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21st Sep '15 7:45:32 AM Berrenta
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* DomesticAbuse: One of it's VerySpecialEpisode s focused on Gina Deveaux being abused by her rapper boyfriend.
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* DomesticAbuse: One of it's its VerySpecialEpisode s focused on Gina Deveaux being abused by her rapper boyfriend.

* ForgottenBirthday: They run this plot with Whitley three times (technically.) The first season, she's surprised with a cake by the main cast. Then, on her 21st b-day, she assumes everyone forgot, gets drunk and nearly makes out with a photo of DenzelWashington, but is given a "spinster" dinner by her dorm mates, and receives some sentimental gifts from Dwayne and Julian. While not exactly the same, special mention has to go to her first birthday as Dwayne's wife, where she gets paranoid and PLANS HER OWN SURPRISE PARTY, Dwayne finds out and cancels it, gives her a crappy dinner at a diner, and bluffs her all the way home where a roomful of people surprise the crap out of her with a cake and gifts.

* ForgottenBirthday: NotSoForgottenBirthday: They run this plot with Whitley three times (technically.) The first season, she's surprised with a cake by the main cast. Then, on her 21st b-day, she assumes everyone forgot, gets drunk and nearly makes out with a photo of DenzelWashington, Creator/DenzelWashington, but is given a "spinster" dinner by her dorm mates, and receives some sentimental gifts from Dwayne and Julian. While not exactly the same, special mention has to go to her first birthday as Dwayne's wife, where she gets paranoid and PLANS HER OWN SURPRISE PARTY, Dwayne finds out and cancels it, gives her a crappy dinner at a diner, and bluffs her all the way home where a roomful of people surprise the crap out of her with a cake and gifts.

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15th Sep '15 9:35:58 AM jmparker78
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The show centered around Denise Huxtable and her roommates Maggie and Jaleesa. A woman named Stevie was their dorm director and Whitley was the central ''antagonist''. She had a minion named Millie who followed her every demand. Dwayne was a HollywoodNerd whose time was mainly spent hanging around Gilbert Hall hoping for a date with ''any'' of the ladies there, but who found Whitley as annoying as everyone else did. Ron and Walter were there, but not as full-time cast members, and Kim, Freddie, Col. Taylor and Mr. Gaines are nowhere to be seen. The theme song was a slow, blues-y number sung by Phoebe Snow. Come the second season, Denise, Maggie, Stevie and Millie are gone, Jaleesa is a supporting character and voice of reason to the younger students, Whitley is now the ''protagonist'' and she and Dwayne, now a cool guy, are dating. The theme song is now much more Motown-inspired and sung by Aretha Franklin.
23rd Jul '15 7:42:04 AM JoieDeCombat
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Actors are not tropes.
* CreeSummer: A rare Live-Action role as Freddie Brooks.
29th Jun '15 7:41:21 PM wuggles
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* DisposableFiance: Byron, of the "Bland Perfection" variety.
18th May '15 10:55:47 AM creader
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* DarkerAndEdgier[=/=]HotterAndSexier: Unlike its parent series, this series was not afraid to tackle some pretty dark subject matter, including date rape, AIDS, the Gulf war and racial issues, and not in the light and fluffy way that ''TheCosbyShow'' tended to handle them (when they talked about them at all). Black culture at the time was also more generally reflected, with characters rapping and dressing in gold chains, etc. It also wasn't afraid to openly state that its young, unmarried characters were sexually active, something that was implied ''at best'' on ''The Cosby Show'', though that topic was generally avoided.
18th May '15 10:51:42 AM creader
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Trivia trope.
* AlliterativeName: Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
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* AlliterativeName: Dean Dorothy Dandridge DavenportDavenport.

* BackForTheFinale: Walter
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* BackForTheFinale: WalterWalter.

* TheBGrade: Kimberly, Dwayne * BigBrotherMentor: Walter
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* TheBGrade: Kimberly, Dwayne Dwayne. * BigBrotherMentor: WalterWalter.

* BrokeEpisode: Whitley, Kimberly
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* BrokeEpisode: Whitley, KimberlyKimberly.

* TheCastShowoff: Several cast members get to show off their singing talents in various episodes.

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maggie (Marissa Tomei) and Whitley's sidekick, Millie, along with the first dorm mom Stevie (Loretta Devine) (season 1), Lettie (seasons 1-2) * ConveyorBeltVideo - the TitleSequence from Season 2 on * CoolBigSis: Jaleesa * ContentWarnings: 2 episodes * CousinOliver: Col. Taylor's son Terrance (Season 4), Lena, Gina, and Charmaine (Cousin Pam's friend from TheCosbyShow) (Season 5), Season 6's new freshman class
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maggie (Marissa Tomei) and Whitley's sidekick, Millie, along with the first dorm mom Stevie (Loretta Devine) (season 1), Lettie (seasons 1-2) 1-2). * ConveyorBeltVideo - the TitleSequence from Season 2 on on. * CoolBigSis: Jaleesa Jaleesa. * ContentWarnings: 2 episodes episodes. * CousinOliver: Col. Taylor's son Terrance (Season 4), Lena, Gina, and Charmaine (Cousin Pam's friend from TheCosbyShow) (Season 5), Season 6's new freshman classclass.

* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dwayne's full name: Dwayne Cleophus Wayne
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* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dwayne's full name: Dwayne Cleophus WayneWayne.

* GranolaGirl: Freddie
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* GranolaGirl: FreddieFreddie.

* SternTeacher: Col. Taylor (AKA. "Dr. War") * TeamMom: Stevie, Lettie, Dwayne's mom (Patti Labelle)
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* SternTeacher: Col. Taylor (AKA. "Dr. War") War"). * TeamMom: Stevie, Lettie, Dwayne's mom (Patti Labelle)Labelle).

* UncleTomfoolery: Ron (though he got better as the show went on)
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* UncleTomfoolery: Ron (though he got better as the show went on)on).

* WhyWasteAWedding: Dwayne and Whitley, Jaleesa and Walter * YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Whitley
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* WhyWasteAWedding: Dwayne and Whitley, Jaleesa and Walter Walter. * YetAnotherChristmasCarol: WhitleyWhitley.
16th May '15 7:35:37 AM morenohijazo
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** Also counts as YoureDrinkingBreastMilk.
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** Also counts as YoureDrinkingBreastMilk.YoureDrinkingBreastMilk. * LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The sixth and final season put the heavy focus on incoming students at Hillman, ([[{{transplant}} including one recurring character]] from the recently ended ''[[Series/TheCosbyShow Cosby Show]]'') after the main characters graduated, and Dwayne and Whitley married, in the previous season; Jalessa vanished from the series; the theme song was redone (again), and now sung by Boyz II Men, replacing Aretha Franklin.
2nd May '15 7:42:33 PM DrOO7
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10th Jul '14 10:09:46 AM FuzzyBoots
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* FakeHigh: In Season 2 episode, "If You Like Pilgrim Coladas", Whitley and Kim go to a bar with a fake ID and are found out when they act drunk after several of the eponymous drink, which contains no alcohol.
1st Jun '14 2:07:17 AM Mdumas43073
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Two of the supporting cast, Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) and Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy), proved to be {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. In the second season, Lisa Bonet was let go because she and then husband Lenny Kravitz were having a baby and [[ContractualPurity the producers were concerned about Denise appearing to be an unwed mother]]. This led to Dwayne and Whitley becoming the new leads. Despite all the odds working against them, this actually changed the show into a hit and altered the formula from being a mere spin-off to an entity of its own. The show also became acclaimed for tackling issues that other shows (especially ''The Cosby Show'') refused to at the time, and became the first prime-time show to actually address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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The show was set at fictional, historically-black Hillman College in Virginia. Two of the supporting cast, Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) and Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy), proved to be {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. In the second season, Lisa Bonet was let go because she and then husband Lenny Kravitz were having a baby and [[ContractualPurity the producers were concerned about Denise appearing to be an unwed mother]]. This led to Dwayne and Whitley becoming the new leads. Despite all the odds working against them, this actually changed the show into a hit and altered the formula from being a mere spin-off to an entity of its own. The show also became acclaimed for tackling issues that other shows (especially ''The Cosby Show'') refused to at the time, and became the first prime-time show to actually address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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