A Different World, which aired for six seasons on NBC, was a spin-off series from The Cosby Show, originally centered on Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional historically Black college in Virginia. The show typically addressed issues that were avoided by the Cosby Show writers (race and class relations, the Equal Rights Amendment).
The success and popularity of A Different World are credited with an increase in enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities during the late 1980s and early 1990s!
I watched A Different World religiously and I was so ready to go to college after seeing characters like Freddie, Kim, Dwayne Wayne and especially Whitley Gilbert. This is my absolute favorite show of all time! With scenes like this, you'll know why HBCU's are the best!