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The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show

NBC 1984

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin. They eventually married and had twins; but not before stunning their families by announcing the fact that Elvin was dropping out of medical school to open a camping store, and Sondra was dropping out of law school to help her husband in his endeavor. Denise was the "unique" child, the black sheep of the family. She had her own way of doing things, right down to the style of clothing she wore. After graduating high school, she left for Hillman College in 1986 (a year later, this would become the setting for the spin-off A Different World), but returned two years later with news that she was dropping ou

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show - S2E22

#1 - Theo's Holiday

8.53

Season 2 - Episode 22

After Theo claims that he'll have no problem making it in the "real world", the Huxtables convert their house in the "Real World Apartments" and teach him a lesson about the real world; i.e., needing employment and references to get an apartment, income to get a bank loan, having to pay for his meals, etc. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 51 votes.

The Cosby Show - S7E26

#2 - Theo and the Kids (2)

8.53

Season 7 - Episode 26

Theo continues his attempts to help Stanley and the other children at the community center.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 19 votes.

The Cosby Show - S6E20

#3 - Isn't It Romantic?

8.48

Season 6 - Episode 20

Cliff, Elvin and Martin secretly compete to determine who is the most romantic husband in the Huxtable family.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 33 votes.

The Cosby Show - S1E17

#4 - Theo and the Joint

8.48

Season 1 - Episode 17

Clair discovers a marijuana joint in one of Theo's school books. She and Cliff confront him about it, and accept his explanation—another boy slipped it in. Theo confronts the boy and brings him home to confess in order to remove any uncertainty from his parents about his telling the truth. Theo and the boy actually start to become friends. Stephen Thompson as Anthony Braxton, Iman as Mrs. Montgomery. Rudy says her full name in this episode, Rudith Lillian Huxtable.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 60 votes.

The Cosby Show - S6E10

#5 - Grampy and Nu-Nu

8.44

Season 6 - Episode 10

Martin's parents (Olivia's grandparents) come for a visit. Actor Moses Gunn and jazz singer Nancy Wilson guest star as Martin's parents.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 32 votes.

The Cosby Show - S4E1

#6 - Call of the Wild

8.37

Season 4 - Episode 1

The newlywed Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon with shocking news for Cliff and Clair: they want to abandon their dreams of being a lawyer and doctor and open an outdoorsman's "wilderness store." Geoffrey Owens (Elvin) becoms a regular cast member.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 70 votes.

The Cosby Show - S2E4

#7 - Cliff in Love

8.34

Season 2 - Episode 4

Sondra breaks up with her boyfriend Elvin and is depressed, taking it out on the family. Cliff and Clair aren't exactly unhappy; they find Elvin rather annoying. Later, he appears at the house with flowers and tries to apologize. While there, he offers some of his sexist rhetoric to Clair, who quickly becomes annoyed. First appearance of Geoffrey Owens as Elvin. Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl (Phillips joins the cast in Season 6 as Denise's new husband, Navy Lt. Martin Kendall)

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 82 votes.

The Cosby Show - S5E16

#8 - No Way, Baby

8.33

Season 5 - Episode 16

Cliff tracks down the grandfather of one of his patients: an expectant teenage mother with no other family. Clair deduces that the charming man is illiterate. Guest appearance by Sammy Davis, Jr.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 21 votes.

The Cosby Show - S4E2

#9 - Theogate

8.28

Season 4 - Episode 2

Theo and Cockroach come home unusually late from a track meet, and the Huxtables got a phone message earlier from the track coach. They both deny anything out of the ordinary happened, but attorney Clair knows better. A mock trial is held for Theo and Cockroach at the Huxtables' for Clair to get to the bottom of the situation. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam appear on the episode of A Different World which airs later that evening.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 50 votes.

The Cosby Show - S4E6

#10 - That's Not What I Said

8.28

Season 4 - Episode 6

Cliff and Clair have a marital argument after Theo gets detained by police for riding in a car with an unlicensed driver.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 36 votes.

The Cosby Show - S2E18
#11 - A Touch of Wonder
8.26
Season 2 - Episode 18

After his limo collides with Denise's car, Stevie Wonder (appearing as himself) invites the Huxtables to a recording session. Wonder performs "I Just Called to Say I Love You" with Clair and the family. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 54 votes.

The Cosby Show - S7E16
#12 - Total Control
8.25
Season 7 - Episode 16

Cliff's patient and her husband are convinced that they are prepared for every scenario ... and then labor begins.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 20 votes.

The Cosby Show - S8E25
#13 - And So We Commence (2)
8.25
Season 8 - Episode 25

Theo graduates from NYU, Denise reveals that she is pregnant and Olivia leaves to join Denise and Martin in Singapore.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 12 votes.

The Cosby Show - S6E6
#14 - Denise Kendall: Babysitter
8.24
Season 6 - Episode 6

Denise and Olivia babysit Winnie and Nelson (Sondra and Elvin's twins).

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 29 votes.

The Cosby Show - S6E11
#15 - Cliff La Douce
8.24
Season 6 - Episode 11

Cliff is in charge while Clair and Denise are out of town. Guest: Elaine Stritch as Mrs. McGee

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 29 votes.

The Cosby Show - S8E6
#16 - It's Apparent to Everyone
8.24
Season 8 - Episode 6

Winnie and Nelson drive Cliff and Clair crazy while Elvin and Sondra wait to move into their new house.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 21 votes.

The Cosby Show - S1E22
#17 - Slumber Party
8.24
Season 1 - Episode 22

Rudy invites all of her friends over for a slumber party. It's Cliff's job to watch over them, and he demonstrates some unique games to wrangle the youngsters. In the end, Russell drops by and demonstrates the perfect way to deal with kids-bribe them!

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 55 votes.

The Cosby Show - S2E8
#18 - Denise Drives
8.24
Season 2 - Episode 8

Denise wants to buy a car. She plans to use her savings to do so, but Cliff and Clair quickly point out flaws in her plan. The answer to everyone's problems comes from friend Mr. Lucas, who has an old car he is willing to sell. Denise proves herself a good driver, and the car is hers. David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Lucas.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 51 votes.

The Cosby Show - S8E11
#19 - Two Is a Crowd
8.23
Season 8 - Episode 11

Vanessa and Dabnis have relationship problems, as do Rudy and Stanley.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 22 votes.

The Cosby Show - S2E3
#20 - Happy Anniversary
8.22
Season 2 - Episode 3

For Russell and Anna's 49th wedding anniversary, the family commissions a portrait of the couple as newlyweds, and offers them a cruise to Europe. Later in the evening, the whole family performs Ray Charles' "Night Time Is the Right Time", with Theo, Rudy and Cliff each lip-synching a solo. Earle Hyman as Russell. Clarice Taylor as Anna.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Cosby Show from 95 votes.

Last updated: dec 28, 2020

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second favorite show after LOST. <3 just finished my total rewatch.

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