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A Different World 

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


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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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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.








Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

College Fieber  »

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(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the party scene during the "Good Help Is Hard To Find" episode, airing November 8, 1990, the song heard in the background is "Try Me" from the debut album of Jasmine Guy. See more »


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 »


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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"I Know My Parents Love Me. . ."
24 January 2006 | by 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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