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Old 08-15-2021, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default I don't like the way they wrote Maggie.

She was written as the typical wicked stepmother. She really seemed to not like Arnold and vice versa.

I'm surprised they did this because a lot of kids watch the show and probably had step-parents. What if the children were afraid they would get a stepmother like Maggie.
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never liked her character or my step-mother. Don't think the two were related.

Actually the hatred for Sam was worse than it was for Maggie - totally annoying character.
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She was written as the typical wicked stepmother. She really seemed to not like Arnold and vice versa.

I'm surprised they did this because a lot of kids watch the show and probably had step-parents. What if the children were afraid they would get a stepmother like Maggie.
Can you give examples of how you felt Maggie was wicked?

I do believe Dixie and Gary didn't get along on the set (which is why she left after just one season), but I don't remember ongoing tensions between the characters.
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I do remember tension. First off, when she came to the house for the first time, Arnold was sitting on the couch having his lunch. She then proceeded to get on his case dropping a few crumbs. Then his father came in and got On his case about having lunch in the living room.

Then at the wedding she treated him like a servant or a member of the staff. Why did Arnold have to do work for the wedding. They hired a crew for that. She was a rather tough and difficult woman to deal with.
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I agree that they made her character unlikeable from the get go. It's a poor way to introduce a new character to the series.
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Diff'rent Strokes became totally unwatchable when Sam and Maggie came to ruin it.
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I agree, Maggie's character was often rude to Arnold, at least when Dixie Carter played the role. The only mother figure the three kids ever had was Mrs. Garrett. Adelaide was away much of the time and when Pearl arrived, they were no longer kids
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Diff'rent Strokes became totally unwatchable when Sam and Maggie came to ruin it.
Seasons 1-4 are the best.

Season 5 is okay, not as good as the earlier years but still watchable and enjoyable.

Seasons 6 and 7 are horrible, Maggie and Sam are the final nail in the coffin.

Season 8 is ugly but I'm happy Willis and Arnold are more featured than the previous year, the seventh year was so Sam-centric.
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