Diff'rent Strokes

 (220)
1980X-RayTV-PG
The misadventures of a rich Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American maid.
Starring
Conrad BainGary ColemanTodd Bridges
Genres
ComedyDramaKids
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Arnold's Hero
    October 23, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold's wildest dream is realized when he comes face-to-knees with "The Champ" -- special guest star Muhammad Ali. When the meeting arranged by Mr. Drummond between Arnold and his idol, Muhammad Ali, falls through, Kimberly and Willis concoct a wild scheme to insure that Arnold's dream will come true.
  2. 2. Arnold's Girlfriend (ep# 0202)
    September 20, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Arnold has appendicitis and Drummond has to deal with the bigotry of Fred Tanner, a potential housing project investor whose daughter is the key to getting Arnold to sit still for the operation.
  3. 3. Arnold's Girlfriend (ep# 0203)
    September 20, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Arnold's life is endangered when the kids find out they can't share a room in the hospital and run away on the eve of Arnold's surgery.
  4. 4. Feudin & Fussin (ep# 0204a)
    September 27, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV bigwig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the Hello, Larry family to the big apple for a special one-hour episode.
  5. 5. Feudin & Fussin (ep# 0204b)
    September 27, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV bigwig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the Hello, Larry family to the big apple for a special one-hour episode. Larry's try-out as a New York television talk-show host may be doomed from the start, one disaster follows another and not everyone on the Alder team may be...
  6. 6. Mrs. Garrett's Romance
    October 11, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Conrad Bain as Phillip Drummond Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson Dana Plato
  7. 7. Adoption, The-part 1
    October 30, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Drummond family celebrates the day Arnold and Willis are supposed to be officially adopted until the visit of a "relative" leaves their plans in jeopardy. Whitman Mayo guest stars as Jethro Simpson, who sees his way to go from junk to jewels in a last will and testament leaving a fortune to Willis and Arnold.
  8. 8. Adoption, The-part 2
    November 6, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It appears that Mr. Drummond's attempt to adopt Arnold and Willis will be aborted by a conniving junk dealer until the boys take matters into their own hands. Whitman Mayo guest stars as "long-lost relative" Jethro Simpson, who has arrived with a letter supposedly written by the boys' father, leaving Arnold and Willis in his custody.
  9. 9. Birds And Bees
    October 18, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Willis' fishy version of the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions about conception and Mr. Drummond on tender hooks. Arnold repeats his "knowledge" to a neighbor's daughter, but the girl's mother is not amused.
  10. 10. Father And Son Day
    November 13, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Willis' cut-throat competitiveness with another boy at his gym leads him to a decision that he will very much regret, especially after it hurts Mr. Drummond and gives Arnold the right to say "I told you so." Baseball great Reggie Jackson makes his acting debut playing a key, but unsuspecting role in Willis' questionable scheme.
  11. 11. Rivals, The
    December 4, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold and Willis' relationship is threatened when a fickle female classmate, the object of Arnold's affection, turns her attention toward Willis. Arnold's first love is also his first lesson in jealousy as he competes with Willis for the same girl.
  12. 12. Thanksgiving Crossover I
    November 27, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Alders and the Drummonds are together again in New York, and Arnold, Willis, and Kimberly plan a second Thanksgiving feast with friends Diane and Ruthie. But even the huge Drummond penthouse isn't big enough to hold the exploding tempers that threaten Phil and Larry's long-standing friendship, on a special one-hour episode featuring the stars of Hello, Larry.
  13. 13. Thanksgiving Crossover II
    November 27, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Alders and the Drummonds are together again in New York, and Arnold, Willis, and Kimberly plan a second Thanksgiving feast with friends Diane and Ruthie. But even the huge Drummond penthouse isn't big enough to hold the exploding tempers that threaten Phil and Larry's long-standing friendship, on a special one-hour episode featuring the stars of Hello, Larry.
  14. 14. Hot Watch
    December 11, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Discovered in the wrong place at the wrong time, Willis and Arnold become prime suspects when their neighbor's apartment is robbed and they're caught with one of the stolen items. Mr. Drummond is convinced of his sons' innocence even though Willis' fingerprints are all over the place.
  15. 15. Dog Story, The
    December 18, 1979
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold saves a dog's life, is bitten and then the dog is needed to save Arnold. The Drummond household members frantically search for the ungrateful canine, while Arnold faces a series of rabies shots or death.
  16. 16. Election, The
    January 8, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Drummond puts his convictions on the line to run for city council, and rooting him on are Arnold, Willis, Kimberly and an "unexpected" new addition to the household. Nedra Volz plays Adelaide Brubaker, the small but sassy housekeeper who helps Drummond mobilize the family for a "win."
  17. 17. Friendly Mate
    January 15, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mr. Drummond is in "double-trouble" when Willis and Arnold decide to get him a date. Feeling a little lonely, Drummond tells the kids what he needs is a little companionship, so they decide to call a computer dating service.
  18. 18. Big Business
    January 29, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Willis and Arnold scheme to make extra "dough" by selling brownies, only to discover they can't stand the heat of big business and may soon have to get out of the kitchen.
  19. 19. Poor Drummond
    January 22, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A crucially important business deal keeps Mr. Drummond on edge and Arnold and Willis wondering whether they should pack for a California vacation or a move back to Harlem.
  20. 20. Return Of The Gooch
    February 5, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The "Gooch" is back and this time he's terrorizing Arnold, but Arnold plans to be ready when the bully strikes. In building Arnold's confidence, Willis convinces him that his martial arts lessons have given him a "killer" foot.
  21. 21. Valentine Day Retrospective
    February 12, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold and Willis are trapped in the basement and while they await rescue they reminisce about their recent past...both the good times and the bad. Arnold insists he must wear his Superman outfit to the family's Valentine's Day trip to the circus; the resultant search leads to the basement and a locked door. This show highlights some of the best moments from the past episodes.
  22. 22. Teacher's Pet
    February 26, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Parent-teacher night leads Mr. Drummond to a romance with Arnold's teacher and poor Arnold to the jealousy of his classmates. Arnold tries every trick in the book to win back his classmates, including one which may have him expelled.
  23. 23. Guess Who?
    February 19, 1980
    22min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Kimberly's new beau, Roger, suggests pairing his sister with Willis for a double date, until he finds out the color of his true love's brother. When Kimberly discovers her new friend is a bigot, her face burns red and then a far darker shade.
  24. 24. Slumber Party
    March 11, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Leaving Willis in charge of the house for Kimberly's slumber party is a mistake Mr. Drummond soon regrets as the ensuing chaos disrupts his own date with a lovely lady. The Facts Of Life stars Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Julie Anne Haddock, and Molly Ringwald guest star.
  25. 25. Will, The
    March 18, 1980
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Arnold fears that his loved ones are checking out of his life when he stumbles upon Drummond's will and then uncovers the fact that his goldfish has given up the ghost.
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Directors
Gerren KeithHerbert KenwithMel FerberLeslie H. MartinsonSelig Frank
Supporting actors
Dana PlatoCharlotte Rae
Producers
Embassy Pictures Corporation
Season year
1980
Network
NBC Network
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Bent steel.Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Arnold kept the ball rolling.
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The pieces were in place and the talent overflowed into our hearts.It was clear that Gary was the star but he had company in the TV heavens.Todd could bounce the ball into his court,Dana was talented as well as very pretty,Conrad kept everyone in check with love and wisdom.I remember looking forward to seeing this show every Friday night and was almost never let down.It was a shame how misfortune followed the child stars in real live.You completely forget all that when you pop this in the DVD player.Gary still remains the highest paid child actor in TV history and in my opinion,the highest talented.I read Lucille Ball was a fan and visited him on the set.I can't wait until more released and until then I will throughly enjoy this one.
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R.B.Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
This season was OK, but Sony what's the hold up!!!
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I can say that the Second season of Diff'rent Strokes was good, but we would like to see further seasons of this show released on DVD by the season sets. In my opinion Diff'rent Strokes got better in the 1980's starting with season 3, plus we had more guest stars and people like Janet Jackson who played Willis' main squeeze Charlene, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Arnold's friends Dudley, Kathy, and Robby, Pearl as the housekeeper, Maggie(Mr. D's wife), and Sam as well as less 2 parters.

So Sony Distribution, tell me what is the hold-up on the further release of season sets of this Wonderful pop culture phenomenon of this show on DVD. We want more of this show, the first Two seasons aren't good enough. Work with us.
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I. AldeReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not a white but a pink family!
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The Diff'rent Strokes DVDs (Season 1 and Season 2) were advertised as new, but when they reached me, all corners of the covers looked worse than ANY of the few used DVDs which I have ordered from you over the years.

In addition, I found the picture quality wanting. In many scenes the white people have such highly colored complexions that their faces can only be described as "hot pink."

As far as contents go, most of the episodes are as cute as I remember them although I find Charlotte Rae's antics and voice sometimes a little difficult to take. I know I am alone with this criticism because everybody else LOVES Mrs. Garrett.

Looking at the practically perfect family life of the Drummond family, it is difficult to believe that all of the children of the show had such troubles after the series closed. For all the joy they gave to their audiences over the years, one would have wished that Dana, Gary and Todd would have lived "happily ever after."
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stevenReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A FINE SHOW INDEED
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WE ARE NOW WATCHING THIS SHOW AS WELL, MAKING UP FOR WHAT I MISSED WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER. MY DAUGHTER ABSOLUTELY ADORES YOUNG CUTE GARY COLEMAN. AS OF NOW ONLY TWO OF THE ORIGINAL 5 MAIN CAST MEMBERS ARE STILL ALIVE. MS.. RAE IS 88 YEARS YOUNG. A FINE SHOW INDEED.
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kissReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Happy customer!!
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Got for a customer!
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Bloody DemonsReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
where is season 3!!?
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Its been 4 years since season 2 has been released on dvd...doesn't look like season 3 is gonna be released on dvd....this irratates me so much! i never watched this show as a kid but knew it was popular so i bought seasons 1 and 2 and was starting to get into it bigtime now sony pulls the plug on me! please release season 3 on dvd and the rest of the seasons on dvd!!!
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Mid9ghtpoetReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love It!!!!!
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My son watched the 1st season and asked me to get him season 2. I ended up getting him season 2 & 3 because I grew up on this show too and wanted to revisit old memories.
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NetteReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Great series
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