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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 

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The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.


Bill Cosby




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Series cast summary:
Bill Cosby ...  Fat Albert Jackson / ... 36 episodes, 1972-1985
Gerald Edwards Gerald Edwards ...  Weird Harold 31 episodes, 1972-1985
Erika Scheimer Erika Scheimer 28 episodes, 1972-1985
Lou Scheimer ...  Dumb Donald / ... 28 episodes, 1972-1985
Jan Crawford Jan Crawford ...  Bucky / ... 24 episodes, 1972-1985


The series follows the adventures of an group of African American kids living in the ghettos of South Philadelphia in the early 70s. In pretty much every episode they deal with the challenges of life and many times make mistakes but learn from them and correct the mistake though sometimes there were lasting repercussions from that mistake. All and all it was a fun show that portrayed urban ghetto kids in a positive light. Written by Gourry Gabriev

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Release Date:

9 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Fat Albert Show See more »

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(110 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The characters are based on Bill Cosby and his childhood friends growing up in North Philadelphia. Cosby talked about his childhood experiences in his stand-up comedy albums. See more »


In episode #7, "Playing Hooky", Dumb Donald refuses to play hooky with the gang and goes to school. However, as the gang plays hooky, in one scene Dumb Donald is seen skateboarding with the gang and in another, when they are going to use their homemade box-slide ride, he is seen in the box waiting for the ride. See more »


[first lines]
Television Announcer: It's not a bird! It's not a bee! It's the BROWN HORNEEEEEEEEEEETTT!
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Hey, Hey, Heeeeeey! This show ruled!
16 January 2002 | by dootussSee all my reviews

What can one say? It is one of the best shows ever to air on Saturday mornings. Bill Cosby sure whipped up one heck of a show. I liked it because there was always a lesson to learn, and a moral. I think it was really unique since it was based on Bill Cosby's childhood living in Philadelphia, and that it had an inner city edge. It was pretty funny too.

I myself think this show should be back on the air. I haven't seen an episode in a long time, and I think Cartoon Network should air it. That or Bill Cosby putting the show on VHS or DVD. They really should put this back on tv. because I think kids today can benefit from a show like Fat Albert that teaches lessons instead of shows now at days that just entices kids to get their moms, or dads to buy toys and get nothing much out of these shows in the learning range.

They really should put this back on the air. 10/10.

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