TV Club 10: 10 episodes of A Different World that redeemed the topical sitcom

With so many new series popping up on streaming services and DVD, it gets harder and harder to keep up with recent shows, much less the all-time classics. With TV Club 10, we point you toward the 10 episodes that best represent a TV series, classic or modern. They might not be the 10 best episodes, but they’re the 10 episodes that’ll help you understand what the show’s all about—without having to watch the whole thing.

In its first season, NBC’s singular sitcom A Different World found itself in a peculiar conundrum: The biggest reason for its commercial success was a creative albatross. In all likelihood, A Different World wouldn’t have vaulted into the upper echelon of the Nielsen ratings if not for its connection to The Cosby Show, the massively successful show from which it spun off in 1987. Turning an academic environment …

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