Different World: Season 1

Different World: Season 1

Ellen Falcon, Jay Sandrich, Kim Friedman, Matthew Diamond,


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Season one of A Different World focuses primarily on former The Cosby Show regular Lisa Bonet in her familiar role as Denise Huxtable, 19-year-old daughter of Cleveland obstetrician Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby). Having enrolled in Hillman College, the alma mater of both her father and grandfather, Denise is now in her sophomore year, living in the Gilbert Hall dorm with her two roommates: Maggie Lawton (Marisa Tomei), a dreamy and naïve white girl; and Jaleesa Vinson (Dawnn Lewis) a worldly 26-year-old who'd decided to enroll in college after getting a divorce. Much of the fun arises from level-headed Denise's tiltings with her neighbor across the hall, the wealthy, spoiled, and arrogant Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy). In the earliest episodes, Gilbert Hall's dorm director is Stevie Rollins (Loretta Devine), who lives with her son J.T. (Amir Williams). Also showing up on occasion are self-styled campus Casanova Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison), who works as a DJ at the campus radio station; and Dwayne's lazy, irresponsible buddy Ron Johnson (Darryl M. Bell). Midway through the season, Loretta Devine leaves to get married, presumably to handsome Professor Walcott (David Alan Grier). Enter Lettie Bostic (Mary Alice), a globetrotting adventuress who has "seen it all" (and probably done it all), who has shown up on campus to give a lecture about the famous persons of her acquaintance. Enchanted by Lettie, Denise and Jaleesa persuade her to remain at Hillman as Loretta's replacement. Also joining the cast at this juncture is athletic coach Walter Oakes (Sinbad), who runs a local community center. Although A Different World posted excellent ratings its first season on the air, many critics attributed this to the series' enviable Thursday night time slot, hammocked between The Cosby Show and Cheers. Of the series itself, few except its most loyal fans felt that it had any value past its theme song, performed by Phoebe Snow. Clearly, a major shakeup would have to occur if A Different World were to survive past its next season.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
UPC: 0634991260220
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Urban Works
Region Code: 0
Time: 9:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The lost episode "Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?" featuring Tupac Shakur & Jada Pinkett-Smith; E! Entertainment & Uncle Film & Television presents a retrospective look at A Different World: "I Was a Network TV Star!"; Bloopers; The Cosby Show trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amir Williams J.T. Rallen
Bill Cosby Dr. Cliff Huxtable
Darryl M. Bell Ron Johnson
David Alan Grier Byron Walcott
Kim Wayans Allison
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Theo Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad Clair Huxtable
Raymond St. Jacques Charles Moseley
Ron O'Neal Quentin
Roscoe Lee Browne Prof. Barnabus Foster
Bee-Be Smith Gloria
Don Reed Chip St. Charles
Keshia Knight Pulliam Rudy Huxtable
Marie-Alise Recasner Millie
Sinbad Walter Oakes
Earle Hyman Russell Huxtable
Guy Killum Virgil
Jill Ito Hostess
Kenny Ransom Rick Evans
Ted Ross Dr. Harris
Zakes Mokae Marcus Mpepo
Arthur Adams Dr. Cordell Overby
Bonnie Broderick Girl
Claudette Wells Peggy Harley
Keenen Ivory Wayans Prof. Lawrence
Kevin Vavasseur Gregory
Paris Vaughan Colette
Reggie Johnson Michael Oku
Todd Hallowell Cooper
Conroy Gedeon Mercer Gilbert
Damon Wayans Marvin Haven
Diane Almeida Madeleine
John Woodard Waiter
Kristoff St. John E.Z. Brooks
Mark Clayman Steve

Technical Credits
Ellen Falcon Director
Jay Sandrich Director
Kim Friedman Director
Matthew Diamond Director
Reggie Life Director
Tony Singletary Director

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