By Mandi Bierly
September 15, 2014 at 04:12 PM EDT

In 1987, A Different World debuted as simply a Cosby Show spinoff. But by 1991, the show starring Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison had surpassed Cosby in the ratings and earned an EW cover story touting it as “an ensemble comedy about black college life that’s brightly acted, politically and socially attuned, idiosyncratic, and yes, even funny.”

The cast members are reuniting for the Oct. 26 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which returns with new installments on Oct. 5. Watch a sneak peek below, in which they talk about inspiring a generation to attend college and fondly recall how creator Bill Cosby ends conversations.

Oprah: Where Are they Now? airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Other upcoming episodes feature Raven-Symoné (Oct. 5), Vivica A. Fox (Oct. 12), and Charice (Oct. 19).