Diff'rent Strokes
Number of Episodes
First aired
November 3, 1978
Last aired
May 4, 1986
Created by
Jeff Harris
Bernie Kukoff

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985 and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986.

The show's cast consisted of Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato.


The show was about Willis and Arnold Jackson, two African-American boys from Harlem who are taken in by Phillip Drummond, a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower and his daughter, Kimberly, for whom the boys' deceased mother previously worked for.


Main Cast

  • Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson
  • Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson
  • Conrad Bain as Phillip Drummond
  • Dana Plato as Kimberly Drummond
  • Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett (1978-1979)
  • Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker (1980-1984)
  • Mary Jo Catlett as Pearl Gallagher (1982-1986)
  • Dixie Carter as Maggie McKinney Drummond #1 (1984-1985)
  • Mary Ann Mobley as Maggie McKinney Drummond #2 (1985-1986)
  • Danny Cooksey as Sam McKinney (1984-1986)

Recurring Cast

  • Janet Jackson as Charlene DuPrey (1980–1984)
  • Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia (1981–1984)
  • Shavar Ross as Dudley Johnson (1980–1986)
  • Le Tari as Ted Ramsey (1980–1984)
  • Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung (1981–1983)
  • Steven Mond as Robbie Jason (1980–1985)
  • Nikki Swasey as Lisa Hayes (1982–1986)
  • Jason Hervey as Charlie (1985–1986)

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