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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?


In the first few episodes of season one, Theodore, the only son, is referred to as Teddy, a nickname that is never used again - Theo is what everyone called him thereafter. See more »


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 »


[after the saxophone opening theme ends]
Cliff: This is the best elevator music I've ever heard!
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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 »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Barnestjerner (1992) See more »


Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Lester Bowie
(seasons 7 and 8)
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The Central Anchoring Face
29 May 2010 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I rarely go to DVDs of old TeeVee shows. The edge that could have made many of then work when new has long dulled. Nostalgia is a bad way to motivate a life. But this was a reminder of a day, shortly after the US almost lost itself forever. The great national tragedy was slavery — not that it happened, because nations do many dishonorable things. But because we clung to it so tightly, reinventing it in subtle ways.

In my memory, three things changed that. There was the civil rights movement of course and its nobility in peaceful stands for justice. There was the profound decision by Coca-Cola to fashion ads that portrayed a nation of many colors. Many people overlook the significance of this and its powerful effect, cinematic equality.

And then there was Cosby. Here was a man with practices affability. No joke was demeaning. All jokes had to do with family, kinship, a world with no disharmony and only small everyday events. He did not invent domestic humor. TeeVee had it cooking long before he arrived. But he did it better than anyone then and since. His warmth made it. And he had a black face.

That face is the device on which all episodes of the show rely. A setup, a comment and then Bill's face reacting. A simple formula. Simple jokes; powerful face. I wouldn't want to overemphasize his intent or impact. He happened to be a good man at the right time, but no less obsessed and commercial than Opra, who inherited and demeaned the role.

Revisiting these shows is revisiting history, a noble history of a noble time before the US found another way to marginalize: let kids do it by themselves.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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