YMMV: Diff'rent Strokes

  • Dude, Not Funny!: Authors Joel Eisner and David Krinsky criticized Diff'rent Strokes in the prologue of their book Television Comedy Series: A Guide to 153 TV Sitcoms in Syndication, claiming that the show was inappropriately labeled a comedy despite its adult-themed storylines. Examples cited included "The Bus" (from Season 3, where the boys are threatened by racists hoping to stop busing as a way to integrate their new school) and "The Ski Weekend" (from season 4, where Kimberly considers having sex for the first time with a boy she had met during an unchaperoned ski trip).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: ...
    • Too Soon: A brain hemorrhage, which could be termed as a FAM.
    • The episode "Little Mother", where Kimberly's childhood friend learns she's pregnant involves a misunderstanding where the boys mistake Kimberly herself for pregnant. Several seasons later, Dana Plato was fired when the writers refused to incorporate her own pregnancy into the show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a lot of episodes to get Arnold's attention they yell Hey Arnold!.
    • This isn't the first time Pearl the housekeeper's actress is on a show with a character named Pearl. She doesn't play the character in the latter show though.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mr. Horton. That is all. You will never watch WKRP the same way again.
  • Unfortunate Implications: 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 inherently funny word in those halcyon days?
  • Values Dissonance: The whole premise of a couple inner-city black kids being "saved" by a kindly, paternalistic, rich old white guy may well provide this for some viewers.