Movies and TV shows like Diff'rent Strokes

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Diff'rent Strokes (1978)
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Diff'rent Strokes (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett. The series made stars out of child actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato, and became known for the "very special episodes" in which serious issues such as racism, illegal drug use and child sexual abuse were dramatically explored. The lives of these stars were later plagued by legal troubles and drug addiction, as the stardom and success they achieved while on the show eluded them after the series was cancelled, with both Plato and Coleman having early deaths.
Style: feel good, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, sitcom, adoption, mischievous children, family, parents and children, suburbs, child care, siblings relations, social differences, suburban life, teenage life, family life, fish out of water, youth, family relations, odd couple, eccentric family, society, disorder, anniversary, millionaire, african american, maid, single father ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan, new york city, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and feel good films and TV series with plots about family relations, family, family life, parents and children, youth, siblings relations and sitcom mostly in Comedy, Family and Drama genres. Some movies like Diff'rent Strokes: Punky Brewster (1984), Growing Pains (1985), Eight Is Enough (1977), Rags to Riches (1987), Sister, Sister (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Punky Brewster (1984)
Genre: Family, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Punky Brewster is an American sitcom about a girl named Punky Brewster being raised by her foster parent. The show ran on NBC from September 16, 1984 to September 7, 1986 and again in first-run syndication from October 30, 1987 to May 27, ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: sitcom, orphan, foster child, adoption, optimism, friendship, mischievous children, family, young heroes, custody, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
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100%
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Growing Pains (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Growing Pains is an American television sitcom about an affluent family, residing in Huntington, Long Island, New York, with a working mother and a stay-at-home psychiatrist father raising three children together, which aired on ABC from September ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: sitcom, family, couple relations, suburbs, parents and children, psychiatrist, siblings relations, adolescence vs adulthood, suburban life, family life, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, long island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Eight Is Enough (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Eight Is Enough is an American television comedy-drama series that ran on ABC from March 15, 1977, until August 29, 1981. The show was modeled after syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, a real-life parent with eight children, who wrote a ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: single parent, parents and children, siblings relations, family, family life, family relations, couple relations, looking for love, teenage life, love and romance, couples, remarry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.8
 483
Rags to Riches (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Rags to Riches is an American musical comedy drama series that was broadcast on NBC for two seasons from 1987 to 1988. Set in the 1960s, the series tells the story of Nick Foley, a self-made millionaire who adopts five orphan girls. Each episode ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: single parent, orphan, oldies, rise to the top, music, rock, siblings relations, estate, family, family life, teenage life, youth ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: beverly hills, california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Sister, Sister (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted at birth, one to a single mother, one to a single father, and have met again ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, feel good
Audience: pre-teens, teens
Plot: sitcom, twins, verbal byplay, parents and children, family, twin sister, siblings relations, college, eccentric family, high school, student life, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
 48K
Full House (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Full House is an American sitcom television series. Set in San Francisco, the show chronicles widowed father Danny Tanner, who, after the death of his wife Pam, enlists his best friend Joey Gladstone and his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis to help ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, family, friends, single parent, friendship, single father, family life, children, baby, parents and children, siblings relations, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Blossom (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Blossom is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC from January 3, 1991, to May 22, 1995. The series was created by Don Reo, and starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and two brothers. It was produced by Reo's ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: sitcom, family, single father, single parent, best friends, eccentric family, teenage life, youth, family relations, friends, siblings relations, teenage girl ...
Time: 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Silver Spoons (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. The series was produced by Embassy Television for the first four seasons, until ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, coming of age, rich and poor, parents and children, family, man child, family life, society, youth, family relations, power relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Good Luck Charlie (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Good Luck Charlie is an American television sitcom, which premiered on April 4, 2010, on Disney Channel. The series was created by Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen, who wanted to create a program that would appeal to entire families, as opposed to only ...
Style: feel good, humorous, witty, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: family, sitcom, family relations, parents and children, nurse, siblings relations, youth, family values, adolescence, parenthood, suburban life, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Family Matters (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: A long-running dramedy centering on the Winslow family, a middle-class African American family living in Chicago, and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, witty ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, goofy hero, verbal byplay, family, parents and children, middle class, black family, suburbs, family life, youth, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Mr. Belvedere (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from March 15, 1985, until July 8, 1990. The series is based on the Lynn Aloysius Belvedere character created by Gwen Davenport for her 1947 novel Belvedere, which was later adapted ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, witty
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, master and servant, friendship, illegal immigrant, butler, family life, family, suburbs, suburban life, workplace situations, family relations, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Brady Bunch (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: When widower Mike Brady marries a lovely lady widow Carol Ann, their two families become one. These are the misadventures of this new couple, their six children, a dog named Tiger, and quirky housekeeper Alice.
Style: not serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, sentimental
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: family, sitcom, cheerleader, architect, parents and children, siblings relations, suburbs, optimism, cult, family life, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Moesha (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Moesha was an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996 to May 14, 2001. The series stars R&B singer Brandy Norwood as Moesha Mitchell, a high school student living with her family in the Leimert Park ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, multicultural
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: sitcom, verbal byplay, best friends, teenage life, family, high school, blended family, black family, family life, youth, family relations, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.3
 941
See Dad Run (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: The story of David Hobbs, who has spent the last decade playing the perfect father on one of TV’s biggest sitcoms. But when the series ends and his wife resumes her own television career, he finds himself cast in his most challenging role to date: ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, feel good, realistic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: sitcom, family, parents and children, family life, couple relations, couples, family relations, actor's life, youth, siblings relations, teenage life, artists and showbiz
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Bernie Mac Show (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001 to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his sister's three kids: Jordan, Bryana, and Vanessa.
Style: humorous, not serious, clever, realistic, feel good
Audience: teens
Plot: sitcom, eccentric family, family life, family, black family, parenthood, child care, youth, family relations, suburbs, disorder, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 14K
Family Ties (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Former 1960s flower children Steven and Elyse Keaton raise their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, family, republican, culture clash, liberal, parents and children, siblings relations, conservatism, democrat, family life, family relations, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Change of Plans (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Sally and Jason Danville's life are turned upside down when a tragic accident suddenly names them the caretakers of four young children.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, family, orphan, kids and family, custody, life turned upside down, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family life, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Boy Meets World (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cory Matthews, a Philadelphian who grows up from a young boy to a married man. The show aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: sitcom, coming of age, school, friendship, college, high school, dating, neighbor, buddies, family, high school life, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The story of a 10-year-old girl Dawn Haley whose sibling rivalry with her three brothers is heightened by the fact that they are quadruplets.
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: sitcom, siblings relations, family, family life, youth, family relations, mischievous children, parents and children, disorder, favoritism among siblings, sibling rivalry, child
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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My Two Dads (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: My Two Dads is an American sitcom that starred Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan. It aired on NBC from 1987 to 1990 and was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions in association with Tri-Star Television and distributed by TeleVentures.
Style: feel good, not serious, realistic, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, single father, buddies, odd couple, family, child care, parents and children, family relations, coming of age, friendship, custody, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Beverly Hillbillies is an American situation comedy originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS from 1962 to 1971, starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer, Jr. The series is about a poor backwoods family transplanted to ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, fish out of water, secretary, rich and poor, family, social differences, culture clash, eccentric family, suburbs, suburban life, urban, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.7
 12K
Even Stevens (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Even Stevens is an American comedy television series that aired on Disney Channel with a total of three seasons and 65 episodes from June 17, 2000, to June 13, 2003. It follows the life of the Stevenses, a Jewish family living in suburban ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, witty
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, sitcom, parents and children, siblings relations, teenager, jewish, sibling relationship, eccentric family, teenage life, family life, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 626
Instant Mom (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 21 min.
Story: Martini Mondays and tequila Tuesdays take a back seat to new step-motherhood when former party girl Stephanie marries Charlie, an older dad with three kids. Becoming an instant mom doesn't come with a rulebook, but it does come with a dose of ...
Style: not serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, parents and children, life turned upside down, blended family, black family, family, family life, family relations, couple relations, siblings relations, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Wonder Years (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII. The show achieved a spot ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: childhood, friends, family, childhood sweetheart, generation gap, friendship, junior high school, high school, best friend, sitcom, teenager, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 2K
Empty Nest (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Empty Nest is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1988 to 1995. The series was created as a spin-off of The Golden Girls by creator and producer Susan Harris. For its first three seasons, Empty Nest was one of the year's top 10 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, family, pediatrician, doctor, nurse, hospital, coworker relationship, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, family relations, singleness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Girl Meets World (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: The adventures of relatable and adventurous Riley Matthews, the tween daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, and her bold best friend Maya as they traverse the twists and turns of teenage years at Manhattan's John Quincy Adams Middle School ...
Style: humorous, realistic, sentimental, light, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, teen drama, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, sitcom, teenager, school, best friends, parents and children, supportive parent, family values, family, teachers and students, teenage life, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Chestnut: Hero of Central Park (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Ray and Sal, two orphaned sisters, adopt and hide a Great Dane puppy from their two adopted parents living in a luxury downtown New York apartment that expressely forbids dogs.
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dog, adoption, mischievous children, family, getting home, human animal relationship, parents and children, siblings relations, family life, family relations, orphan, pets ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)
Genre: Family, Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Precocious Claudia and her brother run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Style: feel good, semi serious, touching, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: family, museum, friendship, investigation, mischievous children, young heroes, suburbs, parents and children, siblings relations, teaching the ways of the world, eccentric family, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.5
 2K
Rent-a-Kid (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Harry Habert, owner of a rent office has an original idea: To rent babies from a nearby orphanage to the local families. He rents the Ward brothers to his first customers...
Style: humorous, light, funny, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: adoption, family, orphan, mischievous children, siblings relations, disorder, children, nothing goes right, dog, family life, family relations, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 29K
The Cosby Show (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sitcom, parents and children, verbal byplay, family, family life, black family, family relations, couple relations, siblings relations, teenage life, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%