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

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 Whitley Gilbert (140 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (138 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (119 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese (109 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (106 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (102 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (86 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Col. Bradford 'Brad' Taylor / ... (68 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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College Fieber  »

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Trivia

The show's popularity with young African-American viewers has been credited with boosts in enrollments at several real life Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A number of non African American students have also claimed that they were inspired to pursue a college education by the series as well. 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

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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Became most interesting after people stopped paying attention
8 October 2002 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Most people remember this show as the spinoff of The Cosby Show built around Lisa Bonet's Denise character. After she (and Marisa Tomei) left the show, it was generally dismissed as a failure that was left on the air because of Cosby's influence. Oddly enough, it was at that point that this series got interesting. The "traditionally black college" setting provided a unique forum for exploring the topics that have arisen at the cultural crossroads that is Modern America. Metaracial politics informed both explicitly sociological stories and more traditional sitcom plots. It finally became the show they had probably intended to produce in the first place. That's not to say that "A Different World" became the greatest show in the history of Television. It never managed to settle on who the main characters were. The romance of Whitley and Dwayne was probably most prominent, but Ron, Freddie, Jaleesa, Kimberly, and, eventually, another generation of students took center stage from time to time too. I think medical student Kimberly best embodied the "entry point" or audience viewpoint. She was the character most likely to balance the materialism of Whitley, activist politics of Freddie, and more personal concerns of the other characters and achieve some kind of moral synthesis which the producers seemed to be aiming for.


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