The Cosby Show

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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Bill Cosby brings his special comic genius to the role of Cliff Huxtable, a warm family man, who along with his lovely wife Clair, handles his family of five kids with a combination of warmth, humanity and humor.

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The Cosby Show: : -- The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family.

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From their brownstone in Brooklyn , Cliff and Claire Huxtable watched over their family with style, wit and wisdom. They juggled their successful careers in medicine and law while raising five children who constantly test the limits. With humor and insight, which only comes with experience, the couple guides their children through the peaks and pitfalls of everyday life. Opting for reality-based humor instead of slapstick comedy, The Cosby Show provides a warm-hearted look at the complexity of human behavior.

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From their brownstone in Brooklyn , Cliff and Claire Huxtable watched over their family with style, wit and wisdom. They juggled their successful careers in medicine and law while raising five children who constantly test the limits. With humor and insight, which only comes with experience, the couple guides their children through the peaks and pitfalls of everyday life. Opting for reality-based humor instead of slapstick comedy, The Cosby Show provides a warm-hearted look at the complexity of human behavior.

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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Fall TV Editors' Picks: Find Out Why Black-ish Is the New Cosby Show We All Need

It's been 30 years since The Cosby Show premiered and though sitcoms featuring primarily black characters have since found homes on BET, TBS or OWN, Black-ish will finally bring a black family back to a major network — and it's about time.

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10 Things We Learned From Bill Cosby's New Biography

Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's comprehensive biography of Bill Cosby, hits stores Tuesday. The absorbing read chronicles the comedian's rise from the Philadelphia projects to stand-up king, his groundbreaking role on I Spy — as TV's first black leading man — and TV's most beloved dad on The Cosby Show. But for every high, there were plenty of lows: his near-bankruptcy, his scandalous affairs that resulted in an extortion trial, his estrangement from a daughter and the bizarre murder of his only son.

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Here are 10 things we learned from the book:
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Report: Bill Cosby Finalizes Deal for NBC Comedy

Bill Cosby will soon be returning to TV.

The comedian has finalized a deal with NBC to bring a new half-hour family comedy to the network, according to Deadline.

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Report: Brandi Glanville, Kate Gosselin and More Join Celebrity Apprentice

With more than one Real Housewife in the boardroom, Celebrity ApprenticeSeason 7 will have more than its fair share of guaranteed drama.

Us Weekly reports that Real Housewives of Beverly HillsBrandi Glanvilleand Atlanta'a Kenya Moore will both be among the contestants. The pair will join ... read more

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Premiered: September 20, 1984, on NBC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Cosby played a doctor and dad in this all-time classic, which was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes after ABC passed on the series. Mostly set in a Brooklyn brownstone, the series focused on obstetrician Cliff Huxtable and his wife, Claire, a lawyer, as they raised their kids with loving firmness. The series debuted in September 1984, ran for eight seasons and produced one spin-off, `A Different World.'

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