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The Cosby Show

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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.The Cosby Show featuring Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashād has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Prime Video, and available for purchase on Prime Video. It's a comedy and family show with 201 episodes over 8 seasons. The Cosby Show is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.4 (28,685 votes).

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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 Pilot

S01 E01

Sep 21, 1984
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Pilot Sep 21, 1984 Clair is furious when Theo brings home a report card with 4 D's. He tells Cliff that he has no intention of going to college, as he feels that he is destined to be a ""regular person."" Cliff uses Monopoly money to teach him about the economic realities that many blue-collar workers must face. He assures Theo that he only wants him to try his best. Cliff is alarmed to meet Denise's latest beau, a former merchant marine who once spent time in a Turkish prison.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Mr. Fish  (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr. Fish)

S01 E02

Sep 28, 1984
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Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr. Fish) Sep 28, 1984 When Rudy's pet fish, Lamont, dies, Cliff tries to bring the family together for a funeral in the bathroom. The festivities end when Rudy gets bored and leaves to watch TV.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Bad Dreams

S01 E03

Oct 5, 1984
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Bad Dreams Oct 5, 1984 Vanessa claims that she is old enough to watch a scary movie, but Cliff still forbids it. Vanessa sneaks out anyway, but ends up having nightmares as a result.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Is That My Boy?

S01 E04

Oct 12, 1984
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Is That My Boy? Oct 12, 1984 Freshman Theo tries out for the football team and makes it. Cliff is overjoyed, but his pride falters when he discovers his son will never be a star. Theo, however, is just happy being on the team.

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Season 01, Episode 05 A Shirt Story

S01 E05

Oct 19, 1984
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A Shirt Story Oct 19, 1984 Theo wants to impress a girl by wearing an expensive shirt by designer Gordon Gartrelle. Since Cliff and Clair will not pay for it, Denise offers to make a copy of the shirt for him. Guest appearance by Kadeem Hardison, who years later would portray Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Breaking With Tradition

S01 E06

Oct 26, 1984
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Breaking With Tradition Oct 26, 1984 Cliff's father, Russell, pays a visit and begins questioning Cliff about the kids' college choices. He asks Denise about Hillman, his and Cliff's alma mater. Denise is dead-set against it at first, until Russell tells her that the males outnumber the females there. First appearance of Earle Hyman as Russell Huxtable, Cliff's father.

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Season 01, Episode 07 One More Time

S01 E07

Nov 2, 1984
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One More Time Nov 2, 1984 While Clair cares for a friend's baby, she begins to consider having another. Cliff desperately tries to talk her out of it, claiming that babies are "false advertising." Clair's mother, Carrie, then reminds her that the older you are when you have kids, the older you'll be if they end up having to come back and live at home. First appearance of Ethel Ayler as Carrie Hanks, Clair's mother.

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 First Day of School

S02 E01

Sep 27, 1985
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First Day of School Sep 27, 1985 Cliff and Clair are overjoyed with the arrivial of the new school year, as their children are finally out of the house.

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Season 02, Episode 02 The Juicer

S02 E02

Oct 4, 1985
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The Juicer Oct 4, 1985 Cliff, who has a fetish for electronic appliances, buys a juicer. Rudy and Peter, bored from Vanessa's inattentive baby-sitting, decide to use it even they are not allowed to use appliances. David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Lucas. Peter Costa as Peter.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Happy Anniversary

S02 E03

Oct 11, 1985
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Happy Anniversary Oct 11, 1985 For Russell and Anna's 49th wedding anniversary, the family commissions a portrait of the couple as newlyweds, and offers them a cruise to Europe. Later in the evening, the whole family performs Ray Charles' "Night Time Is the Right Time", with Theo, Rudy and Cliff each lip-synching a solo. Earle Hyman as Russell. Clarice Taylor as Anna.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Cliff in Love

S02 E04

Oct 18, 1985
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Cliff in Love Oct 18, 1985 Sondra breaks up with her boyfriend Elvin and is depressed, taking it out on the family. Cliff and Clair aren't exactly unhappy; they find Elvin rather annoying. Later, he appears at the house with flowers and tries to apologize. While there, he offers some of his sexist rhetoric to Clair, who quickly becomes annoyed.First appearance of Geoffrey Owens as Elvin. Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl (Phillips joins the cast in Season 6 as Denise's new husband, Navy Lt. Martin Kendall)

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Season 02, Episode 05 Theo and the Older Woman

S02 E05

Oct 25, 1985
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Theo and the Older Woman Oct 25, 1985 When friend Suzanne accompanies Denise to observe the Huxtables' normal behavior, a smitten Theo behaves far from normally. Robin Givens as Suzanne. Blair Underwood as Mark.

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Season 02, Episode 06 Halloween

S02 E06

Nov 1, 1985
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Halloween Nov 1, 1985 Vanessa has a crush on a one Robert Forman, who comes to her Halloween party. Daydreaming about her love, she drops an entire tray of glasses and embarrasses herself in front of the guests. Pam Potillo as Janet. Dondre Whitfield as Robert. Akili Prince as Scott. (Years later, Prince would originate the role of Terrence Frye on All My Children. Upon leaving that series, he was replaced by Whitfield.)

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Season 02, Episode 07 Rudy Suits Up

S02 E07

Nov 8, 1985
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Rudy Suits Up Nov 8, 1985 Rudy plays football and becomes a star, much to the chagrin of Clair, who worries she'll get hurt. But reluctance turns to excitement when Rudy is the star of her first game. Ethel Ayler as Carrie Hanks. Peter Costa as Peter.

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Season 3

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Season 03, Episode 01 Bring 'em Back Alive

S03 E01

Sep 26, 1986
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Bring 'em Back Alive Sep 26, 1986 The Huxtable house is thrown into chaos after Rudy finds a snake in the basement. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Peter Costa as Peter.

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Season 03, Episode 02 Food for Thought

S03 E02

Oct 3, 1986
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Food for Thought Oct 3, 1986 Clair challenges Cliff to not eat any salty food for the day. Denise leaves for her freshman year at Hillman College.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Golden Anniversary

S03 E03

Oct 10, 1986
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Golden Anniversary Oct 10, 1986 Russell and Anna's 50th wedding anniversary. The family performs James Brown's "I Got the Feelin' " in this sequel to Season 2's "Happy Anniversary".Earle Hyman as Russell. Clarice Taylor as Anna. Geoffrey Owens as Elvin. Appearance by Frank Foster and the Count Basie Orchestra.First mention of Rudy's desire to have a husband named "Bud" when she grows up.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Man Talk

S03 E04

Oct 17, 1986
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Man Talk Oct 17, 1986 Although he has a steady girlfriend, Theo wants to start dating someone else. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Mother, May I?

S03 E05

Oct 24, 1986
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Mother, May I? Oct 24, 1986 After Clair specifically forbids her from wearing make-up, Vanessa, behind her mothers back does it anyways.

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Season 03, Episode 06 The March

S03 E06

Oct 31, 1986
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The March Oct 31, 1986 Theo writes a report on the March on Washington. But gets a poor grade and is asked to redo his project. Much to his surprise he learns more about the march from his family than he did from books. Meanwhile Vanessa is worried about asking a boy to the turn-around dance. Earle Hyman as Russell. Clarice Taylor as Anna. Joe Williams as Al Hanks. Ethel Ayler as Carrie Hanks.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Theo's Flight

S03 E07

Nov 7, 1986
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Theo's Flight Nov 7, 1986 Theo and Cockroach decide they want to learn to fly, but Cliff doesn't want to waste his money on another dream of his son's. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. First appearance of Deon Richmond as Kenny, a.k.a. "Bud".

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Season 4

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Season 04, Episode 01 Call of the Wild

S04 E01

Sep 25, 1987
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Call of the Wild Sep 25, 1987 The newlywed Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon with shocking news for Cliff and Clair: they want to abandon their dreams of being a lawyer and doctor and open an outdoorsman's "wilderness store." Geoffrey Owens (Elvin) becoms a regular cast member.

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Season 04, Episode 02 Theogate

S04 E02

Oct 2, 1987
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Theogate Oct 2, 1987 Theo and Cockroach come home unusually late from a track meet, and the Huxtables got a phone message earlier from the track coach. They both deny anything out of the ordinary happened, but attorney Clair knows better. A mock trial is held for Theo and Cockroach at the Huxtables' for Clair to get to the bottom of the situation. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach.Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam appear on the episode of A Different World which airs later that evening.

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Season 04, Episode 03 It's Not Easy Being Green

S04 E03

Oct 9, 1987
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It's Not Easy Being Green Oct 9, 1987 Rudy wants to wear summer clothes in winter to a party, while Cliff tries to get rid of an old water heater.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Cliff's Mistake

S04 E04

Oct 16, 1987
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Cliff's Mistake Oct 16, 1987 While setting up the house as a "haunted house" for Halloween, Cliff discover's he's lost a power drill that his neighbor loaned to him. First appearance of Wallace Shawn as Jeffrey Ingalls.

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Season 04, Episode 05 Shakespeare

S04 E05

Oct 23, 1987
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Shakespeare Oct 23, 1987 Christopher Plummer and Roscoe Lee Browne appear. Theo must read Julius Caesar for school, but complains that it is boring. Russel and his friends read scenes from the play aloud, and Theo is enthralled. Later, the men read from a different work of literature-a story Rudy wrote!

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Season 04, Episode 06 That's Not What I Said

S04 E06

Oct 30, 1987
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That's Not What I Said Oct 30, 1987 Cliff and Clair have a marital argument after Theo gets detained by police for riding in a car with an unlicensed driver.

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Season 04, Episode 07 Autumn Gifts

S04 E07

Nov 6, 1987
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Autumn Gifts Nov 6, 1987 Rudy goes to an older widowed lady's house each afternoon to have tea and play cards, but notices that she refuses to take her daily medication for diabetes. She tells Cliff, who devises a plan to try to convince her that she needs the meds to live. Eileen Heckart appearance.Keshia Knight Pulliam appears on the episode of A Different World which airs later that evening.

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Season 5

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Season 05, Episode 01 Together Again and Again

S05 E01

Oct 7, 1988
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Together Again and Again Oct 7, 1988 As Theo begins his freshman year at New York University, Denise announces that she is dropping out of Hillman College. Sondra is revealed to be pregnant.First mention of Cliff's theory that the children keep returning home because "they want the house."

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Season 05, Episode 02 The Physical

S05 E02

Oct 14, 1988
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The Physical Oct 14, 1988 Cliff prepares for a physical. John Amos as Dr. Bradley Herbert, Jr.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Rudy's All-Nighter

S05 E03

Oct 21, 1988
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Rudy's All-Nighter Oct 21, 1988 Rudy's friend sleeps over.

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Season 05, Episode 04 Move It  (a.k.a. The Baby Game)

S05 E04

Oct 28, 1988
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Move It (a.k.a. The Baby Game) Oct 28, 1988 Everyone wants pregnant Sondra and Elvin to find a new house. Elvin's surname, Tibideaux, is revealed.

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Season 05, Episode 05 Out of Brooklyn

S05 E05

Nov 4, 1988
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Out of Brooklyn Nov 4, 1988 Denise leaves Brooklyn for a job in Africa (Lisa Bonet's last appearance of Season 5).

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Season 05, Episode 06 The Birth (1)

S05 E06

Nov 11, 1988
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The Birth (1) Nov 11, 1988 Sondra goes into labor, and Elvin is a nervous wreck.Deon Richmond as Kenny. Michelle Thomas as Justine. First appearances of Reno Wilson as Howard, and Elizabeth Narvaez as Kara. Guest appearance by Naomi Campbell.

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Season 05, Episode 07 The Birth (2)

S05 E07

Nov 11, 1988
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The Birth (2) Nov 11, 1988 Sondra gives birth to twins—a boy and a girl—who are named after Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie. Elvin decides to return to medical school.

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Season 6

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Season 06, Episode 01 Denise: The Saga Continues

S06 E01

Sep 22, 1989
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Denise: The Saga Continues Sep 22, 1989 Denise returns from Africa, with a new husband and stepdaughter in tow. Joseph C. Phillips and Raven-Symoné join the cast as Martin and Olivia Kendall. Last appearance of Peter Costa as Peter.

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Season 06, Episode 02 Surf's Up

S06 E02

Sep 29, 1989
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Surf's Up Sep 29, 1989 After recreating one of Cliff's stories, Theo and his roommates are kicked out of their apartment. First appearance of Keith Diamond as Danny. Guest appearance by Anthony Quinn.

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Season 06, Episode 03 I'm 'In' With the 'In' Crowd

S06 E03

Oct 6, 1989
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I'm 'In' With the 'In' Crowd Oct 6, 1989 Vanessa and her friends get drunk playing a drinking game. Pam Potillo as Janet. Elizabeth Narvaez as Kara.Guest appearance by Bill Cosby's real-life daughter Ensa Cosby, upon whom the character Vanessa is loosely based.

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Season 06, Episode 04 Denise Kendall:  Navy Wife

S06 E04

Oct 13, 1989
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Denise Kendall: Navy Wife Oct 13, 1989 Denise forgets to respond to a letter from the Navy and confirm that she and Martin want housing on the naval base in Rhode Island.

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Season 06, Episode 05 Theo's Gift

S06 E05

Oct 20, 1989
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Theo's Gift Oct 20, 1989 Theo is diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability which contributed to the academic problems he has had over the years. Michelle Thomas as Justine.

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Season 06, Episode 06 Denise Kendall:  Babysitter

S06 E06

Oct 27, 1989
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Denise Kendall: Babysitter Oct 27, 1989 Denise and Olivia babysit Winnie and Nelson (Sondra and Elvin's twins).

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Season 06, Episode 07 Shall We Dance?

S06 E07

Nov 3, 1989
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Shall We Dance? Nov 3, 1989 Rudy and one of her classmates have a crush on each other, but peer pressure could ruin things. Guest appearance by Elaine Stritch.

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Season 7

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Season 07, Episode 01 Same Time Next Year

S07 E01

Sep 21, 1990
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Same Time Next Year Sep 21, 1990 Denise takes classes locally at Medgar Evers College, while Vanessa enrolls at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Rudy starts sixth grade. Olivia starts preschool.In a scene prior to the opening credits, Olivia enters Cliff's bedroom wearing a Bart Simpson mask. It is a nod to FOX's decision to move The Simpsons to Thursdays at 8:00 pm Eastern/Pacific, presenting The Cosby Show with its first true ratings challenge.

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Season 07, Episode 02 Bird in the Hand

S07 E02

Sep 28, 1990
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Bird in the Hand Sep 28, 1990 Cliff tries to win a classic jazz record at an auction, while filling in for Denise as volunteer parent at Olivia's preschool. Sullivan Walker as Dr. James Harmon.

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Season 07, Episode 03 The Last Barbecue

S07 E03

Oct 5, 1990
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The Last Barbecue Oct 5, 1990 The Huxtable family erupts in a battle of the sexes after Theo suggests having a stripper at Martin's post-wedding bachelor party.

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Season 07, Episode 04 Period of Adjustment

S07 E04

Oct 12, 1990
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Period of Adjustment Oct 12, 1990 Clair's teenage second cousin moves in with the family. Erika Alexander joins the cast as Pam. First appearances of Karen Malina White as Charmaine, Allen Payne as Lance, and Mushond Lee as Slide.

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Season 07, Episode 05 It's All in the Game

S07 E05

Oct 19, 1990
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It's All in the Game Oct 19, 1990 After Vanessa gets into a minor car accident and tries to cover it up, Cliff and Clair complain about the various small disasters the children have caused them, and the children fight back by complaining about ways Cliff and Clair have embarrassed them.

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Season 07, Episode 06 Getting the Story

S07 E06

Oct 26, 1990
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Getting the Story Oct 26, 1990 Rudy and Kenny do a video project.

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Season 07, Episode 07 Just Thinking About It  (1)

S07 E07

Nov 2, 1990
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Just Thinking About It (1) Nov 2, 1990 Under pressure from her boyfriend to become sexually active, Pam considers using birth control. Karen Malina White as Charmaine. Allen Payne as Lance. Mushond Lee as Slide.

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Season 8

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Season 08, Episode 01 With This Ring?

S08 E01

Sep 20, 1991
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With This Ring? Sep 20, 1991 18 year old Vanessa reveals that she is engaged to a 29 year old Head Caretaker of her University ... and has been for six months. First appearance of William Thomas, Jr. as Dabnis Brickey.

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Season 08, Episode 02 There's No Place Like This Home

S08 E02

Sep 27, 1991
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There's No Place Like This Home Sep 27, 1991 Cliff announces plans to add a new room to the house for Clair ... and only Clair. Sondra and Elvin are on the verge of purchasing their first house.

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Season 08, Episode 03 Particles in Motion

S08 E03

Oct 4, 1991
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Particles in Motion Oct 4, 1991 During his first parent-counselor meeting, Theo and a single mother discover mutual attraction. Rudy meets Stanley and the two are immediately smitten with each other, much to the chagrin of a jealous Kenny.

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Season 08, Episode 04 Pam Applies to College

S08 E04

Oct 11, 1991
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Pam Applies to College Oct 11, 1991 Pam begins to realize that, because of her below average grades earlier in high school, she will not be able to attend the same college as her best friend.

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Season 08, Episode 05 Warning:  A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown

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Oct 18, 1991
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Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown Oct 18, 1991 Anxious to see a famous rapper, Rudy and her friends lie to their parents in order to get into a club for 16 year olds and up. Cliff and Clair secretly send Pam, Lance and Charmaine to keep an eye on them.

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Season 08, Episode 06 It's Apparent to Everyone

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Oct 25, 1991
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It's Apparent to Everyone Oct 25, 1991 Winnie and Nelson drive Cliff and Clair crazy around the house while Elvin and Sondra wait to move into their new house.

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Season 08, Episode 07 The Iceman Bricketh

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Nov 1, 1991
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The Iceman Bricketh Nov 1, 1991 Vanessa's grandparents Russell Huxtable and Carrie Hanks are desperate to meet her fiancé Dabnis, who bonds with Cliff over a plumbing job.

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