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

For the first season, A Different World (1987) was a smash ratings hit, but was slammed by the critics for being a lame Cosby clone, riding on the coattails of its predecessor. Phylicia Rashad suggested that Cosby hire her sister, Debbie Allen, former star and producer of Fame (1982), to take over producing and directing duties for A Different World (1987), to try to turn the show around. That she did, and under her leadership, A Different World (1987) became critically acclaimed, and very successful, lasting for six seasons, one season after this show wrapped. See more »

Goofs

In the first episode, Clair says "Cliff, why do we have four children?" He replies, "Because we didn't want five." A few episodes later, Sondra was added to the cast as their fifth child who was away at college. 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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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 »

Connections

Spin-off A Different World (1987) See more »

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Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Craig Handy
(seasons 6 and 7)
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More than being a groundbreaker, it was always funny and always will be.
20 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Even though it ended its first network run nearly eight years ago, The Cosby Show continues to make us laugh through reruns on many local stations and cable networks. That is what its legacy really is. It certainly was important, since it rescued the sitcom from oblivion and showed us that African-American families can be just as "normal" as anyone else's. But more than that, it never stopped being funny, has not stopped being funny, and never will stop being funny. It was one of the best sitcoms of its day, and now is one of the best of any day. Bill Cosby was a great comedian, Phylicia Rashad and the kids on the show were all great actors, particularly Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and they all had great chemistry that never diminished in eight years together. Though it did slip a little bit toward the end, the writing and the show itslef never truly did lose their quality. Do you think this show will keep us entertained for years to come? As Theo might say, "No problem!"


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