Diff'rent Strokes

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Diff'rent Strokes began an eight-year run across two networks in 1978, making stars out of its young lead actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato. The diminuitive Coleman's catchphrase "Whatchu talkin' about, Willis?" became the show's trademark. The story of a pair of African-American brothers adopted by a widowed millionaire, the comedy followed the misadventures of the boys and their n
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Conrad BainTodd BridgesDixie Carter
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  1. 51. Ep 51 - The Magician
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    January 1 1981
    25min
    TV-PG
    Magician Arnold "disappears" when a writer visits to do a story on the household.
  2. 52. Ep 52 - Bank Job, Part 1
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    January 1 1980
    25min
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    Arnold's first date is held up when he and Willis are taken hostage during a holdup. Part 1 of 2.
  3. 53. Ep 53 - Bank Job, Part 2
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    January 1 1980
    25min
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    Conclusion. Drummond tries to negotiate with the bank robbers holding Arnold and Willis hostage.
  4. 54. Ep 54 - Football Father
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    December 16 1980
    25min
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    Drummond quietly intercedes when Arnold is rejected by a peewee football team.
  5. 55. Ep 55 - Small Claims Court
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    November 18 1980
    25min
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    Arnold takes a hobby shop to small-claims court over a defective electric train.
  6. 56. Ep 56 - Substitute Mother
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    January 1 1980
    25min
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays an overzealous teacher who isn't scoring points with Arnold and Dudley.
  7. 57. Ep 57 - The Accident, Part 1
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    January 1 1980
    25min
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    Drummond is hospitalized with a serious injury. Part 1 of 2.
  8. 58. Ep 58 - The Accident, Part 2
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    January 1 1980
    26min
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    Conclusion. While Drummond is hospitalized, his partner takes control of the business.
  9. 59. Ep 59 - Count Your Blessings
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    January 1 1980
    25min
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    Drummond arranges for Arnold to see two people who might ease the boy's concern about his size.
  10. 60. Ep 60 - Little Mother
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    January 1 1980
    26min
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    A telephone message has even Drummond thinking that Kimberly is pregnant.
  11. 61. Ep 61 - First Love
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    January 1 1980
    25min
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    Arnold helps Willis with a romantic intrigue.
  12. 62. Ep 62 - The Loan
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Arnold helps the doorman finance a long shot at the race track.
  13. 63. Ep 63 - Roots
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    The boys try to prove to old friends that they haven't forgotten their roots.
  14. 64. Ep 64 - Junk Food
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Arnold's poor dental checkup and a visit by health-minded Aunt Sophia spark Drummond's crusade to rid the school of junk-food machines.
  15. 65. Ep 65 - The Bus
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    A threatening telephone call casts a pall on Arnold's happy participation in a school program.
  16. 66. Ep 66 - The Older Man
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Disguised by makeup, 15-year-old Kimberly goes out with an "older man" who thinks she's ripe for romance.
  17. 67. Ep 67 - Where's There Hope
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Arnold balks at inviting the girl next door to his party, but his attitude changes when he learns she's hospitalized.
  18. 68. Ep 68 - Almost American
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    January 1 1981
    25min
    TV-PG
    The trials of an immigrant seeking citizenship provide a lesson for Arnold, who has been failing in American history.
  19. 69. Ep 69 - Drummond's Fair Lady
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Drummond finds his new division director quite charming despite the fact that everyone else dislikes her.
  20. 70. Ep 70 - The Ancestor
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Drummond learns that he's heir to property in Harlem that was owned by his ancestor, a slave trader.
  21. 71. Ep 71 - Room For One More
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    May 5 1981
    25min
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    A classmate who fears he's about to lose his foster home cons Arnold into persuading Drummond to adopt him.
  22. 72. Ep 72 - Growing Up
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    January 1 1981
    25min
    TV-PG
    Willis gets cold feet after arranging a romantic interlude with Charlene.
  23. 73. Ep 73 - The Model
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    Kimberly lands a job as a model in a department store.
  24. 74. Ep 74 - The Athlete
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    January 1 1981
    25min
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    An unscrupulous baseball coach tries to get Willis to switch schools and join his team.

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Directors
Gerren Keith
Supporting actors
Mary Jo CatlettRosalind ChaoGary ColemanDanny CookseyDody GoodmanJason HerveyJanet JacksonMary Ann MobleySteven MondDana PlatoCharlotte RaeShaver RossNikki SwaseyLe TariNedra Volz
Season year
1981
Network
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
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4.8 out of 5 stars

311 global ratings

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MikeyReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic comedy for all the family
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Season 3 of the huge 80s comedy hit Diff'rent Strokes features another 22 episodes spread over three discs. Originally screened in the USA in late 1980 and early 1981.
Lovong the show as a child in the early 80s, I cannot remember any of the episodes on this set, but I do recall seeing Kimberly (Dana Plato) in the opening titles parading down the stairs in her pink outfit.
The child stars of this show have had incredibly bad luck since the show ended in 1986 with the deaths of Gary Coleman (Arnold) and Dana Plato. Todd Bridges (Willis) has also had a bad run with being charged with murder, dealing in drugs and countless run-ins with the police. Not much is known of Canadian Conrad Bain (Phil Drummond) since leaving the show, but according to wikipedia, he's still with us.
The episodes on this set are
The Bank Job (1)
The Bank Job (2)
Small Claims Court
Substitute Mother
The Accident (1)
The Accident (2)
Little Mother
Football Father
First Love
Count Your Blessings
The Loan
Roots
Junk Food Junkie (aka Junk Food)
The Bus
The Older Man
Where There's Hope
The Magician (aka It's Magic)
Drummond's Fair Lady
The Ancestors
Almost American
Room for One More
The Athlete

Take a trip down Memory Lane and watch this set. If you've never seen the show, well you're in for a treat!
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David HugaertReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Drummond (& Jackson) kids grow up
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I mean the above title to be of utmost sincerity, as Arnold, Willis & Kimberly begin to hit puberty during Season Three of "Diff'rent Strokes". This season, the children experience growing pains, as Willis becomes seriously interested in girls, Arnold becomes concerned about his height & Kimberly prefers dating older men. One of the funniest episodes this season is "Junk Food Junkie", where Arnold develops a fetish for edible items that do a body bad. Arnold becomes depressed when he learns he won't grow to be much taller than his prescribed height in the episode "Count Your Blessings". There are lots of great episodes & laughs in this third season of "DS". Gary Coleman, Dana Plato & Todd Bridges have matured in their respective roles, & Conrad Bain's Mr. Drummond is just as provincial & warm-hearted as ever. This season marks Nedra Volz's first full season as housekeeper Adelaide Brubaker. Volz's character is a nice addition to the Drummond family, as her sassy wit & charm wins everybody over - myself included. "Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Third Season" is sure to be a hit in your all-important DVD collection for everyone in your family, so pick it up ASAP!

R.I.P., Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Dana Plato & Nedra Volz.
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Jeffery CanupReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally Releasing All Seasons
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Been waiting patiently for many years for every season to be released before I started adding this show to my collection. I love 80s sitcoms and I since I finally own every season of "The Facts of Life" after waiting many years. So I decided I'd just wait until each and every season of Diff'rent Strokes to get a release date at least before I started purchasing and now The Final Season is set to be released in May finally. So I decided to catch up now and I am very happy and excited that I can finally watch this show again over and over anytime I want now. Thank God and thank u so much Shout Factory for finally getting this great gem from my fondest childhood memories released on DVD.
musicfanReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
It takes diff'rent strokes
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This is one of those shows that was very popular when I was growing up, and I liked it and watched it all the time. I've seen it in reruns many times over the years, so I wasn't in a rush to buy the dvds. The first season is probably my least favorite, although there are good episodes that I like in that one too. This is one of those shows that I think got better as it got into the second and third seasons.

Some memorable episodes, and some of my favorites, of the series are in this season: the bank robbery; when Arnold is addicted to junk food; Mr. Drummond getting amnesia; Arnold meeting Cathy. There are also some guest appearances from a few of the girls from The Facts of Life-Natalie, Tootie, and Blair.

I hope more seasons of Diff'rent Strokes are released. I'd like to even see the Sam years again.
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robertReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grandaughter was SUPER HAPPY
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My granddaughter loves the show she is 10 years old, And was absolutely superstoked. A big smile from ear to ear.
I gave her the entire collection for Christmas
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 today's shows this good anymore.
Funky DroidReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Greatest Family sitcom ever!
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Yes! Season 3 has finally been released! Recieved my dvd today! When I was a kid this was my favorite sitcome & season 3 & 4 were my favorite seasons, the show still holds up, it's sad the personal lives of the stars has effected the shows recent success, because despite their personal lives behind the scenes, for the viewer,, the show taught so many positive & safety lessons & on top of that the show was straight lol funny, looking forward to seeing more of this timeless classic cause as far as I'm concerned this show should be on heavy rotation like I Love Lucy & Andy Griffith.
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Christopher T. RyanReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thanks soo much!!!
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Finally a 3rd season disc comes out! I have every episode recorded from TV but just isn't the same. I can ditch the custom discs I created. I hope seasons 4 through 8 come out in shorter time period increments to catch up with the 6 year gap since season 2 was put out. Thank you SOOOO much!!!!
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