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A Different World 

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

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Bill Cosby
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1993   1992   1991   1990   1989   1988   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jasmine Guy ...  Whitley Gilbert 142 episodes, 1987-1993
Kadeem Hardison ...  Dwayne Wayne 141 episodes, 1987-1993
Darryl M. Bell ...  Ron Johnson 121 episodes, 1987-1993
Charnele Brown ...  Kim Reese 115 episodes, 1988-1993
Dawnn Lewis ...  Jaleesa Vinson 114 episodes, 1987-1992
Cree Summer ...  Freddie Brooks 111 episodes, 1988-1993
Lou Myers ...  Vernon Gaines 94 episodes, 1988-1993
Glynn Turman ...  Colonel Brad Taylor 78 episodes, 1988-1993
Sinbad ...  Coach Walter Oakes 67 episodes, 1987-1991
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A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

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Taglines:

Big laughs on campus.

Genres:

Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Cree Summer played Penny (Don Adams' daughter) in the Inspector Gadget cartoons before landing the Freddie role in Different World. See more »

Goofs

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

[Whitley's bridesmaids scream as they enter her bedroom on her wedding day morning]
Marion Gilbert: Ladies, ladies please. Your loud screaming will give me a headache which will cause me to frown and lead me to an early face lift.
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Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: A Spy in the House of Me (1999) See more »

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Got Better As It Went Along
14 December 2000 | by hillariSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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