Diff'rent Strokes

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Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes title.jpg
Premiere November 3, 1978
Finale March 7, 1986
Airs Weekdays at 6:30 AM on MeTV
Creator Bernie Kukoff & Jeff Harris
Network NBC (seasons 1-7)
ABC (season 8)
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Tandem Productions,
Embassy Television (season 8)
Seasons 8
Episodes 186
Origin USA

Diff'rent Strokes is a sitcom that aired on NBC for seven seasons and ABC for one.

Two African-American boys from Harlem are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Conrad Bain Philip Drummond * * * * * * * *
Gary Coleman Arnold Jackson * * * * * * * *
Todd Bridges Willis Jackson * * * * * * * *
Dana Plato Kimberly Drummond * * * * * * o o
Charlotte Rae Edna Ann Garrett * *
Mary Jo Catlett Pearl Gallagher o * * *
Danny Cooksey Sam McKinney * *
Dixie Carter Maggie McKinney o *
Mary Ann Mobley *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Nedra Volz Adelaide Brubaker * * *
Shavar Ross Dudley Ramsey * * * * * * *
Steven Mond Robbie Jason * * * * * * *
Janet Jackson Charlene DuPrey * * * *
Dody Goodman Aunt Sophia *
Rosalind Chao Miss Chung * *
Nikki Swasey Lisa Hayes * * * *
Jason Hervey Charlie *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One November 3, 1978 May 4, 1979 23
Season Two September 21, 1979 March 26, 1980 24
Season Three November 12, 1980 May 13, 1981 22
Season Four October 29, 1981 May 20, 1982 26
Season Five October 2, 1982 May 7, 1983 24
Season Six October 1, 1983 May 12, 1984 24
Season Seven September 29, 1984 May 4, 1985 24
ABC
Season Eight September 27, 1985 March 7, 1986 19

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season September 14, 2004 3

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The Complete Second Season January 31, 2006 3

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The Complete Third Season July 17, 2012 3

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The Complete Fourth Season November 20, 2012 3

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The Complete Fifth Season April 4, 2017 3

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Episode Collections
Fan Favorites September 29, 2009 1

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External Links