History Series / DiffRentStrokes

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'''''Diff'rent Strokes''''' (197886) made a star of Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, the younger of the two boys. Todd Bridges was his older brother Willis and Conrad Bain was the proper white man, Mr. Drummond. As one of Creator/{{NBC}}'s few late-'70s hits, it quickly launched a spinoff in ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' the following year. [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan First Lady Nancy Reagan]] made a guest appearance in a VerySpecialEpisode about drug abuse, and Creator/{{ABC}}'s ''Series/{{Webster}}'' was a FollowTheLeader rival. Ironically, ''Diff'rent Strokes'' itself actually moved to ABC when it got canceled by NBC. The theme was co-written and performed by Alan Thicke.

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'''''Diff'rent Strokes''''' ''Diff'rent Strokes'' (197886) made a star of Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, the younger of the two boys. Todd Bridges was his older brother Willis and Conrad Bain was the proper white man, Mr. Drummond. As one of Creator/{{NBC}}'s few late-'70s hits, it quickly launched a spinoff in ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' the following year. [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan First Lady Nancy Reagan]] made a guest appearance in a VerySpecialEpisode about drug abuse, and Creator/{{ABC}}'s ''Series/{{Webster}}'' was a FollowTheLeader rival. Ironically, ''Diff'rent Strokes'' itself actually moved to ABC when it got canceled by NBC. The theme was co-written and performed by Alan Thicke.



* CrossOver: Several crossovers have occurred during the series' run. Including three that involved the [=McLean=] Stevenson sitcom ''Hello, Larry'' and a handful involving spinoff ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''. Characters from ''Diff'rent Strokes'' have also crossed over onto ''SilverSpoons'' and, years after the show ended, ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.

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* CrossOver: Several crossovers have occurred during the series' run. Including three that involved the [=McLean=] Stevenson sitcom ''Hello, Larry'' and a handful involving spinoff ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''. Characters from ''Diff'rent Strokes'' have also crossed over onto ''SilverSpoons'' ''Series/SilverSpoons'' and, years after the show ended, ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
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** Charlene shoves a pizza in Willis' face after he makes a date with another woman.
** Kimberly sprays her boss with condiments after he sexually harasses her in "Independent Woman".

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** Arnold and Dudley smear part of a sundae in each others' faces in "The Double Date".
** Charlene shoves smashes a pizza in Willis' face after he makes a date with another woman.
woman in "The Older Woman".
** Kimberly sprays her boss with condiments ketchup after he sexually harasses her in "Independent Woman".
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: When Lisa was first introduced in season 5, she and Arnold and Dudley were very friendly toward each other (Arnold even tried to help Dudley ask Lisa out, which would NEVER have happened in later episodes). As time went on, she and Arnold were much more antagonistic, and she treated his friends with contempt.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Conrad Bain seems to act more like his character Arthur Harmon from ''Series/{{Maude}}'' in the first few episodes.
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When Lisa was first introduced in season 5, she and Arnold and Dudley were very friendly toward each other (Arnold even tried to help Dudley ask Lisa out, which would NEVER have happened in later episodes). As time went on, she and Arnold were much more antagonistic, and she treated his friends with contempt.
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* BalletEpisode: Arnold learns ballet in "On Your Toes".
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* FoodSlap:
** Charlene shoves a pizza in Willis' face after he makes a date with another woman.
** Kimberly sprays her boss with condiments after he sexually harasses her in "Independent Woman".
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** In Season 1, Arnold mentioned wanting to look like Reggie Jackson. Jackson later appeared (not playing himself) in "Father and Son Day".
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* CelebrityParadox: In "The Music Man", Charlene (played by Janet Jackson) shows off her singing for the Drummonds. The song she sings: "The Magic Is Working", a song from Janet's debut album.

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* CelebrityParadox: CelebrityParadox:
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In "The Music Man", Charlene (played by Janet Jackson) shows off her singing for the Drummonds. The song she sings: "The Magic Is Working", a song from Janet's debut album.album.
** In "The Slumber Party", Arnold mentions Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar would later play Arnold's teacher in two episodes.
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* TheCastShowOff: Dana Plato was a trained figure skater, which the producers allowed her to demonstrate in "Family on Ice" (with SpecialGuest Dorothy Hamill).
** Music/JanetJackson's singing was featured in the episode "The Music Man".
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Carmella pursues Willis against his wishes in Season 7.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Overweight Carmella pursues chases after Willis against his wishes in Season 7.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer:
** For Arnold, it's Vernon's sister Francine in "Willis' Birthday" and Lisa in "Cyrano De Jackson". Arnold later comes around in both cases.
** For Willis, it's Carmella in Season 7.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer:
** For Arnold, it's Vernon's sister Francine in "Willis' Birthday" and Lisa in "Cyrano De Jackson". Arnold later comes around in both cases.
** For Willis, it's
AbhorrentAdmirer: Carmella pursues Willis against his wishes in Season 7.


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* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Vernon's sister Francine pursues Arnold in "Willis' Birthday", but by the end of the episode, he comes around.
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