Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Second Season
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A runaway success and pop culture phenomenon, the second season of Diff'rent Strokes pulled in celebrity sports stars like Muhammad Ali, Reggie Jackson, and Meadowlark Lemon, while great character actors like Dabney Coleman (Nine to Five) and James Cromwell (Babe, Six Feet Under) appeared in memorable roles. The crossover episodes with justly forgotten McLean Stevenson sitcom Hello, Larry are regrettable (though Coleman had great chemistry with Hello, Larry's husky-voiced Kim Richards, formerly the star of Escape from Witch Mountain), while the appearance of the Facts of Life cast (including a very young Molly Ringwald, prior to her teen queen reign as star of The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink) fits right in. Social topics like racism and poverty are treated with firm liberal denouncement, but the difficulties of adolescence sometimes get slightly more subtle treatment (comparatively, at least). The only complaint about The Complete Second Season is the complete lack of extras; but even without interviews or commentaries, these episodes--returned to their original broadcast length--will delight fans. --Bret Fetzer
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2. Arnold's Girlfriend (2) (September 21, 1979) Arnold & Alice run away when they find out they can't share a hospital room.
3. Feudin' and Fussin' (1) (September 28, 1979) Larry Alder is in New York to try out for a new TV talk show but everything is doomed from the start.
4. Feudin' and Fussin' (2) (September 28, 1979) Part 2 of the above episode.
5. Mrs. Garrett's Romance (October 12, 1978) Mrs. Garrett's new beau proposes to her.
6. Birds and Bees (October 19, 1979) Willis' fishy version of the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions. Arnold repeats his "knowledge" to a neighbor's daughter, but the girl's mother is not amused.
7. Arnold's Hero (October 24, 1979) Arnold's wildest dream is realized when he comes face-to-knee with "The Champ" -- special guest star Muhammad Ali.
8. The Adoption (1) (October 31, 1979) A "relative" visits on the eve of Arnold's & Willis' adoption.
9. The Adoption (2) (November 7, 1979) Mr. Drummond's attempts to adopt Arnold and Willis are aborted until the boys take matters into their own hands.
10. Father and Son Day (November 14, 1979) Willis' cut-throat competitiveness with another boy at his gym leads him to a decision that he will very much regret.
11. Thanksgiving Crossover (1) (November 28, 1979) The Alders and the Drummonds are together again in New York but Larry & Phil's tempers explode.
12. Thanksgiving Crossover (2) (November 28, 1979) Can the kids bring Larry and Phil together again?
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The second season of Diff'rent Strokes improves on the first season. Arnold (Gary Coleman), Willis (Todd Bridges) and Kimberly (the late Dana Plato) begin to grow up and tackle more serious subjects, while at the same time, far from becoming the "very special episode" haven it became in its later seasons. As Arnold, Coleman provided countless laughs and smiles on many peoples faces. While you can list everything you like about the show, there is no denying that without Gary Coleman, Diff'rent Strokes is not Diff'rent Strokes.
I urge every fan of this show, as well as fans of other Sony properties from the era such as The Facts Of Life, One Day At A Time and Silver Spoons, to purchase this set. Sales for season one were apparently lackluster enough that Sony shelved plans for a lot of era shows on DVD, the more Strokes sells, the better shot other shows from the era also have coming out.
So come January 31st, put your old white socks on with the red stripes and Jordache jeans, and pop open a can of Tab and relive the golden age of Diff'rent Strokes with the release of season 2 on DVD.
Season two begins with three painfully slow episodes. For some reason the shows writers decided not to focus on the ensemble cast. Episodes 1&2 of the second season feature guest star Dabney Coleman who stars as a businessman with a daughter named Alice. When Alice finds out he has to have an operation he wants to share a hospital room with Alice, however after the business relationship between Mr. Drummond and Alice's father goes sour he refuses to let the kids share a hospital room. The third season two episode once again brings the cast of the series "Hello Larry" to town.
There are some good and funny episodes during season 2. "Sanford and Son" funnyman Whitman Mayo appears in "The Adoption Part 1& 2" as a junk man whose scam threatens the finalization of the adoption of Arnold and Willis.
Race issues continued to be addressed during season 2. Mrs. Garrett would leave the show and be replaced by Adelaide. Overall, it's a pretty mediocre season. The show really got a bit better when Arnold began interacting with his friends Dudley and Willis started dating more.
The set contains three colorful discs and each disc is enclosed in it's own individual case. There are a total of 24 episodes. The packaging is nice. There are no bonus features.
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My 10 year old daughter absolutely loves Different Strokes so buying the DVD has let her continue watching the shows in order. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Show was Great and Funny hoping they release the rest of the seasonsPublished 2 months ago by Tragedyeliotness
love these dvds, have bought the whole series off amazon. quick postagePublished 13 months ago by anna martin
The second season of the popular series stars numerous guests, including, Dabney Colman, Muhammad Ali, etc.,. This is more of the previous season. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Endora Aphrattos