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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
14 September 1969 (USA) See more »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An honest attempt at something different See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Bill Cosby ... Chet Kincaid (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
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Series Directed by
Coby Ruskin (17 episodes, 1969-1971)
Jay Sandrich (11 episodes, 1969-1971)
Ralph Senensky (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Bill Cosby (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ivan Dixon (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Sid McCoy (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Harvey Hart (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Bill Cosby (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Ed. Weinberger (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Michael Zagor (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Michael Elias (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Frank Shaw (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Milton R.F. Brown (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Art Wallace (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Martin Ragaway (3 episodes, 1970)
Dorothy Cooper (2 episodes, 1970)
Stanley R. Greenberg (2 episodes, 1970)
Robert Garland (2 episodes, 1971)

Series Produced by
Bill Cosby .... executive producer (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Marvin Miller .... producer (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Robert Gondell .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Original Music by
Quincy Jones (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Ray Brown (2 episodes, 1971)

Danny Hurd (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Arnold L. Rich (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
 
Series Film Editing by
Diane Adler (17 episodes, 1969-1971)
John A. Martinelli (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Anthony Ippolito (10 episodes, 1969-1971)
Ralph James Hall (7 episodes, 1969-1970)
Peter Colbert (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
 
Series Casting by
Tony D'Agosta (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Joe Scully (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Antony Mondello (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
 
Series Makeup Department
Hazel Washington .... hairdresser (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Eddie M. Barron .... hairdresser (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (23 episodes, 1970-1971)
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist (19 episodes, 1969-1970)
Fred Williams .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Production Management
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... unit production manager (26 episodes, 1969-1970)

Cassius Weathersby .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Washburn .... second assistant director / first assistant director (35 episodes, 1969-1971)
Wendell Franklin .... first assistant director (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Joe Florence .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Kevin Donnelly .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Milton Trager .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Randall Henderson .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1970)
 
Series Art Department
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Lou Sluskin .... property master (39 episodes, 1969-1971)
Robert Maddy .... set designer (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Les Gobruegge .... assistant art director (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Don Miller .... property master (7 episodes, 1970)
Robert Lamb .... property master (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Sound Department
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (47 episodes, 1969-1971)
Larry Meek .... sound effects editor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
John A. Martinelli .... sound effects editor (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
Bill Rivol .... sound editor / sound effects editor (10 episodes, 1969-1970)
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
John O. Young .... sound editor / sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
 
Series Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Gene Evans .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1969-1970)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... costumer: men (51 episodes, 1969-1971)
Thalia Phillips .... costumer: women (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Rose Brandi .... costumer: women (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Editorial Department
Anthony Ippolito .... editorial supervisor (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Peter Colbert .... editorial supervisor (15 episodes, 1969-1970)
 
Series Music Department
Harry King .... music editor (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (26 episodes, 1969-1970)

Bill Cosby .... composer: theme "Hikky Burr" (unknown episodes)
Mike Deasy .... musician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (1 episode, 1969)
 
Series Other crew
Mariette Burr Mandell .... executive assistant: Bill Cosby / executive assistant to Bill Cosby (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Don Record .... title designer (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Ed. Weinberger .... executive story editor / script consultant (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Dan Alexander .... script supervisor (44 episodes, 1969-1971)
Donald Moses .... assistant to the producer (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Michael Elias .... script consultant (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Shaw .... script consultant (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Del Shields .... assistant to the producer (26 episodes, 1970-1971)
Victoria Gail Weisbart .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1969-1970)
 

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According to 2nd AD Charles Washburn, when Van Peebles. Melvin once directed an episode of the show, his love of using the 'F-' and 'MF-word' left other crew members too afraid to bring their families to visit the set.See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An honest attempt at something different, 29 June 2003
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

Bill Cosby's work has always has always been distinguished by a keen intelligence, in every medium to which he turns his talents. 'The Bill Cosby Show' is one of Coz's less distinguished credits, but it deserves to be better known: this series is a brave attempt at doing something different.

Even the theme tune of this series was unusual and distinctive, featuring a vocal track by Cosby himself making weird scat-like sounds ... of the sort now associated with Michael Winslow in the 'Police Academy' movies.

Although nominally a comedy, 'The Bill Cosby Show' was not a conventional sitcom, and there was only secondary emphasis on humour. (In other words, the show wasn't very funny ... but it wasn't trying to be.) Cosby was more interested in depicting believable characters in plausible situations, addressing genuine issues of the time.

Cosby played Chet Kincaid, the gym teacher at an urban high school. In one episode of this series, Chet had to contend with a teenager on his basketball team who played brilliantly but had a penchant for foul language. Unfortunately, American TV in the late '60s couldn't handle this theme sensibly. Whenever the teenager spoke, the soundtrack made a weird electronic bleeping noise ... leaving the audience to **figure out** that the boy had uttered a cuss word. In another episode, Cosby coached a Little League baseball team that only played on Sundays. His star pitcher was a young Hasidic Jew. When a game was rescheduled for the Saturday, Cosby had to deal with the fact that his pitcher's religious beliefs conflicted with his obligations to his teammates.

Bill Cosby is rightly praised for being one of the few African-American comedians who doesn't do racial material, and the skin colour of the character he played in 'The Bill Cosby Show' was almost totally irrelevant. Almost, but not entirely. In one episode, Chet went for a morning jog but immediately got arrested by a couple of white police officers who claimed that Chet fit the description of a man who had just committed a crime. Race was never mentioned, but it's hard not to think of all the occasions when white police officers have randomly arrested **any** black man who happens to be near a crime scene. I thought that this episode would be going in that direction, but I was surprised: at the end of the episode, when the cops nabbed the real culprit, he looked very similar to Cosby. (This reminded me of Hitchcock's movie 'The Wrong Man', starring Henry Fonda, in which the real criminal looked a lot like Fonda.)

Speaking of Henry Fonda, the best episode of 'The Bill Cosby Show' is a real tour de force, a three-hander starring Cosby, Henry Fonda and Elsa Lanchester, and taking place almost entirely in an elevator. Fonda and Lanchester portrayed, respectively, the maths teacher and the Polish charwoman who get trapped in the school's lift with gym teacher Cosby. They spend most of the episode in the elevator, waiting for help. The fact that Lanchester's character speaks no English makes the situation even more frustrating. In a desperate attempt to pass the time, Cosby teaches Fonda how to play Twenty Questions ... with very funny results.

In another episode, veteran character actor Mantan Moreland guest-stars as Chet's uncle. Moreland was a very talented performer who had to spend much of his career doing stereotypical Negro roles ("Feets, do yo' stuff!") but he's very good here as the uncle of Cosby's character. I'll rate 'The Bill Cosby Show' 7 points out of 10 for its honesty, its intelligence, and its bravery in offering audiences something different. But audiences are more interested in brainless laugh-fests than in intelligent character studies... which is why this series flopped.

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