A Different World
- 6 Seasons
A Different World is a sitcom that features the college life of the character Denise Huxtable and her college mates at Hillman College. The show is a spinoff of the sitcom The Cosby Show, which was the family Denise grew up in. The show based each episode on issues facing the students at the historically black college and their student life. A Different World was very controversial, but also groundbreaking, for all the topics and issues of the day that the writers and actors addressed; issues such as the Persian GUlf War, date rape, drug abuse, and HIV/AIDS were discussed. Writers strove to present ideas and situations as they would have happened in a way that would open them up to common discussion and activism. While the characters changed from season to season, there were a few principal actors that did go on to work in much larger roles on the screen and stage following the final season of A Different World. After the fifth season, and some cross-over between the two shows, producers decided to end the show's production.