History Series / ADifferentWorld

7th May '17 1:55:19 PM DrOO7
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* ButNotTooBlack: Averted. The show featured African-Americans of varying skin tones and despite each person having various flaws and qualities, no particular shade was depicted as more desirable/intelligent/successful than the other.

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* ButNotTooBlack: Averted. The show featured African-Americans of varying skin tones and despite each person having various flaws and qualities, no particular shade was depicted as more desirable/intelligent/successful than the other. If anything, it may have been inverted--the dark-skinned Kim and Dwayne, were among the smartest.
8th Apr '17 1:20:55 PM CaptainYesterday
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* GraduateFromTheStory: adverted as once the main cast graduated, the show went on for two more seasons and showed them going to graduate school and/or working.
* GrandFinale

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* GraduateFromTheStory: adverted averted as once the main cast graduated, the show went on for two more seasons and showed them going to graduate school and/or working.
* GrandFinale
working.



* LongLostUncleAesop: guest stars, including but not limited to Tisha Campbell (of ''Martin'' fame) and Sista Souljah, introduced topics such as date rape, AIDS, the Gulf War and the LA Riots to viewers and then disappeared.

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* LongLostUncleAesop: guest Guest stars, including but not limited to Tisha Campbell (of ''Martin'' fame) and Sista Souljah, introduced topics such as date rape, AIDS, the Gulf War and the LA Riots to viewers and then disappeared.



* ObnoxiousInLaws: Angered by Whitley mistaking her for a maid, Dwayne's mother is relentlessly nasty to Whitley throughout their relationship, despite her repeated, sincere attempts at making amends for this. It gets cranked UpToEleven after Dwayne and Whitley marry, with her sending them a ''funeral wreath'' with a note that says, "Call me when you divorce her", then apparently holding firm to this, as Dwayne mentions that she hangs up on him everytime he calls.

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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Angered by Whitley mistaking her for a maid, Dwayne's mother is relentlessly nasty to Whitley throughout their relationship, despite her repeated, sincere attempts at making amends for this. It gets cranked UpToEleven after Dwayne and Whitley marry, with her sending them a ''funeral wreath'' with a note that says, "Call me when you divorce her", her," then apparently holding firm to this, as Dwayne mentions that she hangs up on him everytime every time he calls.



* RomanticFalseLead: Hoo boy. Before Dwayne and Whitley marry, he dates Denise, Suzanne and Kinu. For Whitley, there's Julian and Byron (whom she almost married.) Ron (seriously) dates Millie and Kim before his relationship with Freddie, who dated Ernest, Garth (who tried to rape her,) and Shazza Zulu before him. Kim dated Robert, Freddie's cousin Matthew, and Ron before hooking up with her eventual fiance Spencer, and Jaleesa almost married Walter before shocking everyone and eloping with Col. Taylor.

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* RomanticFalseLead: Hoo boy. Before Dwayne and Whitley marry, he dates Denise, Suzanne and Kinu. For Whitley, there's Julian and Byron (whom she almost married.) married). Ron (seriously) dates Millie and Kim before his relationship with Freddie, who dated Ernest, Garth (who tried to rape her,) Garth, and Shazza Zulu before him. Kim dated Robert, Freddie's cousin Matthew, and Ron before hooking up with her eventual fiance Spencer, and Jaleesa almost married Walter before shocking everyone and eloping with Col. Taylor.



* SassyBlackWoman: Post-Denise, pretty much all of them, outside of Whitley and Freddy.
* SitCom



* SpinOff



* TokenWhite: Maggie in the first season, Freddie's cousin Matthew later on.

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* TokenWhite: Maggie in the first season, and Freddie's cousin Matthew later on.



* VerySpecialEpisode



* WhyWasteAWedding: Dwayne and Whitley, Jaleesa and Walter.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Whitley.
* YourMom: Ron's penchant for "Your Mama" jokes puts him on the wrong side of Kim, until he tells her one with a genuinely sweet spin. "Your Mama's daughter, is so beautiful, Ron Johnson is speechless"

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* WhyWasteAWedding: Dwayne and Whitley, Whitley take advantage of this. Jaleesa and Walter.
Walter try to, but realize they shouldn't marry after all.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Whitley.
Whitley gets put through this trope's paces in Season 3's "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls."
* YourMom: Ron's penchant for "Your Mama" jokes puts him on the wrong side of Kim, until he tells her one with a genuinely sweet spin. "Your spin.
--> '''Ron:''' Your
Mama's daughter, daughter is so beautiful, Ron Johnson is speechless"
speechless.
8th Apr '17 1:03:30 PM CaptainYesterday
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* TheBGrade: Kimberly, Dwayne.
* BigBrotherMentor: Walter.

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* TheBGrade: Kimberly, Dwayne.
Both Kim and Dwayne are classic overachievers, and proud of it.
* BigBrotherMentor: Walter.Walter filled this role neatly, both as a coach and as a Dorm Director.



* BreakoutCharacter: Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert.
* BrokeEpisode: Whitley, Kimberly.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert.
Gilbert, who took on the starring roles after Denise was phased out of the show. Their on-again, off-again romance carried the show through several seasons.
* BrokeEpisode: Whitley, Kimberly.When Whitley hits Mr. Gaines's car, she has to a job slinging hash at The Pit in order to pay it off.



* CelebrityStar - En Vogue, Blair Underwood, Kris Kross, Patti [=LaBelle=], Diahann Carroll to name a few.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maggie (Marissa Tomei) and Whitley's sidekick, Millie, along with the first dorm mom Stevie (Loretta Devine) (season 1), Lettie (seasons 1-2).

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* CelebrityStar - En Vogue, Blair Underwood, and Kris Kross, to name a few, get episode spotlights. And legends Patti [=LaBelle=], [=LaBelle=] and Diahann Carroll to name a few.
each recur frequently as Dwayne's and Whitley's mothers.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maggie (Marissa Tomei) and Whitley's sidekick, Millie, along with the first dorm mom Stevie (Loretta Devine) (season 1), and Lettie (seasons 1-2).



* ContentWarnings: 2 episodes.
* CousinOliver: Col. Taylor's son Terrance (Season 4), Lena, Gina, and Charmaine (Cousin Pam's friend from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'') (Season 5), Season 6's new freshman class.

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* ContentWarnings: 2 episodes.Two episodes sported warnings before they aired, one dealing with date rape, and one dealing with the incipient AIDS crisis.
* CousinOliver: Col. Taylor's son Terrance (Season 4), was added to the cast in Season 4. The new class, Lena, Gina, Terrell, Dorian, and Charmaine (Cousin Pam's friend from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'') (Season 5), Season 6's new freshman class.were added in Seasons 5 and 6.



* DateRapeAverted: Freddie.
* DisposableFiance: Byron, of the "Bland Perfection" variety.

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* DateRapeAverted: Freddie.
Freddie, with a timely assist from Dwayne in the Season 2 episode, "No Means No."
* DisposableFiance: Byron, Byron Douglas, of the "Bland Perfection" variety.
2nd Jan '17 8:50:10 PM Xtifr
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* WhamEpisode: One episode had Kim's detective father (played by [[{{Shaft}} Richard Roundtree]]) coming down hard on her after she defied him to go to a concert in DC. The next episode? Kim, Whitley, Dwayne and Freddie drive from Virginia to Ohio after finding out he was shot and possibly paralyzed.

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* WhamEpisode: One episode had Kim's detective father (played by [[{{Shaft}} [[Film/{{Shaft}} Richard Roundtree]]) coming down hard on her after she defied him to go to a concert in DC. The next episode? Kim, Whitley, Dwayne and Freddie drive from Virginia to Ohio after finding out he was shot and possibly paralyzed.
15th Oct '16 8:33:43 PM BDA1978
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* YourMom: Ron's penchant for "Your Mama" jokes puts him on the wrong side of Kim, until he tells her one with a genuinely sweet spin. "Your Mama's daughter, is so beautiful, Ron Johnson is speechless"
28th Sep '16 12:13:53 PM DrOO7
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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Angered by Whitley mistaking her for a maid, Dwayne's mother is relentlessly nasty to Whitley throughout their relationship, despite her repeated, sincere attempts at making amends for this. It gets cranked UpToEleven after Dwayne and Whitley marry, with her sending them a ''funeral wreath'' with a note that says, "Call me when you divorce her", then apparently holding firm to this, as Dwayne mentions that she hangs up on him everytime he calls.
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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