Some of my favorite memories from my childhood/teenhood include watching A Different World re-runs with my Mom and older Sister. This show was amazing–I loved characters like Whitley Gilbert, Dwayne Wayne, and Kim Reese. And watching them and their adventures always made me so impatient to get to college and have some fun experiences of my own. Since the show ended, I’ve always wondered if we might ever get some sort of reunion special…well, leave it to Oprah, Queen of TV, to make this dream come true! Tonight, on Where Are they Now, the cast of A Different World will be reuniting:
It’s been more than two decades since the hit sitcom A Different World, the first television show about campus life at a historically black college, went off the air. Now, Oprah reunites members of the beloved cast and explores how the show resonated with its audience. To this day, Cree Summer, the actress who played Winifred “Freddie” Brooks, says she hears from fans who credit A Different World for inspiring them to go to college.
Jasmine Guy—best known as Southern belle Whitley Gilbert—says Bill Cosby, the show’s creator, is the one to thank for the positive impact. “That’s the genius of Dr. Cosby,” Jasmine says. “He understood the power of the medium, and so he chose a setting that would influence people as well as make them laugh.”
In these clips from tonight’s show, the cast talks about the broader social impact of the show and its creator Bill Cosby:
*SIGH* Memories 🙂 I’ll definitely be watching tonight! Make sure to join me, and tune into OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) at 9pmET.