"Santa's Helper" is the second Christmas of NBC's sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, produced and aired as the twelvth episode of its fifth season.


Arnold falls innocent victim to a beguiling street corner Santa who has an ulterior financial motive for hiring him as a holiday "helper".


Conrad BainPhilip Drummond
Gary Coleman*Arnold Jackson
Todd Bridges*Willis Jackson
Dana PlatoKimberly Drummond
Mary Jo CatlettPearl Gallagher
Garrett MorrisSanta Claus
Mr. Jones


1983 Young Artists Awards

  • Gary Coleman - Winner: Best TV Comedy Actor (All S5 episodes)
  • Todd Bridges - Nominee - Best TV Comedy Actor (All S5 episodes)


The episode is included in the Diff'rent Strokes: The Complete Fifth Season DVD set, released by Shout Factory on April 11, 2017.

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