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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 52 wins & 58 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.

Genres:

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:

The Cosby Show See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(201 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Keshia Knight Pulliam and Allen Payne starred in House of Payne (2006). See more »

Goofs

In the pilot, the dining room banister to the upstairs is very different than it is during the rest of the season. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: Your grandson got his ear pierced.
Russell Huxtable: On purpose?
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Crazy Credits

The credit sequences that varied from season to season all have one thing in common-the last shot in each one is a closeup of Bill Cosby's face, and in all but the first, he is smiling. See more »

Alternate Versions

The season 1 DVD set was made up of edited, syndication-length episodes missing about 2 minutes per episode from their original broadcast. It was only because of the consumer outcry that season 2 and beyond were released unedited. The "Complete Series" set includes all 8 seasons, including the first one, in the original uncut network versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Brian Goes Back to College (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Craig Handy
(seasons 6 and 7)
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One of the greatest sitcoms to date
28 September 1999 | by Chiron1987See all my reviews

The Cosby Show is one of those few trailblazing programs that grace television screens and leave an indelible mark. A situation comedy featuring a well-off African American family residing in a Brooklyn townhouse, The Cosby Show was also ultimately the brainchild and vehicle of comedian-extraordinare, Bill Cosby. Cosby's stage routine during his later years featured tales of his large family of five children, four girls and one boy, and his beloved wife, Camille, and these stories are translated exceptionally well on the small screen with a wonderful ensemble cast headed by Cosby and Phylicia Rashad (nee Allen).

I'm sure faithful viewers all have their favorite episodes, and we can always reminice in this terrific journey through the life of Bill Cosby through the fictional existence of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.

For eight glorious seasons, The Cosby Show ruled the airwaves and our hearts, and luckily, we can still enter this great world on syndication all over the world.


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