A Different World

(36)6.919886 SeasonsX-RayTV-PG

Denise Huxtable arrives for her freshmen year at Hillman College, alma mater of her father Cliff Huxtable. In this first season, Denise injects herself into a campus-wide debate over the role of women in society, participates in traditional school shenanigans, crushes on a teacher and deals with the turbulent relationships of college life.

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Episodes (22)

  1. 1. Reconcilable Differences
    September 24, 1987
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    Denise Huxtable takes up residence in Hillman College's Gilbert Hall and immediately clashes with her assigned roomate, Jaleesa Vinson.
  2. 2. Pilot Presentation
    October 1, 1987
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    Denise must deal with a financial crisis and a new chatterbox roommate (Marisa Tomei), and has no choice but to call home for help. Cliff (Bill Cosby) and Rudy Huxtable (Keisha Knight Pulliam) make special guest appearances.
  3. 3. Porky de Bergerac
    October 15, 1987
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    Jaleesa is elected dorm monitor and imposes a strict penalty for untidy behavior: those caught littering must wear a pig nose for the entire day. Denise is on board. That is, until she's the one caught littering!
  4. 4. Those Who Can't... Tutor
    October 22, 1987
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    Dwayne Wayne is spotted sneaking out of Whitley's window after a late-night tutoring session with Denise, and rumours begin to circulate about Dwayne and Whitley. Only Denise knows the truth, but will she speak up to save Whitley's reputation?
  5. 5. War of the Words
    October 29, 1987
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    Maggie and Denise prepare to debate Whitley on the issue of women's rights, and Dwayne finds a way to broadcast it live over the campus radio station. Keenan and Damon Wayans guest star.
  6. 6. Rudy and the Snow Queen
    November 5, 1987
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    When Denise's younger sister Rudy (Keisha Knight Pulliam) visits Hillman, she becomes fast friends with Whitley. As Rudy begins picking up Whitley's affected mannerisms, Denise grows jealous and angry about Rudy's affection for her nemesis. Bill Cosby guest stars.
  7. 7. Sometimes You Get the Bear, Sometimes the Bear Gets You
    November 19, 1987
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    Denise, Jaleesa and Maggie plan to out-do the men of Hillman College by becoming the first women ever to pull off the traditional Homecoming prank: the swiping of the other team's mascot costume.
  8. 8. If Chosen, I May Not Run
    December 3, 1987
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    Denise joins the track team at Hillman, earning the nickname 'The Little Engine' and the affection of a fellow male track star. However, the intense physical demands required to stay on the team cause her to reconsider her decision. Does she have what it takes to carry on the running Huxtable legacy at Hillman? Bill Cosby guest stars.
  9. 9. Romancing Mr. Stone
    December 10, 1987
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    Denise crushes hard on the handsome new geology teacher Mr. Stone but hears a rumor that Mr. Stone and Stevie are an item.
  10. 10. Gift of the Magi
    December 17, 1987
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    Whitley and her father have planned a holiday in Switzerland together for Christmas break, but Whitley is surprised when her father shows up with some unexpected baggage: his new girlfriend.
  11. 11. Does He or Doesn't He?
    January 7, 1988
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    The women of Gilbert Hall take bets on Dwayne running away when a beautiful grad student attempts to seduce him, but Dwayne hears about their scheme. Does Dwayne turn the tables or does temptation get the best of him?
  12. 12. Advise and Descent
    January 14, 1988
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    Denise blows off her final research paper right up to the deadline, confident that her professor will grant her an extension because of her volunteer work, but she soon realizes her laid-back philosophy won't save her when her request is denied.
  13. 13. The Prime of Miss Lettie Bostic
    January 21, 1988
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    When beloved older student Lettie Bostic assumes the role of dorm director, the women in the dorm room are taken off guard by her repressive new policies. Mary Alice joins the cast.
  14. 14. Wild Child
    February 4, 1988
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    Denise becomes friends with Cougar Barnett, a free-spirited though unreliable street-smart girl with serious academic talent. Eventually, however, the truth comes out: Cougar isn't really enrolled as a student at Hillman. In fact, she's homeless.
  15. 15. Dr. Cupid
    February 11, 1988
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    Dwayne tries to use his campus radio program "Dr. Cupid" to find a Valentine's Day date for a guy who sounds too good to be true. Denise repsonds to Cupid's call only to find that this mystery man is in fact Dwayne himself.
  16. 16. The Show Must Go On
    February 18, 1988
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    Both Denise and Whitley believe the leading man in a school play, Rick, has fallen for them. They continually try to upstage each other until they're forced to recognize that Rick may not be in love with either of them--he's just a good actor.
  17. 17. Mr. Hillman
    February 25, 1988
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    In her efforts to smash sexual stereotypes on Hillman's campus, Denise enters Dwayne in the 'Miss Hillman' contest. Whitley is furious at the unexpected competition, but Denise begins to regret her decision when the students start mocking Dwayne.
  18. 18. Speech Therapy
    March 10, 1988
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    Maggie tries to convince Jaleesa to deliver the excellent speech Jaleesa has written, although she herself can't find the courage to ask Denise to repay an outstanding loan.
  19. 19. Clair's Last Stand
    March 24, 1988
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    Clair is unhappy to discover Denise has made plans to go to Greece for the summer -- she thinks her daughter should spend summer vacation working a job to help pay for her education. Phylicia Rashad and Keshia Knight Pulliam guest star.
  20. 20. If Only for One Night
    April 28, 1988
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    Whitely agrees to loan Dwayne some cash so he can finally take Denise out on "an innocent little date," but on one condition: Whitley has to come along.
  21. 21. Come Back Little Eggby
    May 12, 1988
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    Maggie is tasked with taking care of an egg as though it were a child for her psychology class, but is forced to entrust the project to 'egg sitters' Denise and Jaleesa when she leaves campus.
  22. 22. My Dinner with Theo
    July 7, 1988
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    Theo visits Denise at Hillman but ends up spending more time hanging out with the other students than with her. When the two finally sit down to talk, Denise must come to terms with the fact that her little brother isn't so little anymore.

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Supporting actors
Jasmine GuyKadeem HardisonSinbad
Producers
Tom WernerMarcy Carsey
Season year
1988
Network
FilmRise
MPAA rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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