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The Cosby Show

About The Cosby Show

This quintessential '80s sitcom left its mark on generations of TV fans, both for its astonishing ratings (it was No. 1 for five straight seasons, something only All in the Family can match) and its groundbreaking format, which took a well-known comedian (Bill Cosby) and incorporated him into the fabric of an African-American family structure. The result struck a chord with viewers -- among them some young comedians and actors who would later use The Cosby Show for inspiration and their own success (The Bernie Mac Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Living Color, The Simpsons, Mad TV). It ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992.

Its premise revolves around the wholesome, upper-class Huxtable Family: obstetrician Heathcliff Huxtable, otherwise known as "Cliff"; his lawyer wife, Clair; and their children -- Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. They reside in a brownstone at 10 Stigwood Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Cliff and Clair both nurture and resist their kids' nuances, maturity, and individual interests. Along the road to adulthood, the children deal with life lessons like dating, marriage, college, and independence. Every episode of the sitcom is full of Cosby's ingenious, classic storytelling as he guides (and admittedly occasionally bumbles) through the daily journeys of a father's life. Oh yeah, and he wears a lot of crazy sweaters.

The Cosby Show TV Schedule

Saturday
July 12
6:00pm
Pentanque
Cliff endures freezing temperatures to challenge his friend to the bocce-like game of petanque.
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6:30pm
Cyranoise de Bergington
Theo's plan to get a date through a friend backfires.
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7:00pm
Is There A Hamster in the House?
Rudy is entrusted with the care of a friend's pet hamster, with disastrous results.
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7:30pm
Cliff Babysits
Cliff watches over infants Nelson and Winnie for Sondra and Elvin.
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8:00pm
Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten
Clair appears on a public affairs TV show, but has difficulty getting the respect of the other panelists.
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8:30pm
The Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus
Lovelorn Theo consults a voodoo doctor.
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Sunday
July 13
4:00pm
The Boys of Winter
Cliff's basketball squad takes on a team of much younger opponents.
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4:30pm
It Comes and It Goes
Sondra feels overwhelmed caring for the twins while Elvin is busy with medical school.
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5:00pm
Theo's Women
Theo's girlfriend catches him kissing another woman.
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5:38pm
Birthday Blues
Cliff tries to ease Clair's 46th birthday blues by inviting his colleague Alberto Santiago over to sing.
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6:16pm
What He Did For Love
Theo's friends Denny and Jade may do some time when the watch Denny gives to Jade turns out to be stolen.
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6:54pm
Day of the Locusts
While Sondra is sick and her guard is down, the grandmothers swiftly move in and snatch up the twins.
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7:27pm
57 Varieties
Theo fears his parents will stonewall his request to go on an archaeological dig in Egypt.
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8:00pm
The Boys of Winter
Cliff's basketball squad takes on a team of much younger opponents.
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8:30pm
It Comes and It Goes
Sondra feels overwhelmed caring for the twins while Elvin is busy with medical school.
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Saturday
July 19
6:00pm
Denise: The Saga Continues
Denise returns from Africa with a pair of surprises.
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6:30pm
Surf's Up
Theo blames Cliff when he is forced to leave his apartment for trying one of Cliff's tricks.
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7:00pm
I'm 'In' with the 'In' Crowd
Vanessa goes to an unsupervised party with Denise and gets drunk.
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7:30pm
Denise Kendall: Navy Wife
Cliff gets acquainted with his new step-granddaughter Olivia.
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8:00pm
Theo's Gift
Theo and The Huxtables discover that he is dyslexic.
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8:30pm
Denise Kendall: Babysitter
Denise and Olivia baby-sit Sondra and Elvin's twins and wind up destroying their apartment.
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