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. Bill Cosby


  2. Michael J. Leeson


  3. Ed. Weinberger


Series Cast

  1. Erika Alexander

    Erika Alexander

    201 Episodes

  2. Earle Hyman

    Earle Hyman

    Russell Huxtable,

    80 Episodes

  3. Deon Richmond

    Deon Richmond


    75 Episodes

  4. Geoffrey Owens

    Geoffrey Owens

    , Elvin Tibideaux

    57 Episodes

  5. Sabrina Le Beauf

    , Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux

    55 Episodes

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Last Season

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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Certification -

Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 24m



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