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 Wayne (138 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ron Johnson (119 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Kim Reese (109 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson (106 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Freddie Brooks (102 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (87 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Colonel 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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(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

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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 »

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

[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 Just Shoot Me!: A Spy in the House of Me (1999) See more »

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After a Rough First Season, It Became Great
25 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

After a very rocky first season, this show not only went on to become an accurate portrayal of the Black college experience, it was also an accurate portrayal of college life in general. This show is one of the exceptions to the rule that drastic changes ruin great series. During the first season, it became obvious that Lisa Bonet couldn't carry the show and that the real star of the show was Jasmine Guy, whose character of Whitley Gilbert will always be remembered as one of the all time greats. Also, even though the show was set in a college, you never saw the kids actually attending class. All this changed during the second season when both Bonet's character of Denise Huxtable and Marissa Tomei's character of Maggie were written off the show and were replaced by Freddie, played by Cree Summer, and Kim, played by Charnele Brown. But perhaps the big change was that not only did you see the kids attending classes, but the show became more issue oriented. Issues like date rape, AIDS, domestic violence, apartheid and teen pregnancy were all covered in this show and helped to make it more than a "Cosby Show" spin-off. Also, besides the above mentioned characters, Kadeem Hardison's portrayal of Dwayne Wayne helped make this show great.


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