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The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.
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Long-running popular comedy television series about the Huxtable family. Doctor Heathcliff Huxtable and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy). The two oldest daughters eventually live successful adult lives and get married (Sondra to Elvin and Denise to Martin). As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good. Written by Anonymous

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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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Phylicia Rashad is only ten years older than Sabrina Le Beauf. See more »

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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 »

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Cliff: [to Vanessa's 12 year old friend] When Mrs. Huxtable comes home, you bring the car around.
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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 »


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Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Craig Handy
(seasons 6 and 7)
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`The Cosby Show' is one of the best reruns out there – catch it when you can.
28 February 2003 | by See 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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