Diff'rent Strokes is one of my favourite programmes, and its first series is among the best. The episode "Willis' Privacy" features my personal favourite "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" moment!
It's very entertaining and Gary Coleman is widely acknowledged as the greatest child actor of all time (not to mention the cutest!), and rightly so. Some might call it dated, but I'm young and I thoroughly enjoy it.
In response to the previous review: Stop taking things so seriously! It's only a light-hearted, cheesy 70s sitcom. Diff'rent Strokes is famous for dealing with difficult issues, but in a humorous way - after all, it is a show aimed at young people. Treating such topics explicitly would have been inappropriate.
By all accounts, for its time, it was a very ground-breaking series.
I don't think Mr. Maynard has actually watched the series. Were the white private investigator (episode 6), or the white tutor (ep. 15), "refined, sensible, and clever"?
Were the black couple (ep. 2), or Vernon's black family (ep. 23), "sassy, brash and dim"?
Also, as a female, I wasn't offended by any supposed 'sexism' in the programme.
I'd advise any potential buyers to ignore his review.
I'd recommend Diff'rent Strokes to anyone, and I only hope that the remaining series are also released on DVD.