• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 1987
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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Summary: In this spin-off from the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable enters her sophomore year at Hillman, alma mater of her parents and grandfather, where she moves into Gilbert Hall and shares a dorm room with 26-year-old Jaleesa Vinson and talkative new roommate Maggie Lauten. Also included in the first season cast were obnoxious and extremely wealthy dormmate Whitley Gilbert, ladies' man Dwayne Wayne and dorm director Stevie Rallen. Lettie Bostic later replaced Stevie as the new dorm director. At the end of the first season, Denise would return home (and to The Cosby Show) after dropping out of college. In the fall of 1988, new students Freddie Brooks and Kim Reese entered Hillman College. Freddie was a "hippie-child" who developed a crush on Dwayne; and Kim, an aspiring med student, became Whitley's new roommate. Giving Dwayne a hard time was his math professor, Col. Bradford Taylor. Also, Ron Johnson and Walter Oakes became regulars in the second season after appearing occasionally during the first season. Vernon Gaines, chef at the campus hangout, The Pit, became a regular in the third season. Whitley and Dwayne began an on-again off-again relationship before they became married at the end of the fifth season. Stories dealt mainly with college-themed issues such as racism, fraternity pledging and on-campus romances. NBC Broadcast History September 1987 - May 1992 - Thursdays 8:30 PM September 1992 - November 1992 - Thursdays 8:00 PM December 1992 - January 1993 - Thursdays 8:30 PM May 1993 - June 1993 - Thursdays 8:00 PM July 1993 - Fridays 8:00 PM A Different World airs on BET, weekdays at 11 & 11:30 PM EST. Theme Song: I know my parents love me. Stand behind me come what may. I know now that I'm ready. Because I finally heard them say! It's a different world from where you come from. Here's a chance to make it. If we focus on our goals. If you dish it we can take it. Just remember you've been told... It's a different world from where you come from. It's a different world from where you come from.
Network: NBC
Genre(s): Comedy
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Cast Credit
Loretta Devine Stevie Rallen (Episodes 1 - 9, 21)
Glynn Turman Col. Bradford Taylor
Dawnn Lewis Jaleesa Vinson
Cree Summer Winifred "Freddie" Brooks
Vernee Watson-Johnson Carla Meyers (Episode 22 Only)
Karen Malina White Charmaine Tyesha Brown (Season 6)
Lisa Bonet Denise Huxtable (Season 1)
Jasmine Guy Whitley Gilbert
Kadeem Hardison Dwayne Wayne
Marisa Tomei Maggie Lauten (Season 1)
Charnele Brown Kimberly Reese
Sinbad Walter Oakes
Lou Myers Vernon Gaines
Jada Pinkett Smith Lena James (Season 6, Recurring Previously)
Ajai Sanders Gina Deveaux (Season 6, Recurring Previously)
Mary Alice Leticia "Lettie" Bostic (Episodes 13 - 20, 23 - 44)
Darryl M. Bell Ron Johnson
Ted Ross Dr. Harris (Episode 22 Only)