Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett. The series made stars out of child actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato, and became known for the "very special episodes" in which serious issues such as racism, illegal drug use and child sexual abuse were dramatically explored. The lives of these stars 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, with both Plato and Coleman having early deaths.

TitleDiff'rent Strokes
First Air DateNovember 3rd, 1978
Last Air DateMarch 7th, 1986
GenreComedy
NetworkNBC
Production CompaniesNorman Lear/Tandem Productions, Embassy Pictures, Embassy Television
ProducerBlake Hunter
Number of Seasons8 Seasons
Number of Episodes189 Episodes
Plot Keywordswealthy, orphan, manhattan, new york city, sitcom, child care
Dana Plato
Dana Plato
Kimberly Drummond
Conrad Bain
Conrad Bain
Phillip Drummond
Todd Bridges
Todd Bridges
Willis Jackson
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman
Arnold Jackson
Danny Cooksey
Danny Cooksey
Mary Jo Catlett
Mary Jo Catlett
Arnold et Willy
Il mio amico Arnold
Different Strokes