The show that brought historically black colleges and its students to primetime television and, subsequently, inspired generations of black youth to attend college has reached a milestone.
“A Different World” turns 30 on Sept. 24. The first episode of the coming-of-age “The Cosby Show” spin-off aired on Sept. 24, 1987, on NBC. The groundbreaking show lasted six seasons, spawning the career of such stars as Sinbad, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jasmine Guy. The show featured a group of sophisticated, hip college coeds, who opened up candid conversations about HIV/AIDS, police brutality and women’s rights.
Since its run, between 1987-1993, the sitcom has been syndicated on various stations, allowing the show to become a favorite of viewers not even born when the show originally aired.
Whether a new or old fan, the following quiz will separate the casual viewer from the true Hillman crusader.
Find out just how much you recall about the “A Different World” characters.
BONUS: TV One will offer its own pop quiz on Sunday during its 14-hour “A Different World” marathon, which begins at 10 a.m. ET. The cable station will air a special “Pop up” edition of the show’s pilot episode, featuring show trivia. The marathon will run from 10:30 a.m. ET to 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 24.