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

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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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  • 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…
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    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.
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  • Mary Ann Mobley, who replaced Dixie Cater as Maggie during the final season, had earlier been a runner up for the role during the initial casting of the character.
  • To help promote the series before its debut, Gary Coleman made appearances on The Tonight Show. NBC used clips of Coleman from those appearances as promotional spots announcing the coming of…
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    To help promote the series before its debut, Gary Coleman made appearances on The Tonight Show. NBC used clips of Coleman from those appearances as promotional spots announcing the coming of the series. The network primarily aired them during their coverage of the 1978 World Series.
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