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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 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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Diahann Carroll received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the glamorous socialite Marion Gilbert on 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

[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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Got Better As It Went Along
14 December 2000 | by (Chicago, USA) – 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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