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  The Cosby Show TV Show
Show Summary: The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992.
Cosby wanted the program to be educational as well as entertaining, reflecting Cosby's own background in education: he was credited as "William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D" at the beginning of each program, referencing his doctoral degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
The popularity of The Cosby Show was often seen as a symbol of hope and progress for African-Americans in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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  The Cosby Show - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom that quickly developed into a cultural phenomenon by for the first time exposing millions in the United States to African American's successful integration into American society, thereby permanently bridging race gaps.
Cosby wanted the program to be educational as well as entertaining, reflecting Cosby's own background in education: he was credited as "William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D" at the beginning of each program, referencing his doctoral degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
The Cosby Show is one of two television shows, All in the Family being the other, that have been number 1 in the Nielsen Ratings for 5 consecutive TV seasons.
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 Has The Cosby Show
In the Cosby Show as you may know they have a two-parent family which seems to work very well for them, since there children appear to be normal and living a healthy life.
Social gathering is something lots of kids learned from the Cosby Show by watching little Rudy share her things with her friends and even when she didn’t want to Cliff was there to remind her and the kids at home watching the show to always share there things with others.
The Cosby Show has taught family values to people for years it has been the best show to do it, there has yet to be one of the same caliber up to today.
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 Nick at Nite: The Cosby Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This gentle show, concentrating on the day to day lives of the upper-middle-class Huxtable family, was both a throwback to earlier sitcoms and a fresh new perspective on family life.
THE COSBY SHOW was the brainchild of popular actor/comedian Bill Cosby, who had originally envisioned the show as a blue-collar comedy.
THE COSBY SHOW's popularity was due to a variety of factors, including its gentle humor and portrayal of an ideally close-knit family.
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 'Cosby Show' comedy had a serious impact - The Boston Globe
Mention Bill Cosby's name these days, and some folks are more likely to think of the angry old man railing against negligent fl parents and their inarticulate offspring than the beloved comedian and actor who, for much of the 1980s, starred in one of the most cherished comedies in television history.
Until ''The Cosby Show," the primary image of fl family life on TV was the Evans family of the 1970s sitcom ''Good Times." Certainly, the Evanses were just as loving as the Huxtables.
Especially during the early seasons of ''Good Times," the show was a kind of tribute to the resilience of low-income folks determined to be better than their circumstances, and it fostered the notion that while one might live in the ghetto, the ghetto need not live within them.
www.boston.com /ae/tv/articles/2005/08/02/cosby_show_comedy_had_a_serious_impact   (866 words)

  
 The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show premiered on 20 September 1984 and shot to the top of the ratings almost immediately.
However, despite Cosby's widespread popularity-- he had registered one of the highest audience appeal ratings in history as a commercial pitchman--programmers initially viewed his star potential with suspicion.
One audience study suggests that the show "strikes a deal" with white viewers, that it absolves them of responsibility for racial inequality in the United States in exchange for inviting the Huxtables into their living room.
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 The Cosby Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The topics of the show were usual difficulties of children growing up a example being son Theo's battle to overcome dyslexia based on Cosby's real-life child Ennis also managed to overcome the disability.
The show was extremely well-regarded winning three Emmys as well as three NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award.
At the time of the show's original some people criticized the show for presenting unrealistic portrayal of an African-American family as and for it's lack of addressing fl-white Others felt that the show was simply portrayal of what African-Americans could potentially become.
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 Nick at Nite: The Cosby Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Cosby was highly active in television throughout the 1970s, with a stint on THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, the animated FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, THE NEW BILL COSBY SHOW, and COS.
In its eight years on the air, THE COSBY SHOW was a critical and ratings giant.
Cosby also developed and composed the theme music for the successful COSBY SHOW spin-off A DIFFERENT WORLD, which ran from 1987 to 1993.
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 This Cosby show is undeserved - The Boston Globe
Perhaps if Cosby had made his comments on a comedy stage instead of at a tony event attended by, among others, NAACP president Kweisi Mfume and Howard University president H. Patrick Swygert, people would be laughing more and criticizing less.
Cosby, meanwhile, has been lambasted as a man who, having achieved his own successes, is now sneering at those still clamoring to get out of dire situations.
Had a white person made comments similiar to those expressed by Cosby, without fail he or she would have been strong-armed into an apology (whether or not such amends were made out of sincere regret or hasty self-preservation).
www.boston.com /ae/celebrity/articles/2004/06/01/this_cosby_show_is_undeserved   (802 words)

  
 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Bill Cosby
Cosby wrote a 242-page dissertation called "An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning," and in May of 1977, he was awarded a doctorate of education.
Cosby determined by the mid-1970s that he would take advantage of his wide public visibility, and his acumen as a businessman and corporate spokesman prompted Forbes magazine to call the comedian: "Bill Cosby, capitalist." With newly hired lawyer Herbert Chaice, Cosby began to seek ways to gain a portion of the profits he generated.
Cosby chose a show pitched by former ABC executives Tom Werner and Marcy Carsey, and demanded a salary and an equal split of all of the show's profits.
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 The Cosby Show St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
The Cosby Show, a situation comedy that ran for eight seasons on NBC Television, was one of the most intensely and immediately popular shows ever broadcast in America.
The source of the show's popularity and significance in television history stemmed not from Bill Cosby's own intentional presentation of the ideology of African-American upward mobility and the restoration of traditional family values to popular culture, but in the sheer pleasure of the nearly plotless structure of the show.
These shows were relaxed in the extreme and the Nelsons themselves seemed to exist in a state of grace; Ozzie, the "head of the household," never seemed to have an occupation and simply sauntered around the house all day.
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 ACE Website | "Keeping You Connected" | TV Shows: The Cosby Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Cosby Show was for the late '80s what Dallas was for the early eighties.
Dallas was the number one show during most of the early eighties; but then situation comedies bumped all prime-time soaps down.
The Cosby Show proved to be fierce competition, becoming the number one show from 1985-1990.
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 Bill Cosby Show
Cosby exploded on television as a comedian in the Sixties with guest shots on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jack Paar Program.
The Bill Cosby Show debuted in September of 1969, featuring Cosby as a gym teacher at a (fictional) Los Angeles area high school; it remains one of the most underrated series in television history.
Plotlines on The Bill Cosby Show varied from the TV formulaic (Chet is cast in a commercial and forced to eat bowl after bowl of a breakfast cereal), so-called 'relevant' issues (Chet becomes the go-to-guy for protesting students), to the semi-serious (a withdrawn youngster who refuses to talk follows Chet home from a settlement house).
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 The Cosby Show Summary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Cosby said he wanted his show to serve as both a teaching tool and a means to counter the prevailing trend of "weak parents" in both television and popular culture in general; he made the perhaps incorrect assumption that this message was what viewers most appreciated.
Starring Bill Cosby, the sitcom was first broadcast on 20 September 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until 30 April 1992.
The Cosby Show is one of two television shows, All in the Family being the other, that have been number 1 in the Nielsen Ratings for 5 consecutive TV seasons.
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 TV1 - The Cosby Show
This gentle show, concentrating on the day to day lives of the upper-middle-class Huxtable family, was both a throwback to earlier sitcoms and a fresh new perspective on family life.
The Cosby Show’s popularity was due to a variety of factors, including its gentle humour and portrayal of an ideally close-knit family.
During its run, The Cosby Show was the recipient of numerous honours, including several Emmys, Young Artist Awards, and Director’s Guild prizes, Viewers for Quality Television Awards, PGA Golden Laurels, and Humanitas Prizes, in addition to multiple Golden Globe Award nominations.
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 The My Hero Project - Bill Cosby
Cosby did a continuation of the show “Kids say the Darndest Things” where Cosby has candid interviews with children listening to how they “try to explain to him some of life's deepest rules”, (ZBC television).
I also believe that what sets “The Cosby Show” apart from other sitcoms is the fact that the show does not have to result to using profanity or provocative language to make people laugh.
Cosby is also one of very few comedians who does not use race as one of his themes for comedy.
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 The Cosby Show - Nostalgia Central
Virtually single-handedly, The Cosby Show revived sitcom domination on US television, overturning the mid-1980s prominence of soaps such as Dallas and Dynasty, and crime/adventure dramas such as Magnum P.I. It was the top-rated sitcom in America for four straight years, matching the feat of I Love Lucy and bettered only by All In The Family.
The Cosby Show concluded on April 30, 1992, with a one hour special in which Theo graduated from New York University and left the nest, prompting Cosby to dance for joy and break "the fourth wall", walking off the studio set and out through the exit door.
Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad reunited in different roles, but again as husband and wife, in the American version of the British sitcom One Foot In The Grave, which took to the air in the USA in September 1996, as Cosby.
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 The Cosby Show TV Show - The Cosby Show Television Show - TV.com
The Cosby Show was for the late \'80s what Dallas was for the early eighties.
The Cosby Show proved to be fierce competition, becoming the number one show from 1985-1990.
In this spin-off from the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable enters her sophomore year at Hillman, alma mater of her parents and grandfather, where she moves into Gilbert Hall and...
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 The Cosby Show TV Show - AOL Television
Premise: "The Cosby Show" centered around the life of the Huxtables -- obstetrician Cliff (Bill Cosby), lawyer Claire (Phylicia Ayers-Allen, later known as Phylicia Rashad after she married NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashad), daughters Sondra (Sabrina LeBeuf), Denise (Lisa Bonet), Vanessa (Tempest Bledsoe), Rudy (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and son Theo (Malcom Jamal-Warner).
The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television...
The Bill Cosby Show was an American situation comedy that aired for two seasons on NBC from 1969 until 1971.
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 Cosby Show
The Cosby Show is one of two television shows, All in the Family being the other, that have been number 1 in the Nielsen Ratings for 5 consecutive TV seasons.
When I was a kid watching the show, I gained a certain kind of appreciation that any 'family television show' offers to all of its younger viewers, and as I matured and continued to watch the show, I gained new insights into the significantly unique perspectives that it offers to different generations of audiences.
Cosby for creating this show because he let the world know that all African American are not poor, or all African Americans don't drop out of school and become nothing but we do actully do something with our wonderful brains.
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 BBC - Comedy Guide - The Cosby Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
What made them change their view, and the show reap its huge audience share, was Cosby himself: he was never less than brilliant in the lead role, bringing to the part his impeccable sense of comic timing and facial mannerisms developed on stage.
The Cosby Show concluded on 30 April 1992 with a much-touted hour-length special in which Theo graduated from New York University and left the nest, prompting Cosby to dance for joy and break 'the fourth wall', walking off the studio set and out through the exit door.
Four years later, Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad reunited in different roles, but again as husband and wife, in the American version of the British sitcom One Foot In The Grave which took to the air in the USA in September 1996 as Cosby.
www.bbc.co.uk /comedy/guide/articles/c/cosbyshowthe_7771885.shtml   (1107 words)

  
 Observer Newspaper - Inside
As a television sitcom, "Cosby" is bound to have weaknesses and to sometimes deviate from the course of events that characterize real life.
For one thing, the writers of the show ignore the fact combating racism was — is — a fact of life for African Americans at every and all economic strata.
We should be delighted that a show portrayed African Americans as intelligent, sensitive and successful; but the problem with that is that it accepts the assumption that, on TV, a positive image is a prosperous image.
www.nd.edu /~observer/08292000/Inside/0.html   (544 words)

  
 A A World . Reference Room . Articles . Bill Cosby | PBS
Cosby's most successful work, The Cosby Show, appeared on NBC from 1984 to 1992, becoming one of the most popular situation comedies in television history.
The Cosby Show depicted a stable, prosperous fl family—Cosby's character was a doctor and his wife a lawyer—and avoided racial stereotypes.
Cosby was awarded a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.
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