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A Different World 

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A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

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Bill Cosby
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jasmine Guy ...  Whitley Gilbert 141 episodes, 1987-1993
Kadeem Hardison ...  Dwayne Wayne 139 episodes, 1987-1993
Darryl M. Bell ...  Ron Johnson 120 episodes, 1987-1993
Charnele Brown ...  Kim Reese 112 episodes, 1988-1993
Dawnn Lewis ...  Jaleesa Vinson 109 episodes, 1987-1992
Cree Summer ...  Freddie Brooks 105 episodes, 1988-1993
Lou Myers ...  Vernon Gaines 88 episodes, 1988-1993
Glynn Turman ...  Colonel Brad Taylor 68 episodes, 1988-1993
Sinbad ...  Coach Walter Oakes 60 episodes, 1987-1991
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A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

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Big laughs on campus.

Genres:

Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Different World See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Darryl M. Bell appeared as Ron throughout the first season, but didn't become a regular until the show's second season. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the course of the series, Whitley's talents go back and forth between being an accomplished singer/dancer and having little to no singing/dancing skills at all. See more »

Quotes

Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: [after being sexually harassed by her employee] It's so nice to know women have a place in business. Too bad it's horizontal.
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Referenced in TV Land Moguls (2004) See more »

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After a Rough First Season, It Became Great
25 July 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

After a very rocky first season, this show not only went on to become an accurate portrayal of the Black college experience, it was also an accurate portrayal of college life in general. This show is one of the exceptions to the rule that drastic changes ruin great series. During the first season, it became obvious that Lisa Bonet couldn't carry the show and that the real star of the show was Jasmine Guy, whose character of Whitley Gilbert will always be remembered as one of the all time greats. Also, even though the show was set in a college, you never saw the kids actually attending class. All this changed during the second season when both Bonet's character of Denise Huxtable and Marissa Tomei's character of Maggie were written off the show and were replaced by Freddie, played by Cree Summer, and Kim, played by Charnele Brown. But perhaps the big change was that not only did you see the kids attending classes, but the show became more issue oriented. Issues like date rape, AIDS, domestic violence, apartheid and teen pregnancy were all covered in this show and helped to make it more than a "Cosby Show" spin-off. Also, besides the above mentioned characters, Kadeem Hardison's portrayal of Dwayne Wayne helped make this show great.


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