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

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 Whitley Gilbert (138 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (136 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (115 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (104 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese (102 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (98 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (78 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Col. Bradford 'Brad' Taylor / ... (66 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Coach Walter Oakes / ... (57 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.

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Ron's decision to pursue a career in music resulted in a falling out between himself and his father. Darryl M. Bell who played Ron said that his decision to go into acting had initially resulted in a fallout between himself and his own father. 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

Julian Day: [Whitley and Julian are breaking up in an Italian restaurant] Waiter, check please.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: Yes, la cuenta and *fast*!
Julian Day: It's "il conto".
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: Oh, cuenta, conto, Kunta Kinte, just get the ding-dang check!
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After a Rough First Season, It Became Great
25 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See 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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