A Different World

A Different World

Originally conceived as a Cosby Show spin-off featuring Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), A Different World evolved into a wider-ranging series about the Hillman College community, with a special emphasis on a small group of students. Southern belle Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) struggles to overcome her mother's expectations and establish her own identity. Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) is an intelligent engineering student with an eye for the ladies who eventually tones down his goofy antics and pick-up lines to focus on his future--and one particular lady. Jaleesa Vinson (Dawnn Lewis) is a slightly older student who pursues a college education following her divorce. Dwayne's best friend Ron Johnson (Darryl M. Bell) is a loyal friend but struggling student who constantly looks for an angle and engages in money-making schemes. Kim Reese (Charnele Brown) is a very bright pre-med student who comes to room with Whitley, while free-spirited Freddie Brooks (Cree Summer) is all about conjuring up ideas to save the planet. The group also seeks guidance from Col. Brad Taylor (Glynn Turman), a no-nonsense math professor who takes Dwayne under his wing; Walter Oakes (Sinbad), a genial P.E. teacher, coach and dorm director; and Vernon Gaines (Lou Myers), the crotchety but kind proprietor of campus hangout The Pit. Streetwise Lena James (Jada Pinkett), Gina Deveaux (Ajai Sanders) and talkative Charmaine Brown (Karen Malina White) also enroll at Hillman as the show progresses. The series follows the students from undergraduate studies to graduate work and post-graduate jobs, focusing on friendships and romance as well as academics and extra-curricular activities; and offering perspectives on topics ranging from war and the AIDS epidemic to racism, date rape and domestic violence.

Episode Info

Prev: 6x22 -- Great X-Pectations (Jul/09/1993)

Dean Davenport assigns her students to write a dialogue theorizing on what might have been said during the only meeting between Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Terrell reacts strongly after he and Charmaine are assaulted. Spencer repeatedly proposes to Kim.

Available Episodes

College Kid
Season 6 episode 25

A Rock, a River, a L..
Season 6 episode 24

Homie, Don't Ya Know..
Season 6 episode 23

Great X-Pectations
Jul 09, 1993
Season 6 episode 22

Cabin in the Sky
Jun 10, 1993
Season 6 episode 21

Dancing Machines
Jun 03, 1993
Season 6 episode 20

Lean on Me
May 27, 1993
Season 6 episode 19

Jasmine GuyJasmine Guy
As Whitley Marion Gilbert-Wayne (episodes 1 - 21, 23 - 144)
Kadeem HardisonKadeem Hardison
As Dwayne Cleophus Wayne (episodes 1 - 21, 23 - 144)
Dawnn LewisDawnn Lewis
As Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor (S01-S05)
Lisa BonetLisa Bonet
As Denise Huxtable (S01)
Marisa TomeiMarisa Tomei
As Maggie Lauten (S01)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Stevie Rallen (episodes 1 - 9, 21)
Mary AliceMary Alice
As Leticia "Lettie" Bostic (episodes 13 - 20, 23 - 44)
Darryl M. BellDarryl M. Bell
As Ron Johnson (S02-S06; recurring in S01)
Charnele BrownCharnele Brown
As Kimberly Reese (S02-S06)
Cree SummerCree Summer
As Winifred "Freddie" Brooks (S02-S06)

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Recurring Guests

Cory Tyler as Terrence Taylor (30 eps)
Jada Pinkett Smith as Lena James (23 eps)
Patrick Y. Malone as Terrell Walker (22 eps)
Bumper Robinson as Dorian Heywood (21 eps)
Michael Ralph as Frank (19 eps)
Ajai Sanders as Gina Deveaux (18 eps)
Gary Dourdan as Shazza Zulu (14 eps)
Rueben Grundy as Ernest Bennett (14 eps)
Bee-Be Smith as Gloria (13 eps)
Darryl M. Bell as Ron Johnson (13 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 24, 1987
Ended: July 09, 1993
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