Diff'rent Strokes


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978 to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985 to March 7, 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 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 show, The Facts of Life).

Created by Jeff Harris and Bernie Kukoff

Highlights
Ben Starr on the creation of Diff'rent Strokes
Elinor Donahue on a guest appearance on Diff'rent Strokes
Michael Moye on writing an episode of Diff'rent Strokes
Fred Silverman on his first success at NBC: Diff'rent Strokes
Ben Starr on coming up with the catchphrase "Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?" for Diff'rent Strokes
Charlotte Rae on how she came to be cast as "Mrs. Garrett" on Diff'rent Strokes
Who talked about this show

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on a guest appearance on Diff'rent Strokes

Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson on directing Diff'rent Strokes and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on writing an episode of Diff'rent Strokes

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on how she came to be cast as "Mrs. Garrett" on Diff'rent Strokes
Charlotte Rae on Gary Coleman as "Arnold Drummond" on Diff'rent Strokes
Charlotte Rae on her transition from Diff'rent Strokes to the spin-off, The Facts of Life

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on his first success at NBC: Diff'rent Strokes

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on the creation of Diff'rent Strokes
Ben Starr on coming up with the catchphrase "Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?" for Diff'rent Strokes
Ben Starr on writing and casting the pilot of Diff'rent Strokes
Ben Starr on Todd Bridges and Dana Plato's difficulties on Diff'rent Strokes
Ben Starr on the production of Diff'rent Strokes
Ben Starr on becoming a producer and working with writers on Diff'rent Strokes

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on leaving All in the Family, producing Diff'rent Strokes, and leaving Tandem Productions

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