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Writer:
Bill Cosby (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
24 September 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Big laughs on campus.
Plot:
A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
After a Rough First Season, It Became Great See more (47 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 113)

Jasmine Guy ... Whitley Gilbert (138 episodes, 1987-1993)

Kadeem Hardison ... Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (136 episodes, 1987-1993)

Darryl M. Bell ... Ronald 'Ron' Johnson / ... (115 episodes, 1987-1993)

Dawnn Lewis ... Jaleesa Vinson Taylor / ... (104 episodes, 1987-1992)

Charnele Brown ... Kimberly 'Kim' Reese (102 episodes, 1988-1993)

Cree Summer ... Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks (98 episodes, 1988-1993)

Lou Myers ... Vernon Gaines (78 episodes, 1988-1993)

Glynn Turman ... Col. Bradford 'Brad' Taylor / ... (66 episodes, 1988-1993)

Sinbad ... Coach Walter Oakes (57 episodes, 1987-1991)
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Series Directed by
Debbie Allen (83 episodes, 1988-1993)
Ellen Gittelsohn (15 episodes, 1987-1988)
Neema Barnette (7 episodes, 1990-1991)
Henry Chan (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
Glynn Turman (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
John Rago (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Kadeem Hardison (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Blackwell (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Kim Friedman (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Singletary (2 episodes, 1988)
Art Dielhenn (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Michael Peters (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bruce M. Kerner (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Peter Werner (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
 
Series Writing credits
Bill Cosby (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Susan Fales-Hill (23 episodes, 1987-1993)
Yvette Lee Bowser (17 episodes, 1989-1992)
Thad Mumford (11 episodes, 1987-1990)
Glenn Berenbeim (11 episodes, 1990-1993)
Jeanette Collins (11 episodes, 1990-1993)
Mimi Friedman (11 episodes, 1990-1993)
Cheryl Gard (10 episodes, 1987-1990)
Gary H. Miller (7 episodes, 1990-1992)
Margie Peters (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Reggie Rock Bythewood (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
Judi Ann Mason (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Gina Prince-Bythewood (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
Scott Spencer Gordon (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jeffrey Duteil (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rob Edwards (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Kevin Kelton (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Adriana Trigiani (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jasmine Guy (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Dominic Hoffman (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
David Felton (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Daryl G. Nickens (2 episodes, 1989)
Mike Scott (2 episodes, 1989)
Orlando Jones (2 episodes, 1991)
Kadeem Hardison (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ron Moseley (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Scott Sanders (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
James E. West II (2 episodes, 1992)

Series Produced by
Marcy Carsey .... executive producer (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Tom Werner .... executive producer (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Joanne Curley-Kerner .... producer / supervising producer (139 episodes, 1987-1993)
Susan Fales-Hill .... co-executive producer / co-producer / ... (132 episodes, 1987-1993)
Debbie Allen .... producer (122 episodes, 1988-1993)
Brenda Hanes-Berg .... associate producer / co-producer (100 episodes, 1989-1993)
Caryn Mandabach .... executive producer (75 episodes, 1990-1993)
Thad Mumford .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (68 episodes, 1987-1990)
Gary H. Miller .... supervising producer (50 episodes, 1990-1992)
Margie Peters .... co-executive producer (47 episodes, 1988-1990)
Yvette Lee Bowser .... producer / co-producer (27 episodes, 1991-1992)
Cheryl Gard .... co-producer (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Adriana Trigiani .... producer (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bruce M. Kerner .... producer (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
Glenn Berenbeim .... producer (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeanette Collins .... producer (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Mimi Friedman .... producer (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Nancy Haas .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Anne Beatts .... producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Beverly Cashen .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
George E. Crosby .... producer (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joe Gannon .... producer (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lissa Levin .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Stu Gardner (1 episode, 1990)
Dawnn Lewis (1 episode, 1990)
Attala Zane Giles (1 episode, 1993)
 
Series Cinematography by
Roger Dalton (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jim McQueen (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Henry Chan (7 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Casting by
Cheryl Bayer (26 episodes, 1990-1993)
Joyce Agu (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Penny Ellers (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Production Design by
Garvin Eddy (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
John Iacovelli (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Susan Cordova (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ceci (75 episodes, 1990-1993)
Mel Grayson (3 episodes, 1990)
Mareena Hunter (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Makeup Department
Linda Cowan .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Aitch Peters .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Tara Posey .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Julie Prey .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Raffeal Weatherall .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Wendy Hogan .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1990)
William Howard .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
June Josef .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sheila Evers .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1990)

Laini Thompson .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Rita Burton .... executive in charge of production (50 episodes, 1991-1993)
Don Voorhies .... post-production supervisor (49 episodes, 1991-1993)
Rita G. Katsotis .... production supervisor (4 episodes, 1990)
Christopher Kochoff .... executive in charge of production (4 episodes, 1990)
Marilynn Loncar .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Henry Chan .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Rago .... associate director (117 episodes, 1987-1993)
Dana Ross Martin .... associate director (50 episodes, 1991-1993)

Joann Kamay .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Scott Herbertson .... associate designer / assistant production designer (26 episodes, 1990-1993)
David Richardson .... property master (26 episodes, 1990-1993)
Al Eisenmann .... property master (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ramsey Avery .... assistant production designer (4 episodes, 1987-1990)
Dennis De George .... assistant property master (4 episodes, 1988)
Jerry Dunn .... assistant production designer / assistant art director (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tim Schultz .... property master (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Jennifer Law-Stump .... art department assistant (unknown episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Sound Department
Allen Patapoff .... post production audio / post-production sound / ... (31 episodes, 1988-1993)
Craig Porter .... post production audio / post-production sound / ... (31 episodes, 1988-1993)
Thom Wilson .... audio (7 episodes, 1988-1993)

Paul Drenning .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Yasmin Muniz .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael Karp .... motion control operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Smith .... camera operator (128 episodes, 1988-1993)
Dana Ross Martin .... camera operator / camera (96 episodes, 1988-1993)
Jon Purdy .... camera operator (65 episodes, 1987-1993)
Steve Casaly .... camera / camera operator (31 episodes, 1988-1993)
Dave Owen .... camera / camera operator (31 episodes, 1988-1993)
J.A. Stuewe Prudden .... video (25 episodes, 1990-1993)
Tony Cornelius .... assistant camera (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
John O'Brien .... video controller (8 episodes, 1987)
Bryan Hays .... lighting / lighting director (7 episodes, 1988-1993)
Darrin Norwall .... gaffer (7 episodes, 1988-1993)
Jim Chizmar .... key grip (6 episodes, 1990-1993)
Alan Keath Walker .... lighting consultant (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Roger Dalton .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1987)
Randy Johnson .... video (2 episodes, 1988)
Bobby DaSilva .... video (2 episodes, 1990)

J. Wesley Tillman .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1991-1992)
Michael Fastoso .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Julie Hughes .... original casting: new york / original casting: New York (143 episodes, 1987-1993)
Barry Moss .... original casting: new york / original casting: New York (143 episodes, 1987-1993)
Lisa Miller Katz .... casting associate (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Kim Williams .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gary Marthaler .... assistant costume designer / costumer (54 episodes, 1990-1993)
Kelly Zitrick .... assistant costume designer / costumer (51 episodes, 1990-1993)
Judy Richman .... associate costume designer / costume supervisor / ... (7 episodes, 1987-1990)
Cynthia Michaels .... costumer / wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Abbott .... costumer (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Pamela Carter .... costumer (2 episodes, 1988)
Cynthia Harvin Kraus .... costumer (2 episodes, 1990-1993)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jane Garcia .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Music Department
Bill Cosby .... composer: theme music (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Stu Gardner .... composer: theme music / musical director (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Dawnn Lewis .... composer: theme music (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Francisco Nogueras .... music studio assistant (42 episodes, 1987-1989)
Stephen E. Smith .... music supervisor (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Arthur Lisi .... musical director (9 episodes, 1987-1990)
Maureen Crowe .... music supervisor (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Other crew
Bill Cosby .... executive consultant (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Caryn Mandabach .... supervising executive (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Alvin F. Poussaint .... production consultant (144 episodes, 1987-1993)
Debbie Allen .... main title (120 episodes, 1988-1993)
Matthew Conner .... assistant production coordinator / stage production assistant / ... (75 episodes, 1990-1993)
David Blackwell .... stage manager (56 episodes, 1988-1993)
Stefen Maekawa .... production coordinator / assistant to producers / ... (55 episodes, 1988-1993)
Jeanette Collins .... story editor (50 episodes, 1990-1992)
Mimi Friedman .... story editor (50 episodes, 1990-1992)
Russ Reinsel .... technical director (50 episodes, 1991-1993)
Arthur Lewis .... stage manager (46 episodes, 1987-1990)
Denise White Serrette .... production associate / script supervisor (31 episodes, 1988-1993)
Ron Moseley .... stage manager / production assistant (30 episodes, 1988-1993)
Jan Jessel .... script coordinator / assistant to producers (29 episodes, 1990-1992)
Yvette Lee Bowser .... program consultant / production assistant / ... (28 episodes, 1988-1990)
Kevin Kelton .... executive story editor (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Orlando Jones .... story editor (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
Reggie Rock Bythewood .... story editor (25 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joann Kamay .... stage manager (24 episodes, 1992-1993)
Cheryl Gard .... executive story consultant / executive script consultant / ... (23 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jeffrey Duteil .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rob Edwards .... story editor (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jeremy Armstrong .... production assistant (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Laura Black .... assistant to producers / assistant to executive producer / ... (9 episodes, 1987-1993)
Patrick Kienlen .... production coordinator / production executive (8 episodes, 1987-1993)
Bob Christison .... office manager / director of operations (7 episodes, 1988-1993)
Leilani Downer .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Karen Gilbert .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Cynthia Harvin Kraus .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Carrie Randazzo .... staging services (5 episodes, 1990-1993)
Peter D. Wessel .... stage coordinator / stage operations (5 episodes, 1990-1993)
Carol McKechnie .... production assistant / script coordinator (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Patty Halal .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990-1993)
Richard Hosek .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990-1993)
Karl Messerschmidt .... technical director (4 episodes, 1990)
Maynard C. Virgil I .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Lamont Anderson .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (3 episodes, 1988)
Madeleine Smith .... assistant to producers / assistant to supervising producer (3 episodes, 1988)
Gil Goldberg .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1990)
Rayniece Holmes .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1990)
Adriana Trigiani .... story editor (3 episodes, 1990)
Ray Conners .... technical director (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Erma Elzy-Jones .... production associate / script supervisor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Susan Fales-Hill .... story editor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Scott Spencer Gordon .... story editor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Carla Myres .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Chuck Vinson .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Janice Braud .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1988)
Denise DeGeorge .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Kim Downey .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Bill Freiberger .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Regina Y. Hicks .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Jim Horkey .... technical director (2 episodes, 1988)
Alison Howard-Smith .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Cy Kennedy .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1988)
Jeff Thomas .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Solombra Tucker .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Carol Sidlow .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1990-1993)
Jean Hendrickson .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1990)
Venise Riley .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1990)
Lonnell Williams .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Thanks
Darryl Tribble .... in memory of (1 episode, 1991)
 

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Trivia:
Producer Debbie Allen made a handful of acting appearances on the show playing a Campus Therapist.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Gina Devereaux:It's not what you think, Whitley. Dion is the sweetest, most romantic guy I've ever gone out with.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne:So I've heard. He's just nervous about the concert.
Gina Devereaux:Well, you know how I am - I'm so self-centered and I'm always running off at the mouth, and you know how I flirt.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne:There's no excuse for what he did to you, Gina. You're much smarter than this.
Gina Devereaux:But he loves me... and I don't want to break up with him.
[Sniffs]
Gina Devereaux:I just want him to stop.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne:Throwing jabs? You're making a big mistake, Gina, if you think you can change that boy.
Gina Devereaux:Well, I mean, I can try, can't I? Isn't love about sacrifices? I mean, maybe I am being stupid, but I don't even care anymore.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne:I think you do, Gina. I think you do care. I think you're embarrassed about that black eye. Believe me, I know about sacrifices. But I'd rather sacrifice my relationship than my body... or my spirit.
[...]
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
After a Rough First Season, It Became Great, 25 July 2003
Author: Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California

After a very rocky first season, this show not only went on to become an accurate portrayal of the Black college experience, it was also an accurate portrayal of college life in general. This show is one of the exceptions to the rule that drastic changes ruin great series. During the first season, it became obvious that Lisa Bonet couldn't carry the show and that the real star of the show was Jasmine Guy, whose character of Whitley Gilbert will always be remembered as one of the all time greats. Also, even though the show was set in a college, you never saw the kids actually attending class. All this changed during the second season when both Bonet's character of Denise Huxtable and Marissa Tomei's character of Maggie were written off the show and were replaced by Freddie, played by Cree Summer, and Kim, played by Charnele Brown. But perhaps the big change was that not only did you see the kids attending classes, but the show became more issue oriented. Issues like date rape, AIDS, domestic violence, apartheid and teen pregnancy were all covered in this show and helped to make it more than a "Cosby Show" spin-off. Also, besides the above mentioned characters, Kadeem Hardison's portrayal of Dwayne Wayne helped make this show great.

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