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The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy 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.

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". Originally, the show had been pitched to ABC, which rejected it. Entertainment Weekly stated that The Cosby Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows based on people of African descent, from In Living Color to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Cosby Show was based on comedy routines in Cosby's standup act, which were based on his family life. Other sitcoms, such as Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond, would later follow that pattern. The show spawned the spin-off A Different World, which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993.

  1. Michael J. Leeson


  2. Bill Cosby


  3. Ed. Weinberger


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  1. Bill Cosby

    Bill Cosby

    Heathcliff Huxtable

  2. Phylicia Rashād

    Phylicia Rashād

    Clair Huxtable

  3. Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theo Huxtable

  4. Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudy Huxtable

  5. Tempestt Bledsoe

    Tempestt Bledsoe

    Vanessa Huxtable

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The Cosby Show

Season 8

1991 | 25 Episodes

The eighth and final season of The Cosby Show aired on NBC from September 19, 1991 to April 30, 1992.

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 24m

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