The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

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The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family.

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 Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable (197 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Clair Hanks Huxtable (193 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Rudy Huxtable (177 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable (176 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Vanessa Huxtable (158 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Denise Huxtable / ... (120 episodes, 1984-1991)
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Long-running popular comedy television series about the Huxtable family. Doctor Heathcliff Huxtable and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy). The two oldest daughters eventually live successful adult lives and get married (Sondra to Elvin and Denise to Martin). As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good. Written by Anonymous

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In a house filled with love . . . there's always room for more.

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20 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Cliff, Claire, and Cliff's father Russell were all graduates of the fictional Hillman College. Hillman would serve as the setting for the show's lone spin off A Different World (1987), which initially featured Denise as a student there. See more »

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In the opening episode, the Huxtables have only four children (Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy). A few weeks later, a fifth child, Sondra, appears. See more »

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[after the saxophone opening theme ends]
Cliff: This is the best elevator music I've ever heard!
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Crazy Credits

The credit sequences that varied from season to season all have one thing in common-the last shot in each one is a closeup of Bill Cosby's face, and in all but the first, he is smiling. See more »

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Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Lester Bowie
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The Cosby Show: The 25th Anniversary
5 September 2009 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Actor Bill Cosby was a fixture on television throughout the 1960's and 1970's. His success had been adequate,but far from impressive. By 1984,the network NBC wanted a show that would endeared not only by minority groups,but also by white America. NBC-TV by 1984 was the third most watched network in America,mostly in competition with CBS and ABC for the title of ratings supremacy. On September 20,1984,NBC introduced to audiences "The Cosby Show",which was the very definition of a Neilsen ratings monster as it devoured the competition along with "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues" for the better part of the mid-1980's and early 1990's in which made NBC a huge winner and the most watched network during its powerhouse Thursday night line-up. The series was a masterpiece for the astounding eight seasons that it was on the air,and even after some 25 years later "The Cosby Show" still holds the title as one of the greatest sitcoms ever produced.

According to TV Guide,the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980's,and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes". The series also made history as well. "The Cosby Show" was one of the first successful sitcoms based on the subject matter of a standup comedian's act,blazing a trail for other programs in its wake. During its eight year-run was one of three television programs that have been #1 in the Nielsen Ratings for five consecutive seasons(the others being "All In The Family"). Having aired for 201 episodes,"The Cosby Show" is the third-longest running sitcom with a predominantly African-American cast,which was surpassed only by "The Jeffersons",and "Family Matters",and is close to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for continuous run. This was a grand series that was basically focus on the life of Bill Cosby,with a few creative twists which gave Cosby full creative control of his own television sitcom. The series focused on the Huxtables family....Cliff(Bill Cosby)an obstetrician who was the head of the family. The matriarch was his wife,attorney Clair(Phylicia Rashad),along with his five children,eldest daughter Sondra(Sabrina LeBeauf),Denise(Lisa Bonet),Vanessa(Tempestt Bledsoe),and the youngest of the clan,Rudy(Keisha Knight-Pulliam). The only son was Theo(Malcolm Jamal-Warner). Lisa Bonet's character of Denise left the series in 1987 for the spin off "A Different World",which Bonet lasted one season,but came back to "The Cosby Show" in previous episodes.

The show in its day,despite its comedic tone,dealt with serious subjects including various themes such as civil rights and in one episode Theo experiences dealing with dyslexia. The series was a milestone in television history frequently promoting African-American and African cultures which were represented by artists and musicians such as Jacob Lawrence,Miles Davis,James Brown,Stevie Wonder,Lena Horne,Quincy Jones,Ray Charles,and Miriam Makeba not to mention others including special guest appearances by Maya Angelou,Alex Haley,Aretha Franklin,B.B. King,and Joe Williams. And it shows in the number of awards "The Cosby Show" received..including various Emmy and Golden Globe awards,NAACP image awards,and People's Choice Awards.

From September 20,1984 until its astounding run on September 17,1992. Producing 201 episodes,that was the golden child of sitcoms and even after 25 years later..it still reigns supreme.


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