Entertainment: Diff'rent Strokes

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Entertainment: Diff'rent Strokes Gender: N/A
TV sitcom
born on 3 November 1978 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 11°15' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 23°03 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 05°15'

Entertainment: Diff'rent Strokes (Nancy Reagan on the set, 1983)


American sitcom that aired on NBC from 3 November 1978 to 4 May 1985, and on ABC from 27 September 1985 to 7 March 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 and widower 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 sitcom, The Facts of Life).

Diff'rent Strokes made stars out of child actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato and became known for the "very special episodes" in which serious issues such as racism, illegal drug use, hitchhiking, kidnapping and child sexual abuse were dramatically explored. The lives of these stars were later plagued by legal troubles and drug addiction, with Plato and Coleman later suffering early deaths.

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  • associate relationship with Bain, Conrad (born 4 February 1923). Notes: Played Phillip Drummond, 1978-1986
  • associate relationship with Bridges, Todd (born 27 May 1965). Notes: Played Willis Jackson, 1978-1986
  • associate relationship with Carter, Dixie (born 25 May 1939). Notes: Played Maggie McKinney Drummond #1, 1984-1985
  • associate relationship with Gross, Jack (born 4 February 1929). Notes: Episode writer
  • associate relationship with Jackson, Janet (born 16 May 1966). Notes: Played Charlene DuPrey, 1980-1984 recurring
  • associate relationship with Plato, Dana (born 7 November 1964). Notes: Played Kimberly Drummond, 1978-1986
  • associate relationship with Rae, Charlotte (born 22 April 1926). Notes: Played Edna Garrett, 1978-1984
  • associate relationship with Thicke, Alan (born 1 March 1947). Notes: Composed theme music


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from TV Guide, 3 November 1978.


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