It's "A Different World" than where you come from (yes it is now). That different world is college, of course, and in 1987, Denise Huxtable (the effervescent Lisa Bonet) packed her bags and left the cozy confines of her parents' Brooklyn townhouse on "The Cosby Show" and went to Hillman College.
Basically it was a spin-off of "The Cosby Show"-- sort of the Lisa Bonet version of "Maude." But when Lenny Kravitz knocked up Lisa during the hiatus the producers decided the world simply couldn't handle precious Denise Huxtable as a pregnant unwed mother. So they had Denise drop out of college and head to Africa for a season before returning to "The Cosby Show" in a full time capacity.
That left "A Different World" without a star, so the show became more ensemble oriented and the characters of rich-girl Whitley (Jasmine Guy) and Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) slowly took center stage. Also they dumped the white girl (Marisa Tomei) and added Sinbad.
Who was the genius behind these creative moves? None other than Debbie Allen, choreographer and dreamer extraordinaire, who also happens to be the sister of Phylicia Rashad (Claire Huxtable). It's not only a different world, it's a small world!
Let's check in on some of the crazy college kids who juggled classes, friendships and relationships with the kind of hilarity only found on 80s sitcoms. And since we didn't want to repeat ourselves too much, you should know that just about everyone with the exception of Marisa Tomei appeared in the film "School Daze." So. There's that.