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Diff'rent Strokes is an American sitcom created by Jeff Harris and Bernie Kukoff. Diff'rent Strokes is set in New York City. It ran for 8 seasons and had 189 episodes. Diff'rent Strokes launched the career of four of its stars Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Conrad Bain.

Diff'rent Strokes
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Title screen
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff
Written by Ben Starr
Budd Grossman
Howard Leeds
Martin Cohan
Directed by Herbert Kenwith
(season 1)
Gerren Keith
Mel Ferber
Tony Singletary
Starring Conrad Bain
Gary Coleman
Todd Bridges
Dana Plato
Charlotte Rae
Mary Jo Catlett
Danny Cooksey
Dixie Carter
Mary Ann Mobley
Nedra Volz
Theme music composer Alan Thicke
Al Burton
Gloria Loring
Opening theme "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes"
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 189 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Budd Grossman
(season 1)
Howard Leeds
(seasons 2–6)
Blake Hunter
(seasons 5–7)
Martin Cohan
(season 7)
Bob Brunner[1]
Ken Hecht
(season 8)
Producer(s) Howard Leeds
Herbert Kenwith
(season 1)
Martin Cohan
(seasons 1–6)
Ben Starr
(seasons 2–4)
Bruce Taylor
(season 7)
Al Aidekman
Richard Gurman
(season 8)
Location(s) Metromedia Square
Hollywood, California (1978–82)
Universal City Studios
Universal City, California (1982–85)
ABC Television Center
Hollywood, California (1985–86)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) Tandem Productions, Inc.
(1978–86)
Embassy Television
(1985–86)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
(1978–85)
ABC
(1985–86)
Audio format Monaural
Original run November 3, 1978 (1978-11-03) – March 7, 1986 (1986-03-07)
Chronology
Related shows The Facts of Life
Hello, Larry

Contents

AboutEdit

The show is about a rich man Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly Drummond (Dana Plato) living in an apartment in New York City. Shortly before his maid died, she wanted him to take care of her two children, Arnold and Willis Jackson (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges). They go through funny adventures and face realistic problems that can effect Arnold or the Drummond family.

Cast and charactersEdit

Conrad Bain is the only cast member to appear in all Diff'rent Strokes episodes. Gary Coleman did not appear in two.

Main charactersEdit

  • Conrad Bain as Phillip Drummond, a friendly, rich white widower. He runs the Trans Allied, Inc. He was born December 3, 1931 in Manhattan. He has two adopted African-American sons, 12-year-old Willis and 8-year-old Arnold Jackson. He also has an older sister named Sophia. He then remarried Maggie McKinney.
  • Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond, Phillip's only biological child. She was shown as a caring, loving big sister to both Willis and Arnold. As a rich teenager, though, she had various problems.
  • Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, the younger brother of Willis. He was born in Harlem, New York City on October 19, 1971. Arnold was known for his catch phrase, Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?, which became a part of popular culture.
  • Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson, the older brother of Arnold. He was born in Harlem on April 27, 1965. Willis's catch phrase is Say what?

Other charactersEdit

The curseEdit

There have been rumors of a curse about the cast members of the series such as; the falling career, robbery, and suicide of Dana Plato.[2] The death of Gary Coleman from an accidental fall, the death of Nedra Volz from Alzheimer's disease, the death of Dixie Carter from cancer, and the death of Conrad Bain from natural causes. The only well-known cast members that survive are Todd Bridges and Charlotte Rae.

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