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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
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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7:36pm
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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8:12pm
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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Sunday
August 3
4:00pm
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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4:30pm
One More Time
After caring for a friend's baby, Clair decides she's ready for the pitter-patter of more little Huxtable feet.
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5:00pm
Play It Again Vanessa
Vanessa's lack of success at learning the clarinet has her so discouraged that she refuses to play in her upcoming recital.
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5:30pm
How Ugly Is He?
A nervous Denise brings her latest boyfriend home for dinner, and his views cause controversy in the Huxtable household.
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6:00pm
Bon Jour Sondra
Daughter Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving and announces her plans to spend the summer in Paris.
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6:32pm
You're Not A Mother Night
Job frustrations and family demands take their toll on Clair, spurring Cliff to ease the pressure by whisking her off on a special getaway.
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7:05pm
Rudy's Sick
Clair has an interview for a partner's position at her firm and is forced to leave an ill Rudy with Cliff.
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7:43pm
Father's Day
Cliff, tired of useless Father's Day gifts, asks the kids to get him something he can use.
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8:21pm
Independence Day
Theo attempts to hide his newly pierced ear from the prying eyes of the Huxtable family.
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Saturday
August 9
6:00pm
Physician of the Year
Cliff has been named Physician of the Year, but will a patient's emergency make him miss the awards ceremony?
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6:30pm
Jitterbug Break/The Dance Show
Clair dreads going dancing with Cliff, whose moves make her cringe.
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7:00pm
Theo and the Joint/The Joint
When drugs are discovered in Theo's belongings, the Huxtables attempt to get to the bottom of the situation.
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7:36pm
Vanessa's New Class
Vanessa faces stiff competition in the school science fair, leading her to doubt her scholastic abilities.
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8:12pm
Clair's Case
Clair represents Sondra in a lawsuit against a crooked auto mechanic.
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