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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
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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