History Series / TheCosbyShow

26th Aug '16 8:47:19 PM dsneybuf
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** Another example of this involves Cliff's old Navy pal, Scott Kelly in the Season 3 episode, "Bald and Beautiful." The role was played by Robert Culp, Cosby's longtime friend and former co-star in ''ISpy''. In addition, in another Season 3 episode, "You Only Hurt the One You Love", the story partially revolved around Mrs. Granger, one of Cliff's co-workers at the hospital where he works. The role was played by Rita Moreno, whom co-starred with Cosby in ''TheElectricCompany''.

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** Another example of this involves Cliff's old Navy pal, Scott Kelly in the Season 3 episode, "Bald and Beautiful." The role was played by Robert Culp, Cosby's longtime friend and former co-star in ''ISpy''. In addition, in another Season 3 episode, "You Only Hurt the One You Love", the story partially revolved around Mrs. Granger, one of Cliff's co-workers at the hospital where he works. The role was played by Rita Moreno, whom co-starred with Cosby in ''TheElectricCompany''.''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.
16th Aug '16 9:24:29 AM GunarmDyne
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* AcquiredSituationalNarcissim: Theo gets his 15 minutes of fame after accidentally fishing up the dead body of a gangster and lets it go to his head. Vanessa quickly calls him out on the fact that he didn't actually do anything other than get lucky.

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* AcquiredSituationalNarcissim: AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Theo gets his 15 minutes of fame after accidentally fishing up the dead body of a gangster and lets it go to his head. Vanessa quickly calls him out on the fact that he didn't actually do anything other than get lucky.
16th Aug '16 9:23:14 AM GunarmDyne
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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Both of the AllJustADream episodes in Season 6 are the result of Cliff eating something he shouldn't right before bed, to the point that Clair warns him about it in the second example

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* AcidRefluxNightmare: Both of the AllJustADream episodes in Season 6 are the result of Cliff eating something he shouldn't right before bed, to the point that Clair warns him about it in the second exampleexample.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissim: Theo gets his 15 minutes of fame after accidentally fishing up the dead body of a gangster and lets it go to his head. Vanessa quickly calls him out on the fact that he didn't actually do anything other than get lucky.
16th Aug '16 9:12:36 AM GunarmDyne
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* DomCom

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* DomComDomCom: It was the #1 Sitcom for 5 years running.



* FreudianExcuse: Discussed. Cliff's kids believe the reason he won't allow pets in the house is because he once accidentally sat on his pet finch, Charlie, as a kid. Cliff's given reason is the kids have proven time and time again they aren't responsible enough to take care of pets and he wants to protect the pets from them.



* GenreSavvy: Played for laughs when Vanessa begins noticing similarities between current affairs and old movies she's been watching- even though there's no real connection.

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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Played for laughs when Vanessa begins noticing similarities between current affairs and old movies she's been watching- even though there's no real connection.connection.
** One of Rudy's friends immediately recognizes that Cliff had bought a new hamster to replace the one that died while in Rudy's care because the same thing had happened four times previously with other sitters.
27th Jun '16 8:30:16 AM GunarmDyne
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* LoopholeAbuse: When Clair is filming a TV show, she requests the janitor keep an eye on Cliff to keep him from eating the donuts in the dressing room. However, there are more pastries than just donuts on the plate so both men dig in with the realization, "That is not a donut!"
25th Jun '16 3:09:32 PM MrItty
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** Subverted when Clair and Cliff make it very clear to her that she is not rich
--> '''Cliff''': "Your mother and I are rich. ''You'' have ''nothing''!"
24th Jun '16 5:43:05 PM nombretomado
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** Lampshaded in a parody of the show in an episode of ''TinyToonAdventures''.

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** Lampshaded in a parody of the show in an episode of ''TinyToonAdventures''.''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
1st Apr '16 7:42:48 AM GunarmDyne
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* AngerBornOfWorry: Clair infamous rant at Vanessa "Off To See The Wretched" was largely about how because of her lies, Clair assumed she was dying in a fire.
--> '''Clair''': You bring yourself into this house right now! And, if you think that 30-minute ride home was something, believe me, honey, we've only just begun! Here we think you're lying in the floor of some burning building dying of asphyxia and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?

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* AngerBornOfWorry: Clair Clair's infamous rant at Vanessa "Off To See The Wretched" was largely about how because of her lies, Clair assumed she was dying in a fire.
--> '''Clair''': You bring yourself into this house right now! And, if you think that 30-minute ride home was something, believe me, honey, we've only just begun! Here we think you're lying in the floor of some burning building dying of asphyxia and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! ''big fun''! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?



--> '''Clair''': SHUT UP! Don't you DARE open your mouth when I'm asking you a question!

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--> '''Clair''': SHUT UP! ''[[BigShutUp Shut up]]''! Don't you DARE ''dare'' open your mouth when I'm asking you a question!



--> '''Denny''': "She called me a 'Miserable, conniving cretin.' Then she turned to the desk sergeant and said, 'Have him arrested for impersonating a man!'"

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--> '''Denny''': "She She called me a 'Miserable, conniving cretin.' Then she turned to the desk sergeant and said, 'Have him arrested for impersonating a man!'"man!'



** In one early episode, Elvin says he never gets angry, but there are two instances in the show when he finally does. The first is during Cliff's dream where the men get pregnant and Elvin ends up shouting at Martin repeatedly to "Shut up!" and even smacks him. The second is when Cliff goes a little too far with the teasing about not co-signing Elvin's home loan and he delivers an epic, ''"SIGN IT!"''
* BigApplesauce

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** In one early episode, Elvin says he never gets angry, but there are two instances in the show when he finally does. The first is during Cliff's dream where the men get pregnant and Elvin ends up shouting at Martin repeatedly to "Shut up!" and even smacks him. The second is when Cliff goes a little too far with the teasing about not co-signing Elvin's home loan and he delivers an epic, ''"SIGN IT!"''
"''Sign it''!"
* BigApplesauceBigApplesauce: The vast majority of the series takes place in New York and the majority of that time is at the Huxtable's home in Brooklyn Heights.



* BigNo: Vanessa, after she learns she has a pimple that she can't easily cover up with a headband.
-->'''Cliff''': "What is she trying to do, outrun it?"

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* BigNo: BigNo:
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Vanessa, after she learns she has a pimple that she can't easily cover up with a headband.
-->'''Cliff''': "What --->'''Cliff''': What is she trying to do, outrun it?"it?



--> '''Cliff''': "Well, I'm pretty sure you've learned your lesson."
--> '''Theo''': "Oh, I've learned it, Dad! Whatever it is, I've learned it!"

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--> '''Cliff''': "Well, Well, I'm pretty sure you've learned your lesson."
lesson.
--> '''Theo''': "Oh, Oh, I've learned it, Dad! Whatever it is, I've learned it!"it!



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Theo's best friend Walter "Cockroach" Bradley appeared frequently during the first half of the series, was very close to the family, and even started to get some individual development ("An Early Spring"), then abruptly stopped appearing without explanation. The episode after his final appearance is even focused on Theo and Cockroach's gang of friends' locker room antics, which Cockroach would normally have been present for. Word still has it that his actor, Carl Anthony Payne II, refused to cut his hair as per Bill Cosby's wishes (the kids all changed hairstyles regularly throughout the series) and was eventually fired or left the show as a result. Sad stuff. And the haircut in question, that was apparently worth leaving the cast of what was currently the most beloved show on television? [[http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/423621/Cosby_Shakespeare_1.png Snip.]]

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Theo's best friend Walter "Cockroach" Bradley appeared frequently during the first half of the series, was very close to the family, and even started to get some individual development ("An Early Spring"), then abruptly stopped appearing without explanation. The episode after his final appearance is even focused on Theo and Cockroach's gang of friends' locker room antics, which Cockroach would normally have been present for. Word still has it that his actor, Carl Anthony Payne II, refused to cut his hair as per Bill Cosby's wishes (the kids all changed hairstyles regularly throughout the series) and was eventually fired or left the show as a result. Sad stuff. And the haircut in question, that was apparently worth leaving the cast of what was currently the most beloved show on television? [[http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/423621/Cosby_Shakespeare_1.png Snip.]]



* ContinuityNod: For example, in one seventh-season episode, Vanessa refers to her father's scaring a boyfriend off with an object lesson involving apples; and in another, Rudy mentions Theo's object lesson with Monopoly money from the pilot.

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* ContinuityNod: For example, in ContinuityNod:
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one seventh-season episode, Vanessa refers to her father's scaring a boyfriend off with an object lesson involving apples; and in another, Rudy mentions Theo's object lesson with Monopoly money from the pilot.



-->'''Clair:''' "''I remember a boy who still trick or treating when he was fifteen. All the other kids were half your size, you'd get to the door, reach right over them and put your bag up front. And the day after Halloween had THE NERVE to go around the neighborhood, knocking on each door begging "What have you got left?"''
-->'''Cliff:''' "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny And that's when your parents gave me you.]]''"

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-->'''Clair:''' "''I I remember a boy who still trick or treating when he was fifteen. All the other kids were half your size, you'd get to the door, reach right over them and put your bag up front. And the day after Halloween had THE NERVE to go around the neighborhood, knocking on each door begging "What have you got left?"''
left?
-->'''Cliff:''' "''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And that's when your parents gave me you.]]''"]]



--> "ME? A HAM?! I cannot BELIEVE it! I'm so distraught, I MUST have a cappuccino!"

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--> "ME? "''Me''? A HAM?! ''ham''?! I cannot BELIEVE ''believe'' it! I'm so distraught, I MUST ''must'' have a cappuccino!"
1st Apr '16 7:08:58 AM GunarmDyne
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--> "ME? A HAM?! I cannot BELIEVE it! I'm so distraught, I MUST have a cappucino!"
* LethalChef: Averted. Cliff is a very good cook, but it's his ingredient choices that often scare people away.

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--> "ME? A HAM?! I cannot BELIEVE it! I'm so distraught, I MUST have a cappucino!"
cappuccino!"
* LethalChef: Averted. Cliff is LethalChef:
** Averted with Cliff. He's
a very good cook, but it's his ingredient choices that often scare people away.



* LoveMakesYouStupid: A lot of the incidents where Vanessa gets in trouble are due to her being boy crazy. It begins in season 2 and never really stops.

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* LoveMakesYouStupid: LoveMakesYouStupid:
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A lot of the incidents where Vanessa gets in trouble are due to her being boy crazy. It begins in season 2 and never really stops.



* NeverMyFault: Cliff. When he asks Elvin what his kids say about him, one of the responses is that he never admits his own mistakes. Clair is even worse than Cliff, mainly because she gets away with it.

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* NeverMyFault: NeverMyFault:
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Cliff. When he asks Elvin what his kids say about him, one of the responses is that he never admits his own mistakes. Clair is even worse than Cliff, mainly because she gets away with it.



* NoodleIncident: Played straight in Clair constantly reminding Cliff of his escapades as a teenager, most especially with Eunice Chantille.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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Played straight in Clair constantly reminding Cliff of his escapades as a teenager, most especially with Eunice Chantille.



* ShoutOut: The name of Vanessa's fiance in Season 8 is Dabnis, which is "Sinbad" backwards. Quite possibly named after the comedian of the same name and one of Bill Cosby's good friends. Sinbad himself was a guest star as a car salesman in an earlier season and later became one of the stars of the SpinOff series ''Series/ADifferentWorld''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The name of Vanessa's fiance in Season 8 is Dabnis, which is "Sinbad" backwards. Quite possibly named after the comedian of the same name and one of Bill Cosby's good friends. Sinbad himself was a guest star as a car salesman in an earlier season and later became one of the stars of the SpinOff series ''Series/ADifferentWorld''.



* TheSilentBob: Peter Chiara, Rudy's friend from across the street. He has more lines in the episode "A Girl and her Dog" than all of his other episodes combined.
** His younger brother Paul, who only appears twice, is the exact opposite.

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* TheSilentBob: Peter Chiara, Rudy's friend from across the street. He has more lines in the episode "A Girl and her Dog" than all of his other episodes combined.
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combined. His younger brother Paul, who only appears twice, is the [[MotorMouth exact opposite.opposite]].



* SmallNameBigEgo: Cliff honestly believes that he is ''the'' most distinguished graduate to ever come out of Hillman College.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: SmallNameBigEgo:
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Cliff honestly believes that he is ''the'' most distinguished graduate to ever come out of Hillman College.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: He's never named, but Denise's friend in the ''Jitterbug Break'' episode shows off some CrazyAwesome dance moves.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: SpotlightStealingSquad:
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He's never named, but Denise's friend in the ''Jitterbug Break'' episode shows off some CrazyAwesome dance moves.
1st Apr '16 7:04:13 AM GunarmDyne
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* ToiletHumor: Used only once when Cliff predicts how a little could would react to seeing the batter for Denise's "health" food.

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* ToiletHumor: Used only once when Cliff predicts how a little could kid would react to seeing the batter for Denise's "health" food.
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