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The Cosby Show: Season 1 (1984-1985)




Critic Consensus: Smart, sweet, and very funny, The Cosby Show is an instant classic.


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Cosby played a doctor and dad in this all-time classic, which was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes after ABC passed on the series. Mostly set in a Brooklyn brownstone, the series focused on obstetrician Cliff Huxtable and his wife, Claire, a lawyer, as they raised their kids with loving firmness. The series debuted in September 1984, ran for eight seasons and produced one spin-off, `A Different World.'


Bill Cosby
as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad
as Clair Huxtable
Lisa Bonet
as Denise Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
as Theo Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe
as Vanessa Huxtable
Keshia Knight Pulliam
as Rudy Huxtable
Anne Twomey
as Mrs. Jennings
Keith Reddin
as Mr. McManis
Kadeem Hardison
as Phillip Washington
Sabrina Le Beauf
as Sondra Huxtable
Todd Hollowell
as Denise's Date
Stephen Thompson
as Anthony Braxton
Earle Hyman
as Russell Huxtable
David Smyrl
as Man in Court
Lloyd Batista
as Court Clerk
as Mrs. Montgomery
Sheldon Leonard
as Dr. Wexler
Tony Orlando
as Tony Castillo
Ethel Ayler
as Carrie Hanks
Kristoff St. John
as David James
Pam Potillo
as Janet Meiser
Dizzy Gillespie
as Mr. Hampton
Clarke Gordon
as Mr. Halifax
Doris Belack
as Saleswoman
Doug Yasuda
as Steve Yamado
William Christian
as Mr. Robinson
Aleta Mitchell
as Mrs. Randall
Robert King
as Dr. Mike Newcomb
Jossie DeGuzman
as Mrs. Ramos
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Lee
Clarice Taylor
as Anna Huxtable
Alexis Cruz
as Enrique Tarron
Lena Horne
as Herself
Suzee Pai
as Mrs. Lee
Terry Farrell
as Nicki Phillips
Haru Aki
as Janet Yamado
Clarence Williams III
as Mr. Thornehill
Shawn Elliott
as Mr. Wilson
Kim Hauser
as Melissa
Peter Costa
as Peter Chiara
Ada Maris
as Selena Cruz
Angela Bassett
as Mrs. Mitchell
Olga Merediz
as Mrs. Rodriguez
Alva Chinn
as Expectant Mother #2
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Critic Reviews for The Cosby Show: Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

The Cosby Show rarely came off like a revolutionary situation comedy - especially because the situations, often centered on loving-yet-sardonic parents Cliff and Clair Huxtable, seemed so ordinary.

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Perhaps it was the characters' close proximity to real people; perhaps it was the skill with which Cosby was able to mix big laughs with real truth and subtle life lessons. But people identified with the Huxtables.

September 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Unlike any other show in my long and illustrious history of television viewing, Cosby's sitcom registers at such a deep level of recognition that it doesn't merely seem like a show, but my own life.

September 17, 2018 | Full Review…

While The Cosby Show didn't tackle race issues directly, it quietly cracked open the door to change; both the way black people are perceived by others, and how black people view themselves.

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In the sentimental glow with which it is now remembered, it's easy to forget how astonishing it was that a comedy about black people could have that kind of success.

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Viewers found the Huxtables--a communicative, strongly and wisely parented family that never encountered a problem it couldn't defeat in a half hour--just too good to be true.

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