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Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on the NBC television network from November 3, 1978 to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985 to March 7, 1986. The series starred Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two orphaned children from Harlem who are taken in by rich Park Avenue businessman Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato), for whom their deceased mother previously worked.[1][2] During the first season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett (who ultimately spun-off into her own successful show, The Facts of Life). The series made stars out of child actors Coleman, Bridges, and Plato, and became known for the "very special episodes" in which serious issues such as racism, drug use and child molestation were dramatically explored. The lives of stars Coleman, Bridges and Plato, however, were later plagued by legal troubles and drug addiction, as the stardom and success they achieved while on the show eluded them after the series was cancelled.

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1 A Very Special Episode Pedophile After Dudley and Arnold
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2 New kid in town Sam
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3 Cast are criminals Knowing how Dana, Todd and Gary in real life- ugh
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 A Very Special Every Episode
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7 A Very Special Arnold and Willis find their roots
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8 Gordon Jump He deserved better than this
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9 Changed Networks From NBC to ABC For Last Season
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10 Death Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Dana Plato
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11 A Very Special Julia is pregnant
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12 A Very Special Mr. Drummond peeking
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13 Same Character Different Actor Dixie Carter and Mary Ann Mobley
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14 A Very Special Kathy the quadraplegic
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15 So Long Mrs. Garrett No other housekeeper compared
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16 A Very Special Kimberly gets bulemia
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17 Exit Stage Left Mrs. Garrett
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18 A Very Special Arnold makes fun of the epileptic
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1 The "Very Special Episodes" are the very reason why this 1978-86 NBC/ABC "comedy" has been permanently ineligible for my DVD collection (as far as the releases have gotten). -- Submitted By: (bmasters1981) on November 22, 2016, 2:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 The show boned for me when I saw how the cast members' personal lives went off the rails after the original broadcast run. Like Chubby said, when you know what's going to happen to these people in real life, it makes the show pretty much unwatchable. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 26, 2013, 1:04 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The Gordon Jump episode was a two-parter. One part would have been enough. I really enjoyed the show as a kid, but in hindsight I think it was a very cheesy show. Same with Silver Spoons. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on May 25, 2013, 5:05 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I love this show but you could name many reasons for Boning The Fish - more than it's fair share of "Very Special Episodes" and poor Gordon Jump being cast as the child molester to name a couple. The main piece of evidence that this show Boned The Fish is that the role of Maggie (Dixie Carter/Mary Ann Mobley) was recast, which begs the question of why the role of Maggie was even created to begin with? Still love the show though, especially since it brought us The Facts Of Life. -- Submitted By: (TheTruth) on May 22, 2013, 10:57 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Gordon Jump as a child molester is the answer to the question "What's the picture in your mind you LEAST need?" I wonder who it was who first decided that situation COMEDIES should tackle issues like pedophelia (menstruation is another favorite topic of mine to see in sitcoms)? And at least let some B ACTOR have that gig. Why drag Mr. Carlson through the mud?!?! -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 11, 2012, 3:33 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I'm guessing the reasons why ABC picked up this show (from NBC) in '85 was for syndication purposes, as by this time the viewership had declined dramatically, and the best days of this show were far behind it -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on December 3, 2011, 5:23 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I don't why I find the "Mr. Horton" episode so funny, maybe it not the episode itself but way they handled it was so poorly. It reminded me of one of Family Guy cutaway gags when Mr. Horton was shirtless and was bending down in front of Arnold and Dudley telling to "scream real loud at my ass". It was basically the real episode was about anyways. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 11:02 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I never liked this show in the first place and got tired of this and all the other shows with overused catch phrases. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on November 28, 2010, 5:17 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
9 This show was funy in its 1st several seasons. But later, it became less funny and tired after awhile. It got worse when Mr. Drummond (Conrad Bain) tied the knot to Maggie (1st played by the late Dixie Carter and later on Mary Ann Mobley). The show became less about Mr. D. and his kids (who later turned out to be crooks and drugheads in real life after DS ended). Then they pulled a Cousin Oliver and had that annyoing Sam in the mix. It hit a new HIGH-low when the show, which should've ended by S7 moved to ABC from NBC for its dreadful 8th season. The set was a cheapened and horribly hackneyed version of the NBC-era set,(thanks to NBC's refusal to let ABC use their set and theme song) and the updated theme song SUCKED! I mean it's one thing to update for the mid-80s but that updated theme song was not good. -- Submitted By: (markiemark6891) on September 23, 2010, 10:39 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Number 1 and 3 and the last one are what did it for me, too lol. It was kinda clever and Arnold was cute with the whole "whatchu talkin bout willis?" thing, but the show got old kinda fast. -- Submitted By: (LauDor08) on November 10, 2009, 1:26 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I like it when Arnold say, what you talkin bout Willis? -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on August 24, 2009, 1:18 pm - (-5 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Correcting a point on the "Very Special ..." reason: The sex predator went after Arnold and his friend Dudley, not after Arnold and Willis. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 8, 2009, 12:01 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
13 With Dana Plato's Death and her sordid life after the show (Drugs, prostituion), Todd Bridges Crack/Cocaine addiction & drug dealing, and Gary Coleman being one of the most bizarre and unlikable "Z" List celebrities- it is hard to watch this show and not be creeped out by it. And this was one of those "feel good" 80's shows that evreyone liked back in the day. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 6, 2009, 8:10 am - (6 votes) - Login to Vote

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