Episode 237: Does A Different World Need a ReBoot? | 90s TV Babies

The 90s TV Babies are back to examine the 80s sensation A Different World! Serita Fontanesi, Sergio Perez and Megan Ruble registered for classes at Hillman College TV. And now it’s time for finals. This will ALL be on the test. Professors Lambert and Johnson assigned these episodes to watch:
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The Conversation

  • PREGNANCY ROULETTE: Serita is stunned by how much “pee” is involved in getting pregnant.
  • Megan knew nothing about A Different World -- had never seen a single episode.
  • Sergio has binged all of Seasons 1 & 2 - and helped Susan and Sharon create social media for the podcast.
  • For Serita, A Different World has been a part of her TV life pretty much since she was born. She’s seen the whole series, front to back, multiple times.
  • The Babies know OF “The Cosby Show” -- but none of them ever watched it!
  • SERGIO THE RULE-BREAKER: As a little kid he watched Nick-at-Night even though he wasn’t supposed to.
  • Megan LOVED A Different World -- and was surprised by how much the show CHANGED every season…
  • SERITA’S HOT TAKE: You can skip Season One -- the “Lisa Bonet” Season. Sergio disagrees.
  • Serita calls out how grounded the show is -- while still having “wacky” episodes tossed in for spice!
  • Sergio: “Can we please go back to TV shows with 23 episodes a season -- not 8?!?”
  • Do Megan and Sergio agree about Jaleesa and her storyline?
  • Serita’s favorite character is Whitley -- but she relates the most to Kim.
  • Does this show need a reboot?
  • NO MEANS NO: Megan thought the episode about sexual assault was excellent and totally on-point -- except for one key moment…

So, join Susan, Sharon -- and Serita, Sergio and Megan -- as they talk Patti LaBelle, Diahann Carroll, AIDS, is it feminist and is it progressive? -- and all the ways to say “Shut Up!

Our Audio-ography

Watch A Different World -- streaming on MAX.

Check out Tammy at the true-crime podcast: Grits with a Side of Murder.

Find out more about A Different World at the official Facebook page.

Check out Serita’s podcast “Not Ugly Pod”.

Find out about Megan’s “Shakespeare By The Sea” at Shakespearebythesea.org

Find out about Sergio’s production of “CinderAlice” at tinyurl.com/cinderalice.

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Credits: 80s TV Ladies™ Episode 237: “Does A Different World Need a ReBoot? | 90s TV Babies

Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guests: Serita Fontanesi, Sergio Perez and Megan Ruble. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Richard Hatem, Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2024 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.