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 (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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Originally, the character of Whitley was to only appear in just the pilot. However, she became so popular that not only did she become a regular, but it helped to make Jasmine Guy the star of the show. 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

Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks: Ron, you are looking at a woman on a mission.
Ron Johnson: You're looking at a man on a mission. I have to go talk to Kim.
Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks: Um, wait. I want us to get past our petty differences. There is something that I would like to share with you, brother, and it's from right here, the ol' ticker. My heart.
Ron Johnson: Oh. Okay.
Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks: I don't like you, Ron. I never have. You're a greasy worm with the charm of a cockroach. Whoo!
[Starts moving around and shaking]
Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks: Ah, giving birth, giving birth!
[Places her palms on her forehead]
Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks: Oh, man! ...
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Became most interesting after people stopped paying attention
8 October 2002 | by (Austin, Texas) – 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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