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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by I Love Lucy (1951), Cosby intended for Clair to be a Dominican who would go into Spanish tirades when she got angry. Phylicia Rashad, who spoke fluent Spanish from living in Mexico as a child, won the part by demonstrating her language skills. The idea was dropped before the pilot was taped. Clair speaks Spanish in a few episodes. See more »

Goofs

Cliff Huxtable is an OB/GYN in New York City who is successful enough to have his practice in the basement of his home. Yet, he has no office staff, a single examine room, and apparently no waiting area. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: [watching all the news reports about nuclear bombs on TV] Rudy, hurry up and become president because we need you now!
Clair Huxtable: Please!
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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 »

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 »


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Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Craig Handy
(seasons 6 and 7)
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Black, White Whatever, you wanted to be a Huxtable!
21 June 2002 | by SylSee all my reviews

The Cosby Show was actually a breakthrough for African American families portrayed in a positive upper class Brooklyn family of professionals. Cosby used clean proper humor during the years it was on the air. Someone I know referred to him as a natural born storyteller. Yes, he is and one of the smartest intellectuals in the business. Bill Cosby provided a role model for those kids in the ghetto to succeed despite obstacles. Bill Cosby proved that you had to work and follow the rules of society to get ahead. He would be appalled at the rap music today with its lyrics of obscenities and vulgarity with degrading references to women, and others. The Cosby Show was one step forward for African Americans. I am sure that there are many African Americans who went and attend college today because they saw it could be done and was done on the Cosby show. If you aim high enough and work for it, you will succeed too. They showed how important family values really are now in a time of broken dysfunctional families. Bill Cosby, God Bless Him. He made me believe I could go to New York University like Theo. I was accepted but I could not afford it. However, Bill Cosby got me to believe in myself and he is wonderful and thoughtful about children. You can let your children watch Bill Cosby without worrying that they may pick up something bad from it. Bill Cosby may be the best babysitter on television today. He tries to stay clean with his humor despite the ever-changing times. The Huxtables were ideal family for all of us. Who wouldn't want to be a Huxtable, I know I did.


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