Diff'rent Strokes

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The misadventures of a rich Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American maid.
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Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Ski Weekend, The
    December 9, 1981
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After Kimberly gets permission to go on a ski weekend with a girlfriend, she learns that Michelle invited some boys along, too. Will Kimberly go anyway? And can she keep her dad from learning the truth?
  2. 2. First Day Blues
    November 4, 1981
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English
    On his first day at high school, Willis struggles to fit in. However, when pressed to buy some popularity with marijuana, he faces a difficult choice between being "accepted" or being shut out.
  3. 3. Team, The
    November 18, 1981
    22min
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    Drummond faces a lawsuit when he hires a black man from outside his company for a prized executive position and Willis seeks justice when told his color is the only thing preventing him from making the school's predominantly black basketball team.
  4. 4. Hello Daddy
    January 13, 1982
    22min
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    A visitor claiming to be Phillip's son from a Korean War love affair rocks the Drummond clan. However, even though plays along, only Phillip - and the woman he left for dead at the end of the war thirty years ago - knows the real truth.
  5. 5. Big Heist, The
    November 25, 1981
    22min
    TV-PG
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    Arnold's desire to gain admission to the Gooch's club lands him in trouble with the law. And even though Drummond and the rest of the family rally to help, a shopkeeper's loss of patience is sending Arnold to court - and maybe to jail.
  6. 6. Double Date
    December 2, 1981
    22min
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    When the parents object because of their age, Arnold's prospects of a first date with classmate Diane Wilson look bleak. But after Mr. Drummond and the Wilsons agree to have a chaperone, it's left up to Kimberly and Willis to make their little brother's dream date come true.
  7. 7. Health Club
    December 16, 1981
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Hoping to see their father win the race that will make him their Athlete of the Year, Willis and Arnold arrive at the Riverside Athletic Club, only to be turned away because they are black. Will the boys expose the club's racist policies and thereby risk raining on their father's parade? Or will they sit still for injustice in order to allow their dad to have his day in the sun?
  8. 9. Burial Ground
    January 6, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    Arnold finds a prized Native American artifact that ignites controversy over Drummond's latest construction project. And just when Drummond needs their support the most, Arnold and Willis join an angry tribal chief in a hunger strike.
  9. 10. Squatter, The
    January 13, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    When a new condominium project threatens to put a woman out on the street, the kids convince Mr. Drummond to take her in for the night. And once she has a roof over her head, Mrs. Martinson goes to work in persuading Drummond to find her a new place to live.
  10. 11. Kathy
    January 20, 1982
    22min
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    English
    When his wheelchair-bound friend, Kathy Gordon, refuses to use her crutches in public, Arnold pitches in to get her to change her mind. And when he gets a bad case of the opening night jitters during a school play, Kathy's own courage inspires Arnold to take the stage.
  11. 12. Dreams
    January 27, 1982
    22min
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    A Canadian business trip that has forced Mr. Drummond to cancel a fishing weekend with him and Willis has Arnold worried. And when his fears turn to nightmares, Drummond enlists a psychologist to help Arnold cope.
  12. 13. Fire
    February 10, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a fire breaks outs in the apartment building's lower floors, Drummond and Aunt Sophia agree not to tell the children in order to avoid any panic. However, once the flames threaten the penthouse, worries about their survival lead to some startling - and heartfelt - confessions.
  13. 14. Car, The
    February 24, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English
    News that Charlene is going to a concert with a classmate who can drive upsets Willis. Convinced that he is capable enough to use the family limousine, Willis defies his dad's wishes and sneaks off with the car. But when Aunt Sophia learns that the limo is missing from the garage and calls the police, she unwittingly puts Willis in danger of being arrested.
  14. 15. Crime In The Schools-part 1
    March 10, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    To avoid a pair of bullies at school, Arnold and his friend Dudley decide that the best solution is to cut class. However, when he and Kimberly get wind of their little brother's problem - and the solution - Willis offers to play the protector, only to end up in the hospital as a result.
  15. 16. Crime In The Schools-part 2
    March 17, 1982
    22min
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    After Willis takes a beating from a pair of schoolyard bullies, it's up to Arnold to find the courage to stop them. And when he secretly sets off to catch the two hoods in the act, Arnold risks his own safety.
  16. 17. B.m.o.c.
    March 24, 1982
    22min
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    English
    In hopes of impressing the members of an exclusive campus club, Willis does his best to disassociate himself from Arnold. But after the club members find him to be too conceited and refuse to ask him to join, can Willis find his way back into Arnold's good graces?
  17. 18. Green Hair
    March 31, 1982
    22min
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    English
    On the eve of a big date, an encounter with acid rain turns Kimberly's hair green. But when Sophia urges her to attend a fundraising dinner to help drive home the need for clean air, Kimberly would rather look for a way to keep her date - a handsome Yale student - in the dark about her problem.
  18. 19. Have I Got A Girl For You
    April 7, 1982
    22min
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    In order to find him a more age-appropriate date, Aunt Sophia sets Mr. Drummond up with her friend, a down-to-earth hair stylist named Delores. When Arnold says that his dad is planning to take her to a fancy ball and dinner with the mayor, Delores is delighted. But when she discovers that he has other plans, Delores accuses Drummond of snobbery and walks out - leaving it to Arnold to try...
  19. 20. Lifesavers
    April 14, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    While he's landing a job at a neighborhood gas station, Willis is in the right place at the right time to save Arnold from being crushed. When Arnold decides he'll do anything to repay his big brother's heroism, his zeal is too much for Willis to take. However, when Willis's plan to even the score backfires, it could get them both killed.
  20. 21. Stress? What Stress?
    April 21, 1982
    22min
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    English
    A doctor's relaxation techniques for Mr. Drummond uncover the fact that Willis is the one with too much stress. However, when his dad insists that he give up on his race for Freshman Class President, Willis is reluctant to bow out of the election... until a stress-related illness sends him home from school.
  21. 22. Music Man, The
    May 5, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After getting Charlene an audition with his new band, The Afro Dizziacs, Willis persuades his dad to back their demo recording. However, Willis's future in the music business is imperiled when the band chooses Kimberly as their new singer, and leave it to him to break the bad news to Charlene.
  22. 24. Short But Sweet
    May 12, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Though his twelfth birthday is coming up, Arnold makes it clear he doesn't want a party. Encouraged by Dudley to get over his fear of girls, Arnold invites Teresa, and is stunned when she accepts. However, when Teresa shows up with another date and threatens to ruin his evening and his confidence, Arnold tries to recover with a display of chivalry.

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1982
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NBC Network
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David HugaertReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The laughs continue in this stellar fourth season of the hit sitcom
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In "Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fourth Season", the original cast returns, including Dody Goodman returning as the charming & eccentric Aunt Sophia. The serious subject matter blends in quite well with the comedy in episodes such as "Health Club", where Willis & Arnold are denied entry into Mr. Drummond's exclusive club, & in the episode titled "Crime Story" - a two-parter with Arnold & Dudley being bullied by two schoolyard thugs in giving up their school lunches. Willis escorts girlfriend Charlene in Mr. D's limousine in "The Car" & Arnold fears for Mr. D's safety in the episode "Dreams". Willis acquires a service station job in "Lifesavers", & Drummond learns he has a son whom he never met in "Hello Daddy". This fourth season is worth watching, where the viewer can learn many a life lesson through successive viewings while picking up many a laugh all the while. After all, in spite of the serious subject matter contained herein, this is still a sitcom the entire family can view together. Make this season of "Diff'rent Strokes" a must-have on your priority shopping list ASAP!

R.I.P., Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, Nedra Volz & Dody Goodman.
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Funky DroidReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just got mine in the mail today, Greatest Family sitcom of all time
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So many great childhood memories with this show & although there has been mistakes made during the younger stars early adult years, to millions of viewers who viewed this show during its original run, it had such a positive impact as well as given us so many laughs, I was 4 Years old when I started watching this show & I leaned so many positive life lessons & messages on this show, it's time to finally respect the memories of the late cast & except we all made & make mistakes & give Todd Bridges the respect he deserves for changing his life the way he has & never forget the show itself is such a cool positive fun show, viewers as well as the cast should be so proud to watch this show & have worked on a type of show that brought so much laughter to millions of Families, RIP Conrad Bain, Dana Plato & Gary Coleman
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Steven PearsonReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
What'choo talkin' bout?!
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I love, do you hear me, loved this show when I was growing up. Just watching this show on DVD definitely brings back some good childhood memories. Just wish the kids had better lives outside the show, but that's the magic of television, where you can just sit back and escape. I remember this was the show when I first developed a crush on Janet Jackson when she played Charlene DuPrey, Willis' longtime girlfriend. I also had a crush on Dana Plato. Being able to see her each week was my main reason for tuning in. I hope 'Shout! factory' continues to release the remaining seasons.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
it's an 80's show.
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i enjoy watching this show and they don't make them this good anymore.
jason eveningredReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
shipping ok
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love the show
Bent steel.Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gary Coleman was the quasar of this day!
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Love it,Love it,Love it.This is a gem of a show that stills shines brilliantly today.I remember growing up with this show and this DVD brings back such precious and youthful memories.I don't why some idiot at a network station has not put this in syndication.Today's generation needs clean,wholesome and hearffelt humor and family values badly.I can't wait for the next season.
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James F.Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
what chu talkin bout`?
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watched this show growing up,well i still enjoy watching this show today that is why i am glad i found this on dvd . 5 stars because this brings back memories and this show teaches about real life issues and how to deal with them plus arnold and willis were hilarious ...love watching this when nothing `s good on t.v. recommend this to all who want good entertainment
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The CoveReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Nostalgia Just Kills Me
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I grew up watching Diff'rent Strokes and I still can't get enough of it today! As with any show, some episodes are better than others, but all in all, they all make me laugh out loud!

If this series was before your time, I highly recommend checking it out! They don't make them this good anymore. Gary Coleman was one of the most adorable child stars on the planet!
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