History Series / DiffrentStrokes

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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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* OutOfContextEavesdropping: In an early episode Willis and Arnold (black) plan to run away because they overhear their adopted father (white) saying that black boys should be put with black families, thinking that he didn't want them; but he didn't believe in that, he was telling someone else what a black buttinski said to him before he threw him out.

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* OutOfContextEavesdropping: In an early episode episode, Willis and Arnold (black) plan to run away move in with another family because they overhear their adopted father Mr. Drummond (white) saying that black boys children should be put with black families, thinking that he didn't want them; but he didn't believe in that, he was telling someone else Mrs. Garrett what a black buttinski social worker said to him before he threw him out.after she met the boys.
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** In the first crossover with ''Hello, Larry'', Larry Alder tells visiting Mr. Drummond that he can stay in his daughter's room, and if he gets hungry, she "hides a salami in her nightstand". [[ADateWithRosiePalms I doubt she was using that salami for eating]].
13th Aug '16 2:37:10 PM morenohijazo
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** Happened when Dixie Carter joined the cast. The prenup was discarded and they married anyway.
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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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* MightyWhiteyandMellowYellow : A young man whose mother knew Phillip during the Korean war War shows up on the Drummonds' doorstep.
27th Feb '16 12:14:03 PM morenohijazo
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* 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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* EnemyEatsYourLunch: The two-parter "Crime Story" has two teenage bullies stealing the lunches and money of both Arnold and Dudley. They are not depicted as being harmless or goofy; they back up their words with physical force. The bullies even beat up Willis, who intervenes for Arnold and Dudley, so badly that he has to be hospitalized!


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* OffscreenKarma: Not shown or even discussed but implied in the second part of "Crime Story". Arnold gets audio evidence of the two bullies stealing his lunch and Dudley's lunch, then gives it to Detective Simpson. While the episode ends there, it's implied that this is more than enough evidence to arrest and prosecute the lunch stealing bullies.
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