Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes

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This sitcom starred Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson and Todd Bridges as his older brother, Willis. They played two black children from a poor Harlem neighborhood whose deceased mother previously worked for a rich white widower, Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain), who eventually adopted them. They lived in a penthouse with Mr. Drummond, Mr. Drummond's daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato), and their maid.

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It is referred to by these television episodes...

The King of Queens:
Season:  8  / Episode:  14 
Apartment Complex

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Carrie is excited about her new celebrity client, and asks Doug to guess who the celebrity is. Doug first guesses Tom Hanks, his second guess is "that guy who played Mr. Drummond", from the television show 'Diff'rent Strokes'.

Family Guy:
Season:  11  / Episode:  17 
Bigfat

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
After being stranded following the plane crash, Peter makes a Mrs. Garrett doll. When the family discovers Peter's strange doll, Chris reminds everyone that Mrs. Garrett was on both 'Diff'rent Strokes' and 'The Facts of Life'.

30 Rock:
Season:  5  / Episode:  22 
Everything Sunny All the Time Always

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Liz has plans to make her apartment a "kickass duplex like Different Strokes."

The Simpsons:
Season:  11  / Episode:  9 
Grift of the Magi

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
At the end of the episode, Gary Coleman (who makes an appearance in the episode as a Security Guard) Coleman bids the audience goodbye saying, "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, everyone!", the line he made famous in the television series 'Diff'rent Strokes'.

The Cleveland Show:
Season:  4  / Episode:  9 
Here Comes the Bribe

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
As part of a punishment, Cleveland Jr. tells Rallo to shave a part in his hair like Arnold Drummond, a character from the show played by Gary Coleman.

Luke Cage:
Season:  1  / Episode:  11 
Now You're Mine

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Shades uses the catchphrase from this TV show when he asks Diamondback (real name Willis Stryker), "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?"

Family Guy:
Season:  13  / Episode:  8 
Our Idiot Brian

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Brian recites a few catchphrases from TV shows. One catchphrase is 'What'chu talkin' bout, Phyllis', an attempt to repeat the famous line from the series 'Diff'rent Strokes'.

The King of Queens:
Season:  6  / Episode:  14 
Switch Sitters

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
When Deacon and Kelly come to pick up the kids, Doug tells Major to tell his parents what he taught them. Major says, "Whatchu talkin' 'bout Douglas?" a reference to the show 'Diff'rent Strokes' in which the character Arnold is famous for saying 'Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?".

Family Guy:
Season:  10  / Episode:  6 
Thanksgiving

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Peter calls Kevin a "regular Benedict Arnold Drummond", confusing the traitor with the Diff'rent Strokes character.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  4  / Episode:  10 
The Fight

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Barney uses the names of sitcoms from the 1970s and 1980s to fake a conversation, specifically using Good Times, Gimme a Break!, What's Happening!!, Diff'rent Strokes and What's Happening Now!!.

Black-ish:
Season:  2  / Episode:  19 
The Leftovers

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Dre imagines Leslie taking care of the kids in a 'Diff'rent Strokes' way.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  7  / Episode:  11 
The Rebound Girl

This Television Episode refers to Diff'rent Strokes
Ted and Barney talk about adopting a baby. Ted tells Barney, "You could always go it alone like Mr. Drummond on 'Diff'rent Strokes'.".

It spun-off these television series...

Hello, Larry

This Television Series is a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes
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The Facts of Life

This Television Series is a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes
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