Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes: Season 6

NBC (1983)
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 Mr. T....and Mr. t 30 min | Sep 30, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, David W. Duclon
Guest stars: Mr. T, Joel Brooks
2 The Goat 30 min | Oct 14, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Robert Jayson, A. Dudley Johnson Jr.
Guest stars: Sarina C. Grant, Martin Ferrero, D. White
3 Rashomon II 30 min | Oct 21, 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Howard Meyers
Guest stars: Terry Kiser
4 The Lie 30 min | Oct 29, 1983

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

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Clay Graham, John Donley
Guest stars: Macon McCalman
5 Drafted 30 min | 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Dawn Aldredge
Guest stars: Alan Blumenfeld, Ken Olfson
6 The Van Drummonds 30 min | 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Paul Haggis
Guest stars: Conrad Bain, Dana Plato
7 The Moonlighter 30 min | 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.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Phil Margo, Jack Gross Jr., Rosemary Lee Potter
Guest stars: Jayne Kennedy, Harvey Solin, Geri Mamo, Zachary Charles
8 Coming of Age 30 min | Dec 03, 1983

Kimberly's 18th birthday present from daddy -- a trust fund -- will make her a wealthy woman, but her free-spirited dreams of independence could be cut short when Drummond discovers just how she intends to spend her ""fortune.""

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Dawn Aldredge
Guest stars: Rhoda Gemignani, Pierrino Mascarino, Dana Kimmell
9 Assert Yourself 30 min | Dec 10, 1983

Arnold turns a pal into an opponent when he resigns as Dudley's campaign manager and declares his own candiacy for class president.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds
Guest stars: Albie Polinsky
10 Mrs. Z 30 min | Dec 17, 1983

Drummond's provided with police protection of a most unusual kind after his charitable philanthrophy leads to a $1,000,000 extortion threat against him.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Albert E. Lewin
Guest stars: Sheron Chambers, John Brandon, Edward Lynch, James Gallery
11 The Senior Class Queen 30 min | Jan 07, 1984

When Kimberly starts a campaign to open the school's Lettermen's Club to female membership, an embarrassed Willis retaliates with chauvinistic aplomb by becoming the first male contestant in the Senior Class Beauty Pageant.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bernard Burnell Mack
Guest stars: George Pentecost, Reginald T. Dorsey, Scott Strader, Dawn Schroder, Sherry Yi
12 Where There's Smoke 30 min | Jan 14, 1984

Arnold and Dudley succumb to peer pressure and ignore warnings against cigarette smoking, only to have the harsh realities brought to light by Dudley's father, a chronic smoker.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Steve Rumph, Patrick Brennan, D. White, Marc Bentley
13 Drummond's Lady 30 min | Jan 21, 1984

Arnold unwittingly solves his father's dilemma -- trying to make romance and finance go hand-in-hand -- when Drummond finds himself falling for an attractive local television aerobics instructor that his company is attempting to turn into an international success. Veteran Broadway and television actress Dixie Carter is introduced in the role of fitness instructor Maggie McKinney.

Director: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Gerren Keith
Writer: Mark Miller, Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Howard Meyers
Guest stars: Dixie Carter, Pamela Newman, Eric Lantis
14 The Hitchhikers (1) (a.k.a.) Hitchhiking (1) 30 min | Jan 28, 1984

Kimberly and Arnold break a long-standing family rule and face death when, on their return from a shopping trip, they find themselves short of cash and decide to hitch a ride home rather than call home for assistance.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Glenn Padnick, Sydney Julien
Guest stars: Woody Eney
15 The Hitchhikers (2) (a.k.a.) Hitchhiking (2) 30 min | Feb 04, 1984

Hitchhiking leads to kidnapping for Arnold and Kimberly, but Arnold escapes and he is so disoriented he is unable to remember the location of the kidnapper's apartment so that the police can rescue Kimberly who's till being held captive.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Glenn Padnick, Sydney Julien
Guest stars: Don Dolan, Florence Halop, Shashawnee Hall, Leonard Bremen, Woody Eney
16 Hooray for Hollywood (1) 30 min | Feb 11, 1984

Upset over Maggie breaking off their relationship, Drummond chases her to Hollywood to win back her heart, but while he woos Maggie, Arnold and Dudley sneak away from a studio tour to find the star of Knight Rider and wind up in a life threatening situation.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson, Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds
Guest stars: John Mansfield, Frank Richards, Jim Hurts, David Anthony, Starwill Reed, Johnny Silver, Robin LaValley, Myles O'Brien, David Hasselhoff
17 Hooray for Hollywood (2) 30 min | Feb 18, 1984

Arnold's joy over being saved from an explosion by ""Knight Rider's"" David Hasselhoff quickly turns to dismay when he learns his father is getting married and a little brother comes along with the package.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson, Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Howard Stevens, John Mansfield, Frank Richards, Bobby Herbeck, Steve Brady, David Hasselhoff
18 The Wedding (1) 30 min | Feb 25, 1984

Maggie's reaction to a proposed pre-nuptial agreement threatens to hamper Phillip's happiness -- but could eliminate Arnold's fear about ""inheriting"" a strict new mother and a pesky little brother.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Mark Miller, Howard Meyers
Guest stars: Carol Bruce, Joe Ross
19 The Wedding (2) 30 min | Feb 25, 1984

Their family and friends assembled, Phillip and Maggie meet at the altar, only to realize each has made a major mistake, in the concluding part of a special two-part story. Charlotte Rae, Dody Goodman, Janet Jackson and Nedra Volz, each of who had appeared in recurring roles on ""Diff'rent Strokes,"" return as their original characters for the Drummond nuptials.

Director: Gerren Keith, Ifa Baeza
Writer: Dawn Aldredge, Ifa Baeza, Judith Bustany
Guest stars: Patrick Cranshaw, Charlotte Rae, Pamela Newman
20 The Honeymoon's Over 30 min | Mar 03, 1984

Arnold and Pearl fall into a depression when Maggie and Phillip return from their honeymoon with a temporary eviction notice for Pearl, and orders for Arnold to babysit for his ""tag-along"" little brother Sam instead of going to a party.

Director: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Gerren Keith
Writer: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Robert Jayson, A. Dudley Johnson Jr.
Guest stars: Andre Fox
21 The Bar Mitzvah Boy 30 min | Mar 17, 1984

In a quest for religion started by Maggie and his father, Arnold thinks he has found it after attending an impressive bar mitzvah where his friend ""Becomes a man"" at age 13.

Director: Linda Day
Writer: Martin Cohan
Guest stars: John Hancock, Robbie Preston Williams, Leona Baxter, Margaret Jenkins, Jozella Reed, Cynthia Wakefield, Milton Berle
22 Kathy's Olympics 30 min | Mar 24, 1984

The money for the National Wheelchair Games that Arnold's class has raised and entrusted to him is missing--leaving Arnold embarrassed and his family ""in the dumps.""

Director: Ellen Gittelsohn, Ellen Falcon
Writer: Bobby Herbeck
Guest stars: Melanie Watson
23 The Houseguest 30 min | May 04, 1984

Willis and Charlene's budding young love begins to wilt when she moves in as a temporary houseguest at the Drummond's. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson's younger sister, returns in her role as Willis' girl friend Charlene.

Director: Gerren Keith
Writer: Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Renée Jones, Calvin Mason
24 The Boyfriend 30 min | May 11, 1984

Blinded by love, Kimberly takes an enormous and deceptive risk when she talks her father into allowing her to move into an apartment, allegedly with her girl friend.

Director: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Gerren Keith
Writer: Mark Miller, Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter, Howard Leeds, Howard Meyers, Ifa Baeza, Bruce Taylor
Guest stars: Bob Dubac, Dana Kimmell


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