History Series / DiffrentStrokes

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Late in the series, an episode was devoted to the fact Arnold was suffering stunted growth, since the show had been on so long that Arnold's lack of height had to be explained somehow.
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* CompressedVice: Kimberly's bulimia in Season 8.
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* BigEater: Arnold, apparently.

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* BigEater: BigEater:
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Arnold, apparently.apparently.
** Kimberly, when she suffered from bulimia in Season 8.



* ChildHater: In "The New Landlord," the titular {{landlord}} decides to ban children from the building, meaning the Drummonds face eviction.
-->'''Arnold:''' Weren't you a kid once?
-->'''New Landlord:''' Nope. I went directly from birth to landlord.

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* ChildHater: ChildHater:
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In "The New Landlord," the titular {{landlord}} decides to ban children from the building, meaning the Drummonds face eviction.
-->'''Arnold:''' --->'''Arnold:''' Weren't you a kid once?
-->'''New --->'''New Landlord:''' Nope. I went directly from birth to landlord.



* MayDecemberRomance: The impression the producers initially wanted to avoid when hiring an actress to play Maggie [=McKinney=], the woman that Mr. Drummond would eventually marry. (Conrad Bain was born in 1923, seven years prior to his character, Philip Drummond; the initial leading contender to play Maggie, Mary Ann Mobley, was born in 1939.) However, the first Maggie Dixie Carter was also born in 1939, and when she was let go at the end of the 1984-1985 season, Mobley was given a second look and eventually hired. [[note]]She appeared in about half of the Season 8 episodes.[[/note]]

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* MayDecemberRomance: MayDecemberRomance:
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The impression the producers initially wanted to avoid when hiring an actress to play Maggie [=McKinney=], the woman that Mr. Drummond would eventually marry. (Conrad Bain was born in 1923, seven years prior to his character, Philip Drummond; the initial leading contender to play Maggie, Mary Ann Mobley, was born in 1939.) However, the first Maggie Dixie Carter was also born in 1939, and when she was let go at the end of the 1984-1985 season, Mobley was given a second look and eventually hired. [[note]]She appeared in about half of the Season 8 episodes.[[/note]]



* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "The Girls School", which bore ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.

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"The Girls School", which bore ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.



* SmokingIsCool: In "The Girls' School" episode, the character Blair (the snobby rich girl, played by Lisa Welchel) can be seen puffing on a cigarette; this character trait would be dropped (Welchel is a non-smoker) by the time ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' made it to series.

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* SmokingIsCool: SmokingIsCool:
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In "The Girls' School" episode, the character Blair (the snobby rich girl, played by Lisa Welchel) can be seen puffing on a cigarette; this character trait would be dropped (Welchel is a non-smoker) by the time ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' made it to series.
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* RecklessGunUsage: Willis gets a gun to protect himself in "The Peacemaker", and nearly shoots Mr. Drummond when Willis mistakes him for an intruder.
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* CrossingTheBurntBridge: After Arnold thinks he's going to die in "Fire", he calls up the Gooch and tells him off. He then finds out he's going to live, so he calls the Gooch again and claims the previous call was an impersonator.
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* DarkHorseVictory: In "Assert Yourself", Arnold and Dudley are running for class president, but their competition, a third candidate named Norman, ends up winning because most of the voters were too confused to vote for the other two.
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* {{Blackface}}: Kimberly dons blackface to teach her bigoted date a lesson in "Skin Deep or True Blue".

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* {{Blackface}}: Kimberly dons blackface to teach her bigoted date a lesson in "Skin Deep or True Blue"."Guess Who".
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* {{Blackface}}: Kimberly dons blackface to teach her bigoted date a lesson in "Skin Deep or True Blue".



* CatchPhrase: "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"

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"Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Did the writers not know that "gooch" is slang for the perineum, a flap of skin between the anus and the scrotum? Or was it just an JustForFun/{{inherently funny word|s}} in those halcyon days?

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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Did the writers not know that "gooch" is slang for the perineum, a flap of skin between the anus and the scrotum? Or was it just an JustForFun/{{inherently funny word|s}} in those halcyon days?
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* ChristmasEpisode: Two of them; the first was also a ClipShow.

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* ChristmasEpisode: Two of them; the first them: "Retrospective" (which was also a ClipShow.ClipShow) and "Santa's Helper".
* ClipShow: In addition to the ChristmasEpisode mentioned above, there was also "Valentine's Day Retrospective".
30th Jan '17 1:22:48 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* CelebrityStar: Muhammad Ali, Mister T, and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
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