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Includes 26 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1979-80/color/10 hrs., 50 min/NR/fullscreen.
Nowadays Diff'rent Strokes is best known for producing three of the most troubled former child stars in the history of entertainment, but in its day this was a top-rated sitcom. Gary Coleman wasn't just a pair of cute chubby cheeks; he had the kind of wily comic timing that could have carried his career into adulthood--if his stardom hadn't been linked to his physique, making adult roles unacceptable to his audience. But The Complete Second Season captures Coleman at his diminutive prime as Arnold Jackson, one of two brothers adopted by a wealthy New York developer named Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain, Maude). Bain and Charlotte Rae (as housekeeper Mrs. Garrett, who left mid-season to anchor the spin-off The Facts of Life) delivered their lines and got out of Coleman's way; Dana Plato (as Drummond's daughter Kimberly) and Todd Bridges (as Arnold's brother Willis) acted their young hearts out, but Coleman was unquestionably the star.
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
love these dvds, have bought the whole series off amazon. quick postagePublished 3 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 8 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
Was scratches and damaged and misplaced wrong cd in the case so I returned it so I bought me one at the pawn shop and it worked like a proPublished 10 months ago by LaQuisha Smith
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|Seasons 3 onward?||
I don't know, I hope they will be.
Sep 9, 2007 by Lori Kaminsky | See all 6 posts
|Season 3 in 2010, hopefully!||
Now with the passing of Gary Coleman and also with the passing of Dana Plato they should really release the whole set, because the fans want to see it. That would be the fair and decent thing to do.
Jun 8, 2010 by Lori Cook | See all 4 posts
|Why have the other seasons not come out?||Be the first to reply|