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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Whitley Gilbert (136 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (132 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (103 episodes, 1987-1993)
Charnele Brown ...
 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese (90 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (89 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (87 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (65 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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(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

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There where several characters written out of show with no explanation Millie,Maggie,Lettie,Ernest,Jalessa and Terrance. See more »

Quotes

[Ron and Dwayne are dressed as women to hide from cocaine dealers that are chasing them]
Ron Johnson: You look ridiculous.
Dwayne Cleophus Wayne: Well, nobody's gonna mistake you for Miss America.
Ron Johnson: I'm talking about you lipstick it clashes with your blouse.
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Started bad... became brilliant...
30 August 2003 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

I must admit that A DIFFERENT WORLD started relatively bland and humourless, mainly because the producers were trying to make a predominantly black college experience acceptable to a "mainstream" audience.

After the first year when Lisa Bonet left and Debbie Allen came along and took over the producing duties, A DIFFERENT WORLD changed to become a lot more timely and much more relevant for the time -- especially dealing with subjects like sexism, rape, South Africa, drug abuse, and all of the other issues faced on college campuses. In later seasons, when the original cast grew up, did we see a lot of long term character development and the show has never been properly credited for being what it was: the first and only show ever to deal with black people in college. A DIFFERENT WORLD isn't always uproaringly funny, but watching it in repeats as an adult, I can see what the show was going for, it was literally a slice of life show, not really fulfilling the sit-com requirement of a joke a minute. You had characters who dealt with being young adults and made bad decisions and then sometimes dealt with the consequences. It was a good show that requires frequent viewings. Those who remember a classic episode where Dean Cain plays a racist will know how good of an actor he can be.


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