Diff'rent Strokes: Season 1 (1978 - 1979)


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Air date: Nov 3, 1978

This marks the debut episode of NBC's long-running sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. Taking on racial and class differences with humor and heart, the show deals with a pair of young African-American brothers named Arnold and Willis Jackson whose mother passes away and leaves them with her former employer Mr. Drummond, an upper-class white man. After some initial resistance from the boys to life in a Park Avenue penthouse, they decide to give their new guardian the benefit of the doubt, and everyone involved learns a bit about what's really important in life.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1978

In this first-season episode of NBC's Diff'rent Strokes, the trouble starts when Arnold eavedrops on a meeting between Mr. Drummond and a social worker. When Arnold reports back to Willis that he heard Mr. Drummond say that black children belong with black families, the boys get the impression that Mr. Drummond no longer wants to take care of them. Ellen Travolta guest-stars as Ms. Aimsley.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1978

Irene Tedrow guest stars as Mr. Drummond's bourgeoisie mother in "Mother's Last Visit." When Mrs. Drummond first meets her sons new street-smart wards, she's less than impressed and doesn't have any qualms about voicing her dissatisfaction; however, Arnold and Willis are able to break through class barriers and help the old woman reconsider her judgments about them.

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Air date: Nov 24, 1978

The fourth episode of the first season of NBC's long-running sitcom Diff'rent Strokes finds Arnold and Willis preparing to attend an upper-class prep school at the behest of their new guardian Mr. Drummond; however, the snooty attitude of the place leads everyone to reconsider the decision. "Prep School" originally aired on November 24, 1978.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1978

The title of this first-season episode of NBC's Diff'rent Strokes pretty much says it all. "The Spanking" finds Arnold getting into a bit of mischief, dropping water balloons from the balcony onto unsuspecting people below. When the police get involved, Mr. Drummond realizes he has to punish Arnold and decides to give him a spanking; however, as his brother Willis insists he be the one to apply the punishment.

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Air date: Dec 8, 1978

The sixth episode of the first season of NBC's Diff'rent Strokes centers on Arnold's favorite doll. When the toy goes missing, the little guy is inconsolable. Luckily, Mr. Drummond, Willis, and Kimberly offer to pitch in and help find it. Goodbye Dolly originally aired on December 8, 1978.

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Air date: Dec 15, 1978

Arnold's up to no good once again in this first-season episode of Diff'rent Strokes. This time around, the mischievous young man has been accused of putting the goldfish in the hottub. Rather than simply giving him a punishment, Mr. Drummond agrees to give the boys a lesson on the law by holding a trial for Arnold, complete with Mrs. Garrett serving as judge.

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Air date: Dec 29, 1978

Originally airing as the first half of a one-hour show before being split in two for syndication, this holiday-themed flashback episode of Diff'rent Strokes finds Arnold and company reminiscing about the events of the first seven episodes of the season. "Retrospective, Part 1" originally aired on December 29, 1978.

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Air date: Dec 29, 1978

The second half of a one-hour holiday clip-show that was later split into two shows for syndication, Retrospective, Part 2 finds the gang continuing to fondly look back on the trials and tribulations of the series' first seven episodes.

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Air date: Jan 5, 1979

The infamous bully The Gooch is mentioned for the first time in this, the first episode of Diff'rent Strokes of 1979. After the surly young man antagonizes Arnold at school, Willis insists that he fight back; however, Mr. Drummond recommends a more diplomatic approach to the situation.

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