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
- Conrad Bain had been in purgatory for many years with Norman Lear's Tandem Productions; i.e. he was paying his dues so that he could get a starring role. Diff'rent Strokes was sort of Conrad…
[show]Conrad Bain had been in purgatory for many years with Norman Lear's Tandem Productions; i.e. he was paying his dues so that he could get a starring role. Diff'rent Strokes was sort of Conrad Bain's payoff for playing the villain and the also-ran on Maude for 6 years. In Maude he definitely wasn't the star. And he played a very bigoted, unpleasant character, Dr. Arthur Harmon, who was basically a rich, white collar version of Archie Bunker, and who was there for Maude to spar with and tell off. Now, in Diff'rent Strokes, Bain got to play the good guy; Phillip Drummond is the hero of the show; an updated, hip, liberal version of Daddy Warbucks to Coleman's Little Orphan Annie/Oliver Twist type character. He is strong, generous, good heart-ed and successful, and the center of the show-along with Coleman.
- Sadly, two cast members Gary Coleman and Dixie Carter died the same year 2010 one month apart. (Dixie Carter: April 10,2010 and Gary Coleman: May 28,2010)
- Dana Plato was a champion ice-skater before she was cast on Diff'rent Strokes. She almost made the Olympics but had to give that up because it conflicted with Diff'rent Strokes.