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Bill Cosby: Cosby Show Aimed to "Take the House Back" from Kids

Keshia Knight Pulliam, Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby says he wanted The Cosby Show to represent a parenting philosophy that would "take the house back" from kids.

"I based the series on two important things: No. 1 ... I hated those series where the children were brighter than the parents, and those parents had to play dumb," Cosby recently told ABC News. "No. 2 was that I wanted to 'take the house back.'"

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The 60 Greatest TV Families of All Time

The Brady Bunch

Family ties bind us. We invite TV dynasties into the middle of our full houses (upstairs, downstairs) for happy days and good times. Watching married-with-children characters one day at a time becomes an all-in-the-family affair for the wonder years and brings about home improvement. That's why modern families matter and can take us to seventh heaven.

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No Joke: The Greatest Comedies of All time

Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, senior critic Matt Roush names the 60 greatest comedies of all time. Here are the top 10, and pick up the new issue (on sale now) to see numbers 11 through 60.

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Splash: The Story Behind Those Ridiculous Theme Songs

Splash

Few things are more pleasing to our ears than Splash's hilarious personalized contestant walkout songs. And few things are more surprising to Splash supervising producer/in-house lyricist Rick Austin than the growing demand for them.

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"It's kind of crazy how much people love them," Austin tells TVGuide.com. "ABC had to start putting them up online [after each person's elimination]. The funny thing to us is that people might have them on their iPods, like they're actually real songs. You get ...
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A Different World Star Lou Myers Dead at 77

Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Vernon Gaines on the '80s sitcom A Different World, died Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was 77.

The president of Myers' non-profit organization told the site that he passed away late Tuesday night in West Virginia following a heart-related emergency. His heart stopped and although doctors were able to... read more

Keck's Exclusives First Look: A Cosby Kids Reunion

Guys with Kids

Guys With Kids is reuniting Tempestt Bledsoe (Marny) with Cosby Show costar Keshia Knight Pulliam in the NBC comedy's season finale, set to air later this month.

The former Huxtable girls... read more

ABC Reveals Cast of Celebrity Diving Series

Kendra Wilkinson

ABC has announced (most of) the cast of its upcoming celebrity diving show Splash.

Formerly named Celebrity Diving, the series will feature 10 celebrities doing their best not to belly-flop with the help of Greg Louganis. read more

Keck's Exclusives: Guys With Kids Stages Cosby Reunion

Cosby Show

NBC is reviving their comedy bonanza of the '80s — sorta. An upcoming episode of Guys With Kids will find the Marny character, played by former Huxtable kid Tempestt Bledsoe, reuniting with her sister Bridget. And who has the show's shrewd casting director hired to play Bridget? Bledsoe's Cosby Show costar.... read more

The Biz: Governor Mitt Romney Reveals His Favorite TV Shows

Mitt Romney

The electorate may be deeply divided, but the two candidates running for president share common ground on their favorite TV show. Both President Barack Obama and his opponent Governor Mitt Romney told TV Guide Magazine that Modern Family is the show they most enjoy watching with their wives. President Obama told us about his TV preferences and pop culture habits... read more

How NBC's Guys with Kids Is Making Fatherhood Cool

Guys With Kids, Jimmy Fallon

When Jimmy Fallon got the idea for his new NBC comedy Guys with Kids, he knew exactly what he wanted to call it — and it wasn't Guy with Kids.

"[My producing partner Amy Ozols and I] were just talking about all the guys we were seeing around New York City and Times Square with the Baby Bjorns and [babies] on the backs of their bikes," Fallon said via satellite at NBC's Television Critics Association fall TV previews Tuesday. "We were just like, 'These are like young, good-looking guys embracing the roles of dad.' We both said at the same time, 'DILFS'! When we pitched the idea for DILFS ... NBC said, 'Yeah, we probably can't call the show DILFS, so we'll have to change that.'"

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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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