The Cosby Show

by Michael RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023

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)
Complete SeriesDr. Heathcliff HuxtableClaire Huxtable

The Cosby Show

Rudy Huxtable

Denise Huxtable


A Few Bill Cosby TV Misses

  • Bill Cosby Show – sit-com 52 episodes (2) seasons 1969-71
  • The New Bill Cosby Show – variety show (1) season 1972
  • Cos – sketch comedy/variety show (1/2) season 1976



  • Phylicia Rashad started the show as Phylicia Ayers-Allen then married in 1985 thus changing her name
  • Bill Cosby originally wanted to portray a blue collar limousine driver with a stay at home wife but was out voted by his two creative partners
  • Bill cosby made fashion designer Koos Van Den Akker famous by wearing a lot of his sweaters on the show and giving others as gifts to his celebrity friends


The Jazz Connection

  • Bill Cosby is an amatuer jazz drummer and bass guitar player
  • Creatively the producers thought that the use of jazz would give the Huxtables a sense of refinement
  • Cosby’s TV father, Russell Huxtable, potrayed a prominent jazz trombonist
  • In several episodes Cosby plays old jazz albums for he and Phylicia Rashad to dance to, these albums were from his pesonal collection of jazz greats

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