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.


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Release Date:

20 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(201 episodes)

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At 4 years old, Alicia Keys appeared in an episode as one of Rudy's friends. 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 »


Vanessa Huxtable: Rudy, what are you gonna do in life with a fourth grade education ?
Rudy: Teach third grade !
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Crazy Credits

The season after Lisa Bonet left the series, Bill Cosby can be seen holding a photo of Bonet during the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dane Cook/James Blunt (2005) See more »


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Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
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My love for The Cosby Show
22 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up with a crush on Clair, Sandra and Denise (who didn't like Denise?) and most of all I grew up watching him on TV, (it was still running live telecasts when I was born). I really loved the ways that Cliff Huxtable dealt with the kids and I am sure that many parents across America ventured to be more like him and deal with their kids as he did (although it would be nice if we could). The best thing about the show was that while it did show a well-off black family, it was not preachy about the plight of blacks and was woven gently into the plots with humor, with humor you can remember it a lot easier than if someone just preached it at you. It was a vehicle that did in fact continue the "movin' on up" legacy that shows like The Jeffersons and Good Times started but most of all making it about family life and how parents and children relate to each other thus, making it timeless.

Some shows are for a time, but this show most of all, will be on as long as time exists.

For the critics of the show, it was a little ideal and a bit unrealistic for the people who say that I say this: THis is TV but TV is based on real life, and if you sit for 30 minutes in any household, it will be boring as all crap, and more importantly a lot of work goes into creating & writing sitcoms, critics should be writers themselves before they criticize a show, because is too easy to criticize but not to rework it to be accessible as you see it Thank you

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