On the TV series “Diff’rent Strokes,” Arnold often poses what signature question to his brother?
-“How you doin’?”
-“Did I do that?”
-“Who loves ya, baby?”
-“What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”
Answer: If you were tuned in to a television anytime between 1978 and 1986, you were likely exposed to the TV series Diff’rent Strokes.
As Arnold Jackson, Gary Coleman would deliver his iconic catchphrase, “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” According to series writer, the character of Arnold had a line that was scripted as, “What are you talking about, Willis?” When Coleman read it, he compressed it into what would become one of the most iconic catchphrases of the 1980s. By the late 1990s, Coleman was so tired of the line he refused to say it.
“What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”