The Cosby Show: Season 1 (1984 - 1985)


Season 1
The Cosby Show

Critics Consensus

Smart, sweet, and very funny, The Cosby Show is an instant classic.



Critic Ratings: 10

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Sep 20, 1984
Air date: Sep 27, 1984
Air date: Oct 4, 1984
Air date: Oct 11, 1984
Air date: Oct 18, 1984
Air date: Oct 25, 1984
Air date: Nov 1, 1984
Air date: Nov 8, 1984
Air date: Nov 15, 1984
Air date: Nov 22, 1984
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Bill Cosby
as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad
as Clair Huxtable
Lisa Bonet
as Denise Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
as Theo Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe
as Vanessa Huxtable
Anne Twomey
as Mrs. Jennings
Kadeem Hardison
as Phillip Washington
Keith Reddin
as Mr. McManis
Sabrina Le Beauf
as Sondra Huxtable
Todd Hollowell
as Denise's Date
Stephen Thompson
as Anthony Braxton
Earle Hyman
as Russell Huxtable
David Smyrl
as Man in Court
Lloyd Batista
as Court Clerk
as Mrs. Montgomery
Ethel Ayler
as Carrie Hanks
Pam Potillo
as Janet Meiser
Tony Orlando
as Tony Castillo
Dizzy Gillespie
as Mr. Hampton
Clarke Gordon
as Mr. Halifax
Doris Belack
as Saleswoman
Aleta Mitchell
as Mrs. Randall
Jossie DeGuzman
as Mrs. Ramos
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Lee
Clarice Taylor
as Anna Huxtable
Robert King
as Dr. Mike Newcomb
Doug Yasuda
as Steve Yamado
William Christian
as Mr. Robinson
Alexis Cruz
as Enrique Tarron
Haru Aki
as Janet Yamado
Peter Costa
as Peter Chiara
Ada Maris
as Selena Cruz
Shawn Elliott
as Mr. Wilson
Terry Farrell
as Nicki Phillips
Kim Hauser
as Melissa
Clarence Williams III
as Mr. Thornehill
Suzee Pai
as Mrs. Lee
Angela Bassett
as Mrs. Mitchell
Olga Merediz
as Mrs. Rodriguez
Alva Chinn
as Expectant Mother #2
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Critic Reviews for The Cosby Show Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

The Cosby Show rarely came off like a revolutionary situation comedy - especially because the situations, often centered on loving-yet-sardonic parents Cliff and Clair Huxtable, seemed so ordinary.

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Perhaps it was the characters' close proximity to real people; perhaps it was the skill with which Cosby was able to mix big laughs with real truth and subtle life lessons. But people identified with the Huxtables.

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Unlike any other show in my long and illustrious history of television viewing, Cosby's sitcom registers at such a deep level of recognition that it doesn't merely seem like a show, but my own life.

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While The Cosby Show didn't tackle race issues directly, it quietly cracked open the door to change; both the way black people are perceived by others, and how black people view themselves.

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In the sentimental glow with which it is now remembered, it's easy to forget how astonishing it was that a comedy about black people could have that kind of success.

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Viewers found the Huxtables--a communicative, strongly and wisely parented family that never encountered a problem it couldn't defeat in a half hour--just too good to be true.

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Of all its legacies, the one most noted when discussing The Cosby Show is its depictions of race and class. Nothing like it had been seen before on television, and nothing has had its level of impact since.

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The fact that swaths of the population were engaging with an African American family, every week for half an hour, was massively important for popular culture. Never mind the specifics about what this engagement was about.

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For much of its eight seasons, "The Cosby Show" was foolproof happiness, and the primary source was Bill Cosby.

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Twenty years on, the clothes may seem loud and hideous, but Cosby's performance remains timeless.

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