The Cosby Show
September 20, 1984 – April 30, 1992 on CBS, it ran 168 episodes in color
Created by Ed. Weinberger, Michael Leeson and Bill Cosby
Produced by Carsey-Werner Productions and Viacom Productions
Bill Cosby … Dr. Heathcliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad … Claire Hanks Huxtable
Sabrina LeBeauf … Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux
Malcolm-Jamal Warner … Theodore ‘Theo’ Huxtable
Keshia Knight Pulliam … Rudy Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe … Vanessa Huxtable
Lisa Bonet … Denise Huxtable
Earle Hyman … Russell Huxtable
“Kiss Me” Composed by: Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby
Performed by (different artists for various seasons): Bobby McFerrin, The Oregon Symphony, Craig Handy, Lester Bowie and others
Focusing on the everyday life and experiences of an upper-middle-class African American family, The Huxtable’s.
Doctor Heathcliff (Cliff) Huxtable and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple he was an obstetrician while his wife was an attorney.
Their five children, four daughters and one son; Sondra, Denise, Theodore (Theo), Vanessa and the youngest Rudy are perfectly normal kids who experienced normal childhood trials and tribulations.
This backdrop lends itself perfectly to Cosby’s trademark family situational humor and becomes the perfect parenting advice that the show portrays. His comedic “talks” to the children were often adlibbed and the cast had to learn to keep a straight face to avoid numerous retakes because of spontaneous laughter.
As the show progressed the older daughters went off to college and some boy friends and girl friends would peiodicaly be added to the cast.
The show although a sit-com did try and deal with an occasional socially relevant topic albeit with a conservative approach.
Buy The Cosby Show on DVD
Complete 1st Season (1984)
Complete 2nd Season (1985)
Complete 3rd Season (1986)
Complete 4th Season (1987)
Complete 5th Season (1988)
Complete 6th Season (1989)
Complete 7th Season (1990)
Complete 8th Season (1991)
A Few Bill Cosby TV Misses
The Jazz Connection