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The Cosby Show
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The Cosby Show follows the lives of the members of the Huxtable family, an upper-middle-class African-American family in Brooklyn, New York. Father Cliff, a doctor, and mother Clair, a lawyer, preside over an extended family of five children and, later on, their spouses and children of their own. Together, they tackle school, jobs, relationships and the challenges of growing up.


September 20, 1984-April 30, 1992 (eight seasons, 197 episodes) on NBC

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All eight seasons are available on DVD.


The Cosby Show was developed by producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner after they left ABC to form their own production company. They recruited comedian Bill Cosby to create a show based on the family stories he told in his stand-up routines. The show was an immediate success, ranking at the top of the ratings for five of its eight seasons, nominated for numerous Emmys and greatly increasing the visibility of African-Americans on network television. It originated the spin-off series A Different World and remains the third longest-running American sitcom with a primarily African-American cast.


Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable
Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable
Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theo Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable
Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable
Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Seasons 2-8)
Joseph C. Phillips as Martin Kendall (Seasons 6-8)
Raven-Symoné as Olivia Kendall (Seasons 6-8)
Erika Alexander as Pam Tucker (Seasons 7-8)


The Cosby Show was created by Ed. Weinberger, Michael Leeson and star Bill Cosby, inspired by Cosby’s stand-up comedy. Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner are the executive producers.
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