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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.

  1. Bill Cosby


Series Cast

  1. Cree Summer

    Cree Summer

    Winifred 'Freddie' Brooks

    144 Episodes

  2. Jasmine Guy

    Jasmine Guy

    Whitley Marion Gilbert

    144 Episodes

  3. Dawnn Lewis

    Dawnn Lewis

    Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor

    144 Episodes

  4. Kadeem Hardison

    Kadeem Hardison

    Dwayne Cleophus Wayne

    144 Episodes

  5. Charnele Brown

    Kimberly Reese

    144 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 6

1992 | 25 Episodes

Season 6 of A Different World premiered on September 24, 1992.

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Status Ended


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Certification -

Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 30m



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