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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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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 4/24
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

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 4/24
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

The Getaway

S03, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 19, 1990)
Spring break begins badly when Dwayne and Ron pick up the wrong luggage.
  • Tue 4/24
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Save the Best for Last

S05, E25  (First Aired: May. 14, 1992)
Dwayne attends the wedding, and Whitney realizes that she can not marry Byron.
  • Tue 4/24
  • 10:00AM-10:39AM
  • 185
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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.
  • Tue 4/24
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
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Honeymoon in L.A.

S06, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 24, 1992)
Whitley and Dwayne tell new students about their honeymoon in Los Angeles.
  • Tue 4/24
  • 10:39AM-11:18AM
  • 185
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Honeymoon in L.A.

S06, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 1, 1992)
Whitley and Dwayne search for each other after being separated during their honeymoon in Los Angeles.
  • Tue 4/24
  • 11:18AM-11:57AM
  • 185
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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.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

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.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

How Bittersweet It Is

S04, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 27, 1990)
In an effort to make Dwayne jealous, Whitley accepts a date with Ron.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
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Interior Desecration or Sofa, So Good

S06, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 8, 1992)
Whitley and Dwayne try to combine their possessions in the new apartment.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 10:00AM-10:39AM
  • 185
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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.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Somebody Say Ho!

S06, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 15, 1992)
Freddie puts her law school studies to good use when Terrell is brought up on charges of verbal abuse.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 10:39AM-11:18AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Really Gross Anatomy

S06, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 1992)
Kim ``tosses her cookies'' on Professor Murphy when she tries to dissect her first cadaver; Dwayne hosts a party while Whitley is out of town.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 11:18AM-11:57AM
  • 185
  • BHER

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.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

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.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Tales From the Exam Zone

S04, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 25, 1990)
Walter is the host for a ``Twilight Zone''-type look at students cramming for midterm exams.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed

S06, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1992)
Whitley tries to convince Dwayne to invest in an expensive painting, then loses her job; Ron and Kim reach a crossroads.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 10:00AM-10:39AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Good Help Is Hard to Fire

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 1990)
Dwayne's visiting mom (Patti LaBelle) lands in the middle of a melee involving Dwayne, Kinu (Alisa Gyse Dickens) and Whitley.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

The Little Mister

S06, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1992)
In Dwayne's dream, Whitley is running for president against other women.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 10:39AM-11:18AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Baby, It's Cold Outside

S06, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1992)
Whitley phones ``The Montel Williams Show'' for marital advice, not realizing everyone at school is listening in.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 11:18AM-11:57AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Love Thy Neighbor

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1990)
Dwayne and Whitley finally commit themselves to a relationship.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
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Time Keeps on Slippin'

S04, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1990)
Dwayne's preoccupation with Whitley affects his grades; Ron and Freddie plan a video.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

The Apple Doesn't Fall

S04, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1990)
Ron considers a career decision; Terrance (Cory Tyler) thinks his father (Glynn Turman) should reject an offer.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
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Faith, Hope & Charity

S06, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1992)
Dwayne's mother (Patti LaBelle), Mrs. Gilbert (Diahann Carroll) and her young date go to the Waynes' for Thanksgiving.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 10:00AM-10:39AM
  • 185
  • BHER

I'm Dreaming of a Wayne Christmas

S04, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 1990)
Whitley tries to make a good impression on Dwayne's mother by getting her an expensive Christmas gift.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Faith, Hope & Charity

S06, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1992)
Dwayne's mother (Patti LaBelle), Mrs. Gilbert (Diahann Carroll) and her young date go to the Waynes' for Thanksgiving.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 10:39AM-11:18AM
  • 185
  • BHER

The Original Teacher

S06, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1992)
Dwayne tries to convince two rival gang members that their friendship is more important than gang ties.
  • Fri 4/27
  • 11:18AM-11:57AM
  • 185
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Occupational Hazards

S06, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1992)
An officious claims officer makes it difficult for Whitley to get unemployment; Lena forms a women's literary society.
  • Sat 4/28
  • 6:00AM-6:40AM
  • 185
  • BHER

White Christmas

S06, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1992)
Freddie gets a holiday visit from her mother (Anita Morris); Whitley spends Christmas day at her new job.
  • Sat 4/28
  • 6:40AM-7:20AM
  • 185
  • BHER

To Whit, With Love

S06, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1993)
Dwayne lends a hand when Whitley teaches a remedial class; Lena (Jada Pinkett) tries to get a date with Dorian (Bumper Robinson).
  • Sat 4/28
  • 7:20AM-8:00AM
  • 185
  • BHER

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.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 4:10AM-4:47AM
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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.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 4:47AM-5:24AM
  • 54
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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.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 5:24AM-6:00AM
  • 54
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War and Peace

S04, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1991)
Emotions run high as Dwayne's classmates send their friend Zelmer to the Persian Gulf.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Ex-Communication or Fiance What?

S04, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1991)
Whitley consults a counselor (Debbie Allen) for help in coping with her feelings about her ex-fiance (Dominic Hoffman).
  • Mon 4/30
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Risk Around the Dollar

S04, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1991)
Whitley needs to replace the rent money she spent; Terrance wants to become a Muslim.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Love, Hillman Style

S04, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 14, 1991)
Whitley and Dwayne argue over her scheme to publish a ``Hillman hunks'' calendar.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 185
  • BHER
  •  
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 185
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  •  
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 185
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A Word in Edgewise

S04, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1991)
Deaf actors (members of the National Theater of the Deaf) perform at the outreach center; Whitley bets she can zip her lips for a day.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Ms. Understanding

S04, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1991)
The battle of the sexes heats up at Hillman, fueled by an article on campus sex roles.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

The Cash Isn't Always Greener

S04, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 7, 1991)
Dwayne debates going for the big bucks in business or another degree after graduation.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 185
  • BHER

How Great Thou Art

S04, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 1991)
Whitley ignores her boss and buys a painting; Freddie hosts a radio talk show.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 185
  • BHER
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  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 185
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  •  
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 185
  • BHER

Showtime at Hillman

S04, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 21, 1991)
Walter hosts a telethon for the community center, but fails to get the phones ringing.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Sister to Sister, Sister

S04, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1991)
Kim decides to pledge a sorority and finds that Whitley is the pledge mistress.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Monet Is the Root of All Evil

S04, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1991)
Whitley sponsors an art show that is labeled obscene by an outside group.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 185
  • BHER

If I Should Die Before I Wake

S04, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 11, 1991)
An oratory professor (Whoopi Goldberg) gives her class a unique assignment.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 185
  • BHER
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  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 185
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  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 185
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Never Can Say Goodbye

S04, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1991)
Ron pleads with the dean (Robert Guillaume) about graduating; a ``roast'' is in the works for Walter.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

To Be Continued

S04, E25  (First Aired: May. 2, 1991)
Whitley faces a post-graduation decision; Ron and his father (Art Evans) negotiate with the dean (Robert Guillaume).
  • Thu 5/3
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

We've Only Just Begun

S05, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1991)
Dorm director Whitley has a run-in with a street-smart freshman; Dwayne plans a surprise for Whitley.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 185
  • BHER

The Dwayne Mutiny

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1991)
Dwayne is not getting any support when Whitley threatens to walk out and his algebra class mutinies.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 185
  • BHER
  •  
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 185
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  •  
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 185
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Home Is Where the Fire Is

S05, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 1991)
Bickering distracts Whitley and Kim from a hazard in Lena's (Jada Pinkett) room.
  • Fri 5/4
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

Almost Working Girl

S05, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1991)
When Jaleesa sends Freddie on a temporary job at Whitley's workplace, she insults an executive (Beverly Todd).
  • Fri 5/4
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
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In the Eye of the Storm

S05, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1991)
As a hurricane batters the campus, Ron and Freddie confront their differences while trapped together.
  • Fri 5/4
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Fri 5/4
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Rule Number One ...

S05, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1991)
Dwayne fails to foresee the consequences of his tutoring Lena (Jada Pinkett); Ron goes into the cosmetics business.
  • Fri 5/4
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Fri 5/4
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 185
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  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 185
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  • Mon 5/7
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
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Baby, I'm a Star

S05, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1991)
Kim's new-found arrogance loses her a spot in Ron's band; Col. Taylor frets over his age.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 108
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Liza Who-Little

S05, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1991)
Whitley's wealthy cousin Liza (Jasmine Guy in a dual role) goes husband-hunting at Hillman.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 108
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To Tell the Truth

S05, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1991)
Dwayne gets into hot water when he is spotted holding hands with a woman other than Whitley.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 185
  • BHER

Do You Take This Woman?

S05, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1991)
As his wedding nears, Dwayne's cold feet are thawed by the hot tempers of the combative future mothers-in-law.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 108
  • WABCDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 185
  • BHER
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  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 185
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  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 185
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  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
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