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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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All Upcoming Times for A Different World

Episode Air Date Channel

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.
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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).
  • Sun 2/18
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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 2/19
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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.
  • Mon 2/19
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Fri 2/23
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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.
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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).
  • Sat 2/24
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
  • Mon 2/26
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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.
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
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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.
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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 2/27
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
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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.
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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.
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Thu 3/1
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Fri 3/2
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Student life at Hillman College.
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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.
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Pilot

S01, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 1, 1987)
Denise hopes to solve her latest financial quandary without assistance from home.
  • Sat 3/3
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