African American TV specialist TV One will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of iconic Cosby Show spin-off A Different World with a 14-hour marathon.
The event kicks off in the US on 24 September. It will begin with the pilot episode, which still reigns as the highest-rated television pilot in history, garnering 38.9 million viewers.
“TV One is excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of A Different World, a television show which displayed the black college experience in a way that touched and inspired generations of students to pursue a higher education,” said Dexter Cole, TV One’s SVP of program scheduling & acquisitions. “After three decades, many of the show’s themes and messages of friendship, coming of age, responsibility and perseverance still ring true. We hope fans will join us as we take a moment to look back with fondness on this American television treasure."
The series originally centred on free-spirited, rebellious Huxtable daughter Denise (Lisa Bonet) as she attended her parent’s alma mater, Hillman College. During season one, Denise struggles through college and meets memorable friends along the way, including Maggie (Marisa Tomei), Jalessa (Dawnn Lewis), Dwayne (Kadeem Hardison), and Whitley (Jasmine Guy). Seasons two through six capture the essence of being young, black and educated in America by tackling political, ethical, racial, emotional and social issues far before the media was ready to address them.
The marathon will feature a selection of the most popular episodes, in chronological order, containing memorable moments from each season of the series. Interstitials from cast and crew captured recently reflecting on their experiences with the series will also be featured during the marathon. The pilot episode will be presented as a special pop-up edition filled with show trivia at 10am ET and again at 8.30pm ET to commemorate the same time the pilot premiered 30 years ago.
On TVOne.tv and the network’s social platforms, fans can celebrate all week with daily editorial breaking down the most iconic moments, a video countdown of the top five moments of all time, and a ‘Where Are They Now?” photo gallery to catch up with favourite characters.