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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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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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

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(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

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The show was revamped for the second season not only due to Lisa Bonet's departure, but also in response to criticism that the show didn't accurately depict a historically black college, or college life in general. Debbie Allen, who was named producer prior to season two, began to draw on her own experiences as a graduate of Howard University to add to the show. In addition, Allen and the show's writing staff would make annual visits to Historically Black Colleges to research campus life, issues and events and employ those factors in the series. See more »

Quotes

Shazza Zulu: Look, if we as Hillman men don't treat our women right, they'll go to somebody white. Kim Reese did!
Kim Reese: You pseudo-intellectual male with a pseudo-African name spouting pseudo-philosophy about a whole bunch of nothing! In fact, the only thing about you that's real are your green eyes... MY BRUTHA!
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"I Know My Parents Love Me. . ."
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was not just one of the few shows that depicted college life, It was the only show that showed life at a Black College. From exam craziness, relationships, and finding part-time jobs to interracial dating, Step shows, and hate crimes, This show handled it all and with style. Even difficult topics (HIV/AIDS, going to war, ex-prisoners)were addressed in the way would make you laugh and think. An amazing number of famous Black Actors and Actresses passed through Hillman halls (even Whoopi Goldberg was a professor on an episode). What was originally just a Cosby spin-off proved to be truly a force of it's own. (Although you didn't really see them study after Junior Year)


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