With impeccable timing and a master's touch, Coleman, eight years old at the time, mastered the art of the one-line quip as Arnold gave all who were watching the lasting impression of a three-foot tall black kid talking like a fifty-year old Jewish man. His brother Willis, played by the more toned down Todd Bridges, was the yin to his yang, sometimes becoming a bit annoying and seemingly ungrateful to Mr. Drummond for his new lease on life. And yes, at one point I admit I wanted to kill him, but Bridges provided a perfect foil for Coleman and you could genuinely feel a bond between the two. The family was filled in by Charlotte Rae as the hilarious, wisecracking housekeeper Mrs. Garrett in Season one, and by the late Dana Plato as Kimberly, Mr. Drummond's natural daughter. Kimberly's character was a welcome addition as she showed up once in a while, gave it a female presence and usually provided either some of the required cuteness to the show or leveled Willis with a line. In a nutshell, Diff'rent Strokes was, and to many still is, a landmark in terms of evaluating other forms of entertainment. Every time I sit and watch something on TV nowadays, even if it's good, I'll find myself sighing and thinking back to the old days of Arnold, Willis and Mr. Drummond. Does that make me a huge loser? Yes... yes, it does, but it makes me a huge loser who was lucky enough to be around when this show was lighting up the small screen!
A couple of featurettes are also mixed in. The first one, "A Look Back at Diff'rent Strokes" (20 mins) features Bridges, Bain and Rea, along with some of the writers and creators discussing the beginning of the series, how they came aboard and what the set was like. It's fairly interesting and it's nice to see that Bain and Rae still look as good as they did way back then. The second featurette, "Watchoo Talkin' Bout?" (5 mins) focuses solely on Gary Coleman and his famous catch phrase. Unfortunately, Coleman doesn't make any appearances anywhere.