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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
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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7:36pm
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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