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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

Sunday
August 31
4:48pm
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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5:24pm
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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6:00pm
Denise's Decision
Denise prepares to make her final decision about where she will attend college.
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6:30pm
Bring 'Em Back Alive
The Huxtable home is invaded by an elusive garter snake.
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7:00pm
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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7:30pm
Golden Anniversary
The entire clan gathers to celebrate Russell and Anna's 50th wedding anniversary.
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8:00pm
Man Talk
Theo asks his for his parents' advice when he runs into girl trouble at school.
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8:36pm
Mother May I?
Vanessa does her best to get around Clair's ban on wearing make-up to school.
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Saturday
September 6
7:00pm
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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7:30pm
Theo's Flight
Theo and Cockroach decide that their main purpose in life is to fly.
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8:00pm
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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8:36pm
Denise Gets A D
Denise's difficulties in school create tension at home, especially around straight-A sister Sondra.
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Sunday
September 7
4:48pm
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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5:24pm
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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6:00pm
Cliff In Charge
The house is in chaos as Clair and Anna head to a ceremony at Hillman.
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6:30pm
Monster Man Huxtable
Elvin and Sondra come to visit and reveal that they are contemplating marriage.
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7:00pm
Rudy Spends the Night
Cliff and Theo organize their own "Huxtable Men's Club."
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7:30pm
Say Hello to a Good Buy
Cliff and Theo try to conceal their family's financial circumstances to get a better deal on a new car.
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8:00pm
Denise Gets An Opinion
Denise mistakes a medical student assigned to follow Cliff for the phone pal she has finally agreed to meet.
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8:36pm
Calling Doctor Huxtable
Cliff fills in for another doctor and winds up with three women who are due to deliver at roughly the same time.
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