Diff'rent Strokes

1978 TV-PG 2 seasons

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Diff'rent Strokes

1978 TV-PG 2 seasons
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After their mother dies, young African-American brothers Arnold and Willis move from Harlem to the Park Avenue home of a wealthy white widower, where they must adjust to a host of lifestyle changes.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (1978) - 3 discs

Two African American kids from Harlem move in with a well-to-do white widower and his daughter in this classic sitcom. Laughs abound as the youngsters adjust to their new life, but issues of race and family are also brought to the forefront.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic comedy series addresses racial issues, including interracial adoption and racism. Occasional episodes also address pedophilia, sexual assault, drugs, and bulimia. Some of the humor may not be considered politically correct by today's standards. The child actors who starred in this show eventually encountered criminal or drug-related problems.

Sexual Content

Contains some very mild sexual innuendo. Pedophilia and sexual assault are discussed in a specific episode.


Contains occasional references to hitting, kicking, and punching people out. Also contains references to stealing. One episode deals with child kidnapping.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Positive messages are embedded into each show, as the family explores the complexities of being kids and teens, and of being an interracial and non-traditional family. Some of the race-related humor is not politically correct according to today's social values.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Contains subtle references to smoking pot. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan appears in an episode promoting her "Just Say No" to drugs campaign. Drinking is occasionally visible.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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