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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Whitley Gilbert (138 episodes, 1987-1993)
 Dwayne Cleophus Wayne / ... (135 episodes, 1987-1993)
 Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (112 episodes, 1987-1993)
 Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (102 episodes, 1987-1992)
 Kimberly 'Kim' Reese / ... (97 episodes, 1988-1993)
 Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks / ... (94 episodes, 1988-1993)
 Vernon Gaines / ... (72 episodes, 1988-1993)
 Col. Bradford 'Brad' Taylor / ... (63 episodes, 1988-1993)
 Coach Walter Oakes / ... (56 episodes, 1987-1991)


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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Prior to the series, Kadeem Hardison, Sinbad, Charnele Brown and Lou Myers appeared as unrelated characters on A Different World's parent series The Cosby Show (1984). 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 »


[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.
Ron Johnson: Or women with grudges.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1989) See more »

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Started bad... became brilliant...
30 August 2003 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

I must admit that A DIFFERENT WORLD started relatively bland and humourless, mainly because the producers were trying to make a predominantly black college experience acceptable to a "mainstream" audience.

After the first year when Lisa Bonet left and Debbie Allen came along and took over the producing duties, A DIFFERENT WORLD changed to become a lot more timely and much more relevant for the time -- especially dealing with subjects like sexism, rape, South Africa, drug abuse, and all of the other issues faced on college campuses. In later seasons, when the original cast grew up, did we see a lot of long term character development and the show has never been properly credited for being what it was: the first and only show ever to deal with black people in college. A DIFFERENT WORLD isn't always uproaringly funny, but watching it in repeats as an adult, I can see what the show was going for, it was literally a slice of life show, not really fulfilling the sit-com requirement of a joke a minute. You had characters who dealt with being young adults and made bad decisions and then sometimes dealt with the consequences. It was a good show that requires frequent viewings. Those who remember a classic episode where Dean Cain plays a racist will know how good of an actor he can be.

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