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The Cosby Show

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Chicago native Tempestt Bledsoe rose to fame as the Huxtable family's middle child, sensitive and smart Vanessa. In addition to The Cosby Show, Bledsoe has been featured in several TV movies, including Dance til Dawn, Santa and Pete and Home by Midnight, plus the title role in the Afterschool Special Amazing Grace. She starred in her own teen fitness video and hosted the short-lived daytime talkfest The Tempestt Bledsoe Show. Bledsoe graduated from New York University with a degree in finance. She is still involved in acting, performing in several off-Broadway productions and in the TV movies The Expendables and 2002's Fire and Ice. She has had a recurring role on The Practice, as well as guest starring on The Parkers and The Jenny McCarthy Show.

Character Bio

Vanessa is the classic "middle child" in the family, trying to keep up with her older sisters while simultaneously hanging onto her childhood. Cliff definitely has his hands full as he and Clair help Vanessa find her place in the family and in life. Although she later causes a panic when she announces her secret engagement to an older man, Cliff soon becomes quite close to her fiancé, Dabnis (After all, the fellow is extremely handy around the house).

The Cosby Show TV Schedule

Saturday
September 20
2:00pm
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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2:30pm
Independence Day
Theo attempts to hide his newly pierced ear from the prying eyes of the Huxtable family.
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3:00pm
Slumber Party/Slumber
Rudy feels left out when her siblings refuse to include her in their activities, so Cliff agrees to let her have a slumber party.
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3:36pm
Cliff's Birthday
Clair goes to elaborate lengths to keep Cliff from discovering his special birthday surprise.
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4:12pm
The Juicer
A tempting new appliance creates trouble for Rudy and her friend Peter.
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4:48pm
Mrs. Westlake
Guess who's coming to dinner: Theo's nemesis, in the form of his tough math teacher Mrs. Westlake.
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5:24pm
Call of the Wild
Newlyweds Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon.
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6:00pm
Move It
The family wants better accommodations for Elvin and expectant Sondra.
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6:32pm
The Birth, Part 1
The Huxtables anxiously await the birth of Sondra and Elvin's baby.
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7:05pm
The Birth, Part 2
The family is shocked to discover that Sondra has given birth to twins.
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7:43pm
Pilot
Theo's poor report card and Denise's scary date create serious tension among the Huxtables.
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8:21pm
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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9:00pm
Happy Anniversary
It's Cliff's parents' 49th wedding anniversary, and the evening is filled with songs, gifts, and all sorts of surprises.
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9:30pm
Theo's Holiday
The Huxtables decide to teach Theo some lessons about money and real life.
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Sunday
September 21
2:00pm
Pilot
Theo's poor report card and Denise's scary date create serious tension among the Huxtables.
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2:30pm
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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3:00pm
Happy Anniversary
It's Cliff's parents' 49th wedding anniversary, and the evening is filled with songs, gifts, and all sorts of surprises.
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3:36pm
Theo's Holiday
The Huxtables decide to teach Theo some lessons about money and real life.
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4:12pm
A Touch of Wonder
A car accident on an icy road alarms the Huxtables -- until they learn that the passenger in the other car is Stevie Wonder.
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4:48pm
Call of the Wild
Newlyweds Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon.
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5:24pm
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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6:00pm
If The Dress Fits Wear It
Clair hires a fitness instructor to help her fit back into a favorite outfit.
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6:30pm
Denise Kendall: Navy Wife
Cliff gets acquainted with his new step-granddaughter Olivia.
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7:00pm
I'm 'In' with the 'In' Crowd
Vanessa goes to an unsupervised party with Denise and gets drunk.
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7:30pm
Cliff's Wet Adventure
The Huxtables host a large gathering for Thanksgiving dinner.
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8:00pm
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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8:37pm
And So We Commence, Pt. 1
The family prepares for Theo's college graduation as Theo tries to invite more and more people.
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9:14pm
And So We Commence, Pt. 2
Denise calls and announces that she is pregnant.
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Saturday
September 27
7:00pm
It's Not Easy Being Green
Rudy is sick of being too young to make her own decisions about her clothing.
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7:30pm
Cliff's Mistake
The Huxtable kids put together a Halloween haunted house.
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8:00pm
Shakespeare
Theo and Cockroach turn to Cliff's party guests for help with their assignment about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
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8:30pm
The Emmy Award winning sitcom revolves around the Huxtable family - OBGYN Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable, his wife Clair, an attorney, and their five children Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy in their Brooklyn brownstone.
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8:36pm
That's Not What I Said
Theo has a brush with the law; Cliff and Clair lash out at one another.
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