Cooking Sunday dinner will never be the same. Folding laundry will be dreadful, and I won’t be able to fall asleep at night to the sound of their voices. I knew the day would come. I was warned and even given an exact date. But I continued with my life trying to ignore it. Now I sit here heartbroken, numb, and unable to enjoy something that was once a part of my daily life.
All this drama is because the Netflix license agreement for A Different World expired on March 15, 2017. The show now rests in the abyss of series and movies that have had the same fate. And it wasn’t even given a proper sendoff. Entertainment Weekly mentioned the Nanny Diaries in their ‘goodbye’ article, but not A Different World. Like how? It was an incredible groundbreaking show that (according to director Debbie Allen) increased historically black college enrollment by 40 per cent during the 90s.
I didn’t even get any REAL notice of the show’s demise! I mean, you can’t tell a diehard fan their favorite sitcom of all time will leave Netflix in two weeks. That’s barely enough to binge watch all six seasons. It’s just not right!
A Different World gave me my first childhood crush, Dwayne Wayne, but more importantly it gave me a strong desire to further my education. Kim gave me hope that I could embark on any career I wanted, Whitley gave me life in every way, and Freddy was so full of whimsy that I wanted to find a friend just like her.
Fans petitioned to keep A Different World on Netflix by calling the company and bombarding their Instagram account with the hashtag #KeepADifferentWorld. But to no avail. Netflix reps told fans that there was nothing they could do and the beloved show would have to go.
The really sad part is that A Different World doesn’t even have a DVD box set. You can find season one on Amazon, but seasons two through six still haven’t been released. So not only do fans not have their fave show, they can’t even purchase it on DVD. It’s been 30 years since the airing of the first episode of A Different World in 1987. Can we, at the very least, get a couple seasons on DVD?
If you want to get a quick fix of the 90s show, you can find episodes on Bounce TV at 8 a.m. EST. You can also follow this amazing Instagram account which is a gathering ground for A Different World stans. Sign this petition to encourage Carsey Werner (the company that produced the show) to release A Different World on DVD.
If you need me, I’ll be digging through YouTube channels hoping to catch a full unedited episode of the show for some quick relief. *Sigh*