Diff'rent Strokes


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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 (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato), 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 (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, 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.

Diff'rent Strokes News

• Charlotte Rae, 'Diff'rent Strokes' and 'The Facts of Life' star, dead at age 92
• Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon sing classic TV themes songs on 'The Tonight Show'
• 'Bob Newhart Show' and 'Rugrats' favorite Jack Riley dies at 80
• 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Conrad Bain dead at age 89

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