A Different World

A Different World (1987)

  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Creator: Bill Cosby
  • First Air Date: 1987-09-24
  • Last Air Date: 1993-07-09
  • Total Seasons: 6
  • Total Episodes: 144
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Production Company: Carsey-Werner Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Networks: NBC
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A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional mixed but historically black college in the state of Virginia. After Bonet's departure in the first season, the remainder of the series primarily focused more on Southern belle Whitley Gilbert and mathematics whiz Dwayne Wayne. The series frequently depicted members of the major historically black fraternities and sororities. While it was a spin-off from The Cosby Show, A Different World would typically address issues that were avoided by The Cosby Show writers. One episode that aired in 1990 was one of the first American network television episodes to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

  • Keywords: college, racism, sitcom, social issues
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    A Different World Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1987-09-24
    22 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1988-10-06
    22 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1989-09-21
    25 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 1990-09-20
    25 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 1991-09-19
    25 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 1992-09-24
    25 Episodes

    A Different World Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Reconcilable Differences30 min
    Season 1Episode 2Pilot30 min
    Season 1Episode 3Porky de Bergerac30 min
    Season 1Episode 4Those Who Can't... Tutor30 min
    Season 1Episode 5War of the Words30 min
    Season 1Episode 6Rudy and the Snow Queen30 min
    Season 1Episode 7Sometimes You Get the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets You30 min
    Season 1Episode 8If Chosen, I May Not Run30 min
    Season 1Episode 9Romancing Mr. Stone30 min
    Season 1Episode 10The Gift of the Magi30 min
    Season 1Episode 11Does He or Doesn't He?30 min
    Season 1Episode 12Advise and Descent30 min
    Season 1Episode 13The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic30 min
    Season 1Episode 14Wild Child30 min
    Season 1Episode 15Dr. Cupid30 min
    Season 1Episode 16The Show Must Go On30 min
    Season 1Episode 17Mr. Hillman30 min
    Season 1Episode 18Speech Therapy30 min
    Season 1Episode 19Clair's Last Stand30 min
    Season 1Episode 20If Only for One Night30 min
    Season 1Episode 21Come Back, Little Eggby30 min
    Season 1Episode 22My Dinner with Theo30 min
    Season 2Episode 1Dr. War Is Hell30 min
    Season 2Episode 2Two Gentlemen of Hillman30 min
    Season 2Episode 3Some Enchanted Late Afternoon30 min
    Season 2Episode 4Dream Lover30 min
    Season 2Episode 5Three Girls Three30 min
    Season 2Episode 6If You Like Pilgrim Coladas30 min
    Season 2Episode 7A Stepping Stone30 min
    Season 2Episode 8Life with Father30 min
    Season 2Episode 9All's Fair30 min
    Season 2Episode 10Radio Free Hillman30 min
    Season 2Episode 11It Happened One Night30 min
    Season 2Episode 12I've Got the Muse in Me30 min
    Season 2Episode 13Risky Business30 min
    Season 2Episode 14Breaking Up is Hard to Do30 min
    Season 2Episode 15For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage30 min
    Season 2Episode 16It's Greek to Me30 min
    Season 2Episode 17The Thing About Women30 min
    Season 2Episode 18High Anxiety30 min
    Season 2Episode 19Take This Job and Love It30 min
    Season 2Episode 20No Means No30 min
    Season 2Episode 21Citizen Wayne30 min
    Season 2Episode 22There's No Place Like Home30 min
    Season 3Episode 1Strangers on a Plane30 min
    Season 3Episode 2The Heat is On30 min
    Season 3Episode 3The Hat Makes the Man30 min
    Season 3Episode 4To Have and Have Not30 min
    Season 3Episode 5Forever Hold Your Peace30 min
    Season 3Episode 6Delusions of Daddyhood30 min
    Season 3Episode 7Wedding Bells from Hell30 min
    Season 3Episode 8Great Expectations30 min
    Season 3Episode 9Answered Prayers30 min
    Season 3Episode 10For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls30 min
    Season 3Episode 11Under One Roof30 min
    Season 3Episode 12Here's to Old Friends30 min
    Season 3Episode 13The Power of the Pen30 min
    Season 3Episode 14Pride and Prejudice30 min
    Season 3Episode 15Success, Lies and Videotape30 min
    Season 3Episode 16A World Alike30 min
    Season 3Episode 17That's the Trouble with You All30 min
    Season 3Episode 18A Camp Fire Story30 min
    Season 3Episode 19Hillman Isn't Through with You Yet30 min
    Season 3Episode 2021 Candles30 min
    Season 3Episode 21Sweet Charity30 min
    Season 3Episode 22Soldier Boy30 min
    Season 3Episode 23Getaway: Part 130 min
    Season 3Episode 24Getaway: Part 230 min
    Season 3Episode 25Perhaps Love30 min
    Season 4Episode 1Everything Must Change30 min
    Season 4Episode 2How Bittersweet It Is30 min
    Season 4Episode 3Blues for Nobody's Child30 min
    Season 4Episode 4Whitley's Last Supper30 min
    Season 4Episode 5The Goodwill Games30 min
    Season 4Episode 6Tales from the Exam Zone30 min
    Season 4Episode 7Good Help is Hard to Fire30 min
    Season 4Episode 8Love Thy Neighbor30 min
    Season 4Episode 9Time Keeps on Slippin'30 min
    Season 4Episode 10The Apple Doesn't Fall30 min
    Season 4Episode 11I'm Dreaming of a Wayne Christmas30 min
    Season 4Episode 12War and Peace30 min
    Season 4Episode 13Ex-Communication30 min
    Season 4Episode 14Risk Around the Dollar30 min
    Season 4Episode 15Love, Hillman-Style30 min
    Season 4Episode 16A Word in Edgewise30 min
    Season 4Episode 17Ms. Understanding30 min
    Season 4Episode 18The Cash Isn't Always Greener30 min
    Season 4Episode 19How Great Thou Art30 min
    Season 4Episode 20It's Showtime at Hillman30 min
    Season 4Episode 21Sister to Sister, Sister30 min
    Season 4Episode 22Monet is the Root of All Evil30 min
    Season 4Episode 23If I Should Die Before I Wake30 min
    Season 4Episode 24Never Can Say Goodbye30 min
    Season 4Episode 25To Be Continued30 min
    Season 5Episode 1We've Only Just Begun30 min
    Season 5Episode 2The Dwayne Mutiny30 min
    Season 5Episode 3Home is Where the Fire Is30 min
    Season 5Episode 4Almost Working Girl30 min
    Season 5Episode 5In the Eye of the Storm30 min
    Season 5Episode 6Rule Number One30 min
    Season 5Episode 7Baby, I'm a Star30 min
    Season 5Episode 8Liza Who-Little30 min
    Season 5Episode 9To Tell the Truth30 min
    Season 5Episode 10Do You Take This Woman?30 min
    Season 5Episode 11Mammy Dearest30 min
    Season 5Episode 12Twelve Steps of Christmas30 min
    Season 5Episode 13Just Another Four-Letter Word30 min
    Season 5Episode 14Cats in the Cradle30 min
    Season 5Episode 15Prisoner of Love30 min
    Season 5Episode 16Bedroom at the Top30 min
    Season 5Episode 17May the Best Man Win30 min
    Season 5Episode 18Kiss You Back30 min
    Season 5Episode 19Conflict of Interest30 min
    Season 5Episode 20Sellmates30 min
    Season 5Episode 21Do the Write Thing30 min
    Season 5Episode 22Love Taps30 min
    Season 5Episode 23Special Delivery30 min
    Season 5Episode 24Save the Best for Last: Part 130 min
    Season 5Episode 25Save the Best for Last: Part 230 min
    Season 6Episode 1Honeymoon in L.A.: Part 130 min
    Season 6Episode 2Honeymoon in L.A.: Part 230 min
    Season 6Episode 3Interior Desecration30 min
    Season 6Episode 4Somebody Say Ho!30 min
    Season 6Episode 5Really Gross Anatomy30 min
    Season 6Episode 6Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed30 min
    Season 6Episode 7The Little Mister30 min
    Season 6Episode 8Baby, It's Cold Outside30 min
    Season 6Episode 9Faith, Hope and Charity: Part 130 min
    Season 6Episode 10Faith, Hope and Charity: Part 230 min
    Season 6Episode 11Original Teacher30 min
    Season 6Episode 12Occupational Hazards30 min
    Season 6Episode 13White Christmas30 min
    Season 6Episode 14To Whit, with Love30 min
    Season 6Episode 15Happy Birthday to Moi30 min
    Season 6Episode 16Mind Your Own Business30 min
    Season 6Episode 17When One Door Closes...: Part 130 min
    Season 6Episode 18When One Door Closes...: Part 230 min
    Season 6Episode 19Lean on Me30 min
    Season 6Episode 20Dancing Machines30 min
    Season 6Episode 21Cabin in the Sky30 min
    Season 6Episode 22Great X-Pectations30 min
    Season 6Episode 23Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?30 min
    Season 6Episode 24A Rock, a River, a Lena30 min
    Season 6Episode 25College Kid30 min
    • Jasmine Guy

      as Whitley Marion Gilbert
    • Kadeem Hardison

      as Dwayne Cleophus Wayne
    • Darryl M. Bell

      as Ronald Marlon Johnson
    • Cree Summer

      as Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks
    • Charnele Brown

      as Kimberly Reese
    • Lou Myers

      as Vernon Gaines
    • Glynn Turman

      as Colonel Bradford Taylor
    • Ajai Sanders

      as Gina Deveaux
    • Karen Malina White

      as Charmaine Tyesha Brown
    • Jada Pinkett Smith

      as Lena James
    Production Debbie Allen Producer
    Production Tom Werner Producer