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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

Saturday
July 26
6:00pm
Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side
Rudy pockets the dry-cleaning money to make up for her lack of allowance.
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6:30pm
Mr. Sandman
Rudy has to perform a dance at school but feels self-conscious.
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7:00pm
Isn't It Romantic?
The Huxtable men bet on who can buy the most romantic gift without spending more than twenty-five dollars.
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7:36pm
Theo's Dirty Laundry
Cliff and Clair learn Theo has moved in with his girlfriend. Denise considers going back to college.
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8:12pm
What's It All About?
Family and work stress take their toll on Clair.
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Sunday
July 27
4:00pm
Off To See the Wretched
Vanessa and her friends sneak off to Baltimore for a concert.
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4:30pm
The Moves
Clair squares off against her friend Bernadette when a community center is in danger of losing its playground.
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5:00pm
Live and Learn
Denise contemplates quitting college after her Hillman credits fail to transfer.
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5:30pm
The Storyteller
Cliff's 98-year-old great aunt Gramtee comes to town to celebrate her birthday.
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6:00pm
Same Time Next Year
The Huxtables begin another year at new schools.
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6:32pm
Bird in the Hand
Chaos breaks out as Cliff prepares to bid for an original Charlie Parker manuscript.
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7:05pm
The Last Barbecue
Denise and Martin's first anniversary approaches, and Theo schemes to give Martin a belated bachelor party.
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7:43pm
Total Control
A successful high school basketball coach and his wife prepare for the birth of their first child.
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8:21pm
The Iceman Bringeth
Russell gets some misinformation about Dabnis, Vanessa's fiance
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Saturday
August 2
6:00pm
Pilot
Theo's poor report card and Denise's scary date create serious tension among the Huxtables.
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6:30pm
Goodbye, Mr. Fish
Cliff arranges an elaborate funeral for Rudy's beloved pet goldfish, Lamont.
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7:00pm
Bad Dreams
When Vanessa defies her parents and sees a scary movie, the entire family must deal with her resulting nightmares.
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7:30pm
Is That My Boy?
Cliff is thrilled that Theo has made the freshman football team, but soon becomes dismayed by his son's clumsiness on the field.
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8:00pm
A Shirt Story
When Cliff returns Theo's expensive designer shirt, budding seamstress Denise volunteers to make him an even better one to wear for his big date.
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8:30pm
Breaking with Tradition
Cliff's father comes by for a visit and takes quite an interest in Denise's college plans.
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