History Trivia / ADifferentWorld

23rd Jan '18 8:35:08 PM akih08
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** The show was originally conceived as the story of a white girl's experiences attending a historically black colleges (Creator/MegRyan was cast in the lead role)

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** The show was originally conceived as the story of Maggie, a white girl's girl's, experiences attending a historically black colleges (Creator/MegRyan was cast in the lead role)
23rd Jan '18 8:32:39 PM akih08
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** Averted and subverted with Freddie: her mother is white, while in real life, Cree Summer's father is Caucasian.
17th Jan '18 2:00:12 PM akih08
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* FakeMixedRace: Inverted. Jasmine Guy is biracial, but her character, Whitley, is not.

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* FakeMixedRace: Inverted. Lisa Bonet and Jasmine Guy is are biracial, but their characters, Denise (unless Cliff and Claire adopted her character, and didn't tell us) and Whitley, is not.are not.
9th May '17 11:58:17 AM glickmam
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: According to the cast interviewed on ''Unsung'', they believe that NBC canceled the show because of their decision to do an episode about the Rodney King verdict.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: According to the cast interviewed on ''Unsung'', they believe that NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield canceled the show because of their decision to do an episode about the Rodney King verdict.
6th May '17 1:10:21 PM DrOO7
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* FakeMixedRace: Inverted. Jasmine Guy is biracial, but her character, Whitley, is not.
31st Jan '17 4:25:11 PM DrOO7
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* ActorSharedBackground: Both Creator/CreeSummer and her character Freddie are biracial, though their mixes are different--Cree's father is white, while Freddie's mother is.


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* FakeAmerican: Subverted. Creator/CreeSummer was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Saskatchewan.
15th Dec '16 8:18:28 AM DrOO7
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** The show was originally conceived as the story of a white girl's experiences attending a historically black colleges (Creator/MegRyan was cast in the lead role)
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Whitley and many of her stories were based on the life of one of the show's writers.
17th Mar '16 2:13:56 PM HighCrate
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Terrell Walker (season 6, played by Patrick Malone) Prior to ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', Malone had appeared in episodes of ''[[Series/TwentyOnejumpStreet 21 Jump Street]]'', ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'', and ''Series/ChinaBeach''. He also played Henry Lamb (the boy hit by the car) in the 1990 film ''[[Literature/TheBonfireoftheVanities The Bonfire of the Vanities]]'' and Otis (Danny Glover's troubled nephew) in 1991's ''Film/GrandCanyon''. After ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', Malone made guest appearances on over 25 different TV series, including ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', ''Series/LasVegas'', and ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Yes, this is what Creator/CreeSummer, whose voice is a part of ''everybody's'' childhood, looks like.
8th Dec '15 11:49:16 AM SpideyTerry
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* ContractualPurity: Lisa Bonet got pregnant in-between seasons. Cosby was among those that felt viewers wouldn't accept Denise as an unwed mother, so Denise was transferred back to ''The Cosby Show'' before getting PutOnABus so Bonet could have the baby.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Allen Payne was asked to join the cast in the sixth season along with Karen White. (Both had appeared as their characters from ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' in Season 5's "Conflict of Interest" to tour the campus.) However, Payne opted to pursue a movie career, so Lance and Charmaine have a long-distance relationship that ultimately ends.
** Debbie Allen actually wanted to keep Marissa Tomei on the show and had worked on potential story ideas for Maggie following the retool.
30th Jul '15 12:13:22 PM wuggles
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: According to the cast interviewed on ''Unsung'', they believe that NBC canceled the show because of their decision to do an episode about the Rodney King verdict.
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