Now THIS is how you pay homage! The “Grown-ish” cast salutes “A Different World”, and they totally nailed that ish. Before season 2 – sophomore year for the on-screen youngins – kicks off, Yara Shahidi and the cast of “Grown-ish” got us as close to “A Different World” remake as we’re gonna get for now. But they did it up properly.
The cast put a Gen Z touch on the late 80’s-early 90’s classic college show’s intro (theme song by the late Aretha Franklin). And they even exchanged their graduation caps for red cups.
Each scene of the iconic intro was replicated with a modern spin, from Zoey dolling up and powdering her face, to the sports locker room scene featuring the show’s twins Skylar and Jazlyn (played by Chloe x Halle) to Dwayne’s flip-up glasses, sported by Aaron (Trevor Jackson). Chloe x Halle’s song “Grown,” which was the official music for the show, even got a modern update to go with the trendy upgrade of their sophomore year.
— grown-ish (@grownish) November 30, 2018
Shahidi and the Black-ish spin-off cast made sure to acknowledge the inspiration behind the opening. “Homage to what made it all possible #ADifferentWorld,” Shahidi said via Instagram.
She also gave HipHollywood some exclusive tea on the new season revealing what fans can expect. “Sophmore year Zoe has it a little more together,” she explained while promoting her role in Small Foot. “But she’s still like we’ll still see what happens.”
So what emoji would she give season 2?
The new season airs on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at 8/7 p.m. CT on ABC’s Freeform. While you wait for the show to pick back up again, watch the trailer up top and take a stroll down memory lane with the original A Different World opening scene below.