In an episode where Max's ex-boyfriend comes over for dinner with his new girlfriend, Regine tells the woman that she looks familiar and asks what school she attended. She replies "Eastland" boarding school, and Regine says, "Hmm, never heard of it," while looking towards the camera. This is a reference to actress Kim Fields's role on the sitcom The Facts of Life (1979), which is set at the fictitious "Eastland School for Girls".
Many main cast members of "Different World" appeared on the show: Jasmine Guy as a psychologist, Kadeem Hardison as Khadijah's reporter-rival-romantic-interest, Darryl Bell as Regine's romantic-interest, Cree Summer as Overton's romantic-interest, Charnele Brown as Khadijah's and Max's college friend and Karen Malina White as Max's college roommate.
In an episode where Regine takes her mom to dinner, mom makes a comment about there being "a lot of chips in those chips!" The mother is played by the actual mom of Kim Fields, Chip Fields; hence, the play on words.
This show was the number one most watched show in Black American households for all five seasons that it aired (1993-1997). The only other series to tie that record is "The Parkers", which aired from 1999 to 2004 on UPN.
Erika Alexander and Terrence "T.C." Carson share the same birthday (the day, not the actual date). Erika Alexander was born November 19, 1969, while T.C. Carson was born November 19, 1958, which makes T.C. eleven years her senior.
Rita Owens and Chip Fields play the mothers to Khadijah and Regine, respectively. Rita Owens is the real life mother to Queen Latifah (Khadijah), and Chip Fields is the real life mother to Kim Fields (Regine).