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The Cosby Show

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Hanks Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad is a multi-talented performer and a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University. After college, Phylicia pursued an acting career in New York, where she was featured in such productions as The Cherry Orchard and Weep Not For Me. Her first TV appearance was a 1976 guest spot on Delvecchio. From 1983 to 1984, she portrayed Courtney Wright on the daytime soap One Life to Live. But it was her characterization of successful attorney and mother Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show that catapulted Phylicia to worldwide TV fame. Her natural elegance and chemistry with co-star Bill Cosby ensured her place in television history.

Post-Cosby Show, Phylicia appeared in several made-for-TV projects, including The Babysitter's Seduction and The Possession of Michael D. She was also featured in the film Once Upon A TimeĀ… When We Were Colored. In 1996, she once again played Bill Cosby's onscreen wife in the successful sitcom Cosby, which ran from 1996 to 2000.

She continues to act in television and film, most recently in the TV movies The Old Settler and The Last Free Man. She has also kept up her theatrical work, both as a performer and a teacher at her alma mater. Rashad is active in such charities as the Diabetes Association and the Educational Teachers Association.

Character Bio

The love of Cliff's life and the mother of his children, Clair is beautiful, successful and smart. In addition to being mom to five kids, Clair still has time to be a successful and accomplished attorney. She is extremely strong-willed -- which comes in handy when dealing with the pressures of work and family. She is also amazingly adept at dealing with her eccentric husband. Through trials, tribulations and time, Cliff and Clair are a loving and devoted couple.

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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