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The Cosby Show

Bill Cosby

Dr. Cliff Huxtable

Dr. William H. Cosby, Jr. is truly a Renaissance man. In his illustrious career he's enjoyed success in many diverse fields, including stand-up comedy, publishing, feature films, recording, education and, of course, television.

Bill Cosby began developing his knack for comedy at an early age. He based his first routines on his school pals, including "Fat Albert," "Weird Harold," and "Dumb Donald." In the 10th grade, Cosby dropped out of high school to he entered Philadelphia's Temple University. He left school and headed to New York to perform in Greenwich Village nightclubs. By 1963, he won a guest spot on The Tonight Show and shot to almost overnight success. By 1965, Cosby made the jump from stand-up comedy to television when he snagged one of the leading roles in I Spy opposite Robert Culp. His portrayal of the unflappable Alexander Scott won him three Emmy Awards.

In 1969 The Bill Cosby Show premiered, the first of many series bearing his name. Cosby was highly active in television throughout the 1970s, with a stint on The Electric Company, the animated Fat Albert as well as roles in The Cosby Kids, The New Bill Cosby Show and COS. His 1982 comedy performance "Bill Cosby: Himself" was a phenomenal success, garnering numerous awards and breaking a host of sales records. But it was 1984's The Cosby Show which would remain his most successful and beloved achievement. In its eight years on the air, The Cosby Show was a critical and ratings giant. The show single-handedly revived the failing sitcom genre. Cosby also developed and composed the theme music for the successful Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, which ran from 1987 to 1993.

After The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby showed no signs of slowing down. He hosted the short-lived revival of TV's You Bet Your Life, played gumshoe Guy Hanks in The Cosby Mysteries launched yet another self-titled sitcom, Cosby, in 1996 which ran for four seasons. Cosby is the author of the best-selling books Fatherhood, Time Flies and Childhood.

Character Bio

Cliff is the rock on which the whole Huxtable family is built. He has a demanding job as an obstetrician, and then comes home to a very large and active household. CliffÂ’s five children - Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy - often present challenges but with the support of his wife Clair, Cliff always manages to keep a smile on his face. A former college track star, Cliff is also a jazz and junk-food aficionado. He often wonders if he will ever achieve his dream of a peaceful, quiet home.

The Cosby Show TV Schedule

Sunday
November 2
6:00am
Play It Again, Russell
The family worries that Russell is losing his musical chops after a disappointing performance with his old band.
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6:36am
Full House
An overworked and exhausted Cliff's plans for sleeping late are thwarted by his ever-present family.
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7:12am
Close To Home
A colleague's family problems give Cliff a renewed appreciation of his own home life.
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7:48am
A Touch of Wonder
A car accident on an icy road alarms the Huxtables -- until they learn that the passenger in the other car is Stevie Wonder.
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8:24am
Theo's Holiday
The Huxtables decide to teach Theo some lessons about money and real life.
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4:00pm
An Early Spring
As math teacher Mrs. Westlake prepares to give birth, Theo and Cockroach struggle with preparing for a tough test.
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4:30pm
The Card Game
Cliff's college English professor, volunteers to fill in for an important pinochle game against Cliff's father.
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5:00pm
Off to the Races
Cliff and his college track rival Tailwind Turner team up for a charity race and find themselves facing a former Olympic medalist.
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5:30pm
Denise's Decision
Denise prepares to make her final decision about where she will attend college.
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6:00pm
Bring 'Em Back Alive
The Huxtable home is invaded by an elusive garter snake.
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6:32pm
A Touch of Wonder
A car accident on an icy road alarms the Huxtables -- until they learn that the passenger in the other car is Stevie Wonder.
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7:05pm
Theo's Holiday
The Huxtables decide to teach Theo some lessons about money and real life.
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Sunday
November 9
6:00am
Food For Thought
When a family friend has a heart attack, Clair challenges Cliff to give up his beloved high-fat comfort foods.
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6:36am
Golden Anniversary
The entire clan gathers to celebrate Russell and Anna's 50th wedding anniversary. Guest Star: The Count Basie Orchestra
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7:12am
Man Talk
Theo asks his for his parents' advice when he runs into girl trouble at school.
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7:48am
Mother May I?
Vanessa does her best to get around Clair's ban on wearing make-up to school.
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8:24am
The March
When Theo has to write a paper about the March on Washington, The Huxtable and Hanks grandparents share their experience.
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2:30pm
Theo's Flight
Theo and Cockroach decide that their main purpose in life is to fly.
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3:00pm
Vanessa's Rich
When Vanessa is accepted into the pep squad, her family's wealth causes her to be labeled a stuck-up rich girl.
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3:36pm
Denise Gets A D
Denise's difficulties in school create tension at home, especially around straight-A sister Sondra.
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4:12pm
A Girl and Her Dog
Rudy and Peter discover that pet care is a serious responsibility when they take in a lost dog.
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4:48pm
War Stories
Russell and Homer bring an army buddy to the Huxtable house, and soon the war stories are flying back and forth.
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5:24pm
Food For Thought
When a family friend has a heart attack, Clair challenges Cliff to give up his beloved high-fat comfort foods.
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6:00pm
Golden Anniversary
The entire clan gathers to celebrate Russell and Anna's 50th wedding anniversary. Guest Star: The Count Basie Orchestra
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6:32pm
Man Talk
Theo asks his for his parents' advice when he runs into girl trouble at school.
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7:05pm
Mother May I?
Vanessa does her best to get around Clair's ban on wearing make-up to school.
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7:43pm
Bonjour Sondra
Daughter Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving and announces her plans to spend the summer in Paris.
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8:21pm
Cliff's Wet Adventure
The Huxtables host a large gathering for Thanksgiving dinner.
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