A Different World (1987–1993)

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

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Complete series cast summary:
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 Whitley Gilbert (137 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne / ... (133 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (105 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (92 episodes, 1987-1992)
Charnele Brown ...
 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese / ... (92 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (90 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (67 episodes, 1988-1993)
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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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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

Shazza Zulu: Look, if we as Hillman men don't treat our women right, they'll go to somebody white. Kim Reese did!
Kim Reese: You pseudo-intellectual male with a pseudo-African name spouting pseudo-philosophy about a whole bunch of nothing! In fact, the only thing about you that's real are your green eyes... MY BRUTHA!
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"I Know My Parents Love Me. . ."
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was not just one of the few shows that depicted college life, It was the only show that showed life at a Black College. From exam craziness, relationships, and finding part-time jobs to interracial dating, Step shows, and hate crimes, This show handled it all and with style. Even difficult topics (HIV/AIDS, going to war, ex-prisoners)were addressed in the way would make you laugh and think. An amazing number of famous Black Actors and Actresses passed through Hillman halls (even Whoopi Goldberg was a professor on an episode). What was originally just a Cosby spin-off proved to be truly a force of it's own. (Although you didn't really see them study after Junior Year)


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