The Cosby Show

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.

TitleThe Cosby Show
First Air DateSeptember 20th, 1984
Last Air DateApril 30th, 1992
GenreComedy
NetworkNBC
Production CompaniesCarsey-Werner Company, Bill Cosby
ProducersGary Kott, Caryn Mandabach, Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, John Markus, Michael Loman, Earl Pomerantz, Jerry Ross, Elliot Shoenman
Executive ProducersTom Werner, Marcy Carsey
Number of Seasons8 Seasons
Number of Episodes201 Episodes
Plot Keywordsbrooklyn, new york city, black family, sitcom
Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Heathcliff Huxtable
Phylicia Rashād
Phylicia Rashād
Clair Huxtable
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Theo Huxtable
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Rudy Huxtable
Tempestt Bledsoe
Tempestt Bledsoe
Vanessa Huxtable
Erika Alexander
Erika Alexander
Geoffrey Owens
Geoffrey Owens
Elvin Tibideaux
Raven-Symoné
Raven-Symoné
Olivia Kendall
Earle Hyman
Earle Hyman
Russell Huxtable
Deon Richmond
Deon Richmond
Kenny
Cosby Show
Bill Cosby Show