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Diff'rent Strokes: Complete First Season [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002JZT5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Diff'Rent Strokes ~ Season 1

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This series is really dated now, but I have to admit for its day it was ground breaking and very different.

Growing myself a child born to a racially mixed family whose teenage years were the end of the 1970s, early 1980s I have to admit "Different Strokes" made me feel good about myself, okay so Willis and Arnold were Black and living with a white man and his daughter but such diversity that was close to my own background was not something that was portrayed on TV all that often, so this was a breath of fresh air and my siblings and I were great fans from the word go.

We loved the antics of Arnold and his catchphrase, "Whatcha talking about Willis?" along with the sparing relationship between Willis, Arnold and their white step-sister Kimberley who was more prominent in the second series, in this series she was often away at boarding school.

Conrad Bain was the great as Arnold and Willis' long suffering step-father Phillip Drummond, and Dana Plato was wonderful as the brace-teethed Kimberly who was delighted to have two new brothers and cheerfully told them in the first episode, "touch my bedroom and you're dead!" Spoken like a true sibling.

The series was ground breaking not only for its mixed race cast but also for the subjects it attempted to tackle, such as racism, intolerance etc which it did with humour and a candidness that was amazing for its day, even now in the 21st century we are struggling to face our demons when it comes to subjects we are not comfortable with.

A great series, that brings back some real good memories, don't expect too much in the way of state of the art sets and such like, however the acting is pretty good, the humour still funny enough to give you a belly laugh every now and then but it is dated but then what series isn't?

Breakthrough nostalgia at its best.
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