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A Different World
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Cast of 'A Different World'

  • Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable
  • Kadeem Hardison as Dwayne Cleophus Wayne
  • Jasmine Guy as Whitley Marion Gilbert Wayne
  • Dawnn Lewis as Jaleesa Vinson Taylor
  • Darryl M. Bell as Ronald ``Ron'' Johnson
  • Sinbad as Walter Oakes
  • Charnele Brown as Kimberly ``Kim'' Reese
  • Cree Summer as Winifred ``Freddie'' Brooks

A Different World

Denise Huxtable is in ``a different world'' -- predominantly black Hillman College -- in this popular ``Cosby Show'' spinoff. A sophomore, Denise shares her quarters with divorced freshman Jaleesa and naive Maggie, one of Hillman's few white students. Other Hillman students include Whitley, a Southern belle full of attitude; Dwayne, a math major, and his best friend, Ron; and Col. Taylor, aka ``Dr. War.''

Premiere:
Sep 24, 1987
Original Network:
NBC
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All Upcoming Times for A Different World

Episode Air Date Channel

War of the Words

S01, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1987)
Maggie prepares to debate Whitley on the issue of women's rights.
  • Tue 6/28
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
  • 179
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Sometimes You Get the Bear ... Sometimes the Bear Gets You

S01, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1987)
Denise worries that her grandfather (Earle Hyman) will discover she is involved in a homecoming prank.
  • Tue 6/28
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 179
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Romancing Mr. Stone

S01, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1987)
Denise has a crush on her geology professor (David Alan Grier).
  • Tue 6/28
  • 5:00AM-5:30AM
  • 179
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The Gift of the Magi

S01, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1987)
Whitley is less than enthusiastic about spending the holidays with her newly divorced father and his girlfriend.
  • Tue 6/28
  • 5:30AM-6:00AM
  • 179
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The Power of the Pen

S03, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 1990)
Whitley misconstrues Dwayne's beautiful poetry about mathematics as verses intended for her.
  • Tue 6/28
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
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Pride and Prejudice

S03, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 1990)
Whitley deals with a sales clerk's (Peggy Walton-Walker) racism in her own way, succeeding only in complicating the situation.
  • Tue 6/28
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Success, Lies and Videotape

S03, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 8, 1990)
A visit by Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) prompts the students to think about their career goals.
  • Wed 6/29
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

A World Alike

S03, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 1990)
Kim is offered a scholarship by a company with South African ties.
  • Wed 6/29
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Does He or Doesn't He?

S01, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1988)
Jaleesa takes bets on how Dwayne will act when a graduate student tries to seduce him.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
  • 179
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Advise and Descent

S01, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1988)
Denise volunteers as a school counselor during final exams to get out of writing a major research paper.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 179
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The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic

S01, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1988)
A former Hillman student (Mary Alice) returns to college to earn her degree.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 5:00AM-5:30AM
  • 179
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Wild Child

S01, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1988)
Denise leads a campaign to get her streetwise study partner enrolled at Hillman.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 5:30AM-6:00AM
  • 179
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That's the Trouble With You All

S03, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 22, 1990)
Whitley's jealousy gets in the way after she pairs Dwayne with a date.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Doctor Cupid

S01, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1988)
Dwayne, alias ``Dr. Cupid,'' takes to the airwaves to get a Valentine's Day date.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 179
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A Campfire Story

S03, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 1990)
Dwayne and Walter regale a group of students with tales of recruiting a star basketball player (Christopher Carter Hooks).
  • Thu 6/30
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Show Must Go On

S01, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1988)
Denise and Whitley both appear in a play, and each believes the leading man is interested in her.
  • Thu 6/30
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 179
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Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet

S03, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 8, 1990)
Whitley's career planning has fallen a bit short of its intended mark.
  • Fri 7/1
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

21 Candles

S03, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1990)
Whitley is convinced that everyone has forgotten her 21st birthday.
  • Fri 7/1
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Mr. Hillman

S01, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1988)
Whitley believes she has the Miss Hillman contest wrapped up -- until Denise enters Dwayne as a contestant.
  • Mon 7/4
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 179
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Speech Therapy

S01, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 1988)
Jaleesa gets help from her roommates in overcoming her stage fright in speech class.
  • Mon 7/4
  • 5:00AM-5:30AM
  • 179
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Clair's Last Stand

S01, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 24, 1988)
Clair visits Denise at Hillman College; Whitley looks for somebody with whom she can celebrate her birthday.
  • Mon 7/4
  • 5:30AM-6:00AM
  • 179
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 7/5
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
  • 179
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  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 179
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Sweet Charity

S03, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 1990)
The students try to help Kim make money to pay for college, Dwayne and Ron appear in a commercial.
  • Tue 7/5
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 7/5
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 179
  • LOGO

Soldier Boy

S03, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 5, 1990)
Col. Taylor (Glynn Turman) is roasted at the campus military dinner; Dwayne issues a challenge to Whitley.
  • Tue 7/5
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 7/5
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 179
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The Getaway

S03, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 19, 1990)
Spring break begins badly when Dwayne and Ron pick up the wrong luggage.
  • Wed 7/6
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Wed 7/6
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 179
  • LOGO

The Getaway

S03, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 26, 1990)
Spring break is further complicated for Dwayne and Ron by drug dealers who are pursuing them.
  • Wed 7/6
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Wed 7/6
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 179
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  • Thu 7/7
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
  • 179
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  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 179
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  • 5:00AM-5:30AM
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  • 179
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Perhaps Love ...

S03, E25  (First Aired: May. 3, 1990)
Whitley finds comfort with Dwayne at his place -- until she mistakes his mother (Patti LaBelle) for the maid.
  • Thu 7/7
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Thu 7/7
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 179
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Everything Must Change

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 20, 1990)
Whitley plans to tell Dwayne that a relationship is possible -- but it may be too late.
  • Thu 7/7
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Thu 7/7
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 179
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  • Fri 7/8
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
  • 179
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  • 179
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  • 179
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How Bittersweet It Is

S04, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 27, 1990)
In an effort to make Dwayne jealous, Whitley accepts a date with Ron.
  • Fri 7/8
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Fri 7/8
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 179
  • LOGO

Blues for Nobody's Child

S04, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 4, 1990)
An orphaned waif (T.J. Evans) plans to make Freddie's dorm room his new home.
  • Fri 7/8
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Fri 7/8
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 179
  • LOGO

Whitley's Last Supper

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 11, 1990)
Whitley's father (Ron O'Neal) puts her on a budget; Kim can't relax before an exam.
  • Mon 7/11
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Goodwill Games

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1990)
Dwayne is in the middle as Whitley and Kinu (Alise Gyse Dickens) compete on rival academic teams.
  • Mon 7/11
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne