YMMV / A Different World

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Dwayne comes across as a borderline abusive jerk. Granted, Whitley could be very bitchy and annoying, but nearly all of the things he did to break her out of that were downright cruel—forcing her to not speak for a whole day because he's tired of her incessant yammering? The first thing she said when she could talk again should have been, "It's over."
  • Anvilicious: Especially after Debbie Allen took over the show in season two.
  • Contractual Purity: 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.
  • Growing the Beard: Around the time of the show's Re Tool.
  • Hollywood Homely: Averted. The show featured men and women of varying skin tones and looks, yet all were treated as desirable and attractive. Most notably, the dark-skinned, full-figured Kim was openly adored by Freddie's white cousin Matthew and later, Ron.
  • Seasonal Rot: The final season, which became unbearably preachy, brought in a slew of new characters that failed to catch on and derailed the already established ones. Coupled with the loss of its parent show as a lead-in, ratings plummeted until the show was canceled.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: On the same token, the show was also praised for tackling issues that its fellow sitcoms (including its own parent show) wouldn't touch.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Romantic False Lead 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: 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.