The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show (1984)

 September 20, 1984
The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York. According to TV Guide, the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes". Originally, the show had been pitched to ABC, which rejected it. Entertainment Weekly stated that The Cosby Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows based on people of African descent, from In Living Color to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Cosby Show was based on comedy routines in Cosby's standup act, which were based on his family life. Other sitcoms, such as Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond, would later follow that pattern. The show spawned the spin-off A Different World, which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993.

Cast

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Heathcliff Huxtable

Phylicia Rashād

Phylicia Rashād

Clair Huxtable

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Theo Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudy Huxtable

Sabrina Le Beauf

Sabrina Le Beauf

Sondra Huxtable

Geoffrey Owens

Geoffrey Owens

Elvin Tibideaux

Raven-Symoné

Raven-Symoné

Olivia Kendall

Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Pam Tucker

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