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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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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 51 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable (197 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Clair Hanks Huxtable (193 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Rudy Huxtable (177 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Theo Huxtable (176 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Vanessa Huxtable (158 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Denise Huxtable / ... (120 episodes, 1984-1991)


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.


Comedy | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

20 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bill Cosby Show  »

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(201 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Cosby's real-life family was the basis of the Huxtables. Both families consisted of four daughters and one son, the son being the middle child. See more »


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 »


Theo: You two are the most obnoxious people that I ever met.
Rudy: Thank you, your grumpiness.
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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 »


Referenced in G.O.R.A. (2004) See more »


Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
(season 4)
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One of the greatest sitcoms to date
28 September 1999 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

The Cosby Show is one of those few trailblazing programs that grace television screens and leave an indelible mark. A situation comedy featuring a well-off African American family residing in a Brooklyn townhouse, The Cosby Show was also ultimately the brainchild and vehicle of comedian-extraordinare, Bill Cosby. Cosby's stage routine during his later years featured tales of his large family of five children, four girls and one boy, and his beloved wife, Camille, and these stories are translated exceptionally well on the small screen with a wonderful ensemble cast headed by Cosby and Phylicia Rashad (nee Allen).

I'm sure faithful viewers all have their favorite episodes, and we can always reminice in this terrific journey through the life of Bill Cosby through the fictional existence of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.

For eight glorious seasons, The Cosby Show ruled the airwaves and our hearts, and luckily, we can still enter this great world on syndication all over the world.

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