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
- Mrs. Garrett was named after Lila Garrett, fellow sitcom writer and friend of story consultant Ben Starr.
- The addition of Maggie Drummond and (in particular) Sam McKinley is generally seen as the show's "Jump the Shark" moment by fans of the series.
- Although it had an adjoining bathroom with Arnold and Willis Jackson's room, Kimberly Drummond's bedroom was never seen on the show. Mr. Drummond's bedroom was only very rarely seen.