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Last of the "True" Sit-coms

Author: ralsalongi from Allentown, PA
3 August 2005

I really believe The Cosby Show was the Last of the true sit-coms. Here was a good clean show, unlike most comedies that are on today. He and his wife taught the kids morals and that is missing from most sit-coms on today. There was no sex talk on the show which also made it great. Most comedies today are nothing but sex jokes. You don't mind it once in a while, but the way it is portrayed today on TV is outrageous.

This was one of the few shows that I wish would have lasted a little longer. What I'd like too see shortly is a reunion show or movie. It could show the other kids married and raising children of their own etc.

I salute the Great Bill Cosby for making this show. It really rocked!!!

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A true Classic!

Author: gillsjunque
28 November 2004

A true classic in the truest sense of the word. Cosby and Company are priceless as the Huxtables. The youngsters sometimes steal the show, but the commaraderie and closeness of everyone involved in apparent. The best shows are the ones where the family lipsyncs to one of the many classics, complete with the "moves." Most in particular when they put on a "Show" for the grandparents. This is definitely a show for all ages, and one that the family can sit and watch without fear of something inappropriate coming up in the conversation that you have to explain to your little ones as you sit in the evenings. Even as the older kids grew and moved out, as oft happens in real life, the freshness of the show remained.

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The greatest show

Author: aimee21420 (
13 October 2004

Hi to everyone. I came here by doing a search for The Cosby Show DVDs. I, like most of you, am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the DVD. I still watch the reruns that come on TV daily (Nick at Nite, TBS, WGN). I LOVE the Huxtable's. They always make me laugh, they are the perfect American family dream. I longed to be a Huxtable (still do actually). I learned some interesting trivia facts from this site. Does anyone know of any other interesting facts (or great websites)? Maybe if we all keep writing letters we can get them to start making the DVDs. I put my name on the list at Amazon (it says that are not currently producing), but I remember waiting on the same list for Indiana Jones (it was not in production either) and one glorious day I got the e-mail, so maybe in time (it's long overdue I must say). If I find any new info I will be sure to post.

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One of the best sitcoms of all time.

Author: k_dizzle_scarface_nizzle from Ozark, Alabama
10 October 2004

This was the show that saved not only NBC, but the sitcom format in general.

This show premiered at a time when soap operas like DALLAS, DYNASTY, and KNOTS LANDING where the order of the day, and classic sitcoms like M*A*S*H, HAPPY DAYS, ALL IN THE FAMILY, and THE JEFFERSONS were meeting-or met-their end. COSBY brings back a time when children actually respected their parents and elders and proved that not all blacks had strut, yell and spit one-liners to carry a show. The Huxtables were like a second family to me as a child. I always looked forward to Thursday nights at 8:00 for eight years. This show, along with FAMILY TIES, CHEERS, and NIGHT COURT was a part of the original MUST SEE TV lineup in the 80s.

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The Best Show to Ever See Television

Author: attractive1925 ( from Nashville, Tn
15 August 2004

The Cosby Show has always been and will always be my all-time favorite show.

This show is good and wholesome and leaves you feeling warm all over. The show shows an African American family and how they deal with their life. I have always enjoyed the humor in the show and appreciate the real life situations addressed in the show.

The Cosby Show was the number one show for a number of years and actually held the record on the charts until the The Simpson's came and bumped it down. I enjoy this show because it shows an African American family in a positive light, something that is missing on television today. The show was funny and entertaining and serves as a model for many families.

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Good tiny spoilers.

Author: sailorcora from Illinois, America
1 August 2004

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I like this show. It is so real and down to earth. A lot of families are like the one in this show. A doctor and a lawyer as parents the kids grow up safe and secure and don't want to leave home. Cliff huxtable is a well to do doctor who just wants his home to himself after raising his children. his wife a lawyer wants the same but also doesn't want to let her children go. There children range from the smart to the not so smart. Then near the end of the show Ravyn-Symone joins. She is the stepdaughter of the second daughter denise. She just brings so much humor to the show and is adorable. Bill Cosby did a great job on this show and is one of the funniest actors out there. I would give this show an eleven out of ten because the humor and the good acting.

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My FAVORITE Show of All Time

Author: Burger ( from Huntsville, Alabama
27 July 2004

The Cosby Show is a part of our culture, our heritage. It is a story about the life of an African-American family in the mid-80 to early-90's. It should be a part of every American's household. In it you see the development of the characters, just like they are The Huxtable's. The cast members were like a family, on and off screen. They were all great people & characters, especially Bill Cosby. With his ad-libbing, sense-of-humor, personality, and all other talents, there was never a dull episode. I will say that The Cosby Show doesn't appeal to all. Some just don't like it at all. And if so, then that's too bad. But for me, it's my all-time favorite Show. In fact, I hope someday to own every episode on VHS or DVD. I wish I was old enough to have grown up watching it. I'm just glad Nick at Night still shows it. I make it a high priority to see it whenever it's on. It will always be a part of me.

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One of the best Black Families on Television

Author: Kevinisha Gordon (bigchief0418) from New Orleans, Louisiana
27 May 2004

The Cosby Show is one of my favorite television shows because mainly, Bill and Phylicia are one of my favorite actors/actresses. One of the things I loved best about the show was that it had a black family that was well-off, because usually it's always a white rich family but it wasn't. Clair and Cliff were always supportive of their kids and always wanted to back them 100 percent no matter what it was. Cliff would always say that he wanted all those people to get out of his house, which to me he loved that all his kids were staying with him, because if he didn't he would'nt rant about it as he did. Cliff and Clair tried to encourage their kids to do the right thing as sometimes they didn't and them as the parents had to give out the consequences. The best thing about the Huxtable family is that the children didn't only have Mom and Dad to support them, they also had Grandma and Grandpa (Russell and Anna Huxtable). Cliff and Clair were trendsetters for black families back then, and today too. The Cosby Show the best Balck Family on Television.

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Those Good Old Fashion Family Values on Which We Used to Rely!

Author: ( from U.S.A
27 April 2004

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The Cosby Show is perhaps the best family sitcom for the family audience in years. It was a show you could feel safe in letting your kids watch, not like the trash on TV today. The show started in 1984 and starred the upper class Huxtable family living in upstate New York City. There was the patriarch, Clifford Heathcliff Huxtable, who was a pediatrician. Matriarch Claire Huxtable was a lawyer. And then there's the kids: Sondra who was away at college, Denise, the pretty one and the down to earth one, Theo the only son, then there were Vanessa, and Rudy, the youngest. As time went on, the kids grew up. Sondra eventually grew up and married a boy named Elvin Tibideaux, which proved to be a real nitwit. Cliff would show his dislike for Elvin on occasion and frankly, I didn't really blame him. Soon Denise met Lt. Martin Kendall, who had a daughter, Olivia. The new characters really gave depth to the show. Around the late '80s, Rudy was growing up and was no longer the little cute one, and since Cliff was so hysterical around little kids, they had to get another one in. So along came little Olivia. She was so cute!

I like the episode where Theo is confident he can move out of the house and make it on his own, so the Huxtable family is determined to see if he really can, so they dress up as landlords, bank managers, and bill collectors just to show Theo and his friend, Cockroach, just what a cruel world it really was. That episode would be helpful to anyone who "thinks" they are ready to move out and make it on their own; Another good episode was the Thanksgiving one when it was stormy weather outside and Cliff kept having to go out; Another good one was when Cliff and Claire pay a visit to Elvin and an expecting Sondra, in their broken down, dump of an apartment. The landlord was clearly a slumlord who neglected fixing things in the apartment. Cliff and Claire decreed they had to move, but Elvin and Sondra took offense and scolded them for butting in, but it was Denise who got them to settle their differences. Pretty soon, Sondra had the baby. Two of them! Twins! They were named Winnie and Nelson. I'd have to say my favorite episode of all time is the one where Denise offers to babysit the twins so Elvin and Sondra could get a night to themselves. So Denise and Olivia tend to the apartment and all goes swimmingly--until the power goes out. That's a good one.

Yeah, The Cosby Show had a good run from 1984 until 1992. By then the kids were all older and Denise had left. She first left in 1987, but came back in 1989, only to leave again in 1991. That was a girl who went places. And in the pilot, Sondra didn't exist. Claire: "Why do we have four children?" Cliff: "Because we did not want five". But then a pilot episode is always different from the actual series. The cast: Bill Cosby is here and he just plays Cliff to a tee! The jokes are well timed and very funny. Bill Cosby's type of comedy is actual a cool, laid-back attitude rather than someone who walks around ranting and raving all the time. Phylicia Rashad was a good Claire. She played a very strong woman. Sabrina LeBeauf played Sondra, even though she was in her late twenties. Lisa Bonet was Denise, and to be totally honest, she's my favorite. Malcolm Jamaal-Warner is Theo. He was good. So were Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa and Keshia Knight-Pulliam as Rudy. Geoffrey Owens is Elvin, and Raven-Symoné was Olivia. Today, she's 18 and has her very own show on The Disney Channel, "That's So Raven!" So in conclusion, the next time it's on TV, I recommend you catch an episode of The Cosby Show. It's a very well done show. It's funny and it is very family friendly! By the way, the subject line text I got from the Family Guy theme song.


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One of the most positive depictions of black families in the media...ever.

Author: sponj
4 March 2004

Not only was the Cosby show teaching lessons to out of control children, it also gave parents some insight on how they can deal with their own families. Cliff and Claire had chemestry and seemed determined to work together to raise

their children. The kids were funny because they did stupid things like piercing their ear, or lying about where they were all night. The all time funniest speech in Cosby show history is when Bill tried to explain to Vanessa the relationship between the youngest child, Rudy, and her goldfish, Lamont. But I digress, Bill Cosby did for blacks in television what Rosa Parks did for blacks on a bus. And that is my word because it's that deep.

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