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

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jasmine Guy ...  Whitley Gilbert 141 episodes, 1987-1993
Kadeem Hardison ...  Dwayne Wayne 139 episodes, 1987-1993
Darryl M. Bell ...  Ron Johnson 120 episodes, 1987-1993
Charnele Brown ...  Kim Reese 111 episodes, 1988-1993
Dawnn Lewis ...  Jaleesa Vinson 109 episodes, 1987-1992
Cree Summer ...  Freddie Brooks 104 episodes, 1988-1993
Lou Myers ...  Vernon Gaines 88 episodes, 1988-1993
Glynn Turman ...  Colonel Brad Taylor 68 episodes, 1988-1993
Sinbad ...  Coach Walter Oakes 59 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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Big laughs on campus.

Genres:

Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

College Fieber 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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Trivia

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

Julian Day: [Whitley and Julian are breaking up in an Italian restaurant] Waiter, check please.
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: Yes, la cuenta and *fast*!
Julian Day: It's "il conto".
Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne: Oh, cuenta, conto, Kunta Kinte, just get the ding-dang check!
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Connections

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Very Good Depiction of Life at a Black College
26 February 2006 | by kgriffieSee all my reviews

When the show first began, it appeared to focus on appealing to a broad audience. However, having attended a Black College, I can attest that there are not that many White students there, which made the initial settings unrealistic. I also felt that the portrayal of Denise Huxtable was inconsistent with her character from The Cosby Show. There she was a good student and was noted as considering multiple colleges including some Ivy Leagues. How do you go from an Ivy League contender to academic probation? Beats me! In spite of that, the show was always very timely and approached many real issues such as racism, AIDS, domestic violence, constitutional rights, war, and Black History. So regardless to what awards the show or its stars may or may not have won, hats off to Debbie Allen and the entire staff for giving America a glimpse into life at a Black College!


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