History Series / DiffrentStrokes

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* SendingStuffToSaveTheShow: In-universe, Arnold and Sam start a letter-writing campaign to save ''The Sandy Squirrel Show'' from getting taken off the air in "Arnold Saves the Squirrel".
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* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Conrad Bain plays Mr. Drummond and his female cousin Anna, while Dana Plato plays Kimberly and her male cousin Hans, in "The Van Drummonds".



* WholePlotReference: The episode "Film/{{Rashomon}} II", where Mr. Drummond, Willis, and Arnold all have different versions of how they stopped a robber. Only Pearl knows the truth.

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* WholePlotReference: The RashomonStyle episode "Film/{{Rashomon}} II", where Mr. Drummond, Willis, and Arnold all have different versions of how they stopped a robber. Only Pearl knows the truth.
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* GotVolunteered: In "Drafted", Arnold dreams that he's been drafted by the army. When the general (played by Mr. Drummond) asks for a volunteer to take one step forward, everyone but Arnold takes one step back.
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* MightyWhiteyandMellowYellow : A young man whose mother knew Phillip during the Korean War shows up on the Drummonds' doorstep.

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** Mrs. Garrett dates a younger man in the second season episode "Mrs. Garrett's Romance".
* MightyWhiteyandMellowYellow : MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: A young man whose mother knew Phillip during the Korean War shows up on the Drummonds' doorstep.
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* WholePlotReference: The episode "Film/{{Rashomon}} II", where Mr. Drummond, Willis, and Arnold all have different versions of how they stopped a robber. Only Pearl knows the truth.
4th Nov '16 9:48:39 PM DrOO7
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* TheTalk: Drummond has already educated Arnold about "The Birds And The Bees", but he needs to give a new version when the kids come home early from a camping trip and catch him and his current girlfriend together--it's early in the morning and she's only wearing a nightgown, making it very obvious, even to the young Arnold, what's transpired.



* UnexpectedPositive: On an episode, Mr. Drummond purchased a device that measured stress on his doctor's advice. Sure enough, his rating was high, but when the kids goofed around with it, Willis' was off the chart (he was coping with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, running for class office, etc).

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* UnexpectedPositive: On an In one episode, Mr. Drummond purchased a device that measured stress on his doctor's advice. Sure enough, his rating was high, but when the kids goofed around with it, Willis' was off the chart (he was coping with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, running for class office, etc).
6th Sep '16 6:04:29 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* AdultFear: Used in several episodes, including:
**"Arnold's Girlfriend": Your adopted son is terrified to have an appendectomy, and will only do so if his new friend shares a hospital room with him. The problem is, your son is black and the (white) friend's dad is a bigot. This causes the dad to pretty much manhandle the doctor in order to keep the kids from sharing a room. The kids then run away, leading to the real possibility your son's appendix will rupture and he will die.
**"The Bicycle Man": Your son and his friend face sexual assault from a supposedly kind store owner.
**"Sam's Missing": Not only does your (third) adopted son go missing, but the man who has him [[spoiler: intends to raise him as his own. This man also threatens to kill you and your family if your little boy does not cooperate.]]
**Some Kimberly-centric episodes crossed into this. Of note is the one in which she almost gets raped after hitchhiking, and the one in which she develops bulimia.
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** JanetJackson's singing was featured in the episode "The Music Man".



** Coincidentally, Charlene was played during that season by a Janet: JanetJackson.

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** Coincidentally, Charlene was played during that season by a Janet: JanetJackson.Janet Jackson.
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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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* CrossOver: Several crossovers have ocurred 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''.

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* CrossOver: Several crossovers have ocurred 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''.''SilverSpoons'' and, years after the show ended, ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.



** "Almost American", which revolved around an immigration and naturalization class.



* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Maggie and Sam in season 7.

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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Pearl in season 6, and Maggie and Sam in season 7.



* WithFriendsLikeThese : In certain episodes, it seems like Arnold's friends, even to Dudley, will turn on him in a heartbeat, and on a dime.

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* WithFriendsLikeThese : In certain episodes, it seems like Arnold's friends, even to Dudley, will turn on him in a heartbeat, and on a dime.
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