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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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)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (91 episodes, 1987-1992)
Charnele Brown ...
 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese (90 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (89 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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Between seasons 2 and 5 the theme song was performed by Aretha Franklin, who had been married to series co-star Glynn Turman prior to the show. See more »

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[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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Became most interesting after people stopped paying attention
8 October 2002 | by (Irving, TX) – 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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