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Diff’rent Strokes thread

I’ve been watching Diff’rent Strokes blocks on The Grio channel. The first few seasons were cute.

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by Anonymousreply 35June 12, 2024 12:56 AM

Diff’rent Strokes - Jack & Jill & Jill the movie starring Dana Plato.

by Anonymousreply 1June 11, 2024 12:02 AM

They’re all dead except Todd Bridges

by Anonymousreply 2June 11, 2024 12:05 AM

[quote]They’re all dead except Todd Bridges

I'm shteel livin' its juss mah creer that's dyead.

by Anonymousreply 3June 11, 2024 12:09 AM

Dudley got diddled

by Anonymousreply 4June 11, 2024 12:15 AM

Ruthie had hair down to her ass

by Anonymousreply 5June 11, 2024 12:16 AM

I was watching a podcast about a year ago with Eddie Furlong and somebody who apparently was an actor and long-time friend. It was Danny Cooksey. I looked it up and Danny played John Connor's friend in T2.

by Anonymousreply 6June 11, 2024 12:16 AM

As god is my witness I thought diddling was legal.

by Anonymousreply 7June 11, 2024 12:18 AM

Gary Coleman was a force of nature the first couple seasons just as he’d made such a big impression with his guest appearances on “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” right before “Strokes.” Arnold got older and mellower and less wisecracking.

But that first episode when Mrs . Garrett shakes Arnold’s hand and he asks, “Are you passing?” is gold.

I loved how they always spoke of Harlem in the early episodes like it was a foreign country and not a 15 minute train ride away.

by Anonymousreply 8June 11, 2024 12:27 AM

I loved that apartment set. I loved Mr. Drummond’s study and the grand staircase and the spiral staircase in the kitchen…. yet Willis and Arnold shared a rather small room.

by Anonymousreply 9June 11, 2024 12:35 AM

I remember an episode, maybe toward the latter three seasons or so, when Kimberly takes a picture of Arnold out of the bathtub and it gets used against him in his school’s election campaign by the evil snotty girl. Forget her name.

They actually showed the photo of Coleman’s ass cheek in the photo. Well, it could have been a doctored photo of another actor. But I thought that was a big deal.

by Anonymousreply 10June 11, 2024 12:37 AM

Only thing I didn’t like about the show was Kathy, that girl in the wheelchair. Not because she was disabled but because she was obnoxious.

by Anonymousreply 11June 11, 2024 12:38 AM

I'm still alive, TURKEY!

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by Anonymousreply 12June 11, 2024 12:39 AM

I was too young to see it when it originally aired, but I remember I was in love with Willis when I finally watched it on Nick at Nite, or whatever channel aired it. He was so hot back then.

by Anonymousreply 13June 11, 2024 1:01 AM

Agree that the first couple of seasons are fun, and Gary Coleman was lightning in a bottle.

by Anonymousreply 14June 11, 2024 1:01 AM

I loved, loved, loved it as a kid. However, even then I knew it was a pile of steaming shit. Didn't stop me from loving it though. The Drummond apartment was a great set. They didn't cheap out on it.

by Anonymousreply 15June 11, 2024 1:04 AM

Young Coleman just took over a scene.

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by Anonymousreply 16June 11, 2024 4:46 PM

All the black girls wanted Janet's hair.

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by Anonymousreply 17June 11, 2024 4:52 PM

Yes R16! That's the role I remember him for too. He was so goddamn cute and reactive and everyone couldn't help but smile.

by Anonymousreply 18June 11, 2024 4:54 PM

Coleman famously had health issues that made him look younger and accounted for the chubby cheeks.

When “Webster” came out, Emmanuel Lewis’s mom claimed he was just a “late bloomer” which is bullshit as he never grew. He’s still tiny today.

by Anonymousreply 19June 11, 2024 9:18 PM

R11 Kathy appeared in one episode for several seasons. Hated her too. She made the whole show’s focus about her. I found her to be a pain in my ass

by Anonymousreply 20June 11, 2024 9:30 PM

Yeah R19, he had kidney problems I think and the cheeks were probably from steroids. Didn't Heather O' Rourke also have kidney problems and steroid cheeks?

R20 Yep, Kathy was a little bitch, but I bet it made Gary feel better, when she was around he didn't have to be the sick kid, she could instead.

by Anonymousreply 21June 11, 2024 9:33 PM

Kimberly’s last episode was about het suffering from bulimia.

by Anonymousreply 22June 11, 2024 9:33 PM

Yes R22, and that bitch Maggie was on it too, I'm sure Dana was glad to escape Dixie. Gary wasn't so lucky.

by Anonymousreply 23June 11, 2024 9:35 PM

Did anybody think Dana Plato was a good actress?

by Anonymousreply 24June 11, 2024 9:36 PM

I sure didn't R24. Everything was melodramatic and pretentious, the way she said "Daddy" was so annoying.

by Anonymousreply 25June 11, 2024 9:38 PM

R23 Gary Colman and Dixie Carter did not get along.

by Anonymousreply 26June 11, 2024 9:38 PM

R8, When I was a kid and watched it, I always misunderstood Harlem for Holland (a country I had heard of). So for years I thought black people came from Holland.

by Anonymousreply 27June 11, 2024 9:40 PM

I loved Adelaide played by Nedra Volz!

by Anonymousreply 28June 11, 2024 9:41 PM

Adelaide saves the day!

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by Anonymousreply 29June 11, 2024 9:43 PM

I hated Alice sooooo much. She was like a real life Cabbage Patch Kid.

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by Anonymousreply 30June 11, 2024 9:44 PM

Dixie Carter was better than Nary Ann Mobley.

by Anonymousreply 31June 11, 2024 9:57 PM

R26 I know, that's why I said Dana was at least lucky in that she didn't have to work with her. Or shit, was it Mary Ann Mobley on Dana's last ep? I can't remember. I need to re-read "Killing Willis" Todd Bridge's autobiography, I'm sure he mentioned the Dixie/Gary tension.

by Anonymousreply 32June 11, 2024 10:03 PM

It was Mary Ann Mobley in the bulimia episode.

by Anonymousreply 33June 12, 2024 12:43 AM

Who can forget such hard-hitting episodes that took on environmental topics like when acid rain caused Kimberly’s hair to turn green?

by Anonymousreply 34June 12, 2024 12:50 AM

That’s right. I forgot the bulimia episode was Kimberly’s final appearance.

by Anonymousreply 35June 12, 2024 12:56 AM
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