A Different World (1987–1993)

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

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 Whitley Gilbert (137 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne / ... (133 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (105 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (92 episodes, 1987-1992)
Charnele Brown ...
 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese / ... (92 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (90 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (66 episodes, 1988-1993)
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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.

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison and Darryl M. Bell were all featured in the 1988 Spike Lee movie School Daze, which was also set on the campus of a Historically Black College. The movie was released during the show's first season. See more »

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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 sleeping with Dwayne the night before] Last night didn't mean anything. As far as Dwayne is concerned, that ship has sailed and sunk.
Kim Reese: Not if you can't tell Bryon about it.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: Why? We're not even an official couple yet.
Kim Reese: Whitley, if you can't tell him, maybe last night meant more than you think.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: Such pearls of wisdom from one who pines over that swine Ron Johnson.
Kim Reese: Well, at least I've got it numbered down to one.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: But has he?
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Very Good Depiction of Life at a Black College
26 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

When the show first began, it appeared to focus on appealing to a broad audience. However, having attended a Black College, I can attest that there are not that many White students there, which made the initial settings unrealistic. I also felt that the portrayal of Denise Huxtable was inconsistent with her character from The Cosby Show. There she was a good student and was noted as considering multiple colleges including some Ivy Leagues. How do you go from an Ivy League contender to academic probation? Beats me! In spite of that, the show was always very timely and approached many real issues such as racism, AIDS, domestic violence, constitutional rights, war, and Black History. So regardless to what awards the show or its stars may or may not have won, hats off to Debbie Allen and the entire staff for giving America a glimpse into life at a Black College!


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