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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.


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Release Date:

20 September 1984 (USA)  »

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(201 episodes)

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Did You Know?


Theo was found to be dyslexic, just like the late Ennis Cosby in real-life. 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 »


Cliff: [to Vanessa's 12 year old friend] When Mrs. Huxtable comes home, you bring the car around.
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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 Clarissa Explains It All: No T.V. (1991) See more »


Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by The Oregon Symphony
Arranged by James DePreist and Bill Cosby
(season 5)
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Black, White Whatever, you wanted to be a Huxtable!
21 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Cosby Show was actually a breakthrough for African American families portrayed in a positive upper class Brooklyn family of professionals. Cosby used clean proper humor during the years it was on the air. Someone I know referred to him as a natural born storyteller. Yes, he is and one of the smartest intellectuals in the business. Bill Cosby provided a role model for those kids in the ghetto to succeed despite obstacles. Bill Cosby proved that you had to work and follow the rules of society to get ahead. He would be appalled at the rap music today with its lyrics of obscenities and vulgarity with degrading references to women, and others. The Cosby Show was one step forward for African Americans. I am sure that there are many African Americans who went and attend college today because they saw it could be done and was done on the Cosby show. If you aim high enough and work for it, you will succeed too. They showed how important family values really are now in a time of broken dysfunctional families. Bill Cosby, God Bless Him. He made me believe I could go to New York University like Theo. I was accepted but I could not afford it. However, Bill Cosby got me to believe in myself and he is wonderful and thoughtful about children. You can let your children watch Bill Cosby without worrying that they may pick up something bad from it. Bill Cosby may be the best babysitter on television today. He tries to stay clean with his humor despite the ever-changing times. The Huxtables were ideal family for all of us. Who wouldn't want to be a Huxtable, I know I did.

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