himself on The Simpsons.
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  • Arnold's schoolyard bully Stewart The Gooch was frequently referenced to and spoken of, but was never actually seen in any episodes. In a least one episode however, The Gooch's voice was…
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    Arnold's schoolyard bully Stewart The Gooch was frequently referenced to and spoken of, but was never actually seen in any episodes. In a least one episode however, The Gooch's voice was heard over the telephone.
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  • The name of Arnold's pet goldfish was Abraham.
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