The Bill Cosby Show
|German title||The Bill Cosby Show|
|Original title||The Cosby Show|
|Country of production||United States|
|Episodes||201 in 8 seasons|
E. D. Weinberger
|First broadcast||September 20, 1984 (USA) on NBC|
|February 5, 1987 on ZDF|
The Bill Cosby Show (original title: The Cosby Show ) is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC from 1984 to 1992 . The series came to a total of 201 episodes in eight seasons. From 1987 to 1990 39 episodes ran on ZDF under the title Bill Cosby's Family Ties . The remaining episodes were later dubbed for ProSieben , and from 1989 to 1992 the series was broadcast in full in Germany for the first time.
The series is about the Huxtables, an upper-middle-class African-American family who live together at 10 Stigwood Avenue in Brooklyn , New York . The main characters are the father Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable, obstetrician and gynecologist , his wife Claire, a lawyer , and their five children Sondra, Denise, Theodore (Theo), Vanessa and Rudy.
The series depicted wealthy African Americans experiencing everyday things. This plot wasn't a matter of course on US television in the mid-1980s.
After the end of the third season, NBC decided to produce a spin-off of the series in the wake of its success . The offshoot College Fever (original title: A Different World ) went on the air in 1987 and began with Denise, the second oldest daughter of the Huxtables, moving out to take up her studies at Hillman College .
The Huxtable house on the show at fictional 10 Stigwood Avenue is actually the facade of a private residence on 10 St. Luke's Place (near 7th Avenue in Greenwich Village, Manhattan). This is not a single-family house, but four small one-room apartments. This property was chosen primarily because of the good lighting, because the residence is located directly across from a large open space. Typical urban canyons would have created an atmosphere that was too dark.
At the beginning of the series, the Huxtables only had four children, three daughters and one son. Claire asks her husband in the first episode: "Why do we have four children?" To which Cliff replies: "Because we somehow didn't want a fifth!" With the introduction of the oldest daughter Sondra a few weeks later, the family structure became the Bill family Cosbys adapted exactly. From the sixth season the family was supplemented with Olivia, the four-year-old stepdaughter of Denise, and from the seventh season with Pam, Claire's 17-year-old cousin.
- Bill Cosby - Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable (voice: Engelbert von Nordhausen )
- Phylicia Rashād - Claire Olivia Hanks-Huxtable (voice: Marianne Groß )
- Sabrina Le Beauf - Sondra Huxtable-Tibideaux (voice: Sabine Jaeger )
- Lisa Bonet - Denise Huxtable-Kendall (voice: including Christina Plate )
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner - Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable (voice: Oliver Rohrbeck )
- Tempestt Bledsoe - Vanessa Huxtable (voice: Caroline Ruprecht )
- Keshia Knight Pulliam - Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable (Voices: Ilona Brokowski (Pro 7), Antje Primel (ZDF))
- Earle Hyman - Russell Huxtable (voice: Eric Vaessen ), Cliff's father
- Clarice Taylor - Anna Huxtable (voice: Hannelore Minkus ), Cliff's mother
- Joe Williams - Al Hanks, Claire's father
- Ethel Ayler - Carrie Hanks, Claire's mother
- Geoffrey Owens - Elvin Tibideaux (voice: Dieter Landuris ), Sondra's husband
- Joseph C. Phillips - Martin Kendall (Daryl in the episode "Cliff in Love"; voice: Roman Kretschmer ), Denise's husband
- Raven-Symoné Pearman - Olivia Kendall (voice: Olivia Moll ), Martin's daughter
- Erika Alexander - Pam Tucker, Claire's cousin (voice: Anke Reitzenstein )
- Allen Payne - Lance Rodman, Pam's friend
- Karen Malina White - Charmaine Brown, Pam's friend
- William Thomas Jr.- Dabnis Brickey, Vanessa's fiancé (voice: Rainer Doering )
- Pam Potillo - Janet Meiser, Vanessa's girlfriend (voice: Vanessa Petruo )
- Adam Sandler - Smitty, Theos Freund (Voices: Frank Schröder , Michael Deffert )
- Deon Richmond - Kenny (Bud), Rudy's friend (voice: Marius Clarén )
- Carl Anthony Payne II - Walter Bradley (Cockroach) (voice: Sven Plate )
Appearances by celebrities and young talents
|actor||role||Next title||Episode no.||Season|
|John Amos||Cliffs family doctor||The best doctors are the worst patients||100||5|
|Anthony Quinn||landlord||Surfing in the Saale||126||6th|
|Stevie Wonder||Stevie Wonder||Clash with Stevie Wonder||42||2|
|Robert Culp||Scott Kelly||A shiny hairstyle||72||3|
|Plácido Domingo||Alberto Santiago||Little cruelties for a birthday||120||5|
|S. Epatha Merkerson||Book club member 5||The literary fool||88||4th|
|Angela Bassett||Paula||The literary fool||88||4th|
|Patricia Richardson||Mrs. Schrader||Who is smoking there?||66||3|
|Mario van Peebles||Garvin||Getting married has to be learned||33||2|
|Red buttons||Jake, owner of Jake's electronics store||Ten years of feud||174||7th|
|Audrey Landers||Cookie Bennett||Ten years of feud||174||7th|
|Elaine Stritch||Mrs. McGee||Cliff sits after||135||6th|
|Lena Horne||Lena Horne||Blindfolded birthday||24||1|
|Victoria Rowell||Paula Kendall||Go again, Cliff||133||6th|
|Moses Gunn||Joe Kendall||Misquoted and misunderstood||134||6th|
|Nancy Wilson||Lorraine Kendall||Misquoted and misunderstood||134||6th|
|Betty Carter||Amanda Woods||The road to fame||107||5|
|Blair Underwood||Denise's friend||The hole in the ear||16||1|
|Tony Orlando||Tony Castillo||Enrique the silent||23||1|
|Angela Bassett||Mrs. Mitchell||Enrique the silent||23||1|
|Elaine Stritch||Mrs. McGee||Dance lessons||143||6th|
|Sônia Braga||Anna Maria Westlake||A five in math?||36||2|
|Sammy Davis Junior||Ray Palomino||How do you write "Tom"?||114||5|
|BB King||Riley Jackson||The marriage blues||141||6th|
|Valerie Brisco-Hooks||Valerie Brisco-Hooks||Race with a tailwind||49||2|
|Miriam Makeba||Miriam Makeba||The little one in the closet||186||8th|
|Pam Grier||Samantha||Hamburgers for gourmets||73||3|
|Dizzy Gillespie||Mr. Hampton||The queen of swing||8th||1|
|Tito Puente||Timba player||Play it again, Russell||41||2|
|Christopher Plummer||Professor Jonathan Lawrence||BBQ party with Shakespeare||79||4th|
|Roscoe Lee Browne||Dr. Foster||Card sharks||47||2|
|Roscoe Lee Browne||Dr. Foster||BBQ party with Shakespeare||79||4th|
|Elaine Stritch||Mrs. McGee||The first flirt||131||6th|
|Alicia Keys||Maria||Guests to night||22nd||1|
|Naomi Campbell||Julia||Nelson and Winnie I + II,
Nine hearts in my chest
|Dave DeBusschere||Cliff's teammate # 2||Basketball never again||117||5|
|Bill Bradley (US Senator)||Cliff's # 1 teammate||Basketball never again||117||5|
|Nancy Lieberman||Opponent # 1||Basketball never again||117||5|
|Teresa Edwards||Opponent # 2||Basketball never again||117||5|
|Danny Kaye||Dr. Burns||Who's Afraid of the Dentist?||40||2|
|Dick Vitale||Dan Vicente||Excerpt from the promised house||193||8th|
|Jim Valvano||John Velarde||Excerpt from the promised house||193||8th|
|Leslie Uggams||Kris Temple||Rudy's first date||169||7th|
|Iman||Mrs. Montgomery||The joint in the school book||17th||1|
|Robin Givens||Susanne||Crush over both ears||29||2|
|Blair Underwood||mark||Crush over both ears||29||2|
|Tichina Arnold||Delores||An accidental kiss||119||5|
|Frank Robinson||Frank Potter||Living room cricket||173||7th|
|Amy Yasbeck||Alicia Evans||Everything under control||166||7th|
|John Knight||Ray Evans||Everything under control||166||7th|
|Melba Moore||Patricia Abbott||Pleasures of house music||89||4th|
|Erica Gimpel||Jennifer||A gifted craftsman||92||4th|
|Rita Moreno||Mrs. Granger||Acrobats in the nursery||67||3|
|Sônia Braga||Anna Maria Westlake||The nerd||45||3|
|Terry Farrell||Nicki Phillips||A very young friend||21st||1|
|Sinbad||Davis Sarrette||Little tricks when buying a car||64||3|
|Gilbert Gottfried||Mr. Babcock||Little tricks when buying a car||64||3|
|Carmen Finestra||Andy Witherspoon||Boring performance?||87||4th|
|Adam Sandler||Smitty||The dance with Tina?||85||4th|
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable
The five-time father and gynecologist is always the children's mediator when it comes to going out or a chronic lack of pocket money. However, Heathcliff, who is mostly just called Cliff and no longer believes to be the boss of the house, is said to be stubborn and telling nonsensical stories. He has a great weakness for useless electronic accessories, which, according to his wife Claire, he usually does not use more than once. He reached the age of 50 in the series, but by no means suffered the mid-life crisis, but met the children's problems with humor and understanding. A good education for his children is important to him. In his opinion, however, only one college could be considered as a university, Hillman College, which he also attended. Since his children see things differently more often, there are some conflicts. There are also those when it comes to pets, because Cliff is against all types of pets, except goldfish, because he sat on his canary Charlie as a boy. Furthermore, Cliff is known to see himself as a master in every discipline, be it in sports, in games or in his beloved occupation as a handyman. Although he has a professional tool belt, he can hardly ever fix anything without causing even greater damage.
The wife and mother is a partner in a law firm in New York. She is very committed, and formative for a new image of black women, which was not a matter of course in America at the time. Just like Cliff, she knows how to deal with problems skillfully without using force or making loud voice. In addition to English, she also has a perfect command of Spanish, but does not have a Spanish migration background. She speaks Portuguese with Theo's teacher. Like Heathcliff, she studied at Hillman and, quote from a professor, was an exceptional student there.
Sondra Huxtable-Tibideaux Eldest daughter, studies at Princeston College and always has excellent grades. After graduation, she wants to study law first and follow in her mother's footsteps. Her boyfriend is Elvin, with whom she initially has an on-off relationship and is unbearable every time she has just broken up with him. But over time the two get together, get married and, on their honeymoon, come up with the idea not to continue studying, but to open a wilderness shop. This plan is also void when Sondra becomes pregnant and ultimately has twins Nelson and Winnie. Later on, Sondra applies for a law degree.
The second oldest daughter. It has the problem that it is very volatile and quickly loses enthusiasm. Much to the delight of her father and grandfather, she goes to Hillman College, but unlike Sondra, she is anything but a picture-book student. She soon breaks off on the grounds that she cannot stand the pressure to perform. After that, she has several jobs that she quits very quickly if things don't go as she imagined. Finally, she goes to Africa with a photographer to photograph pygmies. There she met Martin, whom she married after a few weeks. Her parents, who hope that Denise has matured after her trip and wants to go back to college, are shocked, and not just because of the secret wedding. Martin is divorced and also has a child that Denise now has to look after. But she loses her volatility and becomes a committed mother and wife. After the desire awakens in her to become a teacher for children with learning difficulties, she even resumes her studies. But again nothing comes of it because she is going to Asia with Martin. In the last episode, we learn that she is pregnant.
Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable
Only son and third oldest child. He goes to school and is characterized by laziness at the beginning of the series: his grades are bad, his room a mess. He later strives to learn more and get good grades. While in college, he is found to have dyslexia . Now he has the opportunity to target his learning disabilities in a targeted manner, has mastered his studies, specializes in psychology and becomes a teacher. As the only male child in the family, he often loses out to his siblings. He has a good relationship with his older sister Denise, who is used as an advisor in some difficult situations. Theo's weakness is beautiful women. He has his longest relationship with Justine, with whom he even secretly moves in, but even during this time he cannot help looking after other women and flirting with them.
Second youngest daughter. She goes to school and, with a few minor exceptions, is a very conscientious and good student. In the first season she often drives her parents to despair with the inability to fall asleep. She's also a bit clumsy, which is particularly evident when she's nervous or lovesick. Rudy is often annoyed by her big sister, because she always has something to complain about. It particularly stands out because of its often highly sophisticated expression. Sometimes she hears from Father Cliff that she should express herself in such a way that he, too, can understand. In season 8, she secretly gets engaged to the head caretaker of her university, Dabness Brickey. However, she decides to break off the engagement because after a long struggle she admits that she is not yet ready for a marriage.
Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable
Youngest child, goes to school. She has a love-hate relationship with her older sister Vanessa. They quarrel at least as often as they support one another and are there for one another when one of the two has problems. Rudy occasionally suffers from being the youngest because she sees what her siblings are allowed to do, but she cannot. She later suffers from the fact that Olivia, the younger, is preferred. Rudy has a friend named Kenny whom she pretty much orders around at first and calls him Bud because she likes the name. She later has a friend named Stanley, who is one of Theo's students.
Denise's stepdaughter, d. H. Daughter of Denise's husband. Olivia is a gifted kid who loves to sing, dance, and wish to do things that adults do, such as sitting and dancing. B. to cook, read newspapers and specialist books. She is convinced that the stork brings the children and therefore does not understand what exactly Cliff does in his job.
Denise's husband, who works in the Navy, is rarely there. His daughter Olivia was the result of a marriage to his first wife Paula.
Russell and Anna Huxtable
Russell is Cliff's father and comes by every month to play binoculars - a card game in which he almost always defeats Cliff, mainly because he and his play partner Homer love to cheat. He used to be a musician under the nickname "Slyde". He is known to have tremendous patience. In the Second World War, for example, he allegedly aimed at an enemy camp until the war was over. It annoys Cliff that Russell always has some pocket money to spare for his grandchildren, whereas he was always very stingy with his son. Anna Huxtable is Cliff's mother.
Claire's niece, only wants to visit the Huxtables temporarily, but then moves in completely and after a while becomes part of the family. Her school grades are not particularly good, which, as she finds out through Theos help, is mainly due to her learning methods. She just gets better over time and, despite financial difficulties, is considering going to college. At first she has a boyfriend named Arthur who she breaks up with, mostly because he desperately wants to sleep with her. Later she meets the sensitive model student Aaron.
Friend and later husband of Sondra. At first a bit unpopular with Cliff and Claire due to his conservative attitude. He finds it strange when a woman goes to work or a man stands in the kitchen. However, it improves over time. Strange is his “not being able to be angry” quality, which is often a point of contention between him and Sondra. He goes to Princeton like her, then opens a wilderness shop with her and, impressed by the birth of his twins, begins studying medicine and later works as a doctor.
Theo's best friend, called "Cockroach" (cockroach, also called "Kakerlak" in the first German dubbing). He shares his love for basketball and beautiful women with him. They often learn together.
Charmaine Brown and Lance Rodman
Are a couple and at the same time Pam's two best friends. Charmaine is characterized by a very loud organ. She is often unhappy with Lance, especially when she sees how Aaron treats Pam. But she can be soothed by a sweet remark from Lance. At the end it is announced that both will study at Hillman.
Al and Carrie Hanks
Parents of Claire. Al often stops by to beat the ambitious Cliff at chess.
Neighbor child of the Huxtables and a good friend of Rudy. He's a bit chubby and extremely shy. He doesn't speak to anyone except Rudy himself. As soon as he becomes unsure or causes trouble at the Huxtables, he hastily leaves the house.
Rudy's best friend. For his age he has very misogynistic views which, as he proudly proclaims, he has learned from his older brother. With Rudy, however, he is like bad luck and brimstone. Because of his frequent visits, he is almost part of the Huxtables family. He becomes very jealous when Rudy meets Stanley.
Rudy's first friend. He is in the first class that Theo looks after and is characterized by reluctance and sloppy notebooks. Theo first thinks Stanley has dyslexia, but eventually finds out that he never learned to read properly.
Is briefly the fiancé of Vanessa Huxtable and caretaker at the college she is attending. Cliff is not particularly enthusiastic about him at first, but also makes it clear to him that this is not due to him personally, but to the way in which he was introduced to the family by his daughter Vanessa. The betrothal entered into secret and presented the family with a fait accompli. But Dabnes quickly wins the affection and respect of Cliff, as he is, unlike him, a very talented and skilled craftsman. However, Vanessa breaks the engagement after a while, but both remain friends.
Vanessa's first friend. The two of them learn together, which turns out to be a bad idea because the two only have eyes for each other and not for their books. After the relationship ends, Robert tries desperately to find a new girlfriend, which he fails because he sees his future wife in every girl. In addition, he talks far too swollen for his age and thinks too much about the cosmos, fate and the zodiac signs.
The Bill Cosby Show is still considered to be one of the most commercially successful and longest-produced Afro-American sitcoms after All Under One Roof , which came to 215 episodes in nine seasons, and The Jeffersons (249 episodes in eleven seasons). The series, its actors and the crew have been nominated for over 80 awards over the course of eight years of production, 29 of them for the Emmy alone .
- Best Comedy Series (1985)
- Best Screenplay for a Comedy Series - Michael J. Leeson and ED Weinberger (1984)
Golden Globe Award
- Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy (1985)
- Best Television Actor - Musical or Comedy - Bill Cosby (1985, 1986)
- Bill Cosby and the sitcom inspired the producers of A Terribly Kind Family to create the original working title, Not the Cosbys .
- The family originally consisted of only four children, the fifth child only came to visit in the tenth episode of the first season. One of the young actresses who auditioned for the later added role of eldest daughter Sondra was Whitney Houston .
- The role of Rudy was originally created as a boy, but went to Keshia Knight Pulliam after ongoing casting problems .
- Keshia Knight Pulliam was the youngest actress to date to be nominated for an Emmy in 1986 at the age of six .
- Cosby's name was not "Heathcliff" in the first episode, but "Clifford" (as can be seen on the practice sign; was kept that way throughout the season).
- In Italy the series ran under the title I Robinson .
- For the first episode of the seventh season - The 48-Hour Wonder (Same Time Next Year) - a plot was filmed in which Olivia comes into Heathcliff's bedroom wearing a Bart Simpson mask and says "Now cut that out! "(Eng .:" Take it off! ") Is sent out by this again. This was a swipe at the decision of the competing broadcaster FOX to broadcast the episodes of The Simpsons from the second season on Thursdays at the same time as The Bill Cosby Show . The accompanying decline in viewers led to the discontinuation of the series two years later.
- The initials SD Jr. can be seen on the badge that Bill Cosby wears in all episodes of the seventh season . With this he commemorates his friend Sammy Davis, Jr. , who died in 1990 and who had one of his last appearances on American television in a guest role in an episode of the fifth season of the Cosby Show.
- The Cosby Show - Season 1 (4 DVDs) - 2007
- The Cosby Show - Season 2 (4 DVDs) - 2007
- The Cosby Show - Season 3 (4 DVDs) - 2008
- The Cosby Show - Season 4 (4 DVDs) - 2008
- The Cosby Show - Season 5 (4 DVDs) - 2008
- The Cosby Show - Season 6 (4 DVDs) - 2008
- The Cosby Show - Season 7 (4 DVDs) - 2009
- The Cosby Show - Season 8 (4 DVDs) - 2009
- The Cosby Show - The Complete Box (32 DVDs) - 2009
- The Cosby Show in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- German first broadcast dates ( memento from April 18, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
- The Cosby Show: Same Time Next Year . tv.com
- John J. O'Connor: Waging a Ratings War: 'Cosby' vs. 'Simpsons' . In: The New York Times , November 27, 1990
- John J. O'Connor: Last 'Cosby' Episode Brings the Huxtables A Happy Ending . In: The New York Times , April 30, 1992