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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

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.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

A World Alike

S03, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 1990)
Kim is offered a scholarship by a company with South African ties.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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).
  • Tue 12/6
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

21 Candles

S03, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1990)
Whitley is convinced that everyone has forgotten her 21st birthday.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Getaway

S03, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 19, 1990)
Spring break begins badly when Dwayne and Ron pick up the wrong luggage.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 12/8
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 12/8
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 12/9
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 12/9
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls

S03, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 21, 1989)
Whitley's slumber is troubled by a Christmas nightmare as she envisions herself the campus ``Scrooge.''.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 9:30PM-10:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 12/9
  • 10:00PM-10:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Twelve Steps of Christmas

S05, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1991)
Dwayne and Whitley go separately to a Christmas party, unaware the other will be there.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 11:00PM-11:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls

S03, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 21, 1989)
Whitley's slumber is troubled by a Christmas nightmare as she envisions herself the campus ``Scrooge.''.
  • Sat 12/10
  • 1:00AM-1:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sat 12/10
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls

S03, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 21, 1989)
Whitley's slumber is troubled by a Christmas nightmare as she envisions herself the campus ``Scrooge.''.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Twelve Steps of Christmas

S05, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1991)
Dwayne and Whitley go separately to a Christmas party, unaware the other will be there.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls

S03, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 21, 1989)
Whitley's slumber is troubled by a Christmas nightmare as she envisions herself the campus ``Scrooge.''.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 12:00PM-12:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Twelve Steps of Christmas

S05, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1991)
Dwayne and Whitley go separately to a Christmas party, unaware the other will be there.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Love Thy Neighbor

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1990)
Dwayne and Whitley finally commit themselves to a relationship.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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).
  • Wed 12/14
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne