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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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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.
  • Mon 6/25
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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.
  • Mon 6/25
  • 10:38AM-11:17AM
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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.
  • Mon 6/25
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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).
  • Mon 6/25
  • 11:17AM-11:55AM
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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.
  • Mon 6/25
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Happy Birthday to Moi

S06, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1993)
Dwayne conspires with Kim to stay one step ahead of Whitley, who wants to plan her own surprise birthday party.
  • Tue 6/26
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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.
  • Tue 6/26
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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.
  • Tue 6/26
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When One Door Closes ...

S06, E17  (First Aired: May. 8, 1993)
A Japanese corporation woos Dwayne for his software; Whitley is pregnant.
  • Tue 6/26
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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.
  • Tue 6/26
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When One Door Closes ...

S06, E18  (First Aired: May. 8, 1993)
A Japanese corporation woos Dwayne for his software; Whitley is pregnant.
  • Wed 6/27
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Lean on Me

S06, E19  (First Aired: May. 27, 1993)
Dwayne discovers that his ex-girlfriend will be conducting his interview when he applies for a summer job.
  • Wed 6/27
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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.
  • Wed 6/27
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Dancing Machines

S06, E20  (First Aired: Jun. 3, 1993)
Freddie asks Ron to host a dance-a-thon; Dwayne and Whitley allow one of her students to stay with them for the weekend.
  • Wed 6/27
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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).
  • Wed 6/27
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Cabin in the Sky

S06, E21  (First Aired: Jun. 10, 1993)
Dwayne and Whitley plan a romantic getaway in the mountains; Mr. Gaines leaves his son in charge of the Pit.
  • Thu 6/28
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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.
  • Thu 6/28
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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 6/28
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Great X-Pectations

S06, E22  (First Aired: Jul. 9, 1993)
Terrell (Patrick Y. Malone) is caught with a handgun in the classroom; Spencer (Michael Ralph) proposes to Kim.
  • Thu 6/28
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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 6/28
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College Kid

S06, E24 
Ex-baseball great Langston Paige (Billy Dee Williams) leases part of his home to the college kids.
  • Fri 6/29
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A Rock, a River, a Lena

S06, E25 
Lena visits Hillman College to dedicate a scholarship in her grandmother's name.
  • Fri 6/29
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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 6/29
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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).
  • Fri 6/29
  • 11:17AM-11:55AM
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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 6/29
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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Mammy Dearest

S05, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1991)
Whitley plans for a display of slave art until Lena (Jada Pinkett) reveals that Gilbert ancestors owned slaves.
  • Sat 6/30
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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.
  • Sat 6/30
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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.
  • Sun 7/1
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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.
  • Sun 7/1
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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.
  • Mon 7/2
  • 3:50AM-4:23AM
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Doctor Cupid

S01, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1988)
Dwayne, alias ``Dr. Cupid,'' takes to the airwaves to get a Valentine's Day date.
  • Mon 7/2
  • 4:23AM-4:55AM
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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.
  • Mon 7/2
  • 4:55AM-5:28AM
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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 7/2
  • 5:28AM-6:00AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Mon 7/2
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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.
  • Mon 7/2
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Mon 7/2
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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.
  • Mon 7/2
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 7/3
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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.
  • Tue 7/3
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Tue 7/3
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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.
  • Tue 7/3
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Wed 7/4
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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.
  • Wed 7/4
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Wed 7/4
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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.
  • Wed 7/4
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Thu 7/5
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Mammy Dearest

S05, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1991)
Whitley plans for a display of slave art until Lena (Jada Pinkett) reveals that Gilbert ancestors owned slaves.
  • Thu 7/5
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Thu 7/5
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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.
  • Thu 7/5
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Fri 7/6
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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 7/6
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
  • Fri 7/6
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The Cat's in the Cradle

S05, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1992)
Ron and Dwayne's version of a racial clash differs from that of three students from a rival school, landing all the students in jail.
  • Fri 7/6
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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.
  • Sat 7/7
  • 8:00AM-8:30AM
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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.
  • Sat 7/7
  • 8:30AM-9:00AM
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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.
  • Sun 7/8
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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.
  • Sun 7/8
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