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

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 Whitley Gilbert (138 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (135 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (112 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (102 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese (97 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (94 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (72 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Col. Bradford 'Brad' Taylor / ... (65 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

During the show's final season, Kim, who had been a Premed Major, was attending Medical School, and Freddie was attending Law School. These reflected the careers of Cliff and Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show (1984). 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 »

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[Whitley's bridesmaids scream as they enter her bedroom on her wedding day morning]
Marion Gilbert: Ladies, ladies please. Your loud screaming will give me a headache which will cause me to frown and lead me to an early face lift.
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Referenced in The Late Shift (1996) See more »

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A great spin-off from "The Cosby Show".
27 May 2001 | by (Oakwood, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

"A, Different World" a spin-off from the smash hit "Cosby Show" which had Huxtable daughter Denise (Lisa Bonet) off to college to find out a different world laid ahead. Denise dropped out of the mostly black college only to have the series improve and become a hit with other cast members. The best characters had to be the uppity Whitley (Jasmine Guy), and the well liked and super-cool math major Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) along with his best friend Ron (Darryl M. Bell). The pit was the place the gang hung out for everything from meals to talk. The theme song sung by Phoebe Snow really is the truth once you leave home from your parents it really is a different world.


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