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Diff'erent Strokes : Season 1 [Import]

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  • Actors: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato, Charlotte Rae
  • Directors: Herbert Kenwith
  • Writers: Alan Rosen, Albert E. Lewin, Alfred Lewis Levitt, Ben Starr, Bernie Kukoff
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 14 2004
  • Run Time: 588 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JZT5U

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Commentaries with Writer Fred Rubin

A Look Back at DIFF'RENT STROKES featurette with all new interviews from Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain and Charlotte Rae.


More than just a ratings hit for NBC, the Norman Lear/Bud Yorkin-produced Diff'rent Strokes was a pop-culture phenomenon, thanks largely to the wise-beyond-his-years performance of star Gary Coleman. And while the show has languished of late in syndication in a heavily edited form, Columbia's first-season set amends that situation by packaging all 24 uncut episodes on a three-disc set with some interesting extras. Launched in November 1978 as a mid-season replacement for the failed Joe Namath series The Waverly Wonders, Diff'rent Strokes vaulted to no. 27 in the Nielsen ratings; audiences responded to the warmth and humorous culture clash between wealthy Philip Drummond (Lear vet Conrad Bain) and Arnold and Willis (Coleman and Todd Bridges), the sons of his late housekeeper whom he adopted. Though Bain, Bridges, Dana Plato (as Bain's daughter), and Charlotte Rae (as housekeeper Mrs. Garrett) all delivered solid performances, it was Coleman's charm, his timing, and most of all, his catch phrase "Whatchoo talkin' bout?" that drew in viewers.

The series was so successful that NBC used it to launch or boost two other shows: The Facts of Life, which sent Mrs. Garrett to run a girls' school (its pilot, "The Girls' School," is episode 24 on the third disc), and the McLean Stevenson program Hello, Larry, which followed Strokes on the network (the two-part cross-over episodes are featured on disc 3). Though perhaps best known to current audiences for the unfortunate luck suffered by several of its cast members after the show's cancellation in 1986, this first-season set offers a pleasant reminder of the show's charms. The set is rounded out by two featurettes featuring interviews with many of the show's stars and producers (though Coleman is notably absent), and commentaries by story editor Fred Rubin. --Paul Gaita

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jadedromantic on July 15 2004
Format: DVD
Gary Coleman, while brilliant in small roles in "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons" and such in the 1970's, would hit international-fame status with a little show called "Diff'rent Strokes" that would blow up into a huge hit ... and, some would say, a huge curse!
The first season was my favorite -- the Charlotte Rae episodes, where Mrs. Garrett took care of the home and boys -- and, in many cases, also Kimberly and Mr. Drummond -- before taking off to run girls' school and Peekskill.

This golden first season contained 24 episodes, and here's how they should appear on the greatly-anticipated DVD boxed set release:
1) Movin' In - When Mr. Drummond agrees to a deathbed wish to raise his housekeeper's two sons, he learns that showering the boys with gifts and wealth isn't going to keep them home ... when he hears them plotting to run away.
2) The Social Worker - Arnold's big ears misunderstand a comment he hears Mr. Drummond make to a social worker, and thinks he and Willis are not wanted at home.
3) Mother's Last Visit - A visit from Mr. Drummond's socialite mother stirs up trouble.
4) Prep School - Mr. Drummond learns a valuable lesson when he enrolls Willis and Arnold into a snobbish prep school.
5) The Spanking - Arnold ignores threats of a spanking when he's dropping water balloons off the balcony, but when the time comes Willis insists on spanking him ... until Arnold disappears!
6) Goodbye Dolly - EVERYONE in the house is going to be miserable until Arnold finds his lost doll.
7) The Trial - Mrs. Garrett holds court as judge when a trial decides if Arnold really put his goldfish into the hot tub.
8) Respective, Part 1 - A Christmas-themed show has the family recounting memories they've built since the boys moved in.
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Hello all, I bought this DVD because I was a huge fan of this show
way back when. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released this
and Season 2 on DVD. I am glad there is Commentary and some
neat extras in this show. It would have been nice to have seen Gary
Coleman in the commentary but oh well. I enjoyed most of the episodes.
I believe there are a few episodes that were syndicated meaning the
episodes were shortened and that is very disappointing. That is why
I can't give this DVD a "five" star rating. Who knows, maybe Shout!Factory
can re-release this on DVD in its Full entirety. However, I digress, I
do recommend this DVD.
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Gary Coleman he is a short guy on the show. He was adopted by a father and a brother and sister. The father is a rich man and he works for a living also he hired a maid to go the chores around the apartment while he at work and the three kids go to school. It is a great T.V. Show to Watch. Gary Coleman past away and will be miss by is fans. He came out for four T.V. show so far I don't know if anymore are coming out before he died. Love you Gary your Fan Francine
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