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The Cosby Show


Episode: 001 | Aired: September 20, 1984

Theo's poor report card and Denise's scary date create serious tension among the Huxtables. FACTOID: The sign outside the Huxtable home reads "Clifford Huxtable, M.D." In later episodes, Cliff's first name is revealed to be "Heathcliff."

Goodbye, Mr. Fish

Episode: 002 | Aired: September 27, 1984

Cliff arranges an elaborate funeral for Rudy's beloved pet goldfish, Lamont.

Bad Dreams

Episode: 003 | Aired: October 04, 1984

When Vanessa defies her parents and sees a scary movie, the entire family must deal with her resulting nightmares.

Is That My Boy?

Episode: 004 | Aired: October 11, 1984

Cliff is thrilled that Theo has made the freshman football team, but soon becomes dismayed by his son's clumsiness on the field.

A Shirt Story

Episode: 005 | Aired: October 18, 1984

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. FACTOID: Guest star Kadeem Hardison starred as Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World.

Breaking with Tradition

Episode: 006 | Aired: October 25, 1984

Cliff's father comes by for a visit and takes quite an interest in Denise's college plans.

One More Time

Episode: 007 | Aired: November 01, 1984

After caring for a friend's baby, Clair decides she's ready for the pitter-patter of more little Huxtable feet.

Play It Again Vanessa

Episode: 008 | Aired: November 08, 1984

Vanessa's lack of success at learning the clarinet has her so discouraged that she refuses to play in her upcoming recital. Dizzy Gillespie guest stars.

How Ugly Is He?

Episode: 009 | Aired: November 15, 1984

A nervous Denise brings her latest boyfriend home for dinner, and his views cause controversy in the Huxtable household.

Bonjour Sondra

Episode: 010 | Aired: November 22, 1984

Daughter Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving and announces her plans to spend the summer in Paris. FACTOID: This episode marks the first appearance of "fifth Huxtable child" Sondra.

You're Not A Mother Night

Episode: 011 | Aired: December 06, 1984

Job frustrations and family demands take their toll on Clair, spurring Cliff to ease the pressure by whisking her off on a special getaway.

Rudy's Sick

Episode: 012 | Aired: December 13, 1984

Clair has an interview for a partner's position at her firm and is forced to leave an ill Rudy with Cliff.

Father's Day

Episode: 013 | Aired: December 20, 1984

Cliff, tired of useless Father's Day gifts, asks the kids to get him something he can use and sends the kids on a quest for the perfect present. Meanwhile, Cliff sets a new father-to-be straight about a dad's place in the household.

Independence Day

Episode: 014 | Aired: January 10, 1985

Theo attempts to hide his newly pierced ear from the prying eyes of the Huxtable family.

Physician of the Year

Episode: 015 | Aired: January 17, 1985

Cliff has been named Physician of the Year, but will a patient's emergency make him miss the awards ceremony? Sheldon Leonard guest stars.

Jitterbug Break/The Dance Show

Episode: 016 | Aired: January 31, 1985

Clair dreads going dancing with Cliff, whose moves make her cringe; Denise is prepared to camp out on the street to score concert tickets. FACTOID: Look for an uncredited Blair Underwood as Denise's boyfriend.

Theo and the Joint

Episode: 017 | Aired: February 07, 1985

When drugs are discovered in Theo's belongings, the Huxtables attempt to get to the bottom of the situation. Supermodel Iman guest stars.

Vanessa's New Class

Episode: 018 | Aired: February 14, 1985

Vanessa faces stiff competition in the school science fair, leading her to doubt her scholastic abilities.

Clair's Case

Episode: 019 | Aired: February 21, 1985

Clair represents Sondra in a lawsuit against a crooked auto mechanic; while she immerses herself in the trial, the family must suffer through Cliff's cooking.

Back to the Track, Jack

Episode: 020 | Aired: February 28, 1985

Cliff has an opportunity to avenge the only track-team defeat of his college career... if he can whip himself into shape in time for the race.

The Younger Woman

Episode: 021 | Aired: March 14, 1985

Cliff and Clair discover that their widower friend's new girlfriend is young enough to be his daughter.

Slumber Party

Episode: 022 | Aired: March 28, 1985

Rudy feels left out when her siblings refuse to include her in their activities, so Cliff agrees to let her have a slumber party.

Mr. Quiet

Episode: 023 | Aired: May 02, 1985

Cliff and Clair volunteer at a local community center. Tony Orlando and Angela Bassett guest star.

Cliff's Birthday

Episode: 024 | Aired: May 09, 1985

Clair goes to elaborate lengths to keep Cliff from discovering his special birthday surprise: a performance by Lena Horne. Clarence Williams III and Lena Horne guest star.