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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  • With Mary Ann Mobley's death on December 9, 2014, Todd Bridges, Charlotte Rae, Mary Jo Catlett and Danny Cooksey are the last surviving cast members of the series.
  • Both Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life were Norman Lear productions but for some reason he didn't put his name on the credits, opting for "Tandem Productions" (which is his production…
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    Both Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life were Norman Lear productions but for some reason he didn't put his name on the credits, opting for "Tandem Productions" (which is his production company) instead.
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  • When ABC picked up the show, the producers contacted Dixie Carter to return to play Maggie Drummond, but she was unavailable because shortly after NBC canceled, she had landed her role on
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    When ABC picked up the show, the producers contacted Dixie Carter to return to play Maggie Drummond, but she was unavailable because shortly after NBC canceled, she had landed her role on Designing Women, so Maggie was recast with Mary Ann Mobley.
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