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The Cosby Show 

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The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

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Michael Leeson
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 51 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bill Cosby ...  Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable 197 episodes, 1984-1992
Phylicia Rashad ...  Clair Huxtable 193 episodes, 1984-1992
Keshia Knight Pulliam ...  Rudy Huxtable 177 episodes, 1984-1992
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ...  Theo Huxtable 176 episodes, 1984-1992
Tempestt Bledsoe ...  Vanessa Huxtable 158 episodes, 1984-1992
Lisa Bonet ...  Denise Huxtable / ... 120 episodes, 1984-1991
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Storyline

"The Cosby Show" centers on the lives of the Huxtables: obstetrician Cliff and his lawyer wife Claire, their daughters Sondra, Denise, Vanessa and Rudy, and son Theo. Based on the standup comedy of Bill Cosby, the show focused on his observations of family life. Although based on comedy, the series also addresses some more serious topics, such as learning disabilities and teen pregnancy. Written by Jwelch5742

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In a house filled with love . . . there's always room for more.

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(201 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In one of the earlier episodes, Theo desperately wants to buy an expensive shirt by the "designer" Gordon Gartrelle. Throughout the series, the real-life Gordon Gartrelle worked in various jobs for the series, and was listed as a producer of the show during the last few seasons. See more »

Goofs

In the first season, Cliff's name was Clifford. In later seasons, his name is Heathcliff. In the first episode of the final season, however, Clair calls him Heathclifford. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Huxtable: Rudy, what are you gonna do in life with a fourth grade education ?
Rudy: Teach third grade !
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Crazy Credits

The season after Lisa Bonet left the series, Bill Cosby can be seen holding a photo of Bonet during the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in Stay Tuned (1992) See more »

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Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
(season 4)
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`The Cosby Show' is one of the best reruns out there – catch it when you can.
28 February 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

`The Cosby Show,' along with `Family Ties,' redefined television in the eighties. It centered entirely on a successful African American family – that was something rare back then. And the thing that was good about the show was that unlike some television programs, `The Cosby Show' did not try to be anything special; it didn't try to shout out. It didn't say, `Hey, we're a show all about a black family!' It treated itself just like any other show on television, and that is what is so good about it.

Bill Cosby is, of course, the main character in this show, taking the role of a husband and father while adding comic relief to the show.

Cosby was one of the best comedians of the eighties – it's too bad he isn't in the movies anymore, because he is a funny guy. He's not over the top and outrageous like, say, Chris Rock or Eddie Murphy, etc., both of whom are loudmouthed black comedians that are stereotypical of African American comics; they try to get in the limelight by shouting and yelling and not REALLY being funny. I think many black comedians had resorted to this because (a) they thought it was the only way they could get famous back then and (b) it became expected of them (that would explain Rock).

But Bill Cosby is calm yet funny. I think he's one of the best REAL comedians out there (in other words, one of the best stage performers/comedians).

`The Cosby Show' is one of the best reruns out there – catch it when you can.


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