The Best Episodes Directed by Herbert Kenwith
#2 - 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 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#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.
#11 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#34 - 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.
#39 - The Gang: Part 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.
#44 - 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.
#45 - 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."
#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.
#69 - The Gang: Part 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.