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Edna Garrett who ultimately spun off into her own successful sitcom, The Facts of Life. The series made stars out of child actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Different strokes dating Plato and became known for the " very special episodes " in which serious issues such as racism, illegal drug use, hitchhiking, kidnapping and child sexual abuse were dramatically explored.

The lives of these stars were later plagued by legal troubles and drug addiction, with Plato and Coleman later suffering early deaths. In pre-production, the original proposed title was 45 Minutes from Harlem even though Harlem is only ten or fifteen minutes away from the Drummond residence by subway or taxi. They played two children from a poor section of Harlem whose deceased mother previously worked for rich widower Philip Drummond Conrad Bainwho eventually adopted them.

They lived in a penthouse with Drummond, his daughter Kimberly Dana Platoand their maid. There were three maids during the sitcom's run: As Arnold, Coleman popularized the catchphrase "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis? Early episodes addressed typical issues in a family. Later episodes at times though focused on drug abuse, alcoholism, hitchhiking, and crime, among other issues.

In Season 1, Charlotte Rae appeared in every episode as Edna Garrett, but she departed the show partway through the second season to star in her own spin-off, The Facts of Life. Although she was not part of the official main cast and not added to the opening credits, Volz appeared as a frequent semi-regular character. In Season 5, Mary Jo Catlett portrayed Pearl Gallagher, the last of the three maids, and joined the cast as a series regular.

Pearl appeared in almost every episode until the final season. Midway through Season 6, Dana Plato became pregnant and approached the producers of the show to include her pregnancy. Initially they agreed to add it, but they later decided not to add the pregnancy, with Plato's publicized brushes with substance abuse contributing to this decision, resulting in her dismissal from the series. Plato's character, Kimberly, was written out of the story lines with the explanation that she moved to Paris to study for a couple of Different strokes dating. Plato did not appear as a regular cast member in the final two seasons of the series, but she made several guest appearances.

At the same time, ratings were beginning to fall, so new characters were added to open up future storylines. Phillip proposed to Maggie, and they married.

Several past characters attended the wedding ceremony including Dudley, Aunt Sophia, Adelaide and Mrs. In the seventh season, Dixie Carter and Danny Cooksey were added to the opening credits with Carter getting special "and" billing, Different strokes dating in the orderand many new areas and ideas were explored in the storylines, as viewers now got to see Philip as a happily married man.

Dana Plato was no longer appearing as a main Different strokes dating member, because of her pregnancy in real life. The producers felt that the pregnancy wouldn't be acceptable, so she was dropped from the show and returned for the season finale A Special Friend as a guest star. Also, since there was a new fresh-faced kid in the house with Sam, Arnold now had his own little sidekick and was happy to be a "big brother" for a change, and with Willis being dropped into the background slightly, this new brotherly duo took center stage for many storylines.

In the season, Todd Bridges was continuing Different strokes dating show as a main cast member, but developed absences in several episodes. Additionally, stories focusing on Arnold's school life featured occasionally in many previous seasons were delved into much more. The ratings did not improve to NBC's hopes. Dixie Carter departed at the end of the seventh season and was replaced with Mary Prostitute in Caloundra Mobley in the eighth season.

In Different strokes dating spring ofNBC canceled the series because of poor ratings. ABC picked up the series for an eighth Different strokes dating, and aired it Friday nights.

Mobley, who had previously played an unrelated, one-off love interest of Drummond's in the second-season episode "Teacher's Pet", was considered for Maggie when the role was created. But she was not initially chosen in part due to age disparity between her and Conrad Bain. ABC canceled Different strokes dating series after 19 episodes, and aired its final episode on March 7, The show returned to ABC's schedule in Slut in Caibarien for three months of summer reruns, which ended on August 30, The final season ranked 76th out of shows, and averaged an Phillip Drummond is the only character to appear in every episode Different strokes dating the series.

Arnold Jackson missed five episodes. Horny asian in Switzerland of the Drummond household, there were a large number of supporting characters seen over the years. Phillip's slightly dotty sister Sophia Dody Goodman was regularly seen in the fourth season, playing matchmaker for her brother in hopes of getting Philip to marry again.

Dudley Johnson Shavar Ross was Arnold's new best friend, Different strokes dating, like Arnold, was also adopted, with whom he shared many memorable childhood scrapes.

Some of these were important or serious storylines under the "very special episode" heading, which Diff'rent Strokes popularized see below. Ted Ramsey Le Tari was Dudley's adoptive father, who turned up occasionally. She was a frequent recurring character until Season 6, when Charlene and Willis decided to break upbut remain friends. Other classmates and friends of Arnold seen over time included Robbie Jason Steven Mond and snobby Lisa Hayes Nikki Swaseywho initially was sweet on Arnold, but later came to despise him, leading Different strokes dating hatred between the pair and many squabbles.

Miss Chung Rosalind Chao was Arnold's teacher. An oft-mentioned character, spanning the entire show's run, was "The Gooch", a notorious bully at Arnold's school. First mentioned in the first-season episode "The Fight", which revolves around his bullying of Arnold, his name is mentioned in numerous episodes and his bullying of Arnold returned as the center of several plotswith Arnold's frequent descriptions of him as a burly, troublesome brute, forever looking for trouble but not very intelligent, but the character never actually appeared on screen.

In season 7, after years of harassing Arnold and later Samthe Gooch was finally defeated by Arnold's neighbor and nemesis Carmella. Diff'rent Strokes was also known for its many Different strokes dating special episodes", most notably an anti-drug episode "The Reporter", in Season 5 that featured First Lady Nancy Reaganwho promoted her " Just Say No " campaign, and "The Bicycle Man", a two-part episode that guest starred Gordon Jump as a pedophile who lures Arnold and Dudley into his bicycle shop and attempts to molest them.

Another episode involved a con artist played by Whitman Mayo posing as a relative of Arnold and Willis in an attempt to get access to the inheritance they were left by a former neighbor. Another episode involved Kimberly's new boyfriend Roger not allowing his sister to go to their school's costume ball with Willis because he is African-American.

In an episode on the dangers of hitchhikingKimberly and Arnold who were out in the cold weather and didn't have money for cab or bus fare were abducted by a serial kidnapper-rapist played by Woody Eneywho initially acted as a good Samaritan by giving the two of them a ride, and inviting them to his apartment.

After the man's true nature became known, Arnold escaped to look for help and the man nearly raped Kimberly before the police arrived to arrest him. At the end of the episode, Conrad Bain in an out of character PSA spoke about what to do if real life situations as the one portrayed on the Different strokes dating were to occur.

Two notable episodes dealt with the consequences of alcoholism. In season 5, Willis moves out of the penthouse to live with a friend who abuses alcohol.

In season 7, Arnold must deal with a classmate whom he catches drinking a thermos of alcohol in the school bathroom. Applegate hoping to replace his own dead son. In other notable episodes, the family discovered that Kimberly was suffering from bulimia. In another episode, Arnold and Sam met Karen, a street performer. After a performance, she has an epileptic seizureand Sam is scared thinking she's dying. The Different strokes dating then feel uncomfortable around her, and when they begin making jokes about her seizures, they find out that housekeeper Pearl herself has epilepsy, but unlike Karen controls her seizures by Booksaboutdating com medication.

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Garrett took Kimberly to the school with the intent of helping her sew costumes for a school play. Garrett met Kimberly's classmates and was offered the job as "dorm mother". She declines in this episode, but come fall, clearly had a change of heart. Garrett "Are you sure we can't change your Different strokes dating to come back to us?

Drummond had bought the company that owned the radio station where Larry worked as a talk show host. InColeman appeared in an episode of Married When Kelly recognizes him, he denies any connection to Arnold Jackson, but utters his catchphrase to Al, "What'chu talkin' about, Bundy?

In their scene, they reference Willis by name before meeting Will Smith's character, leading to Coleman uttering a variation of his catchphrase, "What'chu talkin' about, Will? InGary Coleman appeared on the second season of The Surreal Life and was pressured to quote Different strokes dating famous catchphrase by Vanilla Ice.

All three experienced various legal problems while Bridges and Plato also struggled with drug addictions, all of which were documented in Different strokes dating press. The press and fans of the series blamed the cast's personal problems and faltering careers on what was eventually dubbed the "curse of Diff'rent Strokes " by various Different strokes dating. Three years after the series ended, Gary Coleman sued his parents and his former manager over misappropriation of his trust fund.

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On May 26,Coleman, who had battled health problems since childhood caused by congenital kidney disease, was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after falling Different strokes dating hitting his head after suffering a Different strokes dating. Coleman was then placed on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhageand died on May 28,from complications of his injury at age During Season 6, Dana Plato became pregnant and her character was written out of the series Plato would go on to make guest appearances for the final two seasons.

In she married the father of her child, musician Lanny Lambert, but the couple divorced in Due to financial difficulties and her growing addiction to drugs Different strokes dating alcohol, Plato relinquished custody of her son, Tyler, to her ex-husband.

In an Different strokes dating to boost her faltering career, Plato posed for Playboy in June but her appearance in the magazine did not help her land acting jobs. In Februaryshe was arrested after robbing a Las Vegas video store armed with a pellet Different strokes dating. She was arrested the following year for forging prescriptions for Valium.

She died of Different strokes dating drug overdose in at age Different strokes dating Her death was ruled a suicide. After the series ended, Todd Bridges developed an addiction to cocaine. Different strokes dating Februaryhe was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a drug dealer at a crack house in South Central Los Angeles. He was acquitted in November After years of battling his drug addiction, Bridges became sober in the early s.

Bridges has continued acting in films and television. His more high-profile role was as Monk, a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran, conspiracy theoristand Www fossildating com of Chris' boss Doc on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.

With Plato's death in and Coleman's death inBridges became the sole survivor of the show's original child actors. Bridges became the show's last surviving original cast member after the death of Charlotte Rae in This is a one disc compilation consisting of eight episodes from Season 2.


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