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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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Comedy | Family | Romance

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20 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Although the name of the medical school Cliff attended is never mentioned, it is alluded to that it was possibly Temple University School of Medicine. In his medical office located in his home's basement there is a framed logo of the "T" that is the same symbol used by Temple University. The fictional Hillman College is known as the college he attended undergraduate school. Also, Bill Cosby earned his bachelor's degree from Temple in 1971, so this allusion could be homage to his real life alma mater. See more »

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In the first season, Cliff's name was Clifford. In later seasons, his name is Heathcliff. In the first episode of the final season, however, Clair calls him Heathclifford. See more »

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Theo: You two are the most obnoxious people that I ever met.
Rudy: Thank you, your grumpiness.
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The season after Lisa Bonet left the series, Bill Cosby can be seen holding a photo of Bonet during the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in Hindsight: Tragic Kingdom (2015) See more »

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Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Lester Bowie
(seasons 7 and 8)
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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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