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May 28, 2010

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I was abroad during the years when this show was on, so I was spared the pleasure. What I found strangest today was how prominently his death was featured in British media - front page of the Guardian site (several articles on him), up there in the BBC headlines, etc. Do you know why, Danny?

Great article. As a kid growing up in the 80s, I LOVED!!! Diff'rent Strokes... and most of the special episodes kinda freaked me out (including the one where Sam gets kidnapped - a kid's worst nightmare)! As a kid, the writing seemed great... as a grown-up, not as much so. =)

This is great, Danny. Gary Coleman has been a troubling pop culture presence on many levels for years--particularly if you're African American--and his early death (from something) seemed somewhat inevitable. But through all of his misery, you still wanted to like him. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because you knew he'd been ripped off and treated pretty rotten his whole life. My one beef with your blog--Mr Ed. That horse killed!

I've been feeling guilty ever since I dissed Mr. Ed. I vividly remember watching that show during its initial run and laughing my ass off. For that matter, I truly enjoyed "Petticoat Junction" and "My Mother, the Car." I apologize to the lovely ladies of Hooterville (oy) and to Jerry Van Dyke and his automobile mom.

i was little when DS was out and grew up watching it...this makes me sad.

Just to answer sues question. Different strokes was quite big here in the UK, but mainly i think Gary Coleman was seen as a bit of a freak, unfortunately.
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