“A Different World” can still be viewed in reruns on TV One, but producer Debbie Allen says it’s time the Black sitcom made a comeback.
She recently tweeted, “We need to recap this groundbreaking series that is so missed in TV today.”
Debbie certainly has a point there. Besides Black sitcom reruns on channels like TV One, Centric and BET, there aren’t many positive TV shows that cater to African-Americans today.
Tyler Perry produces a number of sitcoms on TBS, and Mara Brock Akil and hubby Salim Akil have contributed to the rise in original series on BET. However, few cable networks and hardly any broadcast channels can boast a quality sitcom with a majority-Black cast.
The wildly successful “Cosby Show” spin-off featured the lives of Black students from Hillman College, and addressed issues such as race, domestic violence and more social and political issues in the ’90s. This October will mark the 25th anniversary of the show.
Debbie took over as producer after season 1 of the show, which found Denise Huxtable as a freshman at the fictional institute of higher education.
Although there’s a trend of resurrecting old shows with brand new actors, writers, etc… (think "90210"), Debbie didn’t suggest an entirely new team.
"We need to revisit this wonder arena and get my crew back,” she tweeted. “[If] I get enough amen’s maybe Bill Cosby, Marcy, and Tom will let us put Hillman back on the block.”
“A Different World” aired for six seasons on NBC from 1987-1993, and was ranked the second highest show in African-American households, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Watch "A Different World" characters Whitley and Dwayne tie the knot.
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