A Different World

NBC (ended 1993)



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In this spin-off from the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable enters her sophomore year at Hillman, alma mater of her parents and grandfather, where she moves into Gilbert Hall and shares a dorm room with 26-year-old Jaleesa Vinson and talkative new roommate Maggie Lauten. Also included in the first season cast were obnoxious and extremely wealthy dormmate Whitley Gilbert, ladies' man Dwayne Wayne and dorm director Stevie Rallen. Lettie Bostic later replaced Stevie as the new dorm director. At the end of the first season, Denise would return home (and to The Cosby Show) after dropping out of college. In the fall of 1988, new students Freddie Brooks and Kim Reese entered Hillman College. Freddie was a "hippie-child" who developed a crush on Dwayne; and Kim, an aspiring med student, became Whitley's new roommate. Giving Dwayne a hard time was his math professor, Col. Bradford Taylor. Also, Ron Johnson and Walter Oakes became regulars in the second season after appearing occasionally during the first season. Vernon Gaines, chef at the campus hangout, The Pit, became a regular in the third season. Whitley and Dwayne began an on-again off-again relationship before they became married at the end of the fifth season. Stories dealt mainly with college-themed issues such as racism, fraternity pledging and on-campus romances. NBC Broadcast History September 1987 - May 1992 - Thursdays 8:30 PM September 1992 - November 1992 - Thursdays 8:00 PM December 1992 - January 1993 - Thursdays 8:30 PM May 1993 - June 1993 - Thursdays 8:00 PM July 1993 - Fridays 8:00 PM A Different World airs on BET, weekdays at 11 & 11:30 PM EST. Theme Song: I know my parents love me. Stand behind me come what may. I know now that I'm ready. Because I finally heard them say! It's a different world from where you come from. Here's a chance to make it. If we focus on our goals. If you dish it we can take it. Just remember you've been told... It's a different world from where you come from. It's a different world from where you come from.


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    Jasmine Guy

    Whitley Marion Gilbert-Wayne

    Kadeem Hardison

    Kadeem Hardison

    Dwayne Cleophus Wayne

    Dawnn Lewis

    Dawnn Lewis

    Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor (seasons 1 - 5)

    Lisa Bonet

    Lisa Bonet

    Denise Huxtable (season 1)

    Cree Summer

    Cree Summer

    Winifred "Freddie" Brooks (seasons 2 - 6)

    Darryl M. Bell

    Darryl M. Bell

    Ron Johnson (seasons 2 - 6, recurring previously)

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    • I really love this show!

      I remember I always tuned in to this sitcom every Thursday nights! I love Dwayne Wayne and I'm really happy when he married Whitley because their relationship is most prominent! This show has been a part of my college years and I can totally relate in most of the episodes!

      I really missed watching it and purchasing it at dvdbooth. com which is one of the best online purchase I've ever made! Fast shipping and very reliable seller because the product has good quality!

      A Different World succeeded and loved by many fans and I'm one of them who never stopped liking this show!

    • The Best Show representing college life. A reunion is needed. Bring back the cast in married life, working on campus.

      I Loved this show and never missed any episodes. If I knew I wasnt going to make it home to watch the show, you can be guaranteed I recorded. I wish I could find the entire show on DVD legitimately. Brought it, was sent from a foreign country in China and had commercials and missing episodes. I Love the entire cast and each and every cast member in his or her own unique way made the show. God bless you Different World Cast. there will never be another like you. No matter how often will watch the repeats. The Bestmoreless
    • Who knew college life could be so serious, yet funny!

      Dewayne-Wayne, Ron, Jalisa, Freddy, Whitley, Kim, the Deans , Colonel Taylor, Walter, Jada, The pit, Gilbert Hall, Terrance,and the rest of the Hillman Crew. So many reasons why A Different World captured the attention of so many viewers.This show was one of the best shows for young adults during the time, and rising children of adolescence. After season one it took off, becoming one of the funniest show's of the 1990's. Not too many shows were able to touch on real life's issues such as racism, Aids, alcohol and drug abuse, rape, jealousy, financial issues, etc. and still remain entertaining, light-hearted and down right comical. Every time I view it, it makes me feel a part of a "Different World" all over again.moreless
    • I wish this show would come back, but all they did was repeat the same episodes. This show was a classic but it got even better when Jada Pinkett became a regular cast member. So underrated yet not trying to be funny like some of these false comedies.moreless

      I wish this show would fully come back too, but all they did was repeat the same episodes of the first two seasons. This show was a classic but it got even better when Jada Pinkett (now Smith) became a regular cast member. So underrated yet not trying to be funny like some of these false comedies.

      Please bring it back to our screens or release them all on DVD.

      My fave episodes are the one with Tupac Shakur, the one where Lena meets up with her father (& enters a writing competition), the one based on the book Waiting To Exhale & many more.moreless

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