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The Cosby Show Season 1 episodes

Cliff's Birthday Season 1, Episode 24

Clair is determined to keep Cliff's birthday present a surprise: tickets to see his favorite singer, Lena Horne. Horne sings "I'm Glad There Is You." Cliff: Bill Cosby. Mr. Thornhill: Clarence Williams III. read more

Mr. Quiet Season 1, Episode 23

At the community center where Cliff and Clair are volunteers, the director (Tony Orlando) encounters a boy who won't talk. Bill Cosby, Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Selena: Ada Maris. Chester: David Langston Smyrl. read more

Slumber Party Season 1, Episode 22

Clair is working late on the day of Rudy's slumber party, leaving Cliff in charge of entertaining 5-year-olds. Grandfather Huxtable: Earle Hyman. Denise: Lisa Bonet. Theodore: Malcolm-Jamal Warner. read more

The Younger Woman Season 1, Episode 21

Cliff and Clair are stunned when their 53-year-old friend introduces them to his girlfriend (Terry Farrell), who's Sondra's age. Bill Cosby, Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Sondra: Sabrina LeBeauf. Denise: Lisa Bonet. read more

Back to the Track, Jack Season 1, Episode 20

Cliff's college track coach gives him the chance to even the score with a former rival (1956 Olympic medalist Josh Culbreath). Coach: Al Freeman Jr. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. read more

Clair's Case Season 1, Episode 19

Clair puts in extra hours preparing to represent plaintiff Sondra in a civil suit, leaving Cliff free to try out his culinary creations on the family. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Denise: Lisa Bonet. read more

Vanessa's New Class Season 1, Episode 18

Vanessa constructs a model of the solar system for science class, while Cliff attempts to fix the dishwasher. Bill Cosby, Phylicia Ayers-Allen, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam. read more

Theo and the Joint Season 1, Episode 17

Clair knocks Theo's book off the table and a joint falls out. Bill Cosby, Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Vanessa: Tempestt Bledsoe. Rudy: Keshia Knight Pulliam. read more

Jitterbug Break Season 1, Episode 16

While Cliff and Clair prepare to dance the night away, Denise prepares to sleep on the street---waiting to buy concert tickets. Marie: Judith Jamison. Cliff: Bill Cosby. read more

Physician of the Year Season 1, Episode 15

Cliff is named Physician of the Year, but an emergency may keep him from the awards dinner. Mr. Wexler: Sheldon Leonard. Theo: Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. read more

Independence Day Season 1, Episode 14

When Theodore gets his ear pierced, Cliff brings him before the harshest judge he knows: grandfather Huxtable (Earle Hyman). Cliff: Bill Cosby. Theodore: Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Anna: Clarice Taylor. read more

Father's Day Season 1, Episode 13

The Huxtables celebrate Father's Day in December after Cliff complains about the gifts he's received in the past. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Saleslady: Doris Belack. Mrs. Lee: Susie Pai. read more

Rudy's Sick Season 1, Episode 12

Rudy's sick and Clair can't miss work, so Dr. Huxtable gets a patient. Rudy: Keshia Knight Pulliam. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Mr. Halifax: Clarke Gordon. Steve Yamato: Doug Yasuda. read more

Knight to Night Season 1, Episode 11

When the pressures of being a working mother take their toll on Clair, Cliff takes her out for a romantic evening. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. read more

Bonjour, Sondra Season 1, Episode 10

The Huxtables' eldest daughter Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving with surprising news for Cliff. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Vanessa: Tempestt Bledsoe. Denise: Lisa Bonet. read more

How Ugly Is He? Season 1, Episode 9

Cliff has been so rough on Denise's boyfriends that he promises to "behave" so he can meet her current beau. Denise: Lisa Bonet. David: Kristoff St. John. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. read more

Play It Again, Vanessa Season 1, Episode 8

The family practices patience while Vanessa practices the clarinet for a recital. Mr. Hampton: Dizzy Gillespie. Vanessa: Tempestt Bledsoe. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Denise: Lisa Bonet. read more

One More Time Season 1, Episode 7

A baby seems like a great idea to Clair but not to anyone else in the family. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Clair's Mother: Ethel Ayler. Mrs. Burke: Marilyn Rockafellow. Theodore: Malcolm-Jamal Warner. read more

Breaking With Tradition Season 1, Episode 6

Cliff's father urges Denise to carry on the family tradition by attending Hillman instead of an Ivy League school. Denise: Lisa Bonet. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Theodore: Malcolm-Jamal Warner. read more

A Shirt Story Season 1, Episode 5

When Cliff refuses to give Theodore $95 for a designer shirt, Denise (Lisa Bonet) offers to sew one for him. read more

Is That My Boy? Season 1, Episode 4

Cliff's memories of his college-football days come rushing back when Theodore makes his high-school team. read more

Bad Dreams Season 1, Episode 3

Vanessa sneaks out to see a scary movie---then moves into her parents' bedroom when she has nightmares. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Clair: Phylicia Ayers-Allen. Denise: Lisa Bonet. Rudy: Keshia Knight Pulliam. read more

Good-bye, Mr. Fish Season 1, Episode 2

Cliff is worried that Rudy is taking the death of her goldfish too hard, so he decides to hold a funeral before flushing it into the river. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Rudy: Keshia Knight Pulliam. read more

Pilot Episode Season 1, Episode 1

In the series pilot, Theo brings home an atrocious report card; Denise has a date with a fellow who has sojourned in a prison. Cliff: Bill Cosby. Denise: Lisa Bonet. Theo: Malcolm-Jamal Warner. 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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