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Every few weeks, Netflix revamps its content and sends or takes away our favorite gems. The New York Observer has announced the news we’ve been waiting for: A Different World is coming to Netflix! The hit ‘90s show that inspired us to go to college never gets tired. And we’re excited to be locked up in the house to catch up on the lives of Denise, Whitley and Dwayne. Netflix will also be adding the seventh season of Mad Men and Halle Berry’s film Frankie & Alice.
It is a surprise, though, that Netflix is supporting the work of Bill Cosby after canceling his November 2014 comedy special due to the mounting sexual assault allegations against him. Cosby created A Different World as a spin-off for The Cosby Show to showcase Huxtable daughter Denise’s college experience.
The complete season of A Different World will debut on March 15.
The holidays are about a lot of great things, but there’s nothing quite like curling up to watch marathons of your favorite holiday sitcoms. Here are 15 of our favorites from over the years!
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – “Twas The Night Before Christening”
Remember when Will told everybody he was going to bring Boyz II Men to Nicky’s christening and he actually made it happen? Man, I’m getting chills just from thinking about their soulful rendition of “Silent Night.” It took some serious convincing (especially since Will stole Wanya’s girl from back in the day when they all lived in Philly) but we’re glad the brotherly love prevailed.
When HIV and AIDS started spreading in the United States, there was all types of fear. And where there’s fear there’s usually hatred. People who were diagnosed were often shunned by coworkers, associates, friends and even family members. People didn’t understand the disease and how you could catch it. And so the media, executing one of their more noble functions, helped to dismantle the stereotypes. Check out some of the series who featured some memorable episodes dealing with HIV or AIDS.
You knew exactly what time it was when Aretha Franklin proudly proclaimed, “I know my parents love me! Stand behind me come what may.”At the sound of her soulful cry we didn’t just walk to the TV, we ran!
“A Different World” wasn’t just a spin-off of The Cosby Show, it was a series that continuously peeled back the layers on important issues in the lives of young people in our society, and was just simply a well-written, entertaining program. As a huge fan, I’ve seen most episodes of the show, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. Feel free to share your own!
Rudy and The Snow Queen (Season 1 Episode 6)
Who wouldn’t want Denise Huxtable as an older sister? Better yet, who wouldn’t want Whitley Gilbert as one as well? In this episode from the first season (you know, when Denise went to Hillman) Rudy tries to have the best of both worlds, but in the end, realizes there’s no sibling bond stronger than that of the Huxtables.
Nothing makes you feel more old and out of touch than realizing the fictional characters you fell in love with have grown up and look a lot different. Ever wonder what the cast of “Full House,” “The Little Rascals” and “A Different World” look like now? Check out this slideshow and find out, and see the reunions of a few of your other favorite TV and movie casts.
The impact of “A Different World” cannot be overstated. A television show that inspired students of all races and ethnicities to attend college? That’s major. And although the show has long since been off the air, its impact is still very strong.
So Oprah sat down with some of the cast members for her “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” series on OWN.
Hillman alum Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne), Dawn Lewis (Jalessa Taylor), Sinbad (Coach Oakes), Darryl M. Bell (Ron Johnson), Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) and executive producer of the show Debbie Allen all sat down to discuss the things they’ve been up to since they left the hit NBC series.
As you know, “A Different World” was a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” so the cast took time to pay homage to the genius of Bill Cosby in creating this groundbreaking show.
See what they had to say.
The cast of A Different World will appear on OWN on Sunday, October 26 at 9pm.
But before you catch up with these folks, Raven Symone sits down with Oprah to speak candidly about her life after childhood super stardom, including the Tweet that presumably announced to the world that she was a lesbian. You can watch Raven’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” episode on October 5 at 9pm. On that same day, you’ll have a chance to catch up with Jenna Von Oy (aka Six from “Blossom” and Stevie Van Lowe on “The Parkers.”)
And then on the following Sunday, October 12 you can see what Vivica Fox is doing these days.
Looks like a jam-packed season full of familiar faces. We’re here for it.
“I know my parents love me, stand behind me cooooome what may…” That was the first thing you would hear every time A Different World started playing on TV (usually on Thursday evenings). The sitcom came on during the good ‘ol days of television–before reality TV, and when there were a wide variety of black folks represented on the silver screen. And now, the cast of the show is reuniting for Oprah Winfrey.
Cree Summer, who played Freddie Brooks, posted pictures on Instagram with her old cast mates on set of what seems to be the taping of the OWN network’s Where Are They Now? show. While Lisa Bonet, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese), Karen Malina White (Charmaine) and Marisa Tomei weren’t present, all the other main characters showed up and still look pretty good! That includes Daryl M. Bell, Sinbad, Dawnn Lewis, Summer, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy and Debbie Allen, who produced and often directed the show.
This isn’t the first time that the cast has reunited for TV. In 2006, Nick at Nite did a week-long marathon of A Different World episodes, and some of the cast came together to reminisce.
In 2012, Allen said that she would like to reboot the show for a new audience, and many people seemed to like the idea. But nothing will touch the greatness of the original, and this cast of characters.
Check out pics from the cast’s time with Oprah below and on the next page.
Some of the best shows from the ’90s and early ’00s had everything. Good writing, great acting, and good looking men. These brothas brought some of our favorite characters happiness, drama, and a good time, and for us, they brought eye candy we were looking for on our favorite TV nights (Monday used to be THE day to watch TV on UPN back in the day!). So where have some of our favorite crushes gone? Let’s take a look shall we! Be warned, some have changed not necessarily for the worst…but let’s just say they’ve changed a lot.
Quinton “Q” Brooks played by Fredro Starr on Moesha
Now they knew damn well that “Q” didn’t look like nobody’s high school student. On for two seasons and occasionally returning, Q was Moesha’s longest relationship, and probably the one that brought her the most drama. Fredro Starr of the hip-hop group Onyx played this role, and had some serious acting experience previous to playing Q (Clockers anyone?). Afterwards, he kept acting in a little bit of everything, including roles in Save The Last Dance, playing gunman Bird on The Wire, and still focusing on his music. He recently had beef with DMX of all people. As for what he’s looking like, these days, he looks okay…
You know the saying that there can only be one star of the show. Well, when it comes to these ensemble casts it seems there can only be one star who survives the show as well. When you’re a part of a TV cast with four or more other actors, odds aren’t high that everyone will go on to flourish as a successful solo star. And for most of the shows in this list, there’s been only one breakout actor or actress whose managed to command roles and media attention since their series was cancelled.
Check out who’s still winning.
One of the best things about TV songs from years past, is the theme songs. With shows these days, you’re lucky to get a title card with the name of the sitcom or drama on the screen, but back in the ’80s and ’90s, theme songs ruled and these are our favorite.
The Wonder Years
This song gets you right in your feelings every time. It’s hard to listen to this theme song without a little twinge of nostalgia. The song With a Little Help From My Friends was originally a Beatles tune written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. English crooner Joe Cocker covered it with his sweet, gritty voice for The Wonder Years‘ theme.