The Best Episodes Directed by Herbert Kenwith
#1 - Willis' Birthday
Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 23
Willis is hurt when he thinks his family has forgotten his upcoming birthday. After dropping several unsubtle hints he discovers that not only has everyone remembered, but also his fondest wish has been granted -- a birthday party in his old Harlem neighborhood.
#5 - Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 4
To avoid being bused to a white neighborhood, Michael forges his parents' names on a questionnaire.
#6 - Thelma's Scholarship
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 23
Thelma has a chance at winning a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in Michigan. However, even before she knows she won, a snobby girl from a fraternity comes around wanting Thelma to join and quickly discovers they just want her because she's black.
#7 - The Encyclopedia Hustle
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 8
An encyclopedia salesman is the last person James wants to see when he comes home from work. However, he softens when he learns the man is blind. This leads James to sign a contract and reads the fine print only after the man leaves.
#16 - The 45-Year-Old Man
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 1 - Episode 24
When Lou is fired, Mary goes to confront the station owner, Wild Jack Munroe.
#17 - The Trip (1)
Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 20
The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.
#21 - The Lunch Money Ripoff
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 24
A bully has been stealing Michael's lunches which prompts James to give him some tips on how to handle the situation. However, Michael surprises everyone with his own tactic, he invites the bully home for the weekend.
#22 - The Debutante Ball
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 18
J.J. is enchanted with his new girlfriend, Clarissa, and is all set to take her to a ritzy debutante ball. However, Clarissa has come to the Evans' apartment with some bad news, her parents won't let her go with J.J., citing that they think she's too good for him.
#30 - The Family Business
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 17
Realizing his mechanical skills, Florida suggests that James open a fix-it shop but when they go to the bank, they're turned down for a loan. This leads James to set up shop right in the apartment, despite a clause in the lease.
#37 - The Gang (1)
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 9
J.J. secretly has become a member of the Satan's Knights, a gang who are in the midst of a gang war with the Warlords. Two members and the leader of the Satan's Knights arrive at the Evan's home to escort a scared J.J. to a meeting place where the two gangs are to tangle. However, on the way there they run into James and Florida and a scuffle ensues leaving J.J. shot.
#42 - Old Scrapmouth
The Partridge Family Season 1 - Episode 16
Dr. Kessler, the family dentist, tells Shirley that Laurie will have to wear braces. Laurie isn't in the best of moods when Shirley breaks the news because her boyfriend, Jerry, was supposed to ask her to go steady that day â€“ but lost his nerve. After hearing about the braces, Laurie is sure Jerry will never ask her. The next day, Laurie returns from the dentist with her mouth full of metal. She broods in her room â€“ refusing to speak unless it's absolutely necessary and then only with her hand over her mouth. Meanwhile, Reuben shows up... proudly announcing that he's set up an appearance on the nationwide Wink Burgess TV Show, which will be taped the following day. The thought of being on coast-to-coast television horrifies Laurie, but she agrees to do the show. The next day, Wink Burgess and his entire crew arrive for the taping. When Burgess tells Laurie to smile for the camera, she storms out of the house in tears and hides in the bus. Jerry, who's been hanging around mustering his
#43 - The Spanking
Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 5
Arnold ignores warnings and continues to drop water balloons from the balcony. Mr. Drummond's decision to punish Arnold for the prank with a spanking becomes a learning lesson for Willis too, when he insists that he be the one to spank Arnold -- but where's Arnold?
#47 - The Social Worker
Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 2
Arnold's eavesdropping leads to trouble when a misunderstanding causes Willis and him to think that Mr. Drummond no longer wants them around; he has heard Drummond tell a social worker that "black children belong with black families."
#53 - The Girls School (a.k.a.) Garrett's Girls
Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 24
Mrs. Garrett visits Kimberly's school and takes on its pushy principal with surprising results.
#54 - The Dinner Party
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 19
An elderly resident of the projects appears to be living on pet food after Michael takes out her garbage. The Evans family's attempt to do something for her is complicated when she brings a meat loaf to dinner and the kids suspect it is made from dog food.
#55 - Loathe Thy Neighbor
Bosom Buddies Season 1 - Episode 3
A fight between Sonny and Amy sparks a fight between Kip and Henry, and a swap of roommates.
#63 - The TV Commercial
Good Times Season 1 - Episode 11
Florida is offered a role in a TV commercial but has second thoughts when she learns more about the product.
#64 - Goodbye Dolly
Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 6
When Arnold loses his favorite doll, he makes sure that his misery is shared equally by the various members of his household, who soon try everything to get it back.
#65 - Sex and the Evans Family
Good Times Season 1 - Episode 6
Florida tries to discover the owner of a dirty article that belongs to Thelma's boyfriend.
#66 - Julie's Big Move (Part 1)
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 22
Julie plans to move out, but Ann doubts her daughter can make it financially.
#67 - Julie's Big Move (Part 2)
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 23
Ann thinks Julie's new roommate is a bad influence on her.
#68 - Michael's Big Fall
Good Times Season 3 - Episode 8
With James out of town, Florida takes action when Michael starts misbehaving.
#69 - The Weekend
Good Times Season 3 - Episode 6
James and Florida celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in a cabin, but Florida can't stop worrying about the kids.
#70 - Schneider's Kid
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 11
A man claims to be Schneider's son.
#71 - Barbara's Rebellion
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 16
Frustrated over not getting enough attention at home, Barbara runs away to Chicago.
#73 - The Politicians
Good Times Season 3 - Episode 9
The family members choose sides in the election for district alderman.
#74 - Love in the Ghetto
Good Times Season 3 - Episode 4
Thelma's engagement plans aren't well received by James and Florida.
#75 - Ann's Secretary
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 15
Ann learns that a secretary she just hired is a reputed drug user.
#76 - Take the Money
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 20
Julie must decide how to handle a banking error in her favor.
#77 - The Gang (2)
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 10
J.J. is recovering after being shot by Mad Dog, which only turned out to be a flesh wound. Meanwhile, a vengeful James presses charges against Mad Dog but a worried Florida is afraid James's anger will take over before the law does.
#78 - Florida's Rich Cousin
Good Times Season 3 - Episode 5
Needing financial help, Florida asks her formerly affluent cousin for a loan.
#80 - Thelma's Young Man
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 6
Thelma's mysterious boyfriend is too old for her parents' liking.
#81 - The Race Driver (Part 1)
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 13
Ann explores romance with the building's newest tenant, a race-car driver.
#82 - The Race Driver (Part 2)
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 14
Ann begins to question her relationship with a dashing race-car driver.
#83 - The Dress Designer
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 19
Aspiring designer Julie tries to enter a fashion show after the entry deadline.
#84 - Barbara the Fink
One Day at a Time Season 3 - Episode 21
Barbara struggles with deciding whether to turn in a friend whom she caught vandalizing the school.
#85 - Florida, the Matchmaker
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 11
A wedding has Florida realizing that Willona is the only friend of hers left that isn't married. So this leads Florida to try her hand at matchmaking, and matches her with a friend of James'.
#86 - Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle
Good Times Season 2 - Episode 13
Cousin Naomi is visiting the Evans' for the Christmas season. However, her visit is not a happy one for Thelma, who discovers that Naomi is hiding a serious drinking problem.