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Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes Dates : 1978 - 1986
189 episodes of 30 min
First broadcasting : 3 Octobre 1982
Creator(s) : Bernie Kukoff, Jeff Harris et Herbert Kenwith
Producer(s) : Budd Grossman, Howard Leeds et Blake Hunter
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Synopsis

Phillip Drummond, a widowed Manhattan millionaire and president of the mega-firm Trans Allied Inc., adopts two orphaned black brothers from Harlem 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis. Drummond had made a promise to their dying mother and his housekeeper that he would care for the Arnold and Willis after she passes on; their father had died years earlier. The boys, whom Drummond always introduced as his two sons, went from rags to riches literally overnight. At first, Willis was a bit skeptical of their newfound wealth, but eventually, both he and Arnold felt right at home in their newfound surroundings. Also part of the family were Drummond's beautiful daughter, 13-year-old Kimberly; and his current housekeeper, Edna Garrett. As the years passed, Mrs. Garrett left to become house-mother at the Eastland School for Girls; she was replaced by the cantankerous Adelaide Brubaker and still later, charming Pearl Gallagher. Arnold's friends, Dudley and Robbie (and later, Charlie); Willis' girlfriend, Charlene; cast members from "The Facts of Life"; and Drummond's sister, Sophia, were frequently seen. In early 1984, Drummond found true love, marrying fitness instructor Maggie McKinney; she had a 6-year-old son, Sam. While most shows revolved around the typical lessons of growing up, some were quite serious (including a frightening encounter with a child molester and a memorable episode dealing with drug abuse guest starring First Lady Nancy Reagan).

The Actors

Gary Coleman - Arnold Jackson

Gary Coleman


(Arnold Jackson)

Todd Bridges - Willy Jackson

Todd Bridges


(Willy Jackson)

Conrad Bain - Philip Drummond

Conrad Bain


(Philip Drummond)

Dana Plato - Virginia Drummond, Kimberley Drummond (US)

Dana Plato


(Virginia Drummond, Kimberley Drummond (US))

Charlotte Rae - Madame Edna Garrett

Charlotte Rae


(Madame Edna Garrett)

Shavar Ross - Dudley Ramsey

Shavar Ross


(Dudley Ramsey)

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Trivia

The name of Arnold's pet goldfish was Abraham.

The original concept for the show was different from what would come on the air. It would have been on ABC and set in an upscale Long Island town, not in Manhattan. There was no older brother, originally, and the housekeeper would have been younger and sexier. The production company balked, and ABC lost interest.

Charlotte Rae was promised a smooth return back onto this series if her spin-off, "The Facts of Life" (1979), had failed. But it was renewed, so she was replaced.

The episode "The Girls School" (episode #1.24) was the pilot for the spin-off "The Facts of Life" (1979).

Ms. Plato had, over the course of her time on the show, developed a very serious drug & alcohol problem, which caused her to constantly miss rehearsals & tapings. She also continually blew her lines, causing delays in production. She was allowed guest appearances only after she could prove that she had completed rehabilitation.

When Conrad Bain signed on to do "Maude" (1972), the production company promised him his own show when that one ended. By then, Gary Coleman was also signed to the company. When the planned updating of the "Our Gang" comedy series, which Coleman would have been in, was aborted, they paired them and decided to come up with a suitable premise.

Gary Coleman wanted the show to end in 1985, when it moved to ABC, but was persuaded into signing on for another year, after which it was cancelled.

Filming

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