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23rd Apr '16 5:48:17 PM DrOO7
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* TokenWhite: Maggie in the first season, Freddie's cousin Matthew later on.
14th Apr '16 3:15:29 PM DrOO7
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: When Whitley is sexually harassed by her boss. He chastises her for filing a complaint, telling her, "There are far too few of us (African-Americans) in the corporate world. We owe it to our people to present a united front." The incident was inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill case, right down to the criticism leveled at Hill for turning against on of her own.
24th Mar '16 5:42:03 PM nombretomado
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* 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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* CousinOliver: Col. Taylor's son Terrance (Season 4), Lena, Gina, and Charmaine (Cousin Pam's friend from TheCosbyShow) ''Series/TheCosbyShow'') (Season 5), Season 6's new freshman class.



* 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.

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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'' ''Series/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.



* SpecialGuest: Includes several appearances of cast members from parent series ''TheCosbyShow''; as well as appearances from Montel Williams and Jesse Jackson.

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* SpecialGuest: Includes several appearances of cast members from parent series ''TheCosbyShow''; ''Series/TheCosbyShow''; as well as appearances from Montel Williams and Jesse Jackson.
18th Mar '16 10:59:25 PM Hossmeister
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11th Mar '16 10:39:33 PM DrOO7
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* DoubleStandard: When Whitley is sexually harassed by her boss, everyone treats her with compassion and understanding. But when Dwayne describes an identical experience that he went through during a summer internship, right down to his female boss taking him off a prized project when he filed a complaint, Kim and Whitley snap, "Who cares?". Had the roles been reversed, everyone would have blasted Dwayne for being cruel and insensitive, but the girls uncaring attitude is played for laughs.
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.



* 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 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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* 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.
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