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Diff’rent Strokes

WIDOWED MILLIONAIRE adopts two black kids, Willis and Arnold (GARY COLEMAN, purveyor of wisecrackery and “brave” illness-baiting stance), to go with ever-superfluous sister Kimberly. Coleman said “What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”. Every fucking week.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Not bad but practically ignored by younger viewers in the Tyne Tees region as it clashed with Grange Hill, which everyone wanted to watch. Border had the good sense to show Strokes on nights when the Hill wasn’t being shown.

  2. guineabull

    June 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

    A bloke at work broke the sad news about Gary Coleman’s death last week. However, there was much confusion when the confused chap stated the little black fella out of BRUSH Strokes had died!!!! Gumph!!

  3. IanW1968

    December 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Didn’t all the actors become drug addicts and/or porn stars or something?

    • Joanne Gray

      November 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Dana Plato, who played daughter Kimberley, died of a drugs overdose. She was fired from the show after developing her drug habit and became a porn star. Todd Bridges (Willis) also turned to recreational pharmaceuticals after leaving the show, but he cleaned up his lifestyle. In fact, I think at this moment in time, Todd Bridges is the only surviving cast member.

      • Richard16378

        November 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Dana Plato also had to leave to have a baby & didn’t come back.

        Charlotte Rae is still around, though she wasn’t in it long before Ms Garrett was spun off into The Facts Of Life.

  4. Glenn A

    November 20, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Dana Plato’s son committed suicide in 2010, 11 years after his mother died. It seems such a nice show produced a huge amount of tragedy and none of the stars did well afterwards.

  5. Droogie

    November 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    May I ask the people of TV Cream why my post about an episode of this show was deleted? I know it was a controversial episode, but I approached it sensitively. It’s almost like you want the few followers of your site who still comment on your posts want to disappear with everyone else.

  6. Droogie

    November 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Nothing? You disappoint me TV Cream.

  7. Glenn A

    November 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Dana Plato was arrested in 1991 for holding up a general store with a fake gun. Apparently the storeowner and the police were a bit dumbstruck when such a well known child actor had turned to crime as she was bankrupt.

  8. Richard16378

    November 24, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    As Darren Burn once say about being a child star “They bring you in on a velvet cushion & take you out in a dustbin”.

  9. Droogie

    November 25, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Bicycle Man episode: Discuss.

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