Breaking With Tradition
The Cosby Show Season 1

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The family wants Denise (Lisa Bonet) to attend Hillman College, thereby upholding the Huxtable tradition: Hillman is the alma mater of both Denise's dad Cliff (Bill Cosby) and her granddad Russell (Earle Hyman, in his first series appearance). When she indicates that she'd rather make up her own mind about choosing a college, she risks facing the wrath of the imperious Russell, who back when Cliff had demonstrated a similar lack of enthusiasm over Hillman was offered a choice by his father: "You go or you die." It helps the situation not at all that Russell had earlier been barred from entering the Huxtable home thanks to a misunderstanding on the part of grandson Theo (Malcolm-Jamal Warner)!

Cast

Bill Cosby
as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable
Phylicia Rashad
as Clair Huxtable
Lisa Bonet
as Denise Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
as Theo Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe
as Vanessa Huxtable
Earle Hyman
as Russell Huxtable
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