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Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete First Season
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The series was so successful that NBC used it to launch or boost two other shows: The Facts of Life, which sent Mrs. Garrett to run a girls' school (its pilot, "The Girls' School," is episode 24 on the third disc), and the McLean Stevenson program Hello, Larry, which followed Strokes on the network (the two-part cross-over episodes are featured on disc 3). Though perhaps best known to current audiences for the unfortunate luck suffered by several of its cast members after the show's cancellation in 1986, this first-season set offers a pleasant reminder of the show's charms. The set is rounded out by two featurettes featuring interviews with many of the show's stars and producers (though Coleman is notably absent), and commentaries by story editor Fred Rubin. --Paul Gaita
- 24 episodes on three discs
- "A Look Back at Diff'rent Strokes featurette with all-new interviews from Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, and Charlotte Rae
- "Whatchoo Talkin' Bout?" featurette on Gary Coleman
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Here's all the episodes included in this set with the original air dates:
Movin' In (November 3, 1978)
Millionaire Philip Drummond ('Maude' star Conrad Bain) welcomes 8-year-old Arnold Jackson (Gary Coleman) and his 13-year-old brother Willis (Todd Bridges) into his New York penthouse. Mr. Drummond tries to make his new sons feel at home with the help of his daughter, Kimberly (played by the late Dana Plato) and his housekeeper (future 'Facts Of Life' star Charlotte Rae) Mrs. Garrett. Arnold also utters his trademark catch-phrase, "whatchya talkin' about Willis" for the first time in this episode.
The Social Worker (November 10, 1978)
Arnold's big ears cause him to misinterpret Drummond's conversation with Mrs. Garrett. And, Arnold convinces Willis that Mr. Drummond doesn't want them around. It's all cleared up though when their new family comes to pick them up.
Mother's Last Visit (November 17, 1978)
The title of this episode should be 'Mother's Only Visit' because this is the only time Mr. Drummond's busybody mother makes an appearance. When Grandma Drummond finds out about her two adopted grandsons she faints in front of them prompting the boys to tell Drummond that she isn't happy to have them around.
Prep School (November 24, 1978)
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This show is bashed a lot by people who weren't there, but for those of us who were kids when this show was big, there are a lot of memories here.
Of course, the star of the show is Gary Coleman. Say what you will about him and his post-DS "career", but Arnold Jackson Drummond was an icon. How anyone can deny his comedy talent is beyond me. He was hysterical and had the comedic timing that people three times his age wished they had. I think this show could've been named "Arnold" since that is what the show is.
The first season sees Charlotte Rae playing Mrs. Garrett, a role that went onto The Facts Of Life (I hope this comes out soon too on DVD), she was hilarious. Dana Plato (RIP) and Todd Bridges also were quickly getting settled into their roles. Both of them had awful post-DS lives, but let's just see them as they were on the show and not dwell on their future failures.
This is a DVD pretty much anyone between 24-35 should have... it is a part of our childhood and it is STILL just as funny now as it was a quarter of a century ago.
Columbia, bring on season 2!
I just recently got the dvd set and sat down and watched it with my own kids. While they enjoyed it, like I did when I was a kid. I actually get a lot of the humor more now being an adult so I think this show is Hilarious Great rather than just Great like I thought as a kid.
Gary Colemen is adorable in this show and has a lot of the humorous parts. My 9 year old daughter just adores him while watching.
TV sitcoms now days don't even compare to the sitcoms of yesterdays. They are whole some, funny and teach a good moral lesson.
This is a great dvd to own and pass down the memories to your children and grandchildren. You won't be disappointed!!!!
Growing myself a child born to a racially mixed family whose teenage years were the end of the 1970s, early 1980s I have to admit "Different Strokes" made me feel good about myself, okay so Willis and Arnold were Black and living with a white man and his daughter but such diversity that was close to my own background was not something that was portrayed on TV all that often, so this was a breath of fresh air and my siblings and I were great fans from the word go.
We loved the antics of Arnold and his catchphrase, "Whatcha talking about Willis?" along with the sparing relationship between Willis, Arnold and their white step-sister Kimberley who was more prominent in the second series, in this series she was often away at boarding school.
Conrad Bain was the great as Arnold and Willis' long suffering step-father Phillip Drummond, and Dana Plato was wonderful as the brace-teethed Kimberly who was delighted to have two new brothers and cheerfully told them in the first episode, "touch my bedroom and you're dead!" Spoken like a true sibling.
The series was ground breaking not only for its mixed race cast but also for the subjects it attempted to tackle, such as racism, intolerance etc which it did with humour and a candidness that was amazing for its day, even now in the 21st century we are struggling to face our demons when it comes to subjects we are not comfortable with.
A great series, that brings back some real good memories, don't expect too much in the way of state of the art sets and such like, however the acting is pretty good, the humour still funny enough to give you a belly laugh every now and then but it is dated but then what series isn't?
Breakthrough nostalgia at its best.
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Classic timeless laughs!!!!! I never can get enough of this set!!!Published 2 months ago by precious
Lots of laughs with Diff'rent Strokes. Don't regret it at all.Published 10 months ago by Melissa Santana