Diff’rent Strokes & The Bicycle Man

1 Mar

As far as I know, Diff’rent Strokes was really the show that began the trend of Very Special Episodes – which arguably peaked and receded during the final season of Blossom.

A lot of things can be ‘Very Special’ however, and Diff’rent Strokes liked to cast a wide net. Have you ever heard of The Bicycle Man?

Gordon Jump, (the boss from WKRP in Cincinnati & The Lonely Maytag Repairman,) played a bicycle shop owner who was quite interested in cutting Arnold a deal – in exchange for his pants. It’s surprising, for an early ’80s sitcom, how far they went with this Child-Molester warning.

It might have been a little more effective without the laugh track though.

Here’s the crux, but you can find both episodes dealing with the subject on youtube:


2 Responses to “Diff’rent Strokes & The Bicycle Man”

  1. Melissa March 1, 2010 at 12:46 #

    uuhhh i feel like there’s so much awkward laughter…or at least on my part. I am sufficiently creeped out.


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