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The Cosby Show

``The Cosby Show'' centers on the lives of the Huxtables: obstetrician Cliff and his lawyer wife Claire, their daughters Sondra, Denise, Vanessa and Rudy, and son Theo. Based on the standup comedy of Bill Cosby, the show focused on his observations of family life. Although based on comedy, the series also addresses some more serious topics, such as learning disabilities and teen pregnancy.

Premiere:
Sep 20, 1984
Original Network:
NBC
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Theo's Flight

S03, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1986)
Theo is inspired by a school speaker and asks his parents for flying lessons.
  • Mon 8/21
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Vanessa's Rich

S03, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 1986)
Vanessa is labeled a conceited rich girl after two girls visit her home.
  • Mon 8/21
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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Denise Gets a `D'

S03, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 1986)
Denise tries to explain to her parents why she received a below-average grade on an English paper.
  • Mon 8/21
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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A Girl and Her Dog

S03, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 1986)
Rudy finds a lost dog, but has trouble letting go when its owner comes to get it.
  • Mon 8/21
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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War Stories

S03, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 1986)
Cliff's father and his Army buddies trade war stories during a card game.
  • Tue 8/22
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Cliff in Charge

S03, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 18, 1986)
Cliff and his father take charge of the household while Clair and her mother-in-law are visiting Denise at college.
  • Tue 8/22
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • Bounce

Monster Man Huxtable

S03, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 8, 1987)
Elvin uses Cliff to demonstrate a wrestling move, and shares a secret with Theo.
  • Tue 8/22
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
  • Bounce

Rudy Spends the Night

S03, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 15, 1987)
Cliff's parents invite Rudy to spend the night at their house.
  • Tue 8/22
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • Bounce

Birthday Blues

S05, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 30, 1989)
Clair's 46th-birthday apprehension is alleviated when Cliff's doctor friend (Placido Domingo) serenades her.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
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Theo's Women

S05, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 16, 1989)
Theo's girlfriend (Michelle Thomas) catches him kissing another woman.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
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Say Hello to a Good Buy

S03, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 29, 1987)
Cliff must bargain with a tough salesman when he goes to buy a new car.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
  • Bounce

Denise Gets an Opinion

S03, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 5, 1987)
Denise anxiously awaits the arrival of her blind date; Vanessa's ex-boyfriend wants to win her back.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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Calling Dr. Huxtable

S03, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 12, 1987)
Cliff is called to the hospital for three deliveries; Theo is left in charge at home.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
  • Bounce

You Only Hurt the One You Love

S03, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 1987)
Theo accidentally hurts Rudy after convincing her to play circus with him.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • Bounce

The Shower

S03, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 26, 1987)
Denise worries about her soon-to-be-married pregnant friend, and throws her a bridal shower.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Cliff's 50th Birthday

S03, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 12, 1987)
Denise and Sondra come home from college to celebrate their father's 50th birthday.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • Bounce

I Know That You Know

S03, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 19, 1987)
Sondra and Elvin announce their engagement; Theo plays practical jokes on the family.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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The Andalusian Flu

S03, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 2, 1987)
Theo offers to run the house when Cliff and Clair have the flu.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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Bald and Beautiful

S03, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 9, 1987)
Cliff's longtime friend (Robert Culp) flies in from Chicago for a visit.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Planning Parenthood

S03, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 30, 1987)
Cliff treats Rudy and her friends to lunch at an expensive restaurant.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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Hillman

S03, E25  (First Aired: May. 7, 1987)
The Huxtables visit Hillman College to celebrate the retirement of the school's president.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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Call of the Wild

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 24, 1987)
Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon with surprising news for the Huxtables.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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Theo's Gift

S06, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 1989)
The Huxtables are relieved to learn that Theo's learning problems are due to dyslexia.
  • Sun 8/27
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
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Theogate

S04, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 1, 1987)
Theo comes home late from a cross-country meet and the Huxtable ``family court'' convenes to find out why.
  • Mon 8/28
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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It Ain't Easy Being Green

S04, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 8, 1987)
Rudy plays her parents against each other to wear inappropriate clothes to a party.
  • Mon 8/28
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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Cliff's Mistake

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 15, 1987)
Cliff misplaces a power drill he borrowed; the children plan a Halloween party.
  • Mon 8/28
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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Shakespeare

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 1987)
Hillman College's Dr. Foster (Roscoe Lee Brown) and his friend (Christopher Plummer) help Theo and Cockroach tackle a Shakespeare play.
  • Mon 8/28
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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That's Not What I Said

S04, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1987)
Cliff and Clair take out their frustrations on each other after Theo gets into trouble with the law.
  • Tue 8/29
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Autumn Gifts

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1987)
Cliff and his father visit the Huxtables' neighbor (Eileen Heckart).
  • Tue 8/29
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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Looking Back

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1987)
In a series of flashbacks, the Huxtables help Elvin understand Sondra by reliving events from the family's past.
  • Tue 8/29
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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Looking Back

S04, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1987)
In a series of flashbacks, the Huxtables help Elvin understand Sondra by reliving events from the family's past.
  • Tue 8/29
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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Where's Rudy?

S04, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1987)
The Huxtables go to the mall to cheer Clair's entry in a winter squash contest; Rudy gets lost.
  • Wed 8/30
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Dance Mania

S04, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1987)
Theo and Cockroach plan on attending the taping of a TV dance show; Cliff learns ``new math'' from Vanessa.
  • Wed 8/30
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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The Locker Room

S04, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1987)
Theo fears Vanessa's reputation will be ruined when one of his locker room buddies asks her out on a date.
  • Wed 8/30
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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The Show Must Go On

S04, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1987)
Cliff takes Rudy and her friends to a vaudeville tribute show; Vanessa's ex-boyfriend proposes marriage.
  • Wed 8/30
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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Bookworm

S04, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1988)
Clair takes Cliff to the first coed meeting of her book discussion group.
  • Thu 8/31
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

S04, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1988)
Clair and Cliff meet with Rudy's teacher (Melba Moore) to discuss their daughter's refusal to play the violin.
  • Thu 8/31
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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The Visit

S04, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1988)
Theo visits a friend (Christopher Collet) hospitalized for cancer; Elvin gets in hot water with his spot-on impersonation of Cliff.
  • Thu 8/31
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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The Drum Major

S04, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1988)
Vanessa auditions for drum major; Cliff is introduced to one of his father's musician buddies (Dub Taylor).
  • Thu 8/31
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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Waterworks

S04, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1988)
Clair and Theo attempt to prevent Cliff from trying to repair a leaky pipe by himself.
  • Fri 9/1
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
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Once Upon a Time

S04, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1988)
Rudy's fairy tale comes to life in her dreams -- and her family has starring roles.
  • Fri 9/1
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
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Petanque

S04, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1988)
Cliff takes on his friend in petanque, an outdoor bowling game.
  • Fri 9/1
  • 5:00PM-5:30PM
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Home for the Weekend

S04, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 1988)
Denise comes home for a visit, but would rather spend time with her friends than her family.
  • Fri 9/1
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
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And So We Commence

S08, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 30, 1992)
Too many relatives show up for Theo's graduation; Olivia prepares to join her parents in Singapore.
  • Sat 9/2
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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And So We Commence

S08, E25  (First Aired: Apr. 30, 1992)
After the family attends Theo's graduation and Olivia leaves for Singapore, Cliff and Clair share a quiet moment.
  • Sat 9/2
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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