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Old 02-18-2001, 04:32 AM   #1
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Question The addition of Sam

Which episodes does everyone prefer. With or without Sam McKinney? Personally, I thought he was a very good addition. Anyone think he wasn't necessary?


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Ah. I thought Sam was a cute kid. He was a good addition. He looked up to Arnold. My favorite Sam episode was when he was kidnapped.
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Old 02-21-2001, 11:40 PM   #3
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BY THE TIME SAM JOINED THE CAST OF DIFFERENT STROKES THE SHOW WAS PAST IT'S PRIME AND HEADING DOWNHILL.

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sam was cool but it was too late for DS its going a bit down little by little. I think the eps. where they kidnapped sam should have been the final eps. ABC kinda screwed over DS on purpose to boost Webster which never compared to DS.
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I agree about ABC, why did they get the show anyways? DS was still getting reasonable ratings during the 1984-1985 season, yet ABC got the rights instead. And they placed DS up against Dallas, and never gave it any promotion either. Diff'rent Strokes could've ran maybe another season (nobody knew it was on ABC, I used to watch it on NBC when I was little, and had no idea the last season even happened), or at least had a proper farewell episode had ABC treated it better. But still, the show had seen it's peak when Sam came in.
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I prefer the episodes without Sam, they re-used many of the same ideas - he bedwets, he's kidnapped, he has a party, etc..

but Diff'rent Strokes was always a top rated show with kids so I can see why they made the addition..
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I heard that NBC was canceling the show. It's good that ABC did pick it up. As a kid, it would frustrate me that ABC had pulled the plug for a few weeks then bring it back to a Different night.
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prefered the ones without sam but all were enjoyable
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The Addition of Sam was a Great edition of The Series Diff'rent Strokes
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Sam was just there because Arnold was not a cute little preteen anymore.

I basically completely stopped watching this show when they added castmembers.

I never would watch them in syndication either. The show should have ended in 84 IMO~~
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Wasn't Drummond's wife played by two different actresses(a.k.a Family Matters and Prince of Bel Air)?

Sam was okay, but he seem to put on that phoney Texas accent he had.
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Wasn't Drummond's wife played by two different actresses(a.k.a Family Matters and Prince of Bel Air)?

Sam was okay, but he seem to put on that phoney Texas accent he had.
Just for the record, Danny Cooksey (who played Sam) hailed from Oklahoma, which is just to the north of the Lone Star State. You can check out his biography at http://imdb.com/name/nm0177528/.
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of course, I didn't care for the little squirt myself. Looking like a red net and he had the worst voice in the world.. Man, that little boy use to irk me so. I preferred the episodes with the original cast before Mr. Drummond got married.
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Talk about jumping the shark! JtS moment #6!

New Kid in town...Sam!!!

Like Laverne and Shirley, I hold this show to also jump twice in the same time period. Why? B/C:

It jumped when:

- Mr. Drummond got married to Maggie (yes, two actresses played the same role)

- And the addition of Sam, the equivalent of the addition of Olivia on the Cosby Show and why Cobsy JtS'd later on as well!

I couldn't stand Sam, b/c he kept on asking too many stupid questions at the wrong times!

I also couldn't stomach the last two seasons also, b/c:

-ABC screwed DS big time, especially since Webster was also on that network
-And of all three Embassy Television shows (DS, Facts of Life, and Silver Spoons in particular) that updated their themes in their later seasons, DS has the worst-sounding theme update of the three!

Curses to the Sam-era eps.!!!
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Sam wasn't cute nor funny. He really brought down the show.
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