I was flipping through the channels this morning and saw the TV sitcom: "Diff'rent Strokes" on BET at 9-9:30am. It seems that BET is bringing back a few more old sitcoms like "Sanford" (80's version), "Thea," and "Malcolm & Eddie."
The last time Diff'rent Strokes was on television in the USA was on the TNN channel (now SpikeTV) in late 2001 to 2002.
I think the 1980 season was the beginning of the show's true popularity. It was when they started making episodes about school peer-pressure issues and controversial episodes. By the time Sam & Maggie joined the cast it became a drag, however, there were some great episodes in spite of the new cast members. I should note that there is no series finale episode of Diff'rent Strokes, it just ended without a conclusion to the story of the show.
Appearantly the show began airing on BET on February 19th so BET is still airing the first season episodes (which has been overplayed in the past on other networks.) I will be tuning in to record episodes from 1980 to 1986. If you liked Diff'rent Strokes then this should be good news!