The Cosby Show

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The Cosby Show
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Ed. Weinberger
Michael Leeson
Bill Cosby
StarringBill Cosby
Phylicia Rashad
Sabrina Le Beauf
Geoffrey Owens
Lisa Bonet
Joseph C. Phillips
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Tempestt Bledsoe
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Raven Symoné
Erika Alexander
Theme music composer Stu Gardner
Bill Cosby
Opening theme"Kiss Me"; performed by:
Bobby McFerrin (season 4)
Oregon Symphony (season 5)
Craig Handy (seasons 6–7)
Lester Bowie (season 8)
Ending theme"Kiss Me" (instrumental; various versions)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes201 (plus outtakes special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Bernie Kukoff (season 7)
Janet Leahy (season 8)
Production location(s) Kaufman Astoria Studios
Astoria, New York, U.S.
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time23–24 minutes
Production company(s) Carsey-Werner Productions
Bill Cosby Productions
Distributor Viacom Enterprises
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format 480i (NTSC)
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1984 (1984-09-20) 
April 30, 1992 (1992-04-30)
Chronology
Preceded by The Bill Cosby Show
Related shows A Different World

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom co-created and 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.

Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist, sex offender

William Henry Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. He held an active career for over six decades before being convicted and imprisoned for sex offenses in 2018.

NBC American television and radio network

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.

The African-American upper class consists of African-American engineers, lawyers, accountants, doctors, politicians, business executives, venture capitalists, CEOs, celebrities, entertainers, entrepreneurs and heirs who have incomes amounting to $200,000 or more. This class, sometimes referred to as the black upper class, the African-American upper middle class or black elite, represents less than 1 percent of the total black population in the United States. This group of African Americans has a history of organizations and activities that distinguish it from other classes within the black community as well as from the white upper class. Many of these traditions, which have persisted for several generations, are discussed in Lawrence Otis Graham’s 2000 book, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.

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The Cosby Show spent five consecutive seasons as the number-one rated show on television. The Cosby Show and All in the Family are the only sitcoms in the history of the Nielsen ratings to be the number-one show for five seasons. It spent all eight of its seasons in the top 20. [1]

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Nielsen ratings are the audience measurement systems operated by Nielsen Media Research that seek to determine the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States using a rating system.

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." [2] TV Guide also ranked it 28th on their list of 50 Greatest Shows. [3] In addition, Cliff Huxtable was named as the "Greatest Television Dad". [4]

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A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centred on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable is a fictional character on the NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. He was portrayed by Bill Cosby.

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<i>The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</i> Television series starring Will Smith, running from 1990-1996

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Premise

The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family, living in a brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, New York, at 10 Stigwood Avenue. [6] The patriarch is Cliff Huxtable, an obstetrician and son of a prominent jazz trombonist. The matriarch is his wife, attorney Clair Huxtable. [7]

Brownstone

Brownstone is a brown Triassic-Jurassic sandstone which was once a popular building material. The term is also used in the United States to refer to a townhouse clad in this, or any of a number of aesthetically similar materials.

Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City

Brooklyn Heights is an affluent residential neighborhood within the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is bounded by Old Fulton Street near the Brooklyn Bridge on the north, Cadman Plaza West on the east, Atlantic Avenue on the south, and the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway or the East River on the west. Adjacent neighborhoods are Dumbo to the north, Downtown Brooklyn to the east, and Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill to the south.

Obstetrics is the field of study concentrated on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. As a medical specialty, obstetrics is combined with gynecology under the discipline known as obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) which is a surgical field.

They have four daughters and one son: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy. Despite its comedic tone, the show sometimes involves serious subjects, like Theo's experiences dealing with dyslexia, [8] inspired by Cosby's dyslexic son, Ennis. [9] The show also deals with teen pregnancy when Denise's friend, Veronica (Lela Rochon), becomes pregnant. [10]

Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux is a fictional character from the 1980s television series, The Cosby Show.

Denise Huxtable fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show

Denise Huxtable Kendall is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1991), portrayed by actress Lisa Bonet. Denise also stars in the first season of its spin-off sitcom, A Different World (1987). The second-born child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable, Denise is known for her eccentric clothing and free-spirited, rebellious nature, earning her a reputation as the Huxtable family's wild child. Alternating between regular and recurring character, Denise appears on the sitcom on-and-off throughout its eight-year run, from its pilot "Theo's Economic Lesson" to the seventh season episode "Cliff and Jake", for a total of 98 episodes, after which Bonet departed for the remainder of the series.

Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable is a fictional character who appears in the American sitcom The Cosby Show, portrayed by actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired Nielsen ratings [11]
First airedLast airedRankRatingTied with
1 24September 20, 1984 (1984-09-20)May 9, 1985 (1985-05-09)324.2N/A
2 25September 26, 1985 (1985-09-26)May 15, 1986 (1986-05-15)133.7N/A
3 25September 25, 1986 (1986-09-25)May 7, 1987 (1987-05-07)134.9N/A
4 24September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24)April 28, 1988 (1988-04-28)127.8N/A
5 26October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06)May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11)125.6N/A
6 26 + SpecialSeptember 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03)123.1 Roseanne
7 26September 20, 1990 (1990-09-20)May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02)517.1N/A
8 25September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)April 30, 1992 (1992-04-30)1815.0N/A

Pilot

The Cosby Show pilot episode 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.

In the pilot, the Huxtables have only four children. [12] Following the pilot, the Huxtables have five children, with the addition of their eldest daughter, Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf), who is mentioned in episode four and appears first in episode 11. The character was created when Bill Cosby wanted the show to express the accomplishment of successfully raising a child (i.e., a college graduate). [13]

Bill Cosby originally wanted Vanessa L. Williams to play the part of "Sondra" due to her college education and background in theater arts. However, Williams was recently crowned the first black Miss America and pageant officials would not permit her to play the role while she was representing the Miss America pageant. Whitney Houston was also considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable, but was unable to commit to the full-time television production schedule in the NBC contract, as she was intending to be a full-time music recording artist. [14] [15]

Most of the story in the pilot presentation is taken from Bill Cosby's classic comedy film Bill Cosby: Himself . Cosby's character is called "Clifford" in the early episodes of the first season (as evidenced by his name plate on the exterior of the Huxtable home). His name was later switched to "Heathcliff". Although, in one episode, Clair calls him "Heathclifford".

Additionally, Vanessa refers to Theo as "Teddy" twice in the dining room scene. The interior of the Huxtables' home features an entirely different living room from subsequent episodes, and different color schemes in the dining room and the master bedroom. Throughout the remainder of the series, the dining room is reserved for more formal occasions.

Background and production

Conception and development

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The cast of The Cosby Show in 1989

In the early 1980s, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, two former executives at ABC, left the network to start their own production company. [16] At ABC, they had overseen sitcoms such as Mork & Mindy , Three's Company , and Welcome Back, Kotter . The two decided that to get a sitcom to sell for their fledgling company, they needed a big name behind it. Bill Cosby, who starred in two failed sitcoms during the 1970s, produced award-winning stand-up comedy albums, and had roles in several different films, was relatively quiet during the early 1980s. According to a Chicago Tribune article from July, 1985, despite Carsey and Werner's connection to the network, Lewis Erlicht, president of ABC Entertainment, passed on the show, prompting a pitch to rival network, NBC.

Outside of his work on his cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids , Cosby was doing little in film or television, but Carsey and Werner were fans of Cosby's stand-up comedy and thought it would be the perfect material for a family sitcom. [17]

Cosby originally proposed that the couple should both have blue-collar jobs, with the father a limousine driver, [18] who owned his own car, and the mother an electrician. [19] With advice from his wife Camille Cosby, though, the concept was changed so that the family was well-off financially, with the mother a lawyer and the father a physician. [20] [21]

Cosby wanted the program to be educational, reflecting his own background in education. He also insisted that the program be taped in New York City instead of Los Angeles, where most television programs were taped. [22] The Huxtable home exterior was filmed at 10 St. Luke's Place near 7th Avenue in Manhattan's Greenwich Village (although in the show, the residence was the fictional "10 Stigwood Avenue"). [23]

Production notes

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The brownstone used in The Cosby Show

The earliest episodes of the series were videotaped at NBC's Brooklyn studios (now owned by JC Studios). [24] The network later sold that building, and production moved to the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. [25] Even though the show was set to take place in Brooklyn, the exterior façade was actually of a brownstone townhouse located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village at 10 Leroy Street/ 10 St. Luke's Place. [26] The pilot was filmed in May 1984, with season one's production commencing in July 1984, and the first taping on August 1, 1984 (Goodbye Mr. Goldfish). [27] [28]

During its original run on NBC, it was one of five successful sitcoms on the network that featured predominantly African-American casts. The other sitcoms were 227 (1985–90), Amen (1986–91), Cosby Show spin-off A Different World (1987–93), and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–96). Five other NBC sitcoms of that time also featured black actors and actresses in lead starring or supporting roles — Nell Carter and Telma Hopkins on Gimme a Break (1981−87); Leonard Lightfoot, and later Franklyn Seales and Alfonso Ribeiro on Silver Spoons (1982−86), Cherie Johnson on Punky Brewster (1984-88), Kim Fields on The Facts of Life (1979−88), and Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on Diff'rent Strokes (1978–85).

Although the cast and characters were predominantly African American, [29] the program was unusual in that issues of race were rarely mentioned when compared to other situation comedies of the time, such as The Jeffersons . [30] However, The Cosby Show had African-American themes, such as the Civil Rights Movement, and it frequently promoted African-American and African culture represented by artists and musicians such as Jacob Lawrence, Miles Davis, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miriam Makeba. [31]

The show's spin off, A Different World, dealt with issues of race more often. [32] The series finale (taped on March 6, 1992) [33] aired during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, with Cosby quoted in media at the time pleading for peace. [34] [35]

During the third season of the show, actress Phylicia Rashad was pregnant with her daughter Condola Rashād. Rather than write this pregnancy into the character of Claire Huxtable, the producers simply greatly reduced Rashad's scenes or filmed in such a way that her pregnancy was not noticeable. [36]

Another pregnancy of one of the main stars, that of Lisa Bonet, almost caused the actress to be fired, especially coming in the wake of appearing in the film Angel Heart , which contained graphic sexual scenes with actor Mickey Rourke. Bill Cosby strongly disapproved of Bonet appearing in the film, but she was allowed to retain her role on A Different World until returning to The Cosby Show after her pregnancy. Tensions remained, however, and Bonet was eventually fired from the show in April 1991. [37]

Theme song and opening sequence

The show's theme music, "Kiss Me", was composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby. [38] Seven versions of this theme 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 over the course of a series. For season four, the theme song music was performed by musician Bobby McFerrin. [39]

Due to legal complications regarding the background mural, the opening for season seven (filmed in August 1990) was replaced with the one from the previous season. [40] [41] [42] The original season-seven opening, with slight modifications, returned to use in the beginning of season eight.

Cast and characters

ActorCharacterSeasons
12345678
Bill Cosby Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable Main
Phylicia Rashad * Clair Hanks Huxtable Main
Lisa Bonet Denise Huxtable–Kendall MainRecurringMain
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Theodore "Theo" Huxtable Main
Tempestt Bledsoe Vanessa HuxtableMain
Keshia Knight Pulliam Rudith "Rudy" Lilian Huxtable Main
Sabrina Le Beauf Sondra Huxtable–Tibideaux RecurringMain
Geoffrey Owens Elvin TibideauxRecurringMain
Joseph C. Phillips +Lt. Martin KendallMainRecurring
Raven-Symoné Olivia KendallMain
Erika Alexander Pamela "Pam" TuckerMain

*Phylicia Rashad was credited as "Phylicia Ayers-Allen" during season one and the first fourteen episodes of season two.

+Prior to joining the cast as a regular, Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl, a potential boyfriend for Sondra in season two (episode: "Cliff in Love").

Reception and legacy

The show's portrayal of a successful, stable black family was praised by some for breaking racial stereotypes and showing another part of the African-American experience. [43] [44] However, it was criticized by others, including Henry Louis Gates, for allowing white audiences to think that racism and poverty were problems of the past. [45] As a result of the sexual assault allegations against Cosby, Malcolm-Jamal Warner has stated that the show's legacy is "tarnished". [46]

The Cosby Show had generated $2.5 billion in television revenue, including $1 billion from TV advertising, [47] and $1.5 billion from syndication. [48]

Broadcast history and ratings

The Cosby Show aired on Thursdays at 8:00 pm for all eight seasons. [49] In its first season, the show was the beginning of a Thursday NBC schedule that was followed by Family Ties , Cheers , Night Court , and Hill Street Blues . [50]

The Cosby Show is one of three television programs ( All in the Family and American Idol being the others) that were number one in the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive seasons. [51] [52] [53]

SeasonSeason premiereSeason finaleTime slot (ET)RankingHouseholds
(in millions)
1 1984–85 September 20, 1984May 9, 1985Thursday at 8:00 pmNo. 3 [54] 20.546 (24.2 rating) [54]
2 1985–86 September 26, 1985May 15, 1986No. 1 [55] 28.948 (33.7 rating) [55]
3 1986–87 September 25, 1986May 7, 1987No. 1 [56] 30.503 (34.9 rating) [56]
4 1987–88 September 24, 1987April 28, 1988No. 1 [57] 30.502 (34.9 rating) [57]
5 1988–89 October 6, 1988May 11, 1989No. 1 [58] 23.142 (25.6 rating) [58]
6 1989–90 September 21, 1989May 3, 1990No. 1 (tie with Roseanne) [59] 21.275 (23.1 rating) [59]
7 1990–91 September 20, 1990May 2, 1991No. 5 [60] 15.920 (17.1 rating) [60]
8 1991–92 September 19, 1991April 30, 1992No. 18 [61] 13.815 (15.0 rating) [61]

Syndication

Carsey-Werner handles domestic distribution, while CBS Television Distribution handles international distribution of the series, and has done so since 1997. In the United States, The Cosby Show began its television syndication run in September 1988 in broadcast syndication, shortly before the show's fifth-season premiere, and was at the time distributed by Viacom; many stations that carried the series were Big Three network affiliates. As time went on, this moved to lower-profile timeslots, independent stations and minor network affiliates.

Fort Worth, Texas-based independent station, KTVT, carried the series until 1995, when it ceased operating as a regional cable superstation and became an affiliate of CBS. TBS, then a national cable superstation, carried the series for nearly a decade beginning in 1999. Fellow superstation WGN America began carrying the series shortly thereafter, and continued to until September 2010. Viacom's Nick at Nite began airing reruns of the series in March 2002, and its sister network TV Land began airing reruns in 2004, making The Cosby Show one of the few series that were shown on both Nick at Nite and TV Land at the same time.

Late 2010s removal from syndication

Reruns of The Cosby Show have been pulled from several networks and venues as a result of Cosby's eventual conviction for sexual assault. In November 2014, TV Land pulled the series from its lineup. [62] [63] In December 2014, the Magic Johnson-owned network Aspire removed the show from its lineup. [64]

BET's Centric (another Viacom unit) stopped airing reruns of The Cosby Show. At the same time, barter syndicator The Program Exchange ceased distributing the latter show. [65] [66] Bounce TV resumed airing the series in December 2016 [67] but pulled the show on April 26, 2018 — the day Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. [68] TV One began airing reruns of the show in May 2017. [69] It is currently the only American network to offer the series.

Spin-off

The Cosby Show's producers created a spin-off series called A Different World that was built around the "Denise" character (portrayed by actress Lisa Bonet), 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 A Different World after its inaugural season, due to Bonet's pregnancy, and the following season was revamped, with the addition of director Debbie Allen (Phylicia Rashad's sister) and new characters. [70] Denise later became a recurring character on The Cosby Show for seasons four and five, and a regular again in seasons six and seven.

Awards and honors

Awards won

Emmy Awards [71]

Golden Globe Awards

NAACP Image Awards

Peabody Award (1986)

People's Choice Awards

Nominations

Emmy Awards [71]

Golden Globe Awards

Other honors

Albums

Two albums were produced that included various theme and background music from the show. The albums were presented by longtime Cosby collaborator Stu Gardner. They were:

They were dubbed "Cosby sweaters", a term that is used to describe sweaters that are generally deemed garish and unappealing. [85] [86] In May 2008, Cosby's daughter Evin auctioned a batch of the sweaters that her father had kept on eBay. The proceeds of the sales went to the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation, a non-profit charity named for Ennis Cosby. Ennis, Cosby's only son, was murdered in January 1997. [87]

Home media

All eight seasons of The Cosby Show have been released on DVD in Region 1. Seasons one and two were released by UrbanWorks which was subsequently acquired by First Look Studios, who then released the remaining six seasons. Seasons One and Two contain special features, including the ninety minute retrospective documentary entitled The Cosby Show: A Look Back, which aired on NBC in May 2002.

It contains interviews with cast members, bloopers, deleted scenes and audition footage. In December 2010, First Look Studios filed bankruptcy, and all its assets were subsequently acquired by Millennium Entertainment, who also took over distribution of The Cosby Show DVD releases. As of 2013, these releases have been discontinued, and are now out of print.

On November 5, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series. They have subsequently re released all eight seasons on DVD. [89] [90] [91] [92] On September 1, 2015, Mill Creek released a sixteen disc complete series set entitled The Cosby Show – The Complete Series. [93]

In Region 4, Magna Pacific has released all eight seasons on DVD in Australia and New Zealand. The first two seasons have similar artwork to the North American copies, although season two is red rather than blue. Each Australian cover also features the tagline "In a house full of love, there is always room for more".

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released Seasons 1 to 4 in Region 2 (United Kingdom).

DVD titleEp #Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season 124August 2, 2005
January 21, 2014 (re release)
May 19, 2008October 4, 2006
Season 225March 7, 2006
January 21, 2014 (re release)
August 25, 2008February 7, 2007
Season 325June 5, 2007
April 15, 2014 (re release)
October 13, 2008April 4, 2007
Season 424June 5, 2007
April 15, 2014 (re release)
February 9, 2009November 7, 2007
Season 526November 6, 2007
January 6, 2015 (re release)
March 5, 2008
Season 626November 6, 2007
January 6, 2015 (re release)
July 9, 2008
Season 726April 8, 2008
June 16, 2015 (re release)
January 13, 2010
Season 825April 8, 2008
June 16, 2015 (re release)
January 13, 2010
25th Anniversary
Commemorative Edition
202November 11, 2008
September 1, 2015 (re release)
Collector's Edition202August 6, 2014

Note: The Millennium Entertainment release of season one contains the edited versions of the episodes aired in syndication. However, all subsequent DVD releases (including the complete series set) contain the original, uncut broadcast versions. In 2011, Millennium quietly released season one uncut in Region 1, which featured the special features from The Complete Series set.

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Rudy Huxtable Cosby Show character

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992). Portrayed by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, Rudy is the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable. First appearing alongside her family in the pilot episode "Theo's Economic Lesson", which premiered on September 20, 1984, Rudy matures from a precocious five-year-old girl into a teenager longing for independence throughout the course of the series' eight year-long run.

Tempestt Bledsoe is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable, the fourth child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92). In December 2010, it was announced that Bledsoe would be the host of Clean House on the Style Network, replacing long-time host Niecy Nash. From September 2012 to February 2013, she was one of the stars of the NBC TV sitcom Guys with Kids, portraying Marny.

Goodbye Mr. Fish 2nd episode of the first season of The Cosby Show

"Goodbye Mr. Fish" or sometimes "Good-bye Mr. Fish", "Goodbye, Mr. Fish" or just "Mr. Fish" is the second episode of the first season of the American sitcom The Cosby Show. The episode was directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Earl Pomerantz. "Goodbye Mr. Fish" originally aired in the United States on NBC on Thursday September 27, 1984, at 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Clair Huxtable fictional character in The Cosby Show

Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992). Portrayed by actress Phylicia Rashad, Clair, the wife of Cliff Huxtable and mother of their five children, is the matriarch of the show's central Huxtable family. Working as a lawyer, Clair values the importance of maintaining a successful career and strong household simultaneously. The character debuted alongside most of her family in the pilot episode, "Theo's Economic Lesson", which premiered on September 20, 1984.

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