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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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Episode Air Date Channel

Under One Roof

S03, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 4, 1990)
Whitley misinterprets an invitation to stay at the dean's house for a weekend.
  • Mon 5/29
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Here's to Old Friends

S03, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 1990)
Dwayne's friend comes for a visit and tries to convince him to transfer.
  • Mon 5/29
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 5/30
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 5/30
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 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 5/31
  • 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 5/31
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 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).
  • Wed 5/31
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

A World Alike

S03, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 1990)
Kim is offered a scholarship by a company with South African ties.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 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).
  • Thu 6/1
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

21 Candles

S03, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1990)
Whitley is convinced that everyone has forgotten her 21st birthday.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 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 6/2
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Three Girls Three

S02, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1988)
Jaleesa and Whitley are given the chance to become back-up singers for Gladys Knight.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Delusions of Daddyhood

S03, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 1989)
Despite Whitley's objections, rap group Heavy D. and the Boyz arrive at Hillman for a benefit concert.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 12:00PM-12:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Just Another Four-Letter Word

S05, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 1992)
Ron is forced to move out of his apartment after he spends the rent money pursuing his music career.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 6/2
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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).
  • Fri 6/2
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Mind Your Own Business

S06, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1993)
En Vogue guest star as four frumpy choir members who Ron and Charmaine try to transform into the opening act.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 6/2
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 6/2
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

When One Door Closes ...

S06, E17  (First Aired: May. 8, 1993)
A Japanese corporation woos Dwayne for his software; Whitley is pregnant.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

When One Door Closes ...

S06, E18  (First Aired: May. 8, 1993)
A Japanese corporation woos Dwayne for his software; Whitley is pregnant.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Homey, Don't Ya Know Me?

S06, E23 
Lena is torn between the past and the present when her old boyfriend and friends from Baltimore come for a visit.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

College Kid

S06, E24 
Ex-baseball great Langston Paige (Billy Dee Williams) leases part of his home to the college kids.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

A Rock, a River, a Lena

S06, E25 
Lena visits Hillman College to dedicate a scholarship in her grandmother's name.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • 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.
  • Sat 6/3
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 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.
  • Sat 6/3
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Getaway

S03, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 19, 1990)
Spring break begins badly when Dwayne and Ron pick up the wrong luggage.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 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.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 6/8
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 6/8
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Love Thy Neighbor

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1990)
Dwayne and Whitley finally commit themselves to a relationship.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Love Thy Neighbor

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1990)
Dwayne and Whitley finally commit themselves to a relationship.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 6:30AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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 6/9
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sat 6/10
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 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 6/10
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne