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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Movin' In
      Movin' In
      Episode 1
      11/3/78
      7.8
      Multi-millionaire Phillip Drummond, who has agreed to the death-bed wish of his housekeeper to raise her two small sons as his own, welcomes 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis into his lavish penthouse. Anxious to make them feel at home, he showers them with gifts and love -- and is puzzled when he learns that the boys are planning to sneak from the lap of luxury back to Harlem. Aiding Drummond in his effort to make the street-wise, ghetto youngsters feel welcome in the affluent white world are Drummond's new housekeeper Mrs. Garrett and his 13-year-old daughter Kimberly.moreless
    • The Social Worker
      11/10/78
      8.3
      Arnold's eavesdropping leads to trouble when a misunderstanding causes Willis and him to think that Mr. Drummond no longer wants them around; a social worker tells Drummond that "black children belong with black families." Arnold overhears Drummond telling Mrs. Garrett and mistakenly believes that it's Drummond's opinion.
    • Mother's Last Visit
      11/17/78
      7.5
      Mr. Drummond's socialite and rather snobbish mother arrives and finds there's a lot she doesn't like about her son's new sons, but she soon learns a valuable lesson about what's really important in a person.
    • Prep School
      Prep School
      Episode 4
      11/24/78
      8.4
      When Mr. Drummond tries to get Arnold and Willis into an exclusive prep school, it turns out to be just a little too exclusive for everyone's tastes.
    • The Spanking
      The Spanking
      Episode 5
      12/1/78
      8.1
      Arnold ignores warnings and continues to drop water balloons from the balcony. Mr. Drummond's decision to punish Arnold for the prank with a spanking becomes a learning lesson for Willis too, when he insists that he be the one to spank Arnold -- but where's Arnold?
    • Goodbye Dolly
      Goodbye Dolly
      Episode 6
      12/8/78
      8.1
      When Arnold loses his favorite doll, he makes sure that his misery is shared equally by the various members of his household, who soon try everything to get it back.
    • The Trial
      The Trial
      Episode 7
      12/15/78
      8.1
      When Arnold is in trouble for putting his goldfish in Mr. Drummond's hot tub, Willis insists that it is wrong to convict him without a trial. The whole family, with Mrs. Garrett as judge, comes up with an important verdict.
    • Retrospective (1)
      12/29/78
      7.0
      Mr. Drummond and family gather around their Christmas tree and recall the many humorous incidents that the family has shared since Arnold and Willis moved in. This special one-hour episode features highlights from previous shows.
    • Retrospective (2)
      12/29/78
      7.0
      Mr. Drummond and family gather around their Christmas tree and recall the many humorous incidents that the family has shared since Arnold and Willis moved in. This special one-hour episode features highlights from previous shows.
    • The Fight
      The Fight
      Episode 10
      1/5/79
      8.2
      Willis puts Arnold in training to fight the local bully, but Mr. Drummond insists more civilized solutions be employed.
    • The Club Meeting
      The Club Meeting
      Episode 11
      1/12/79
      7.9
      Willis invites his neighborhood club from Harlem to visit, but things get out of hand when he tries to impress them with his new wealth.
    • The Woman
      The Woman
      Episode 12
      1/19/79
      8.0
      Mr. Drummond's intention to marry an attractive widow doesn't meet with his children's approval, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly devise a scheme they hope will turn his "romantic" proposal into a disaster.
    • No Time for Arnold
      No Time for Arnold
      Episode 13
      1/26/79
      8.5
      A lonely Arnold comes up with a method of gaining his family's attention. Unfortunately his plan works a little too well; he ends up with everyone's attention, including the family doctor.
    • The Relative
      The Relative
      Episode 14
      2/2/79
      7.9
      LaWanda Page guest stars as a cousin of Willis and Arnold who, after seeing the boys in their comfortable new surroundings, knows she should stay closer to her long-lost little relatives.
    • The Tutor
      The Tutor
      Episode 15
      2/9/79
      8.3
      Drummond hires a tutor for Willis and Arnold who does practically everything but teach.
    • The New Landlord
      The New Landlord
      Episode 16
      2/16/79
      8.2
      The kids devise a scheme hoping to make Arnold convince the new landlord to let the family keep the penthouse.
    • Willis' Privacy
      Willis' Privacy
      Episode 17
      2/23/79
      8.0
      To get rid of his pesky little brother, Willis divides the bedroom in half and spends more time at his friend's house.
    • Mrs. Garrett's Crisis
      3/2/79
      7.8
      When Mrs. Garrett decides her life as a housekeeper is unfulfilling, she ends up being a guest in the Drummond home, and then makes an important decision concerning the future.
    • The Job (a.k.a.) Willis' Job
      3/16/79
      7.9
      In order to earn the money to buy disco skates, and to prove a point to Mr. Drummond, Willis gets a job...but is fired on his first working day.
    • The Trip (1)
      The Trip (1)
      Episode 20
      3/30/79
      4.7
      The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.
    • The Trip (2)
      The Trip (2)
      Episode 21
      3/30/79
      4.6
      The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.
    • Getting Involved
      Getting Involved
      Episode 22
      4/6/79
      8.4
      When Arnold is witness to a hold up, the robber tries to ensure that the youngster will not identify him.
    • Willis' Birthday
      Willis' Birthday
      Episode 23
      4/13/79
      8.3
      Willis is hurt when he thinks his family has forgotten his upcoming birthday. After dropping several unsubtle hints he discovers that not only has everyone remembered, but also his fondest wish has been granted -- a birthday party in his old Harlem neighborhood.
    • The Girls School (a.k.a.) Garrett's Girls
      Mrs. Garrett visits Kimberly's school and takes on its pushy principal with surprising results.
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
  • Season 7
  • Season 8
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