Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ recap

F-bombs aside, the superstar casts of their remakes of “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes” apparently enjoyed nature at the time of their assignments for the night.

Jennifer Aniston, playing Blair, had at least one wavering line, slightly interrupted by a desire to laugh and other cast members broke into knowing smiles throughout.

The cast of “The Facts of Life” included Gabrielle Union as Tootie, Allison Tolman as Natalie, Kathryn Hahn as Jo and Ann Dowd as Mrs. Garrett recreating the episode “Children Can Be Cruel” from the third season of the classic series. which ran between 1979 and 1988.

A hat-wearing Jon Stewart played Carl Price, a nerdy schoolmate who bids for Blair’s dinner box during a charity auction, hoping to spend some time alone with his crush Blair, much to his chagrin.

Will Arnett and Jason Bateman appeared as preppy teens.

Because this is the sitcom, in the end, Blair and Carl shared a sweet moment, with Aniston saying the phrase from the Easter egg while feeding him cakes through her hoof: “I’ll be there for you.”

In the “Diff’rent Strokes” portion of the 90-minute special, Kevin Hart took on the role of Arnold, John Lithgow played Mr. Drummond and Damon Wayans played Willis.

Snoop Dogg made a cameo as one of Willis’s friends, earning applause from the masked audience himself.

The cast recreated the season 1 episode “Willis’ Privacy,” which was about Willis becoming increasingly upset about having Arnold and not having personal space. “Diff’rent Strokes” originally aired between 1978 and 1986.

Yes, Hart was fully engaged and donned the “super Arnold” outfit. Lithgow is equally committed, carrying Hart in smug childish flair in one scene and letting Hart sit on his lap for a heart-to-heart chat in another.
The two previous “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials included remakes of “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.”

This year’s special, produced by Sony Pictures Television, will be available on Wednesday on demand and Hulu.


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