Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes: Season 5

NBC (1982)
USA | English | Color | 9h 45min

Diff'rent Strokes took place in New York and centered around the happenings in the Drummond household. Philip Drummond was a widower and had a daughter, Kimberly. He was also quite wealthy and lived in the penthouse of a luxurious apartment building. His wealth was due to the fact that he was the president of Trans Allied, Inc. However, the household was shaken up when Drummond's black housekeeper died and her deathbed wish was that he would take care of her two sons, Arnold and Willis Jackson. So, Drummond took both of them in and they became the sons Drummond never had. Others in the cast included Mrs. Garrett the new housekeeper who later left for her own series, The Facts of Life. She was replaced by Adelaide, who was seen occasionally and she was later replaced by Pearl. In the seventh season, Drummond wed an aerobics instructor, Maggie McKinney and she moved in with her son, Sam, from a previous marriage. First Telecast: November 3, 1978
Last Telecast: Au

Crew View all

Writer Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff
Producer Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds
Photography J. Bruce Nielsen
Musician Alan Thicke, Al Burton, Gloria Loring

Episodes View details

1 Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade 30 min | Oct 01, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan, Howard Leeds
2 In the Swim 30 min | Oct 08, 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.

Director: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Gerren Keith
Writer: Blake Hunter
Guest stars: Duke Stroud, Annrae Walterhouse, Kimberly Kodes
3 Cyrano De Jackson 30 min | Oct 15, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Paul Robinson Hunter
4 Big Brother 30 min | Oct 22, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Joey Lawrence, Huntz Hall
5 The Peacemaker 30 min | 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Don Segall
Guest stars: Cosie Costa, Jesse Aragon, Arlee Reed, Charles Holman Brown, Bruce Kluger
6 Substitute Teacher 30 min | Nov 06, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Robert Jayson, A. Dudley Johnson Jr.
Guest stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, J. Jay Saunders
7 The Older Woman 30 min | 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Debra Frank, Scott Rubenstein
Guest stars: Shari Belafonte, Nancy Morgan, Brian Whitley, Bobby Herbeck
8 A Case of Overexposure (a.k.a.) Overexposure 30 min | Nov 20, 1982

Arnold must face the bare facts -- his chances of winning a prestigious school election seem desperately slim, thanks to an ""overexposed"" candid campaign photo taken by sister Kimberly.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bob Peete
9 Memories 30 min | Nov 27, 1982

A long lost trunk returned to the boys contains a tape recording of their deceased mother which brings to the surface a previously unrecognized problem that triggers uncharacteristic behavior from a usually happy-go-lucky Arnold.

Director: Paul Haggis, Gerren Keith, Howard Meyers, Brian K. Moody
Writer: Paul Haggis, Howard Meyers
Guest stars: John C. Becher, Betty A. Bridges
10 Push Comes to Shove 30 min | Dec 04, 1982

Arnold's unexpected confrontation with the new building manager's son leads to a chilling series of events that could get the entire Drummond family evicted.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Richard B. Eckhaus
Guest stars: Edward Andrews, William Schilling, Brad Kesten
11 The Executives 30 min | Dec 11, 1982

Willis learns that even a little power in the wrong hands can be dangerous when he oversteps the bounds of his authority in his afterschool job at his father's office.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Albert E. Lewin
Guest stars: Art Kassul, Erik Moses
12 Santa's Helper 30 min | Dec 18, 1982

Arnold falls innocent victim to a beguiling street-corner Santa who has an ulterior financial motive for hiring him as a holiday ""helper.""

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Garrett Morris
13 A Growing Problem 30 min | Jan 08, 1983

At 16, Willis thinks he's man enough and old enough to ""top"" a few drinks with the guys, but Drummond's objections send Willis storming out of the house intent on proving his father wrong.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Ed Jurist
Guest stars: Lawrence Monoson
14 Parents Have Rights, Too 30 min | Jan 15, 1983

Drummond's plans for a quiet and private weekend ""alone"" don't quite work out as he had intended, when a storm sends Arnold, Willis and Kimberly home from a camping trip early -- catching him off guard in a compromising situation.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan
Guest stars: Louise Sorel
15 Independent Woman 30 min | Jan 22, 1983

A new job and a handsome new boss add up to trouble for an innocent Kimberly when her new employer starts displaying a more than casual interest in her -- hoping that his ""special attention"" will help land him a position within Drummond's prestigious company.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: John Donley
Guest stars: Todd Isaacson, Panchito Gomez, Catherine Curry
16 The Bicycle Man (1) 30 min | Feb 05, 1983

Unaware that he's being lured into the carefully crafted trap of a child molester, Arnold eagerly agrees to perform a simple task in return for an overly generous reward from a ""friendly"" neighborhood merchant.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Blake Hunter
Guest stars: Gordon Jump
17 The Bicycle Man (2) 30 min | Feb 12, 1983

Arnold and Dudley's ""friendship"" with a local merchant reaches a dangerous turning point when, unbeknownst to the boys, the man, who is actually a child molester, is about to make his move.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Blake Hunter
Guest stars: Gordon Jump, Brad Trumbull
18 Family on Ice 30 min | Feb 19, 1983

Kimberly is overjoyed when Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill sees great promise in her as a competitive figure skater, but she's even more astounded when Drummond agrees to let her leave the New York ""nest"" to train full time with the award-winning skater -- in Los Angeles.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Gerren Keith
Guest stars: Dorothy Hamill
19 Hall Monitor 30 min | Feb 26, 1983

Arnold's good intentions backfire when his efforts to help his handicapped friend Kathy adjust to life in public school cost him the esteem of his classmates and the friendship of pals Dudley and Robbie.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Marshall Goldberg
Guest stars: Melanie Watson, Joan Welles
20 The Cricket 30 min | Mar 05, 1983

To try to curb Arnold's run of bad luck, Drummond gives him a pet cricket, but the Japanese ""good luck charm"" brings nothing but sleepless nights and dreams of ""pesticide"" to the rest of the household.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Paul Haggis, Howard Meyers
21 Roommates 30 min | Mar 12, 1983

The household's turned upside down when Drummond becomes Arnold's roommate for a week.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Howard Leeds
22 The Reporter 30 min | Mar 19, 1983

Determined to prove he didn't fabricate a story about drug abuse in his grade school just to win a journalism contest, Arnold takes his article to the New York City newspaper sponsoring the competition, and when they run his story on the front page, Arnold receives some unexpected more support from First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Mitchell Wayne Cohen
Guest stars: Nancy Reagan, J. Jay Saunders, David Mendenhall
23 Romeo and Juliet 30 min | Apr 29, 1983

Arnold's Romeo is steeped in more turmoil than Shakespeare ever intended when he's tricked by his ""best friends"" into playing opposite arch-nemisis Lisa's Juliet.

Director: Dolores Ferraro
Writer: Robert Jayson, A. Dudley Johnson Jr.
Guest stars: Gary Waynesmith, Paula Hoffman
24 My Fair Larry (a.k.a.) My Fair Lady 30 min | May 06, 1983

School ""thug"" Larry coerces Willis into teaching him how to ""make it"" with girls, but things go from bad to worse when Larry's first target is Willis' sister Kimberly.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: John Donley, Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Jami Gertz, Stephanie Williams


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