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Cast

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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Before this show premiered in 1984, most television executives were predicting the death of the sitcom, since most network evening shows were either soaps, action adventures, mysteries, or police procedurals. This show's success changed this, and sitcoms have since returned to their former prominence. See more »

Goofs

When Cliff and Clair leave Theo alone in the house while they go on a ski trip, Cliff is carrying some skis out. He drops a ski and it knocks everything off Clair's desk. In the next scene, the objects are on the desk again. See more »

Quotes

Cliff: Your grandson got his ear pierced.
Russell Huxtable: On purpose?
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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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Kiss Me
Composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
(season 4)
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Black, White Whatever, you wanted to be a Huxtable!
21 June 2002 | by See 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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