Diff'rent Strokes: Season 5

NBC (1982)

USA / English / 585 mins
IMDb 6.7

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


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


Episode 1: Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade

30 min Oct 02, 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

Episode 2: In the Swim

30 min Oct 09, 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 starring: Duke Stroud, Annrae Walterhouse, Kimberly Kodes

Episode 3: Cyrano De Jackson

30 min 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.
Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Paul Robinson Hunter

Episode 4: Big Brother

30 min 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.
Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bruce Taylor
Guest starring: Joey Lawrence, Huntz Hall

Episode 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 starring: Cosie Costa, Jesse Aragon, Arlee Reed, Charles Holman Brown, Bruce Kluger

Episode 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 starring: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, J. Jay Saunders

Episode 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 starring: Shari Belafonte, Nancy Morgan, Brian Whitley, Bobby Herbeck

Episode 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

Episode 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 starring: John C. Becher, Betty A. Bridges

Episode 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 starring: Edward Andrews, William Schilling, Brad Kesten

Episode 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 starring: Art Kassul, Erik Moses

Episode 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 starring: Garrett Morris

Episode 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 starring: Lawrence Monoson

Episode 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 starring: Louise Sorel

Episode 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 starring: Todd Isaacson, Panchito Gomez, Catherine Curry

Episode 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 starring: Gordon Jump

Episode 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 starring: Gordon Jump, Brad Trumbull

Episode 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 starring: Dorothy Hamill

Episode 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 starring: Melanie Watson, Joan Welles

Episode 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

Episode 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

Episode 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 starring: Nancy Reagan, J. Jay Saunders, David Mendenhall

Episode 23: Romeo and Juliet

30 min Apr 30, 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 starring: Gary Waynesmith, Paula Hoffman

Episode 24: My Fair Larry (a.k.a.) My Fair Lady

30 min May 07, 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 starring: Andrew Dice Clay, Jami Gertz, Stephanie Williams


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