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A Different World (1987-1993)



A Different World

(1987-1993)

30 minutes

Comedy / Sitom

Created by Bill Cosby

Cast:

Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable
Jasmine Guy as Whitley Gilbert
Kadeem Hardison as Dwayne Wayne
Dawnn Lewis as Jaleesa Vinson Taylor
Marisa Tomei as Maggie Lauten
Darryl M. Bell as Ronald 'Ron' Johnson Jr.
Loretta Devine as Stevie Rallen
Marie-Alise Recasner as Millie
Mary Alice as Leticia 'Lettie' Bostic
Sinbad as Walter Oakes 
Charnele Brown as Kimberly Reese
Cree Summer as Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks
Glynn Turman as Col. Bradford Taylor
Lou Myers as Vernon Gaines
Ajai Sanders as Gina Deveaux
Jada Pinkett as Lena James
Karen Malina White as Charmaine Tyesha Brown
Cory Tyler as Terrence Taylor 
Gary Dourdan as Shazza Zulu
Patrick Malone as Terrell Walker
Bumper Robinson as Dorian Heywood
Michael Ralph as Michael

Airing on NBC for 144 episodes from September 24, 1987 to July 9, 1993, A Different World was created as a spinoff from the legendary sitcom, The Cosby Show , focusing on Denise Huxtable going off to Hillman College , a primarily African-American college in Virginia.  Although based on The Cosby Show , A Different World took on edgier topics, such as race and class relations and most notably, an episode in 1990 that was one of the first network TV shows to deal with HIV/AIDS.

A Different World was received well enough that the show was able to survive the departure of its main character, Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), who only appeared in season one.  A Different World also gained notoriety for attracting a wide array of guest stars including Patti LaBelle, Tupac Shakur, Billy Dee Williams, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg and Jesse Jackson.

Episodes:

Season One
 
1.   Reconcilable Differences 9/24/1987
 
2.   Pilot 10/1/1987

3.   Porky de Bergerac 10/15/1987

4.   Those Who Can't...Tutor 10/22/1987

5.   War of the Words 10/29/1987

6.   Rudy and the Snow Queen 11/5/1987
 
7.   Sometimes You Get the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets You 11/19/1987

8.   If Chosen, I May Not Run 12/3/1987

9.   Romancing Mr. Stone 12/10/1987

10.  The Gift of the Magi 12/17/1987
 
11.  Does He or Doesn't He? 1/7/1988

12.  Advise and Descent 1/14/1988

13.  The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic 1/21/1988

14.  Wild Child 2/4/1988

15.  Dr. Cupid 2/11/1988
 
16.  The Show Must Go On 2/18/1988

17.  Mr. Hillman 2/25/1988

18.  Speech Therapy 3/10/1988

19.  Clair's Last Stand 3/24/1988

20.  If Only for One Night 4/28/1988

21.  Come Back, Little Eggby 5/5/1988

22.  My Dinner With Theo 7/7/1988

Season Two
 
23.   Dr. War is Hell 10/6/1988

24.   Two Gentlemen of Hillman 10/13/1988
 
25.   Some Enchanted Late Afternoon 10/27/1988

26.   Dream Lover 11/3/1988

27.   Three Girls Three 11/10/1988

28.   If You Like Pilgrim Coladas 11/17/1988

29.   A Stepping Stone 12/1/1988
 
30.   Life With Father 12/8/1988

31.   All's Fair 12/15/1988

32.   Radio Free Hillman 1/5/1989

33.   It Happened One Night 1/12/1989

34.   I've Got the Muse in Me 1/26/1989
 
35.   Risky Business 2/2/1989

36.   Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 2/9/1989

37.   For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage 2/23/1989

38.   It's Greek to Me 3/2/1989

39.   The Thing About Women 3/9/1989
 
40.   High Anxiety 3/16/1989

41.   Take This Job and Love It 3/23/1989

42.   No Means No 3/30/1989

43.   Citizen Wayne 4/27/1989

44.   There's No Place Like Home 5/4/1989

Season Three
 
45.   Strangers on a Plane 9/21/1989

46.   The Heat Is On 10/12/1989

47.   The Hat Makes the Man 10/19/1989

48.   To Have and Have Not 10/26/1989
 
49.   Forever Hold Your Peace 11/2/1989

50.   Delusions of Daddyhood 11/9/1989

51.   Wedding Bells From Hell 11/16/1989

52.   Great Expectations 11/30/1989

53.   Answered Prayers 12/7/1989
 
54.   For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls 12/21/1989

55.   Under One Roof 1/4/1990

56.   Here's to Old Friends 1/11/1990

57.   The Power of the Pen 1/18/1990

58.   Pride and Prejudice 1/25/1990
 
59.   Success, Lies and Videotape 2/8/1990

60.   A World Alike 2/15/1990

61.   That's the Trouble With You All 2/22/1990

62.   A Campfire Story 3/1/1990

63.   Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet 3/8/1990
 
64.   21 Candles 3/15/1990

65.   Sweet Charity 3/29/1990

66.   Soldier Boy 4/5/1990

67.   Getaway (1) 4/19/1990

68.   Getaway (2) 4/26/1990

69.   Perhaps Love 5/3/1990

Season Four
 
70.   Everything Must Change 9/20/1990

71.   How Bittersweet It Is 9/27/1990

72.   Blues for Nobody's Child 10/4/1990

73.   Whitley's Last Supper 10/11/1990
 
74.   The Goodwill Games 10/18/1990

75.   Tales From the Exam Zone 10/25/1990

76.   Good Help Is Hard to Fire 11/8/1990

77.   Love Thy Neighbor 11/15/1990

78.   Time Keeps on Slippin' 11/29/1990
 
79.   The Apple Doesn't Fall 12/6/1990

80.   I'm Dreaming of a Wayne Christmas 12/13/1990

81.   War and Peace 1/10/1991

82.   Ex-Communication 1/31/1991

83.   Risk Around the Dollar 2/7/1991
 
84.   Love, Hillman-Style 2/14/1991

85.   A Word in Edgewise 2/21/1991

86.   Ms. Understanding 2/28/1991

87.   The Cash Isn't Always Greener 3/7/1991

88.   How Great Thou Art 3/14/1991
 
89.   It's Showtime at Hillman 3/21/1991

90.   Sister to Sister, Sister 3/28/1991

91.   Monet Is the Root of All Evil 4/4/1991

92.   If I Should Die Before I Wake 4/11/1991

93.   Never Can Say Goodbye 4/25/1991

94.   To Be Continued 5/2/1991

Season Five
 
95.   We've Only Just Begun 9/19/1991

96.   The Dwayne Mutiny 9/26/1991
 
97.   Home is Where the Fire Is 10/3/1991

98.   Almost Working Girl 10/10/1991

99.   In the Eye of the Storm 10/17/1991

100.  Rule Number One 10/24/1991

101.  Baby, I'm a Star 10/31/1991
 
102.  Liza Who-Little 11/7/1991

103.  To Tell the Truth 11/14/1991

104.  Do You Take This Woman? 11/21/1991

105.  Mammy Dearest 12/5/1991

106.  Twelve Steps of Christmas 12/19/1991
 
107.  The Cat's in the Cradle 1/2/1992

108.  Just Another Four-Letter Word 1/16/1992

109.  Prisoner of Love 1/23/1992

110.  Bedroom at the Top 1/30/1992

111.  May the Best Man Win 2/13/1992
 
112.  Kiss You Back 2/20/1992

113.  Conflict of Interest 2/27/1992

114.  Sellmates 3/12/1992

115.  Do the Write Thing 4/2/1992

116.  Love Taps 4/23/1992

117.  Special Delivery 5/7/1992
 
118.  Save the Best for Last (1) 5/14/1992

119.  Save the Best for Last (2) 5/14/1992

Season Six
 
120.   Honeymoon in L.A. (1) 9/24/1992

121.   Honeymoon in L.A. (2) 10/1/1992

122.   Interior Desecration 10/8/1992

123.   Somebody Say Ho! 10/15/1992

124.   Really Gross Anatomy 10/22/1992

125.   Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed 10/29/1992
 
126.   The Little Mister 10/29/1992

127.   Baby, It's Cold Outside 11/5/1992

128.   Faith, Hope and Charity (1) 11/12/1992

129.   Faith, Hope and Charity (2) 11/12/1992

130.   Original Teacher 11/19/1992
 
131.   Occupational Hazards 12/3/1992

132.   White Christmas 12/17/1992

133.   To Whit, With Love 1/7/1993

134.   Happy Birthday to Moi 1/14/1993

135.   Mind Your Own Business 1/21/1993
 
136.   When One Door Closes...(1) 5/8/1993

137.   When One Door Closes...(2) 5/8/1993

138.   Great X-Pectations 7/9/1993

139.   Lean on Me

140.   Dancing Machines

141.   Cabin in the Sky
 
142.   Homey, Don't Ya Know Me?

143.   College Kid

144.   A Rock, a River, a Lena




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