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Nov. 03, 1978
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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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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The show had 8 seasons and 189 episodes air between 1978 and 1986.

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  • Staff writer Fred Rubin composed a funky instrumental piece he offered as the theme song, but by the time he offered it, the more famous theme heard today had already been chosen.
  • With Conrad Bain's death on January 14, 2013, Todd Bridges, Charlotte Rae, Mary Jo Catlett, Mary Ann Mobley, and Danny Cooksey are the last surviving cast members.
  • While Drummond's deceased wife/Kimberly's mother was mentioned at times, her name was never revealed.
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