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Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete First Season

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The complete first season of the TV series Diff'rent Strokes

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More than just a ratings hit for NBC, the Norman Lear/Bud Yorkin-produced Diff'rent Strokes was a pop-culture phenomenon, thanks largely to the wise-beyond-his-years performance of star Gary Coleman. And while the show has languished of late in syndication in a heavily edited form, Columbia's first-season set amends that situation by packaging all 24 uncut episodes on a three-disc set with some interesting extras. Launched in November 1978 as a mid-season replacement for the failed Joe Namath series The Waverly Wonders, Diff'rent Strokes vaulted to no. 27 in the Nielsen ratings; audiences responded to the warmth and humorous culture clash between wealthy Philip Drummond (Lear vet Conrad Bain) and Arnold and Willis (Coleman and Todd Bridges), the sons of his late housekeeper whom he adopted. Though Bain, Bridges, Dana Plato (as Bain's daughter), and Charlotte Rae (as housekeeper Mrs. Garrett) all delivered solid performances, it was Coleman's charm, his timing, and most of all, his catch phrase "Whatchoo talkin' bout?" that drew in viewers.

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


Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, Dixie Carter
  • Directors: Leslie H. Martinson, Ellen Falcon, Dolores Ferraro, Lee Lochhead, Selig Frank
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 588 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JZT5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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'Diff'rent Strokes' was my favorite show growing up because it was extremely funny and all of the characters were very likable and interesting. I haven't seen the series since it was on Nick at Nite & TV Land, a few years ago. It's unfortunate that it is no longer on TV. But I was very glad to pick up this DVD set of the first season. It includes twenty-four, full and uncut episodes (more than most sitcoms) from the 1978 - 1979 season.

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)
When Mr.
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I love the packaging for this 3 DVD set. Each disc comes in it's own plastic case which snaps closed. Of course each case has a picture of Gary Coleman on the cover. The three disc set is a must have for an 80's or Different Strokes fan. These episodes are hilarious. The picture quality is decent. There are extras, commentary from the writer and new interviews from Charlotte Rae, Conrad Bain and Todd Bridges. I re-watched all of these episodes this past week and just realized that a lot of the little jokes Arnold would make were really for the adults to enjoy. I hope that future seasons will be released soon.
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One of the older series I have been most anticipating on DVD is Diff'rent Strokes. Outside of a brief stint on Nick At Nite in early 2001, DS has been pretty hard to locate on television for the past 8 or 9 years.

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!
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I've only watched the first 7 episodes but I am already so glad I bought this. It's reasonbly priced and has great entertainment value. I was born in 77 so I was too young for tv during the first couple of seasons but watched the later years and loved it. This is a must have for any child of the 80's.
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Gary Coleman, Conrad Bain (Dark Shadows (original)/Postcards From The Edge), Todd Bridges, Dana Plato (Play Boy Centerfold), Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life). This first season stars the original family fun-filled cast. A Park Avenue Tycoon, takes on his deceased maids children when shes passes.To Quote the theme song, "Along came two with nothing but there jeans." This was a family favorite when I was a kid. Norman Lear found THE quintessential Black youth to play Arnold Jackson, a precociousness 8 Year Old which no bigot nor race hater could hate if they tried and probably many did. Coleman was MUCH older than his character, due to in youth he had ill health (Kidney transplants). He suffered a serious fall which resulted i n his untimely, premature death in 2010. From a Brain hemorrhage. Dana Plato, the teen sister died from a battle with drugs after appearing in Playboy Magazine. This disc is CC'd for the Hearing impaired, but does not extend to the special features. :(
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I loved Diff'rent Strokes watching it in the 80's when I was a young kid.
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!!!!
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