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The Cosby Show

The cast of The Cosby Show in 1989.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ed. Weinberger
Michael J. Leeson
William Cosby Jr., Ed.D.
Starring Bill Cosby
Phylicia Rashād
Sabrina Le Beauf (1985-92)
Lisa Bonet (1984-87, 1989-91)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Tempestt Bledsoe
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Geoffrey Owens (1985-92)
Joseph C. Phillips (1989-91)
Raven-Symoné (1989-92)
Erika Alexander (1990-92)
Opening theme "Kiss Me" - written by
Stu Gardner & Bill Cosby
performed by:
Bobby McFerrin
(Season 4)
Oregon Symphony
(Season 5)
Craig Handy
(Seasons 6-7)
Lester Bowie
(Season 8)
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 201 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 24 minutes
(per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 20, 1984April 30, 1992
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

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Contents

Overview

The show focused on the Huxtable family, an upper-middle class family living in a Brownstone in Brooklyn, New York at 10 Stigwood Avenue.[1] The patriarch was the very playful, humorous, and fun-loving Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable, an obstetrician. The matriarch was his just as playful, yet very eloquent, elegant, and assertive wife, attorney Clair Hanks Huxtable. Together, the duo presided over a raucous, yet loving, household. The show involved the usual difficulties of children growing up such as son Theo's experiences of dealing with dyslexia which was based on Cosby's real-life child Ennis who was dyslexic. This article is about the building material and the dwelling. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Obstetrics (from the Latin obstare, to stand by) is the surgical specialty dealing with the care of a woman and her offspring during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (the period shortly after birth). ... An attorney is someone who represents someone else in the transaction of business: For attorney-at-law, see lawyer, solicitor, barrister or civil law notary. ... This article is about developmental dyslexia. ... Ennis William Cosby (April 15, 1969 – January 16, 1997) was the son of actor Bill Cosby and Camille Hanks. ...


Bill Cosby, who had an unusually great deal of creative control over the show, wanted the program to be educational as well as entertaining, reflecting Cosby's own background in education. He also insisted that the program be taped in New York City rather than Los Angeles, where most television programs were taped.[citation needed] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


The series was originally videotaped at what was then NBC's studio facilities in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York. Disputes between NBC and series director Jay Sandrich eventually forced the series' move to the Kaufman Astoria Studios in the New York City borough of Queens. Midwood has a substantial population of Haredi Jews and Modern Orthodox Jews, many of whom live and worship in the side streets around Kings Highway Midwood is a neighborhood located in the south central part of the Borough of Brooklyn, New York, USA, roughly halfway between Prospect Park and Coney... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Jay Henry Sandrich (born 24 February 1932) is an American television director. ... The Kaufman Astoria Studios are in Queens, New York, and home to productions like Sesame Street. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the New York City borough. ...


Cast

This is a list of characters from the TV sitcom The Cosby Show. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Phylicia Rashād (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948) is a Tony Award-winning African American actress, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable in the 1980s television series The Cosby Show. ... Sabrina Le Beauf (born March 21, 1958) is an American actress. ... Geoffrey Owens (b. ... Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet (IPA: ), is an American actress. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an African-American actor. ... Tempestt Bledsoe (born August 1, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress best known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable in the popular 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show. ... Erika Alexander (November 19, 1969 - April 15, 2007) is an American actress. ... Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is an Emmy Nominated African American actress. ... Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (born December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actress, R&B and pop singer, songwriter, dancer, television producer, and fashion designer, best known for her roles as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show and her own show Thats So Raven as Raven Baxter. ...

Episodes

This is a complete list of episodes for the hugely popular American sitcom The Cosby Show. ...

Pilot

The Cosby Show Pilot uses the same title sequence as the rest of the first season, and is widely regarded as the 'first episode'. However, it is notable for a number of differences from the remainder of the series. The show had been originally pitched to ABC, which rejected it. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


The Huxtable family was originally to be two boys and two girls. The youngest child, Rudy, was initially supposed to be a boy, but the character was rewritten for a girl (Keshia Knight Pulliam) when no suitable boys auditioned. In the pilot therefore, the Huxtables have only four children. During an early scene, an exasperated Clair asks Cliff, "Why did we have four children?" to which he responds "because we did not want five". Following the pilot, the Huxtables have five children, with the addition of their eldest daughter, Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf). Although she first appears midway through the first season, she is mentioned in episodes prior to this, as being the eldest daughter who is attending college. Sondra was created when Bill Cosby wanted the show to express the accomplishment of successfully raising a child (eg: a college graduate). Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable. Sabrina Le Beauf almost missed out on the role, because she is only 10 years younger (b. 1958) than Phylicia Rashad (b. 1948), who played her mother, Clair Huxtable, on the show. Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is an Emmy Nominated African American actress. ... Sabrina Le Beauf (born March 21, 1958) is an American actress. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an American pop and R&B singer, actress, film producer, and model. ... In a Mothers Day survey, Rashads character on The Cosby Show, Claire Huxtable, was named, TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit. ...


Bill Cosby's character is called Clifford in the pilot (as also evidenced by his name plate on the exterior of the Huxtable home). His name was later switched to Heathcliff. Also, Theodore is referred to as "Teddy" by Clair and Vanessa, as opposed to "Theo." This also happens in another episode early in the first season.


While reference is made to Clair being a lawyer, she is in fact portrayed as a stereotypical housewife and matriarch in the pilot, spending much of it exasperated and in an apron. In subsequent episodes, the household duties and parental responsibilities are shared more evenly between her and Heathcliff.


The interior of the Cosby house features a different dining and living room from subsequent episodes. Throughout the remainder of the series, the dining room is reserved for more formal occasions.


During a scene where Cliff challenges Theo on his poor grades, he exclaims "damn right!" - making this the one of only two swear-words to be used in the series. A flashback of this scene appears in the series finale.


Opening credits

The show's theme music is called "Kiss Me," composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby. Seven versions of this theme (one theme per season, with the exception of the sixth and seventh season where all was the same) were used during the run of the series, making it one of the few television series to use multiple versions of the same theme song in the course of a series. Bobby McFerrin's version (fourth season) features only him overdubbing all the vocal parts, snapping fingers and imitating horn section sound. Bobby McFerrin Robert Bobby McFerrin Jr. ...


The season seven opening credits were originally those that were ultimately used in season eight. Due to legal complications regarding the background mural, the season seven opening was changed to the previous season's opening. The original season seven opening, with modifications, was used in the eighth and final season.


Ratings

The Cosby Show is one of two television shows (All in the Family being the other) that has been number 1 in the Nielsen Ratings for 5 consecutive TV seasons. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


The ratings for each season, at the end of the season, were:

Season Ratings Rank
1984-1985 #3
1985-1986 #1
1986-1987 #1
1987-1988 #1
1988-1989 #1
1989-1990 #1 (tied with Roseanne)
1990-1991 #5
1991-1992 #18

Roseanne is an Emmy Award winning American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997, starring stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr. ...

Syndication

Ratings in syndication for Cosby were a big disappointment. Normally, it had been thought that black sitcoms do not test as well in syndication as white sitcoms. But with the extremely high ratings of the network run, it was thoght that the Cosby Show would be an exception. Viacom began selling the syndication rights for Cosby in 1986 for five runs per week beginning in October of 1988. In New York City, WOR-TV (now WWOR) put in a record high bid outbidding higher rated rivals like WNYW Fox 5 and WPIX. This set the tone for unusually high bids for the other markets. This show was not only extremely expensive but there was also a minute of national barter ads that had to be run as well. KCOP 13 won the bid in Los Angeles and WFLD 32 won the show in Chicago. Then something unusual happened. VHF stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, or ABC began bidding on the show. Stations like WCAU 10 (then CBS now NBC) Philadelphia, KPIX 5 San Francisco (CBS), 5 WCVB Boston (ABC), 11 WPXI Pittsburgh (NBC), 4 WTVJ (CBS) (now NBC on 6) Miami, 7 KIRO Seattle (CBS), among many others would win the rights for the show. In markets like Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Cleveland, and a couple others, leading independents or Fox Affiliates would win the rights for the show. WWOR-TV Channel 9 is the UPN Television affiliate serving the New York City DMA, with studios and license in Secaucus, New Jersey. ... WNYW, channel 5, is the flagship television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ... WPIX, channel 11, is a television station in New York City. ... This redirect page is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... WFLD is an owned-and-operated television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, based in Chicago, Illinois. ... WCAU, channel 10, is the NBC owned-and-operated television station serving the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania market, with studios on the border between Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, and transmitter in the Roxborough neighborhood. ... KPIX (channel 5) is Viacoms CBS-owned and operated television station based in San Francisco, California. ... WCVB-TV is the ABC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts. ... WPXI Channel 11 is the NBC television affiliate based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... WTVJ is the NBC owned and operated television station for South Florida. ... KIRO is the callsign of broadcast stations in Seattle: KIRO AM KIRO-TV former KIRO-FM, now KQBZ FM This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Beginning in October of 1988, the show was offered five days a week and in most markets ran in the 4 PM, 5 PM, or 6 PM hour. The show was expected to be top rated in its time slots but was in third place or even lower in most markets. In Boston, the show rated so low on WCVB, that the station began running its five runs on the weekend wherever they could fit it in. Oprah Winfrey moved into the 4 PM time slot after that and is still run there today. Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ...


By 1990, stations wanted out of their contract to run Cosby. In many markets, it was sold second hand at a loss to the number 2 or even number 3 independent station where ratings were still mediocre. In 1991, the show was offered on a cash basis at a much lower rate. The show continues to air in syndication in some markets during the morning or afternoon hours. It's also offered on Nick at Night as well as TBS. Still, while the show has fair ratings, its not nearly as dominant as it was during its network run. In fact reruns of the show were only mediocre while new episodes still aired on NBC. Nick at Nite is an evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon Sunday - Thursdays from 9 PM – 6 AM and Friday - Saturdays from 10 PM – 6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ... The acronym TBS may refer to: Broadcasting networks: Turner Broadcasting System, an international media company whose assets include the TBS cable network Tokyo Broadcasting System, a TV station in Tokyo, Japan TBS Radio & Communications, a radio station in Tokyo founded by the above Taiwan Broadcasting System Other: Tablespoon Taking Back...


Awards and nominations

Awards won

Emmy Awards An Emmy Award. ...

  • Outstanding Comedy Series (1985)
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (1984) Michael J. Leeson and Ed. Weinberger
  • Justin Bukartek Lifetime Achievement Award

Golden Globe Awards Michael J. Leeson, an important behind-the-scenes figure on the big screen as well as the little screen, is best known as a Screenwriter. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Best TV Series-Comedy (1985)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series-Comedy Bill Cosby (1985-86) 2 wins

William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ...

Awards nominated

Emmy Awards An Emmy Award. ...

  • Outstanding Comedy Series (1986-87) 2 nominations
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Phylicia Rashād (1985-86) 2 nominations
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Bonet (1986)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Keshia Knight Pulliam (1986)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1986)

Golden Globe Awards Phylicia Rashād (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948) is a Tony Award-winning African American actress, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable in the 1980s television series The Cosby Show. ... Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet (IPA: ), is an American actress. ... Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is an Emmy Nominated African American actress. ... Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an African-American actor. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Best TV Series-Comedy (1986-87) 2 nominations
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series-Comedy Bill Cosby (1987)

William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ...

DVD releases

Seasons 1 and 2 have been released by Urbanworks until First Look Entertainment acquired Urbanworks in early 2006. Future seasons of The Cosby Show are planned to be released by First Look Entertainment along with A Different World in 2007. Seasons 3 and 4 have been released by First Look Entertainment on June 5, 2007. [1] A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC (from September 24, 1987 until July 9, 1993). ...


Magna Pacific [2] have released seasons one through three of The Cosby Show on DVD in Australia and New Zealand, with similar artwork to the American copies, although season 2 is red rather than blue. Each Australasian cover also features the tagline "In a house full of love, there is always room for more."

DVD Name Region 1 Release Region 4 Release Ep #
Season 1 August 2, 2005 October 4, 2006 24
Season 2 March 7, 2006 February 7, 2007 25
Season 3 June 5, 2007 April 4, 2007 25
Season 4 June 5, 2007 24
Season 5 November 6, 2007 25
Season 6 November 6, 2007 25
Season 7 26
Season 8 TBA 24

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A Different World

The Cosby Show 's producers created a spin-off series called A Different World for actress Lisa Bonet, who played Denise, the second of the Huxtables' four daughters. Initially, the new program dealt with Denise's life at Hillman College, the fictional historically black college from which her father, mother, and paternal grandfather had graduated. Denise was written out of the series after its inaugural season due to Bonet's pregnancy, and the following season was revamped with the addition of director Debbie Allen and new characters. Denise later became a recurring character in The Cosby Show for Seasons 4-5 and a regular again in Seasons 6-7. A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC (from September 24, 1987 until July 9, 1993). ... A spin-off in television is a new series which contains either characters or theme elements from an old series. ... In the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (a type of Minority Serving Institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. ... Debbie Allen (born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities. ...


Bonet was initially fired from her role as Denise Huxtable after the 1986 season due to her appearance in the film Angel Heart. When she threatened legal action, the spin-off was made as compensation in 1987. Angel Heart is a 1987 horror movie written and directed by Alan Parker, starring Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Robert De Niro. ...


International variations

In the Italian version of the show, the family name is not Huxtable but Robinson. The whole show is named I Robinson.


See also

A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC (from September 24, 1987 until July 9, 1993). ...

References

  1. ^ Wilcox's Soaps & More TV Character Address and Trivia Book (2004), (obtained here.)

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