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Old 04-25-2013, 12:06 AM   #16
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Never gave that much thought, but its true Sam definitely would've been taller...lol. But I honestly believe when NBC cancelled Diff'rent Strokes is because the show was losing its flair as the kids had gotten older. That was the whole purpose for bringing in the Sam character. Gary was no longer the precocious little one, so they began to morph Sam into the new "Arnold" with him becoming the center of a lot of the stories. Then of course, the switch to ABC, and the changing of Maggie didn't make it any better. I know that's when the show started to fall off for me.

They were damm near the same height in season 8 lol
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Season 8 was terrible worst season by far

The last year was awful!

The final season - WTF?
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The height factor of Sam plus many other reasons were why the show got canned, tiresome sitcom, cast members absent for most of the season.

I wonder if the show went on yet a couple of more years they would have eventually written in Kimberly getting pregnant as an excuse to bring in yet another cute kid.
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two more seasons sam would be have been taller lol
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I'm sure that this has been asked before, but why did ABC feel the need to pick up DS for what turned out to be its final season in 1985-86? Where they in desperate need for hits at the time! Incidentally, they already had their own Diff'rent Strokes in Webster (which I think was paired w/ DS on Friday nights that year).

I think most people seem to agree that DS had pretty much run its course. I'm guessing that's the main reason why NBC canceled it after the seventh season. Plus, Gary Coleman (and Todd Bridges for that matter) was getting older and was apparently getting sick of doing the show, Dana Plato was gone (because of her pregnancy), the show had pretty much officially jumped the shark w/ the introduction of Sam. I've said elsewhere that DS probably should've ended when Philip married Maggie, instead of slugging along for two and a half more years.
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I'm sure that this has been asked before, but why did ABC feel the need to pick up DS for what turned out to be its final season in 1985-86? Where they in desperate need for hits at the time! Incidentally, they already had their own Diff'rent Strokes in Webster (which I think was paired w/ DS on Friday nights that year).

I think most people seem to agree that DS had pretty much run its course. I'm guessing that's the main reason why NBC canceled it after the seventh season. Plus, Gary Coleman (and Todd Bridges for that matter) was getting older and was apparently getting sick of doing the show, Dana Plato was gone (because of her pregnancy), the show had pretty much officially jumped the shark w/ the introduction of Sam. I've said elsewhere that DS probably should've ended when Philip married Maggie, instead of slugging along for two and a half more years.
ABC had sunk to last place by then so yea they were desperate.
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I saw it up to season 4 so I didn't miss anything.
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I'm sure that this has been asked before, but why did ABC feel the need to pick up DS for what turned out to be its final season in 1985-86? Where they in desperate need for hits at the time! Incidentally, they already had their own Diff'rent Strokes in Webster (which I think was paired w/ DS on Friday nights that year).
Actually my memory could be hazy but I think it was paired with Mr. Belvedere and then for the '86-'87 season Mr. Belvedere took it's place to be followed by Webster.

Man I remember Friday nights so vividly because while ABC was floundering with their shows over at NBC they had V-The Series in '84 and Misfits Of Science in '85.
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I saw V not Misfits of Science.
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Actually my memory could be hazy but I think it was paired with Mr. Belvedere and then for the '86-'87 season Mr. Belvedere took it's place to be followed by Webster.

Man I remember Friday nights so vividly because while ABC was floundering with their shows over at NBC they had V-The Series in '84 and Misfits Of Science in '85.
Friday nights was Dallas for me so I saw very few episodes of that year's DS. After I saw them in syndication, I saw that I wasn't missing much. lol
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Never gave that much thought, but its true Sam definitely would've been taller...lol. But I honestly believe when NBC cancelled Diff'rent Strokes is because the show was losing its flair as the kids had gotten older. That was the whole purpose for bringing in the Sam character. Gary was no longer the precocious little one, so they began to morph Sam into the new "Arnold" with him becoming the center of a lot of the stories. Then of course, the switch to ABC, and the changing of Maggie didn't make it any better. I know that's when the show started to fall off for me.
I wonder if The Cosby Show also had a hand in NBC getting rid of DS. What I mean is that The Cosby Show was considered groundbreaking for its time because it featured an upper-middle class, affluent African American family w/ both parents being successful professionals. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the whole premise of DS (i.e. a rich white man "rescuing" two orphaned, underprivileged African American kids) didn't quite resonate anymore. What didn't help is that TCS is often credited for "saving" the sitcom format, which DS arguably helped get to the point in which it needed "saving" in the first place.
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Yes, the Cosby Show was bringing greater sophistication to TV. This show had run its course. I watched it when it was on NBC, but didn't discover it again on ABC until it was nearly over. Arnold had become a jerk and Sam was plain obnoxious.
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They should have ended the show before Sam even came on. That kid was obnoxious.
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Regarding Willis and the Jheri Curl, he rocked it well. It looked good on him and plus, it was the 1980's. Many had Jheri Curls..
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Regarding Willis and the Jheri Curl, he rocked it well. It looked good on him and plus, it was the 1980's. Many had Jheri Curls..


I think he may have been the only black adult male character on a sitcom with a jheri curl at that time
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