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Diff'rent Strokes

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Rated: All (TV-G)1978 - 19868 Seasons,Series EndedOn:   Tags:  

The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett.Diff'rent Strokes featuring Dana Plato and Conrad Bain has one or more episodes streaming on Starz, and free on Sony Crackle. It's a comedy and drama show with 189 episodes over 8 seasons. Diff'rent Strokes is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.7 (8,171 votes).

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13 episodes (7%) are available to watch free online (Sony Crackle).

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174 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Starz).

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2 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz).

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#2,484 Ranked TV Show

#45 Ranked in TV on Starz

#95 Ranked in New York TV

#262 Ranked in Family TV

Diff'rent Strokes has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.7 (8,171 votes). The show is somewhat popular with Reelgood users lately.

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Season 1

Starz | Sony Crackle
Season 01, Episode 01 Movin' In

S01 E01

Nov 3, 1978
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Movin' In Nov 3, 1978 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.

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Season 01, Episode 02 The Social Worker

S01 E02

Nov 10, 1978
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The Social Worker Nov 10, 1978 Arnold's eavesdropping leads to trouble when a misunderstanding causes Willis and him to think that Mr. Drummond no longer wants them around; he has heard Drummond tell a social worker that ""black children belong with black families.""

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Season 01, Episode 03 Mother's Last Visit

S01 E03

Nov 17, 1978
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Mother's Last Visit Nov 17, 1978 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.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Prep School

S01 E04

Nov 24, 1978
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Prep School Nov 24, 1978 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.

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Season 01, Episode 05 The Spanking

S01 E05

Dec 1, 1978
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The Spanking Dec 1, 1978 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?

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Season 01, Episode 06 Goodbye Dolly

S01 E06

Dec 8, 1978
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Goodbye Dolly Dec 8, 1978 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.

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Season 01, Episode 07 The Trial

S01 E07

Dec 15, 1978
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The Trial Dec 15, 1978 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.

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Season 2

Starz
Season 02, Episode 01 Arnold's Girlfriend (1)

S02 E01

Sep 21, 1979
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Arnold's Girlfriend (1) Sep 21, 1979 Arnold has appendicitis and Drummond has to deal with the bigotry of Fred Tanner, a potential housing project investor whose daughter is the key to getting Arnold to sit still for the operation.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Arnold's Girlfriend (2)

S02 E02

Sep 21, 1979
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Arnold's Girlfriend (2) Sep 21, 1979 Arnold's life is endangered when the kids find out they can't share a room in the hospital and run away on the eve of Arnold's surgery.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Feudin' and Fussin' (1)

S02 E03

Sep 28, 1979
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Feudin' and Fussin' (1) Sep 28, 1979 Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV big-wig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the family to the big apple. Larry's try-out as a New York television talk-show house may be doomed from the start, one disaster follows another and not everyone on the Alder team may be rooting for him to win the job.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Feudin' and Fussin' (2)

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Sep 28, 1979
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Feudin' and Fussin' (2) Sep 28, 1979 Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV big-wig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the family to the big apple. Larry's try-out as a New York television talk-show house may be doomed from the start, one disaster follows another and not everyone on the Alder team may be rooting for him to win the job.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Mrs. Garrett's Romance

S02 E05

Oct 12, 1979
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Mrs. Garrett's Romance Oct 12, 1979 The Drummond household's curiosity over Mrs. Garrett's new beau turns first to surprise and then to alarm. Mrs. Garrett is in a dither over her first date with Leon, especially when it is followed by a very important question.

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Season 02, Episode 06 Birds and Bees

S02 E06

Oct 19, 1979
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Birds and Bees Oct 19, 1979 Willis' fishy version of the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions and Mr. Drummond on tender hooks. Arnold repeats his ""knowledge"" to a neighbor's daughter, but the girl's mother is not amused.

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Season 02, Episode 07 Arnold's Hero (a.k.a.) The Hero

S02 E07

Oct 24, 1979
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Arnold's Hero (a.k.a.) The Hero Oct 24, 1979 Arnold's wildest dream is realized when he comes face-to-knee with ""The Champ"" -- special guest star Muhammad Ali. When the meeting arranged by Mr. Drummond between Arnold and his idol, Muhammad Ali, falls through, Kimberly and Willis concoct a wild scheme to insure that Arnold's dream will come true.

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Season 3

Starz
Season 03, Episode 01 The Bank Job (1)

S03 E01

Nov 12, 1980
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The Bank Job (1) Nov 12, 1980 Willis accompanies Arnold as he sets out to withdraw some money from his bank account to pay for his first ""real"" date, but two bank robbers force a change of plans when they attempt their own, very large withdrawal, in the first episode of a special two-part story.

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Season 03, Episode 02 The Bank Job (2)

S03 E02

Nov 12, 1980
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The Bank Job (2) Nov 12, 1980 Drummond offers himself and his company airplane as hostages to protect Arnold and Willis, but his sons' future hangs in the balance when the robbers announce their own very different choice of hostages, in the conclusion of a special two-part story.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Small Claims Court

S03 E03

Nov 19, 1980
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Small Claims Court Nov 19, 1980 Arnold has his day in court when an unfortunate ""train"" of events puts him at odds with a less than understanding merchant.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Substitute Mother

S03 E04

Nov 26, 1980
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Substitute Mother Nov 26, 1980 Arnold falls head-over-heels for a temporary housekeeper and embarks on a romantic scheme he hopes will make her a permanent member of the Drummond household.

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Season 03, Episode 05 The Accident (1)

S03 E05

Dec 3, 1980
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The Accident (1) Dec 3, 1980 The festive family celebration of Drummond's 50th birthday suddenly becomes a disaster after a drunk driver puts Drummond in the hospital, unconscious, his life hanging in the balance, in the first episode of a special two-part story.

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Season 03, Episode 06 The Accident (2)

S03 E06

Dec 3, 1980
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The Accident (2) Dec 3, 1980 When Drummond finally comes to, he is suffering from amnesia and unless he can regain his memory, he may lose not only his business, but also custody of Arnold, Willis and Kimberly.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Little Mother

S03 E07

Dec 10, 1980
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Little Mother Dec 10, 1980 Kimberly's efforts to help a pregnant girl friend, have Willis and Arnold convinced the Kimberly's the one expecting.

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Season 4

Starz
Season 04, Episode 01 Growing Up

S04 E01

Oct 29, 1981
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Growing Up Oct 29, 1981 His friends' stories of their sexual exploits convince Willis it's time he ""became a man""--now he must convince his steady girl friend Charlene.

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Season 04, Episode 02 First Day Blues

S04 E02

Nov 5, 1981
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First Day Blues Nov 5, 1981 Willis has the normal jitters on his first day of high school, and in his hurry to make friends, hooks up with a bad group, goes overboard to impress them, and, for his efforts could wind up in jail.

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Season 04, Episode 03 The Model

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Nov 12, 1981
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The Model Nov 12, 1981 Kimberly hopes a summer job will make her more independent, but when it becomes an undreamt chance at international modeling, it may be more independence than her father will agree to.

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Season 04, Episode 04 The Team

S04 E04

Nov 19, 1981
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The Team Nov 19, 1981 A happy household is torn by the repercussions of meeting racial quotas -- Drummond faces a lawsuit when he hires a black man from outside his company for a prized executive position and Willis seeks justice when told his color is the only thing preventing him from making the school's predominantly black basketball team.

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Season 04, Episode 05 The Big Heist

S04 E05

Nov 26, 1981
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The Big Heist Nov 26, 1981 Arnold is elated when he's accepted into an ""elite"" club at school, but his membership could lead to consequences far beyond his wildest dreams when he learns he must commit a crime as part of his secret initiation.

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Season 04, Episode 06 Double Date (a.k.a.) Blind Date

S04 E06

Dec 3, 1981
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Double Date (a.k.a.) Blind Date Dec 3, 1981 Arnold's big plans for his first real ""date"" are quickly deflated when parental-imposed restrictions threaten to ruin his encounter before it ever gets off the ground.

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Season 04, Episode 07 The Ski Weekend

S04 E07

Dec 10, 1981
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The Ski Weekend Dec 10, 1981 Kimberly must face the biggest decision of her life -- whether to spend a ski weekend with a popular boy or turn down the opportunity to get away on her own and remain, in her mind, daddy's ""little girl.""

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Season 5

Starz
Season 05, Episode 01 Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade

S05 E01

Oct 2, 1982
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Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade Oct 2, 1982 Arnold is determined to defeat brother Willis at his own game and dethrone him as local video game champ, but in doing so Arnold's passion becomes a destructive ""addiction"" that could have serious consequences.

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Season 05, Episode 02 In the Swim

S05 E02

Oct 9, 1982
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In the Swim Oct 9, 1982 Willis is completely supportive of Kimberly's transfer into his public school, until his sister's ""innocent"" actions begin getting him into hot water.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Cyrano De Jackson

S05 E03

Oct 16, 1982
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Cyrano De Jackson Oct 16, 1982 Arnold's on the outs with his best friend Dudley after he innocently offers to help his bashful buddy win the heart of a young lady -- who falls for Arnold instead.

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Season 05, Episode 04 Big Brother

S05 E04

Oct 23, 1982
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Big Brother Oct 23, 1982 Arnold's got a ""can't lose"" plan for curing a new classmate's loneliness -- sharing big brother Willis -- but his kind of intentions leave Arnold feeling like the lonely, only child.

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Season 05, Episode 05 The Peacemaker

S05 E05

Oct 30, 1982
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The Peacemaker Oct 30, 1982 Willis' personal safety is in jeopardy when his noble attempt to mediate a feud between rival gangs backfires, forcing him to take a drastic step to insure his protection -- purchasing a handgun.

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Season 05, Episode 06 Substitute Teacher

S05 E06

Nov 6, 1982
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Substitute Teacher Nov 6, 1982 Arnold and his buddies fabricate a ""little white lie"" in an attempt to get rid of an overly-conscientious substitute teacher, but their tell tale could result in more than just removing the teacher from the classroom -- it could destroy his entire career.

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Season 05, Episode 07 The Older Woman

S05 E07

Nov 13, 1982
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The Older Woman Nov 13, 1982 A false I.D. and a false bravado create real problems for Willis and a beautiful ""older"" woman when an evening on the town doesn't go quite as he had planned.

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Season 6

Starz
Season 06, Episode 01 Mr. T and mr. t

S06 E01

Oct 1, 1983
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Mr. T and mr. t Oct 1, 1983 Arnold's ecstasy over meeting his hero Mr. T goes from elation to emulation when the young girl he's trying to impress snubs him in favor of his idol. Former bouncer and bodyguard Mr. T, who came to national prominence as Sylvester Stallone's opponent in ""Rocky III"" and was the star of the hit television series ""The A-Team,"" makes a special guest appearance as ""The A-Team's"" B.A.

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Season 06, Episode 02 The Goat

S06 E02

Oct 15, 1983
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The Goat Oct 15, 1983 Arnold's first day at junior high is emotionally devastating when he's shunned for not measuring up to the expectations that everyone had for Willis Jackson's brother, but Arnold devises a risky scheme that he feels certain will elevate his prestige.

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Season 06, Episode 03 Rashomon II

S06 E03

Oct 22, 1983
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Rashomon II Oct 22, 1983 Drummond, Willis and Arnold bravely subdue a burglar who had been holding the family at gunpoint, but the arresting officer is befuddled when the three ""crime fighters"" relate differing versions of the apprehension.

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Season 06, Episode 04 The Lie

S06 E04

Oct 29, 1983
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The Lie Oct 29, 1983 Willis' seemingly harmless disregard for the truth turns dangerous when a self-serving lie about knowing CPR jeopardizes Arnold's life.

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Season 06, Episode 05 Drafted

S06 E05

Nov 12, 1983
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Drafted Nov 12, 1983 When 13-year-old Arnold is notified to register for the draft, Drummond's over reaction to the obvious error turns Arnold's dreams into nightmares.

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Season 06, Episode 06 The Van Drummonds

S06 E06

Nov 19, 1983
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The Van Drummonds Nov 19, 1983 A short visit to the United States by Phillip Drummond's Dutch cousin Anna and her son Hans becomes an eternity for Arnold and Willis, who are made scapegoats for cousin Hans' mischief.

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Season 06, Episode 07 The Moonlighter

S06 E07

Nov 26, 1983
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The Moonlighter Nov 26, 1983 Arnold is disappointed to discover that his favorite teacher moonlights as a cocktail waitress, but he's stunned when he learns why she has to work the second job.

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Season 7

Starz
Season 07, Episode 01 A Haunting We Will Go

S07 E01

Sep 29, 1984
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A Haunting We Will Go Sep 29, 1984 When Arnold and Sam creep through the crevices of the neighborhood's haunted house they find the ghost boasts a bounty of surprises--the biggest being a love for people and contempt for war.

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Season 07, Episode 02 Arnold and Lisa's Mother

S07 E02

Oct 6, 1984
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Arnold and Lisa's Mother Oct 6, 1984 Arnold thinks the school science fair is the perfect opportunity to sabotage the project of his least favorite female classmate, but with a closer look he wonders if her aggravating behavior is really a cry for help.

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Season 07, Episode 03 Bed-Wetting

S07 E03

Oct 13, 1984
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Bed-Wetting Oct 13, 1984 The Drummond household is faced with Sam's bed-wetting problem trying everything from scolding to fawning, only to have Sam become more frustrated and hurt.

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Season 07, Episode 04 Undercover Lover

S07 E04

Oct 20, 1984
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Undercover Lover Oct 20, 1984 Willis becomes the middleman in a police effort to halt use and trafficking of drugs at his high school.

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Season 07, Episode 05 Arnold's Strike

S07 E05

Oct 27, 1984
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Arnold's Strike Oct 27, 1984 Arnold risks expulsion from school when he leads a strike against some new rules he feels are ""unfair.""

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Season 07, Episode 06 Sam's Father

S07 E06

Nov 3, 1984
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Sam's Father Nov 3, 1984 Sam must choose between a penthouse apartment and a honky-tonk club when his real father comes knocking on the Drummond's door, wanting to take Sam with him.

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Season 07, Episode 07 Carmella Meets the Gooch

S07 E07

Nov 10, 1984
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Carmella Meets the Gooch Nov 10, 1984 ""The Gooch"" returns to taunt Arnold and take on a new target--Sam, only to face his first challenge in the Drummond's new neighbor, an Italian foreign exchange student.

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Season 8

Starz
Season 08, Episode 01 Sam's Missing (1)

S08 E01

Sep 27, 1985
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Sam's Missing (1) Sep 27, 1985 A family whose little boy died, forces the father to kidnap Sam, who is shopping for some snacks in a grocery store. After the kidnapping, the man threatens to kill Sam's parents if he attempts in any way to escape.

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Season 08, Episode 02 Sam's Missing (2)

S08 E02

Sep 27, 1985
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Sam's Missing (2) Sep 27, 1985 The Drummonds, desperate to get Sam back, go on the news to try and advertise to get Sam back. In the meantime Sam risks everything to tell the Drummonds where he is.

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Season 08, Episode 03 Bully for Arnold

S08 E03

Oct 4, 1985
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Bully for Arnold Oct 4, 1985 Guarding the school bully's girlfriend, Ramona, seems like a simple task to Arnold, until his natural Jackson ""charm"" creates some problems, Ramona falls head over heels for him and Herman, the bully, wants to rearrange his face.

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Season 08, Episode 04 Love on the Run

S08 E04

Oct 11, 1985
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Love on the Run Oct 11, 1985 Sam and Arnold fear that the time their parents are spending apart is a symptom of an ailing marriage and the boys attempt to give them a dose of romance, hoping it will be the cure that will keep them from divorce.

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Season 08, Episode 05 Willis Goes to College

S08 E05

Oct 18, 1985
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Willis Goes to College Oct 18, 1985 Willis takes a big step when he leave home for college, but fears his initiation to dorm life is only one of the freshman experiences he may not be ready to handle.

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Season 08, Episode 06 Arnold's Job

S08 E06

Oct 25, 1985
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Arnold's Job Oct 25, 1985 Arnold's dream of becoming an ""overnight"" success as a photo-journalist run headlong into reality when he gets his first job on a local newspaper.

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Season 08, Episode 07 A Tale of Two Teachers

S08 E07

Nov 8, 1985
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A Tale of Two Teachers Nov 8, 1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest stars as a high school English teacher who gives Arnold a ""classic"" punishment for ""goofing off"" in class and the freshman quickly learns his lesson when his penace is teaching ""A Tale of Two Cities"" to his rowdy classmates.

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