'Diff'rent Strokes' (1978-1986) | 'The Facts of Life' (1979-1988)

The show: A mother's dying wish would be that her children are well looked after. The mother in "Diff'rent Strokes" was Phillip Drummond's (Conrad Bain) housekeeper, and he fulfills her wish by taking in her sons, Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis Jackson (Todd Bridges), to live with him and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato). The spinoff: A house full of schoolgirls sounds overwhelming but Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) proves she is up to the task when she trades being the Drummond housekeeper to being the housemother of a dormitory at Eastland School, an all-girl boarding school in Peekskill, N.Y.
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