6.3/10
790
10 user 5 critic

The Bill Cosby Show 

Trailer
1:01 | Trailer
Chet Kincaid, gym teacher at an inner-city Los Angeles high school, deals with students, principal Mr. Langford, and counselor Marsha Peterson. He lives with his mother Rose, brother Brian,... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1971   1970   1969  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bill Cosby ...  Chet Kincaid 52 episodes, 1969-1971
Edit

Storyline

Chet Kincaid, gym teacher at an inner-city Los Angeles high school, deals with students, principal Mr. Langford, and counselor Marsha Peterson. He lives with his mother Rose, brother Brian, and sister-in-law Verna, who focus on his social life. Written by rharlan58

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Cosby every Sunday! As a man who always gets involved, Bill shapes up as one of the new season's big winners in his own hilarious series! (season 1) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The network wanted to add a laugh track to the show, but Bill Cosby didn't approve. See more »

Connections

Featured in TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) See more »

User Reviews

 
A Good Comedy Series That Was Not Formulaic
31 August 2008 | by steve-575See all my reviews

As a child, I remember watching this show when the reruns aired on CBN (Now the ABC Family Channel) and really enjoying it. So when I saw the First Season DVD on eBay for a low price, I could not resist buying it.

The show centered around Chet Kincaid who was a gym teacher, football and basketball coach, and valuable member of the community. His willingness to help other people always seemed to get him into unenviable situations as well as hurting his love life. For instance, there was one episode where he agreed to do his sick nephew's paper route for one day and he ended up spending all morning trying to get the papers to the right houses. Much of the plot was clean, light-hearted fare. There were no episodes that focused on serious topics like racism. The good thing about the show was that it did not follow the same formula as most other sitcoms at the time. There was no laugh track which was almost unheard of at the time. The episodes focused more on character and situational development instead of laugh-out-loud comedy. Much of the dialog by Bill Cosby seemed like it was ad libbed which gave the show kind of a natural quality. It was also one of the first series to have an African American in a leading role and Cosby served as a great role model.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bill Cosby Show See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bill Cosby, Jemmin Inc. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed