Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes

1978 - 1986, Comedy
Two brothers from Harlem are adopted by wealthy Philip Drummond.

Episode Guide

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Front Page (Season 8 Episode 19)
    Season 8 Episode 19:

    The Front Page

    Arnold investigates a rumor of school athletes using steroids.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Photo Club (Season 8 Episode 18)
    Season 8 Episode 18:

    The Photo Club

    Arnold gets locked in the darkroom with the girl he was paired with in a photography class.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Big Bribe (Season 8 Episode 17)
    Season 8 Episode 17:

    The Big Bribe

    Arnold discovers that the girl who asked him to the rock concert has been bribed by Willis.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown (Season 8 Episode 16)
    Season 8 Episode 16:

    Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown

    A new kid at the hamburger joint ridicules Sam's comfortable lifestyle.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Tangled Web (Season 8 Episode 15)
    Season 8 Episode 15:

    Arnold's Tangled Web

    When Arnold brings home a forged report card, Phillip decides to enroll him in a more advanced class.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Sam's Big Brother (Season 8 Episode 14)
    Season 8 Episode 14:

    Sam's Big Brother

    Arnold's preoccupation with girls and school leaves younger brother Sam alone and bored.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Bulimia (Season 8 Episode 13)
    Season 8 Episode 13:


    Arnold suspects that Kimberly has an eating disorder when his slender sister is secretly gorging herself, but not gaining any weight.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Initiation (Season 8 Episode 12)
    Season 8 Episode 12:

    Arnold's Initiation

    Arnold's initiation into the "cool" club at school jeopardizes his friendship with a mildly-retarded dishwasher.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To (Season 8 Episode 11)
    Season 8 Episode 11:

    It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To

    Drummond has `insured' that Sam will have an unforgettable birthday party by arranging for a local television personality to be the main attraction.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Bad Rep (Season 8 Episode 10)
    Season 8 Episode 10:

    Arnold's Bad Rep

    Arnold succumbs to peer pressure and boasts he went "all the way" with his girlfriend.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Speak No Evil (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    Speak No Evil

    An outraged Arnold objects to a white supremacy organization speaking at his school, and a discerning Drummond can't support Arnold's fury on the basis of the right to free speech.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - So You Want to Be a Rock Star (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    So You Want to Be a Rock Star

    A music instructor "backs up" Arnold after he claims to be an expert sax player in order to impress a girl. Superstar saxophonist Clarence Clemons guest stars.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Tale of Two Teachers (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    A Tale of Two Teachers

    Arnold's punishment for "goofing off" in class is teaching "A Tale of Two Cities" to his rowdy classmates. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest stars.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Job (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Arnold's Job

    Drummond arranges a job for Arnold as a photographer's assistant on a weekly newspaper.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Willis Goes to College (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    Willis Goes to College

    Willis shocks the family when he unexpectedly returns home a few days after leaving for college.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Love on the Run (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Love on the Run

    Sam and Arnold fear that the time their parents are spending apart is a symptom of an ailing marriage, and the boys attempt to give them a dose of romance.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Bully for Arnold (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Bully for Arnold

    Guarding the school bully's girlfriend seems like a simple task to Arnold, until his natural `Jackson' charm makes the girl fall head over heels for him.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Sam's Missing (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Sam's Missing

    The Drummond family continues the search for Sam, who was kidnapped from the market.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Sam's Missing (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    Sam's Missing

    The Drummond household goes into a panic when Sam is kidnapped from the market.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Special Friend (Season 7 Episode 24)
    Season 7 Episode 24:

    A Special Friend

    Arnold and Sam aren't sure how to proceed after they learn that their friend has epilepsy.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Street Smarts (Season 7 Episode 23)
    Season 7 Episode 23:

    Street Smarts

    Drummond learns that Arnold used a dangerous method of protection when he was mugged.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Blue Collar Drummond (Season 7 Episode 22)
    Season 7 Episode 22:

    Blue Collar Drummond

    Drummond joins the assembly line when he's accused of being out of touch with his employees.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Beauty Is in the Eye of Arnold (Season 7 Episode 21)
    Season 7 Episode 21:

    Beauty Is in the Eye of Arnold

    Arnold's friends want him to ask a cute cheerleader to a dance.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Camping We Will Go (Season 7 Episode 20)
    Season 7 Episode 20:

    A Camping We Will Go

    Drummond's plan for a camping trip with Sam go awry when Sam's real father (Hoyt Axton) invites himself along.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Cheers to Arnold (Season 7 Episode 19)
    Season 7 Episode 19:

    Cheers to Arnold

    Arnold tries to stop a friend from drinking, but a misunderstanding gets him in trouble.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Russian Embassy (Season 7 Episode 18)
    Season 7 Episode 18:

    Russian Embassy

    Arnold's rocket for a class project accidentally lands on top of the Russian embassy.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Sam's New Pal (Season 7 Episode 17)
    Season 7 Episode 17:

    Sam's New Pal

    Sam wants to have a sleep over with his new buddy, who is a girl.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Harry Birthday Drummond (Season 7 Episode 16)
    Season 7 Episode 16:

    Harry Birthday Drummond

    Arnold and Willis want to give Drummond a special birthday gift.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Sam Adopts a Grandparent (Season 7 Episode 15)
    Season 7 Episode 15:

    Sam Adopts a Grandparent

    A cynical senior citizen wants no part in Sam's "Adopt a Grandparent" program.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold Saves the Squirrel (Season 7 Episode 14)
    Season 7 Episode 14:

    Arnold Saves the Squirrel

    Arnold and Sam protest the cancellation of Sam's favorite TV show.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Baseball Blues (Season 7 Episode 13)
    Season 7 Episode 13:

    Baseball Blues

    Sam persuades a reluctant Mr. Drummond to become the coach of his "bad news" baseball team.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Songbird (Season 7 Episode 12)
    Season 7 Episode 12:

    Arnold's Songbird

    Arnold wants a celebrity to attend the school's charity fund-raiser.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Tonsils (Season 7 Episode 11)
    Season 7 Episode 11:


    Drummond and Sam check themselves into the hospital together.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Gymnasts (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    The Gymnasts

    Drummond hopes to encourage an Olympic aspirant who suffered a tragic accident. Guests: 1984 Olympic gymnasts Mitch Gaylord and Bart Conner.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Honorable Arnold J. Jackson (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    The Honorable Arnold J. Jackson

    Arnold's faced with a tough choice when he's appointed judge of the school court.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold the Entrepreneur (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Arnold the Entrepreneur

    Arnold and Sam start a business together, but a falling out makes them competitors.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Carmella Meets the Gooch (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Carmella Meets the Gooch

    The school bully faces his first challenge when he meets the Drummond's new neighbor.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Sam's Father (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Sam's Father

    Sam's real father (Hoyt Axton) visits the Drummond's new neighbors.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Strike (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Arnold's Strike

    Arnold becomes the leader of a protest against unfair school rules.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Undercover Lover (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Undercover Lover

    Willis' school crush is involved with a police anti-drug operation.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Bed-wetting (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:


    Sam struggles with bed-wetting, but Arnold is not sympathetic to his problem.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold and Lisa's Mother (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Arnold and Lisa's Mother

    Arnold and his friends plan to sabotage Lisa's project for the science fair.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Haunting We Will Go (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    A Haunting We Will Go

    Arnold and Sam set out to rid the neighborhood home of ghosts. Guest: Ray Bolger.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Boyfriend (Season 6 Episode 24)
    Season 6 Episode 24:

    The Boyfriend

    Kimberly persuades her father to let her move into an apartment -- presumably with a girlfriend.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Houseguest (Season 6 Episode 23)
    Season 6 Episode 23:

    The Houseguest

    Willis and Charlene's budding romance suffers during her temporary stay at the Drummonds.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Kathy's Olympics (Season 6 Episode 22)
    Season 6 Episode 22:

    Kathy's Olympics

    Money for charity that Arnold's class raised and entrusted to him is missing.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Bar Mitzvah Boy (Season 6 Episode 21)
    Season 6 Episode 21:

    The Bar Mitzvah Boy

    Arnold believes he has found his religion after attending an impressive bar mitzvah.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Honeymoon's Over (Season 6 Episode 20)
    Season 6 Episode 20:

    The Honeymoon's Over

    Arnold and Pearl's lives are changed when Phillip and Maggie return from their honeymoon.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Wedding (Season 6 Episode 19)
    Season 6 Episode 19:

    The Wedding

    Phillip and Maggie meet at the altar and realize each has made a major mistake.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Wedding (Season 6 Episode 18)
    Season 6 Episode 18:

    The Wedding

    Maggie's reaction to a proposed prenuptial agreement threatens Phillip's happiness.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Hooray for Hollywood (Season 6 Episode 17)
    Season 6 Episode 17:

    Hooray for Hollywood

    Arnold is saved from danger, but is upset to learn that Drummond is getting married.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Hooray for Hollywood (Season 6 Episode 16)
    Season 6 Episode 16:

    Hooray for Hollywood

    Drummond follows Maggie to Hollywood, where Arnold and Dudley face danger.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Hitchhikers (Season 6 Episode 15)
    Season 6 Episode 15:

    The Hitchhikers

    Arnold escapes after he and Kimberly are kidnapped while hitchhiking.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Hitchhikers (Season 6 Episode 14)
    Season 6 Episode 14:

    The Hitchhikers

    Kimberly and Arnold face grave danger when they decide to hitchhike home.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Drummond's Lady (Season 6 Episode 13)
    Season 6 Episode 13:

    Drummond's Lady

    Drummond falls for a TV exercise instructor after investing in her business.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Where There's Smoke (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    Where There's Smoke

    Dudley's dad helps Arnold and Dudley face the harsh realities of cigarette smoking.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Senior Class Queen (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    The Senior Class Queen

    Kimberly wants to join an all-male club, so Willis runs for class beauty queen.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Mrs. Z (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    Mrs. Z

    After an extortion threat, Drummond is provided with unusual police protection.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Assert Yourself (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Assert Yourself

    Arnold resigns as Dudley's campaign manager to run against him for class president.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Coming of Age (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Coming of Age

    A free-spirited Kimberly has unusual plans for her 18th birthday present -- a trust fund.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Moonlighter (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    The Moonlighter

    Arnold discovers that his favorite teacher moonlights as a cocktail waitress.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Van Drummonds (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    The Van Drummonds

    A visit from Drummond's Dutch cousin and her son lasts an eternity for Arnold and Willis.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Drafted (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:


    Drummond overreacts when 13-year-old Arnold is notified to register for the draft.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Lie (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    The Lie

    Willis' self-serving lie about knowing CPR jeopardizes Arnold's life.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Rashomon II (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Rashomon II

    Drummond, Arnold and Willis tell different stories after they bravely subdue a burglar.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Goat (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    The Goat

    Arnold is shunned on his first day at junior high when he fails to match Willis' reputation.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Mr. T and mr. t (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Mr. T and mr. t

    Arnold is over the moon when he gets to meet his idol, Mr. T.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - My Fair Larry (Season 5 Episode 24)
    Season 5 Episode 24:

    My Fair Larry

    Larry, the school thug, targets Kimberly after Willis shows him how to make it with girls.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Romeo and Juliet (Season 5 Episode 23)
    Season 5 Episode 23:

    Romeo and Juliet

    Arnold is tricked into playing Romeo in the school play opposite his arch rival Lisa.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Reporter (Season 5 Episode 22)
    Season 5 Episode 22:

    The Reporter

    First Lady Nancy Reagan guest stars when Arnold's story about drug abuse is printed in a New York City newspaper.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Roommates (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:


    The household is turned upside down when Mr. Drummond has to move in with Arnold for a week.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Cricket (Season 5 Episode 20)
    Season 5 Episode 20:

    The Cricket

    When Arnold has a run of bad luck, Mr. Drummond gives him a pet cricket believed by the Japanese to bring good luck.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Hall Monitor (Season 5 Episode 19)
    Season 5 Episode 19:

    Hall Monitor

    Arnold's good intentions to help his handicapped friend adjust to life in public school backfire.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Family on Ice (Season 5 Episode 18)
    Season 5 Episode 18:

    Family on Ice

    Mr. Drummond agrees to let Kimberly leave New York to train with Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill in Los Angeles.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Bicycle Man (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    The Bicycle Man

    In return for a generous reward, Arnold agrees to help out a neighborhood merchant who is actually a child molester.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Bicycle Man (Season 5 Episode 16)
    Season 5 Episode 16:

    The Bicycle Man

    In return for a generous reward, Arnold agrees to help out a neighborhood merchant who is actually a child molester.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Independent Woman (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    Independent Woman

    Kimberly's new boss pays special attention to her in hopes of landing a position in Mr. Drummond's company.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Parents Have Rights, Too (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Parents Have Rights, Too

    Mr. Drummond is caught in a compromising situation when a storm sends Arnold, Willis and Kimberly home early from a weekend camping trip.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Growing Problem (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    A Growing Problem

    Willis and his friend make a reckless decision when they mix drinking and driving.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Santa's Helper (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Santa's Helper

    Arnold is hired by a street-corner Santa with an ulterior financial motive.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Executives (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    The Executives

    Willis oversteps the bounds of his authority in his afterschool job at his father's office.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Push Comes to Shove (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Push Comes to Shove

    Arnold's run-in with the new building manager's son could get the entire Drummond family evicted.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Memories (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:


    A long lost trunk containing a tape recording from their deceased mother is delivered to the boys.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Case of Overexposure (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    A Case of Overexposure

    Arnold's chances at winning a school election are slim when a revealing photo of him taken by Kimberly surfaces.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Older Woman (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    The Older Woman

    A false I.D. and fake mustache win Willis a date on the town with a beautiful older woman.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Substitute Teacher (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Substitute Teacher

    A "little white lie" by Arnold and his buddies puts a teacher's career in jeopardy.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Peacemaker (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    The Peacemaker

    Willis buys a gun to protect himself when his plan to bring peace to rival gangs backfires.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Big Brother (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Big Brother

    Arnold feels left out when he gets his big brother Willis to help cure a new classmate's loneliness.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Cyrano De Jackson (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Cyrano De Jackson

    Arnold helps his shy friend Dudley win the heart of a girl who falls for Arnold instead.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - In the Swim (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    In the Swim

    Kimberly's actions could get Willis into hot water when she is transferred into his public school.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade

    Arnold is determined to beat Willis and dethrone him as local video game champ.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - On Your Toes (Season 4 Episode 26)
    Season 4 Episode 26:

    On Your Toes

    Arnold's enthusiasm for ballet is dampened by Willis' taunts.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Short But Sweet (Season 4 Episode 25)
    Season 4 Episode 25:

    Short But Sweet

    Arnold feels cheated because he is growing older, but not taller.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Music Man (Season 4 Episode 24)
    Season 4 Episode 24:

    The Music Man

    Arnold interferes with Willis' plans to have Charlene sing with his musical group.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Stress? What Stress? (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:

    Stress? What Stress?

    Stress is diagnosed as the cause of Drummond's frequent attacks of pain.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Lifesavers (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:


    Willis' quick thinking saves Arnold's life, and Arnold is determined to show his gratitude.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Have I Got a Girl for You (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Have I Got a Girl for You

    Aunt Sophia, playing matchmaker, pairs Drummond with a hairdresser.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Green Hair (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Green Hair

    Drummond refuses to get involved in combating air pollution until Kimberly becomes a victim.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - B.M.O.C. (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:


    Willis' obsession with joining an exclusive club at high school affects the entire household.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Crime Story (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Crime Story

    After being rescued by Willis, Arnold schemes to capture the bullies who threatened him.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Crime Story (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Crime Story

    Arnold and his friend Dudley are scared by two bullies who demand their lunch money.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Car (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    The Car

    Jealousy prompts Willis to plan a joyride neither he nor his girlfriend will ever forget.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Squatter (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    The Squatter

    Drummond learns the hard way that converting apartments into condos can hurt innocent people.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Fire (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:


    Drummond works to protect his family without letting them know they are trapped by a fire.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Kathy (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:


    Arnold and his friend Kathy both face big challenges in their lives.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Dreams (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:


    A canceled fishing trip creates nightmares for Arnold that keep the whole family awake.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Jilted (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:


    Willis' girlfriend is tired of being taken for granted, so she goes out with another guy.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Hello, Daddy (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Hello, Daddy

    A young man claiming to be Drummond's son arrives at the penthouse door.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Burial Ground (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Burial Ground

    Arnold and Willis learn that Drummond's company may threaten an Indian burial ground.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Health Club (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Health Club

    Drummond doesn't realize his hard-won award comes from a club with a restricted membership.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Ski Weekend (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    The Ski Weekend

    Kimberly must decide whether or not to spend a ski weekend with a boy.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Double Date (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Double Date

    Parental restrictions threaten to ruin Arnold's first real date before it even begins.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Big Heist (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    The Big Heist

    Arnold is thrilled to be part of an elite club until he learns what initiation entails.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Team (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Team

    Racial quotas in Drummond's business and at Willis' school have repercussions at home.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Model (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    The Model

    Kimberly seeks independence with a summer job, but Drummond may not allow her to be a jet-set model.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - First Day Blues (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    First Day Blues

    The first day of high school could spell disaster for a nervous Willis.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Growing Up (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Growing Up

    His friends' stories of sexual exploits convince Willis it's time he "becomes a man" too.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Athlete (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    The Athlete

    The city's top high school baseball coach wants Willis on his team -- at any price.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Room for One More (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Room for One More

    Arnold asks Drummond to adopt a classmate who's afraid he might be sent back to an orphanage.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Almost American (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Almost American

    Arnold gets a new perspective on America through an immigrant studying for naturalization.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Ancestors (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    The Ancestors

    Drummond discovers a long-lost ancestor who may be more of a liability than an asset.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Drummond's Fair Lady (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Drummond's Fair Lady

    Drummond meets opposition when he chooses a woman to head a new division of his company.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Magician (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    The Magician

    A disappearing magic trick backfires, leaving Arnold out on a ledge.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Where There's Hope (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Where There's Hope

    Arnold doesn't want a certain pesky girl invited to his birthday party.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Older Man (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    The Older Man

    Fifteen-year-old Kimberly discovers there's more to being older than looking it.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Bus (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    The Bus

    Arnold's excitement over being bused to a white school turns to fear when he gets a phoned threat.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Junk Food Junkie (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Junk Food Junkie

    Drummond and Arnold clash over the presence of junk food machines in Arnold's school.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Roots (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    Willis and Arnold go to great lengths to prove they haven't lost touch with their cultural roots.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Loan (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    The Loan

    Arnold wants Drummond to lend $4,000 to the apartment building doorman.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Count Your Blessings (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Count Your Blessings

    Drummond wants to help Arnold accept the fact that he will never be tall.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - First Love (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    First Love

    Drummond is concerned about Arnold when a siege of puppy love keeps him away from his studies.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Football Father (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Football Father

    Drummond makes a deal with the football coach to assure Arnold a place on the team.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Little Mother (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Little Mother

    Arnold and Willis think Kimberly is expecting when she helps a pregnant girlfriend.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Accident (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Accident

    After being struck by a drunk driver, Drummond is hospitalized with serious injuries.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Accident (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Accident

    Drummond's 50th birthday celebration ends tragically when he is injured by a drunk driver.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Substitute Mother (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Substitute Mother

    Arnold schemes to make a temporary housekeeper a permanent member of the household.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Small Claims Court (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Small Claims Court

    Arnold goes to small claims court with a dispassionate local merchant.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Bank Job (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Bank Job

    Willis and Arnold are in a bank when two robbers stage a holdup.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Bank Job (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Bank Job

    Drummond offers himself as hostage to bank robbers to protect Willis and Arnold.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Squealer (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    The Squealer

    Willis seeks companionship in a gang and is arrested rather than squeal on his fellow members.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Will (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    The Will

    Arnold fears his loved ones may soon die after he stumbles upon Drummond's will.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Slumber Party (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    The Slumber Party

    Chaos reigns when Willis is placed in charge of Kimberly's slumber party.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Teacher's Pet (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Teacher's Pet

    Drummond's romance with Arnold's teacher sparks jealousy among Arnold's classmates.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Guess Who (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Guess Who

    Kimberly discovers that her new boyfriend is a bigot after he suggests a double date with his sister and Willis.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Valentine's Day Retrospective (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Valentine's Day Retrospective

    Arnold and Willis become trapped in the basement where they reflect on their past.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Return of the Gooch (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Return of the Gooch

    Willis works on Arnold's self-confidence after the local bully returns.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Big Business (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Big Business

    Willis and Arnold soon learn about big business when they start up a brownie-making enterprise.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Poor Drummond (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Poor Drummond

    An edgy Mr. Drummond makes Willis and Arnold wonder whether they should move back to Harlem.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Friendly-Mate (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    Drummond's need for companionship sends Arnold and Willis to a computer dating service.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Election (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    The Election

    The Drummonds' sassy new housekeeper rallies behind the family when Phillip runs for a seat on the city council.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - A Dog Story (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    A Dog Story

    Arnold is bitten by a dog, and he faces rabies shots at the insistence of Drummond.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Dog Story (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    The Dog Story

    Arnold is bitten by a dog, and he faces rabies shots at the insistence of Drummond.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Hot Watch (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Hot Watch

    Willis and Arnold become suspects when a neighbor's apartment is robbed.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Rivals (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    The Rivals

    A fickle girl in Arnold's class turns her attentions to Willis, much to Arnold's disappointment.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Thanksgiving Crossover (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Thanksgiving Crossover

    On Thanksgiving, Larry Alder's temper reaches explosive heights when he discovers that friendship and business don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Father and Son Day (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Father and Son Day

    Cut-throat competition leads Willis to make a decision that he later regrets.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Adoption (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    The Adoption

    Just when Arnold and Willis are about to be adopted, a relative's visit places the plans in jeopardy.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Adoption (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Adoption

    The Drummond family's plans to adopt Arnold and Willis are jeopardized by a visiting relative.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Hero (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Hero

    Willis and Kimberley scheme to help Arnold meet boxer Muhammad Ali.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Hero (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Arnold's Hero

    Willis and Kimberley scheme to help Arnold meet boxer Muhammad Ali.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Birds and Bees (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Birds and Bees

    Willis's suspicious story on the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Mrs. Garrett's Romance (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Mrs. Garrett's Romance

    The Drummonds are curious about Mrs. Garrett's new boyfriend, but their curiosity turns to surprise and alarm.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Feudin' and Fussin' (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Feudin' and Fussin'

    A television executive offers the Drummond family's friend, Larry Alder, the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Girlfriend (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Arnold's Girlfriend

    Arnold needs an appendectomy but it's doubtful he'll sit still long enough for surgery.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Arnold's Girlfriend (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Arnold's Girlfriend

    Arnold needs an appendectomy but it's doubtful he'll sit still long enough for surgery.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Girls School (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    The Girls School

    Mrs. Garrett becomes feisty when she visits Kimberly's pushy principal.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Willis' Birthday (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Willis' Birthday

    Willis is hurt when he believes that the family has forgotten his birthday.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Getting Involved (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Getting Involved

    Arnold witnesses a holdup and the robber wants to be assured that he won't identify him.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Trip (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    The Trip

    Drummond may jeopardize an old friend's job if he buys a Portland radio station.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Trip (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Trip

    Mr. Drummond realizes that his company's plan to purchase a radio station could cost an old friend (McLean Stevenson) his job.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Job (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Job

    Willis lands a job so he can purchase skates and prove a point to Drummond.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Mrs. Garrett's Crisis (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Mrs. Garrett's Crisis

    Thinking her life as a housekeeper is unfulfilling, Mrs. Garrett makes an important decision concerning her future.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Willis' Privacy (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Willis' Privacy

    In order to escape from Arnold, Willis divides the bedroom in half and begins staying at friends' houses.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The New Landlord (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The New Landlord

    Arnold tries to convince the new landlord to allow the Drummonds to keep the penthouse.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Tutor (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    The Tutor

    Mr. Drummond hires a tutor for Willis and Arnold who does everything but teach.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Relative (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    The Relative

    A visiting cousin (LaWanda Page) thinks she should stay closer to the boys after seeing their new digs.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - No Time for Arnold (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    No Time for Arnold

    Arnold's attention-getting plans go awry and he gets more than he bargained for.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Woman (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    The Woman

    The children scheme to upset Drummond's plans to marry an attractive widow.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Club Meeting (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The Club Meeting

    Wanting to impress them with his luxurious surroundings, Willis invites his old friends to visit.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Fight (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Fight

    Drummond thinks Willis' methods for warding off the neighborhood bully should be more civilized.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Retrospective (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:


    The Drummonds gather around the Christmas tree and reflect on life with Arnold and Willis.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Retrospective (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    The Drummonds gather around the Christmas tree and reflect on life with Arnold and Willis.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Trial (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    The Trial

    With Mrs. Garrett as judge and the family as jury, Arnold goes on trial for putting goldfish in the hot tub.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Goodbye Dolly (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Goodbye Dolly

    Arnold is inconsolable after Kimberley donates his doll to charity.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Spanking (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Spanking

    Arnold's continuing prank of dropping water balloons from the balcony prompts punishment from Mr. Drummond.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Prep School (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Prep School

    Drummond attempts to enroll Willis and Arnold in an exclusive prep school.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Mother's Last Visit (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Mother's Last Visit

    Drummond's upper-crust mother arrives for a visit and isn't too pleased with the latest family additions.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - The Social Worker (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Social Worker

    Arnold jumps to conclusions when he overhears Drummond telling a social worker that black children belong with black families.

  • Diff'rent Strokes - Movin' In (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Movin' In

    Multimillionaire Phillip Drummond carries out the wish of his late housekeeper and welcomes her two sons into his New York penthouse.