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A Different World 

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

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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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(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Trivia

Although Hillman is supposed to be in the state of Virginia, the city is never mentioned. 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

[after returning from the Island Police station dressed as women because they're hiding from drug dealers]
Ron Johnson: You got my butt pinched by some dock worker.
Dwayne Cleophus Wayne: A butt pinch hurts a lot less then a bullet wound.
Ron Johnson: [snatching off his wig and slamming it angryly on the couch] At least a bullet is something you can take like a man.
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Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: A Spy in the House of Me (1999) See more »

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Got Better As It Went Along
14 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

The early episodes of this sitcom were bland, as they focused on Denise Huxtable's (Lisa Bonet) experiences at Hillman College. The show only took off after Denise dropped out of school. The show then focused on the more interesting cast members, most notably, brainy student Dwayne (Kadeem Hardison) and snooty Southern belle Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy). I liked that they also had Jalessa, a divorced adult student trying to rebuild her life.

NBC made a mistake during the last season of the show by confusing the audience. They ran a highly touted "series finale" showing the now-married and expectant parents Dwayne and Whitley going off to Japan, where Dwayne had gotten a high-tech job. The network then turned around and aired several more new episodes that focused on newer cast members including Charmaine (Karen Malinka White). They brought in Billy Dee Williams and Leslie Uggams as a landlord, and a college professor, respectively. It appeared that NBC cancelled the show, then made a last-minute effort to revive it.

Jada Pinkett Smith ("Set It Off"), comedian Sinbad and Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny"), were three cast members who went on to bigger success.


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