Diff'rent Strokes - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • The Girls School (a.k.a.) Garrett's Girls
    Mrs. Garrett visits Kimberly's school and takes on its pushy principal with surprising results.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Trip (2)
    The Trip (2)
    Episode 21
    3/30/79
    4.5
    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 (1)
    The Trip (1)
    Episode 20
    3/30/79
    4.5
    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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Retrospective (2)
    Retrospective (2)
    Episode 9
    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 (1)
    Retrospective (1)
    Episode 8
    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 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.
  • 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 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Social Worker
    The Social Worker
    Episode 2
    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.
  • 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
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