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

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 Whitley Gilbert (141 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Dwayne Wayne (139 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Ron Johnson (120 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Kim Reese (111 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Jaleesa Vinson (108 episodes, 1987-1992)
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 Freddie Brooks (104 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Vernon Gaines (88 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 Colonel Brad Taylor (68 episodes, 1988-1993)
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 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.

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24 September 1987 (USA)  »

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College Fieber  »

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(142 episodes) | (1 episode)

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Trivia

Declared Majors of regular characters-Dwayne, Math; Whitley. Art History (Minor in French); Jaleesa, Business; Kim, Pre-Med (attended Medical School in final season); Freddie, Creative Writing (attended Law School during final season); Walter, Masters Degree; Ron, unknown; Lena, Creative Writing; Denise, undeclared; Maggie, Journalism. 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

[the class has decided to leave a time capsule to be remembered by]
African Student: Excuse me, please, but what is a time capsule?
Kim Reese: A time capsule is when people bury something that's important to them and then dig them up later.
Ron Johnson: Like dogs with bones.
[pause]
Ron Johnson: Or women with grudges.
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A great spin-off from "The Cosby Show".
27 May 2001 | by (Oakwood, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

"A, Different World" a spin-off from the smash hit "Cosby Show" which had Huxtable daughter Denise (Lisa Bonet) off to college to find out a different world laid ahead. Denise dropped out of the mostly black college only to have the series improve and become a hit with other cast members. The best characters had to be the uppity Whitley (Jasmine Guy), and the well liked and super-cool math major Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) along with his best friend Ron (Darryl M. Bell). The pit was the place the gang hung out for everything from meals to talk. The theme song sung by Phoebe Snow really is the truth once you leave home from your parents it really is a different world.


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