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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 »
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Bill Cosby ...  Chet Kincaid 52 episodes, 1969-1971
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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

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Bill scores neatly as a high school coach in this fun-filled hit series, but you're the real winner. Second big season of warm, wonderful laughter! (season 2) See more »

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USA

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English

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14 September 1969 (USA) See more »

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Bill Cosby See more »

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Bill Cosby,Jemmin Inc. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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According to Second Assistant Director Charles Washburn, when Melvin Van Peebles once directed an episode of the show, his love of using the "f" and the "mf" words left other crew members too afraid to bring their families to visit the set. See more »

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Referenced in Brockmire: Broadcasters Jinx (2018) See more »

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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.


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