History YMMV / ADifferentWorld

21st Sep '16 12:31:24 PM DrOO7
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Dwayne's mother. While there's no denying that Whitley is incredibly rude to her when they first meet, having mistaken her for a housekeeper, she is just as rude in return. Whitley profusely and sincerely tries to apologize for her actions and she responds by rolling her eyes, ''right in her face'', and she is consistently nasty to her throughout the remainder of the show's tenure, despite the fact that Whitley is conversely consistently nice to her in an effort to make amends. It's gets particularly ugly after Dwayne and Whitley marry, when she sends them ''a funeral wreath'', and according to Dwayne, hangs up on him everytime he calls.
21st Apr '16 12:55:44 AM Eagal
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** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: On the same token, the show was also praised for tackling issues that its fellow sitcoms (including its own parent show) wouldn't touch.



* StrangledByTheRedString: Ron's romances with Kim, and later Freddie, both of which came out of nowhere with zero hint of a previous attraction between Ron and either woman. In particular, he and Freddie couldn't stand each other (this was NOT an example of BelligerentSexualTension), yet suddenly couldn't keep their hands off each other--at a time when he was involved with Kim!
** Maybe not out of nowhere. Ron began to realize his attraction to Kim when she began dating Matthew, getting more jealous than either of them expected. Kim didn't dump Matthew for Ron either. That relationship had to dissolve on its' own. As for Freddie, when they were stuck at the radio station during the hurricane, their walls came down long enough for them to find common ground, even sharing a kiss. This was almost a full season before they start messing around, and about six episodes before Ron and Kim even get serious.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Ron's romances with Kim, and later Freddie, both of which came out of nowhere with zero hint of a previous attraction between Ron and either woman. In particular, he and Freddie couldn't stand each other (this SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: On the same token, the show was NOT an example of BelligerentSexualTension), yet suddenly couldn't keep their hands off each other--at a time when he was involved with Kim!
** Maybe not out of nowhere. Ron began to realize his attraction to Kim when she began dating Matthew, getting more jealous than either of them expected. Kim didn't dump Matthew
also praised for Ron either. That relationship had to dissolve on its' own. As for Freddie, when they were stuck at the radio station during the hurricane, their walls came down long enough for them to find common ground, even sharing a kiss. This was almost a full season before they start messing around, and about six episodes before Ron and Kim even get serious.tackling issues that its fellow sitcoms (including its own parent show) wouldn't touch.
3rd Feb '16 10:39:39 AM DrOO7
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: RomanticFalseLead Kinu. The viewer is supposed to hate her as she's an obstacle to Dwayne and Whitley getting together, and she does in fact get nastier as time goes on. But who can blame her with her boyfriend blatantly ogling and drooling over another woman who's constantly hanging around and trying to interfere in their relationship? As bitchy as she gets, she never says or does anything to harm Whitley, she just wants her to leave them alone.
15th Sep '15 12:08:33 PM jmparker78
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* ContractualPurity: Lisa Bonet.

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* ContractualPurity: Lisa Bonet. She was written out of the show due to her pregnancy. At first, Debbie Allen wanted to include it, but Bill Cosby stated unequivocally that while Lisa Bonet could be pregnant, Denise Huxtable would ''not'' be pregnant out of wedlock. Cue her dropping out, moving back home and taking a year off ''both'' shows while exploring the jungle.
18th May '15 10:54:14 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.
2nd May '15 7:41:06 PM DrOO7
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* SeasonalRot: The final season, hich turned the [[{{Anvilicious anviliciousness}}]] UpToEleven, brought in a slew of new characters that failed to catch on and derailed the already established one. Coupled with the loss of its parent show as a lead-in, ratings plummeted until the show was canceled.

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* SeasonalRot: The final season, hich turned the [[{{Anvilicious anviliciousness}}]] UpToEleven, which became unbearably preachy, brought in a slew of new characters that failed to catch on and derailed the already established one.ones. Coupled with the loss of its parent show as a lead-in, ratings plummeted until the show was canceled.
2nd May '15 7:30:01 PM DrOO7
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* [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker and Edgier/Hotter and Sexier]]: 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 Darker and Edgier/Hotter and Sexier]]: 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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* SeasonalRot: The final season, hich turned the [[{{Anvilicious anviliciousness}}]] UpToEleven, brought in a slew of new characters that failed to catch on and derailed the already established one. Coupled with the loss of its parent show as a lead-in, ratings plummeted until the show was canceled.
11th Apr '15 5:29:58 PM glickmam
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** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: On the same token, the show was also praised for tackling issues that its fellow sitcoms wouldn't touch.
* BrokenBase: There are some who didn't like Debbie Allen's ReTool of the show. Season one surprisingly has a strong following.
** It's not surprising. Season one had the highest ratings of any season of A Different World ([[http://www.angelfire.com/ny2/televisioncity/8590.html 1]] [[http://www.angelfire.com/ny2/televisioncity/9095.html 2]]). Granted, the show was still popular after Debbie Allen took over, at least until season six, when the ratings took a ''serious'' nosedive, but the show went from being light-hearted to heavy-handed in the course of a season.
*** The only reason for the high ratings it scored in it's first season was because it was sandwiched between ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' and ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', which, of course were huge ratings juggernauts at the time. In addition, you can't simply judge success in ratings. If NBC did that, then ''Cheers'', ''Series/FamilyTies'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/StElsewhere'' would all have been gone after their respective first seasons.

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** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: On the same token, the show was also praised for tackling issues that its fellow sitcoms (including its own parent show) wouldn't touch.
* BrokenBase: There are some who didn't like Debbie Allen's ReTool of the show. Season one surprisingly has a strong following.
** It's not surprising. Season one had the highest ratings of any season of A Different World ([[http://www.angelfire.com/ny2/televisioncity/8590.html 1]] [[http://www.angelfire.com/ny2/televisioncity/9095.html 2]]). Granted, the show was still popular after Debbie Allen took over, at least until season six, when the ratings took a ''serious'' nosedive, but the show went from being light-hearted to heavy-handed in the course of a season.
*** The only reason for the high ratings it scored in it's first season was because it was sandwiched between ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' and ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', which, of course were huge ratings juggernauts at the time. In addition, you can't simply judge success in ratings. If NBC did that, then ''Cheers'', ''Series/FamilyTies'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/StElsewhere'' would all have been gone after their respective first seasons.
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* GrowingTheBeard: Around the time of the show's ReTool.
9th Nov '14 5:57:34 PM MagBas
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* UnfortunateImplications: Light-skinned Whitley was not only the RichBitch, she was on several occasions shown to be quite clueless about racial issues.

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* UnfortunateImplications: Light-skinned Whitley was not only the RichBitch, she was on several occasions shown to be quite clueless about racial issues.
8th Nov '14 9:01:38 AM glickmam
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*** The only reason for the high ratings it scored in it's first season was because it was sandwiched between ''TheCosbyShow'' and ''{{Cheers}}'', which, of course were huge ratings juggernauts at the time. In addition, you can't simply judge success in ratings. If NBC did that, then ''Cheers'', ''Series/FamilyTies'', ''HillStreetBlues'', and ''StElsewhere'' would all have been gone after their respective first seasons.

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*** The only reason for the high ratings it scored in it's first season was because it was sandwiched between ''TheCosbyShow'' ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' and ''{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', which, of course were huge ratings juggernauts at the time. In addition, you can't simply judge success in ratings. If NBC did that, then ''Cheers'', ''Series/FamilyTies'', ''HillStreetBlues'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''StElsewhere'' ''Series/StElsewhere'' would all have been gone after their respective first seasons.
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