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The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable 197 episodes, 1984-1992
...  Clair Huxtable 193 episodes, 1984-1992
...  Rudy Huxtable 177 episodes, 1984-1992
...  Theo Huxtable 176 episodes, 1984-1992
...  Vanessa Huxtable 158 episodes, 1984-1992
...  Denise Huxtable / ... 120 episodes, 1984-1991
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"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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20 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Phylicia Rashad (Clair) is only ten years older than Sabrina LeBeauf (Sondra). See more »

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In the first episode, Clair says "Cliff, why do we have four children?" He replies, "Because we didn't want five." A few episodes later, Sondra was added to the cast as their fifth child who was away at college. See more »

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Cliff: Clair, we don't even know if the joint is Theo's and you already got the boy going to Turkey.
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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 Growing Pains: This Is Your Life (1987) 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 Central Anchoring Face
29 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

I rarely go to DVDs of old TeeVee shows. The edge that could have made many of then work when new has long dulled. Nostalgia is a bad way to motivate a life. But this was a reminder of a day, shortly after the US almost lost itself forever. The great national tragedy was slavery — not that it happened, because nations do many dishonorable things. But because we clung to it so tightly, reinventing it in subtle ways.

In my memory, three things changed that. There was the civil rights movement of course and its nobility in peaceful stands for justice. There was the profound decision by Coca-Cola to fashion ads that portrayed a nation of many colors. Many people overlook the significance of this and its powerful effect, cinematic equality.

And then there was Cosby. Here was a man with practices affability. No joke was demeaning. All jokes had to do with family, kinship, a world with no disharmony and only small everyday events. He did not invent domestic humor. TeeVee had it cooking long before he arrived. But he did it better than anyone then and since. His warmth made it. And he had a black face.

That face is the device on which all episodes of the show rely. A setup, a comment and then Bill's face reacting. A simple formula. Simple jokes; powerful face. I wouldn't want to overemphasize his intent or impact. He happened to be a good man at the right time, but no less obsessed and commercial than Opra, who inherited and demeaned the role.

Revisiting these shows is revisiting history, a noble history of a noble time before the US found another way to marginalize: let kids do it by themselves.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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