The 'Live in Front of a Studio Audience' Cast From 'Diff'rent Strokes' and 'Facts of Life'

Live in Front of a Studio Audience sees classic sitcoms get recreated for one night only with an A-list cast taking on the roles of iconic characters.

And the ABC show will next tackle Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. The first originally aired from 1978 to 1985, and the second ran from 1979 to 1988.

Diff'rent Strokes followed the lives of two young African-American boys, Arnold and Willis Jackson, who were taken in by a rich white widower named Phillip Drummond.

Meanwhile, The Facts of Life was a spin-off from Diff'rent Strokes, and it focused on Edna Garrett and her time as the housemother for an all-girls boarding school named Eastland School.

Here is everything you need to know about the ABC special, which will air on December 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience's Diff'rent Strokes cast

Diff'rent Strokes originally starred Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges in the role of lead characters Arnold and Willis Jackson.

Kevin Hart will be portraying Arnold, while fellow comedian Damon Wayans will take on the role of Willis, respectively.

Phillip Drummond was played by Conrad Bain in the original sitcom, and John Lithgow will go on to portray the character in the remake.

Coleman passed away in 2010 at the age of 42, and Bain died in 2013 at the age of 89.

Charlotte Rae took on the role of Edna Garrett from 1978 to 1979, before going on to take the lead role in The Facts of Life.

Ann Dowd will portray Rae's character in the Live in Front of a Studio Audience special.

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Diff'rent Strokes

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Live in Front of a Studio Audience's The Facts of Life cast

Dowd will also reprise her role as Edna in the Live in Front of a Studio Audience special for The Facts of Life.

She will be joined by Jennifer Aniston, who will take on the part of Blair Warner which was originally portrayed by Lisa Whelchel.

Gabrielle Union takes on the role of Tootie Riley, who was first played by Kim Fields. She was part of the main cast alongside Whelchel and Mindy Cohn.

Cohn took on the role of Natalie Green, and Fargo's Allison Tolman will portray the character in the ABC special.

WandaVision star Kathryn Hahn will play Jo Polniczek, a character who was originally portrayed by Nancy McKeon.

Jon Stewart will also appear in the special, but it has yet to be announced which role he will play.

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The Facts of Life

Here is the cast of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience's" special recreating "The Facts of Life"
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