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

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Cast

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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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Trivia

Bill Cosby made three appearances, all in the first season, as Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Cliff is only seen in the Huxtable living room or kitchen on the other end of phone calls from Denise. Cliff's only appearance on the Hillman campus was seen in the Cosby Show episode which served as an introduction to A Different World. 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

[the class has decided to leave a time capsule to be remembered by]
African Student: Excuse me, please, but what is a time capsule?
Kim Reese: A time capsule is when people bury something that's important to them and then dig them up later.
Ron Johnson: Like dogs with bones.
[pause]
Ron Johnson: Or women with grudges.
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Referenced in TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) See more »

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Very Good Depiction of Life at a Black College
26 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

When the show first began, it appeared to focus on appealing to a broad audience. However, having attended a Black College, I can attest that there are not that many White students there, which made the initial settings unrealistic. I also felt that the portrayal of Denise Huxtable was inconsistent with her character from The Cosby Show. There she was a good student and was noted as considering multiple colleges including some Ivy Leagues. How do you go from an Ivy League contender to academic probation? Beats me! In spite of that, the show was always very timely and approached many real issues such as racism, AIDS, domestic violence, constitutional rights, war, and Black History. So regardless to what awards the show or its stars may or may not have won, hats off to Debbie Allen and the entire staff for giving America a glimpse into life at a Black College!


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