History Trivia / TheCosbyShow

20th Aug '17 9:42:08 AM glickmam
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** Initially, the show was originally pitched to Creator/{{ABC}}, since executive producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner had previously worked there as programmers. ABC, however, turned the show down for three reasons: they felt that a wealthy African-American sitcom to be unrealistic, not many sitcoms at the time featured stand up comedians in the lead role, and finally, the sitcom in general was considered a dying genre at the time. NBC, on the other hand, picked the show up right off the bat and scored a major windfall in the process.

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** Initially, the show was originally pitched to Creator/{{ABC}}, since executive producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner had previously worked there as programmers. ABC, however, turned the show down for three reasons: they felt that a wealthy African-American sitcom to be unrealistic, not many sitcoms at the time featured stand up comedians in the lead role, and finally, the sitcom in general was considered a dying genre at the time. NBC, on the other hand, picked the show up right off the bat and scored a major windfall in the process. Alternatively, however, some accounts claim that Bill Cosby actually devised the show for NBC right off the bat at the request of then NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff, who had happened to tune in to an episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' guest-hosted by Cosby and was immediately struck with awe over Cosby's opening monologue, which centered around observations of his family life.
26th Jun '17 7:29:59 AM GunarmDyne
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** TVOne is now airing the first three seasons.

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** TVOne [=TVOne=] is now airing the first three seasons.
20th Jun '17 7:16:40 PM KoopaKid17
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** [[PlayingGertrude Completely inverted]] in the case of Clair. Phyllicia Rashad (nee Ayers-Allen) was 36 during the first season while Bill Cosby was 47. Cliff and Clair were supposedly only about four years apart at most.

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** [[PlayingGertrude Completely inverted]] Inverted]] in the case of Clair. Phyllicia Rashad (nee Ayers-Allen) was 36 during the first season while Bill Cosby was 47. Cliff and Clair were supposedly only about four years apart at most.
20th Jun '17 7:12:59 PM KoopaKid17
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*** [[Series/FamilyMatters Jaleel White]] was reportedly confirmed to play the youngest child before Cosby settled on the character being a girl.
6th Jun '17 9:21:53 AM palmer7
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** TVOne is now airing the first three seasons.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''The Cosby Show'' was, for a brief period of time, completely pulled from syndication due to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. However, this has only been brief; reruns can now be regularly seen on the Bounce channel as of April 2017.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''The Cosby Show'' was, for a brief period of time, completely pulled from syndication due to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. However, this has only been brief; reruns can now be regularly seen on the Bounce channel and TVOne as of April 2017.
29th May '17 3:08:02 PM glickmam
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* HeAlsoDid:
** In addition to co-creating ''The Cosby Show'', Ed. Weinberger also served as creator and executive producer of ''Series/{{Amen}}'', co-creator of ''Series/TheBillCosbyShow'', and co-creator and co-exeuctive producer of ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
** Carmen Finestra wrote 56 episodes. Finestra is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
** Matt Williams wrote 17 episodes. Williams is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and also served as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Home Improvement''.
** Matt Robinson wrote ten episodes. Robinson is best known for playing Gordon on ''Series/SesameStreet'' from 1969 to 1972.
** Bernie Kukoff wrote eight episodes. Kukoff is best known for co-creating ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''.
** Ehrich Van Lowe also wrote eight episodes. Van Lowe is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/HomeboysInOuterSpace''.
** Earl Pomerantz wrote three episodes. Pomerantz is best known as developer and executive producer of ''Series/MajorDad''.
** Winifred Hervey wrote an episode. Hervey is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''.
** Bill Prady co-wrote an episode. Prady is best known for co-creating ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
12th Apr '17 10:38:59 AM ooh
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* BannedEpisode: Thanks to the rape allegations, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' now gets this treatment on cable networks, including [=TVLand=]. It may become permanent depending on how Cosby's situation plays out. It was not immediately known whether the current [=TVLand=] ban also includes local stations that air the legendary situation comedy, or if other programs starring Cosby are or will be included. However, at least on the Viacom-owned [=TVLand=] (and its related networks), mere references to ''The Cosby Show'' have been removed from the website altogether[[note]] (often, even shows that formerly aired on the network and not currently accessible from the main page can be accessed if one knows how to search the site)[[/note]], and while the complete series is available on DVD, it may be a very long time - possibly never before the 1984-1992 sitcom is aired on TV again.

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* BannedEpisode: Thanks to the rape allegations, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' now gets this treatment on cable networks, including [=TVLand=]. It may become permanent depending on how Cosby's situation plays out. It was not immediately known whether the current [=TVLand=] ban also includes local stations that air the legendary situation comedy, or if not other programs starring Cosby are or will be included. However, at least on the Viacom-owned [=TVLand=] (and its related networks), mere references to ''The Cosby Show'' have been removed from the website altogether[[note]] altogether.[[note]] (often, even shows that formerly aired on the network and not currently accessible from the main page can be accessed if one knows how to search the site)[[/note]], and while the complete series is available on DVD, it may be a very long time - possibly never before the 1984-1992 sitcom is aired on TV again.site)[[/note]]



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''The Cosby Show'' has been completely pulled from syndication due to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. As of October 2015, the only place airing it is Hulu Plus.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''The Cosby Show'' has been was, for a brief period of time, completely pulled from syndication due to the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. As of October 2015, the However, this has only place airing it is Hulu Plus.been brief; reruns can now be regularly seen on the Bounce channel as of April 2017.
13th Jun '16 7:29:55 AM GunarmDyne
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* DawsonCasting: With Sondra, who was 20 during the first season. Sabrina [=LeBeauf=], who played her, almost didn't get the role because she was 26, only 10 years younger than Phylicia Rashad.

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With Sondra, who was 20 during the first season. Sabrina [=LeBeauf=], who played her, almost didn't get the role because she was 26, only 10 years younger than Phylicia Rashad.



*** [[PlayingGertrude Completely inverted]] in the case of Clair. Phyllicia Rashad (nee Ayers-Allen) was 36 during the first season while Bill Cosby was 47. Cliff and Clair were supposedly only about four years apart at most.
*** Also inverted with Russell Huxtable. Earle Hyman, who played him, was only ten years Bill Cosby's senior despite playing his father. He was nine years younger than Clarice Taylor, who played his wife Anna. Some dialogue implied him to be at least the same age as she if not older.

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*** ** [[PlayingGertrude Completely inverted]] in the case of Clair. Phyllicia Rashad (nee Ayers-Allen) was 36 during the first season while Bill Cosby was 47. Cliff and Clair were supposedly only about four years apart at most.
*** ** Also inverted with Russell Huxtable. Earle Hyman, who played him, was only ten years Bill Cosby's senior despite playing his father. He was nine years younger than Clarice Taylor, who played his wife Anna. Some dialogue implied him to be at least the same age as she if not older.



* OldShame: Not the show itself, but at least three of the actors did say they wonder how they ever could have liked the fashions of TheEighties that are all over the place in it.
** Tempestt Bledsoe really spoke up about this in the ''Lookback Special'' given the fact that the actors didn't have a lot of say in their wardrobe and Vanessa's hairstyles in the first half of season 5 look utterly ridiculous today.

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* OldShame: Not the show itself, but at least three of the actors did say they wonder how they ever could have liked the fashions of TheEighties that are all over the place in it.
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it. Tempestt Bledsoe really spoke up about this in the ''Lookback Special'' given the fact that the actors didn't have a lot of say in their wardrobe and Vanessa's hairstyles in the first half of season 5 look utterly ridiculous today.



* RealLifeRelative: Phylicia Rashad's sister Debbie Allen as a sadistic aerobics instructor.
** Also, Phylicia's then-husband Ahmad Rashad could be heard on several episodes announcing sporting events[[note]]At the time, Ahmad was a commentator for NBC Sports.[[/note]]
* ThrowItIn: Bill often kept the camera rolling when his many child co-stars would make mistakes because he felt [[RuleOfFunny it was funnier that way]]. In general, there was a ''lot'' of ad-libbing that made it into the final cut of each episode. Examples include:

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Phylicia Rashad's sister Debbie Allen as a sadistic aerobics instructor.
** Also, Phylicia's then-husband Ahmad Rashad could be heard on several episodes announcing sporting events[[note]]At events. At the time, Ahmad was a commentator for NBC Sports.[[/note]]
Sports.
* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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Bill often kept the camera rolling when his many child co-stars would make mistakes because he felt [[RuleOfFunny it was funnier that way]]. In general, there was a ''lot'' of ad-libbing that made it into the final cut of each episode. Examples include:



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Theo was actually supposed to be the main character of the show. The show, past the pilot, ended up being reworked into being about the entire Cosby family. By the end of the series though, [[CharacterDevelopment Theo still arguably got the most development]] of the five kids, and the series BookEnds with his graduation from college.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Theo was actually supposed to be the main character of the show. The show, past the pilot, ended up being reworked into being about the entire Cosby family. By the end of the series though, [[CharacterDevelopment Theo still arguably got the most development]] of the five kids, and the series BookEnds with his graduation from college.
29th Apr '16 9:23:53 PM Eagal
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* BannedEpisode: The entire series has been pulled from syndication following multiple sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby.

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* BannedEpisode: The entire Thanks to the rape allegations, ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' now gets this treatment on cable networks, including [=TVLand=]. It may become permanent depending on how Cosby's situation plays out. It was not immediately known whether the current [=TVLand=] ban also includes local stations that air the legendary situation comedy, or if other programs starring Cosby are or will be included. However, at least on the Viacom-owned [=TVLand=] (and its related networks), mere references to ''The Cosby Show'' have been removed from the website altogether[[note]] (often, even shows that formerly aired on the network and not currently accessible from the main page can be accessed if one knows how to search the site)[[/note]], and while the complete series has been pulled from syndication following multiple sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby. is available on DVD, it may be a very long time - possibly never before the 1984-1992 sitcom is aired on TV again.
26th Apr '16 12:46:26 AM Freshmeat
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/AdamSandler as one of Theo's high school buddies, Angela Bassett and Iman as patients of Cliff, Naomi Campbell as the girlfriend of one of Theo's friends, etc.
** A pre-''Series/{{Star Trek The Next Generation}}'', Gates [=McFadden=] guest starred in an episode. More specifically, she's one of the party guests in the 3rd season episode that celebrates Cliff's 50th birthday.
** Robert Culp, who appeared on [[Series/ISpy another series with Bill Cosby]], showed up in one episode.
** Cliff's best friend in the neighborhood is [[Film/ThePrincessBride Vizzini]].
** One of Rudy's friends in the episode 'Slumber Party' is AliciaKeys, and 'Cockroach' is Cole from Series/{{Martin}}.
** [[Series/HomeImprovement Jill Taylor]] is having her 8th child in a latter season 3 episode.
** [[Series/{{NCIS}} Tony [=DiNozzo=]]] is one of Theo's roommates in season 6.
** Then, of course, there's a very young [[Series/ThatsSoRaven Raven Baxter]] as Olivia.
** In addition to co-creating ''The Cosby Show'', Ed. Weinberger also served as creator and executive producer of ''Series/{{Amen}}'', co-creator of ''Series/TheBillCosbyShow'', and co-creator and co-exeuctive producer of ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
** Carmen Finestra wrote 56 episodes. Finestra is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
** Matt Williams wrote 17 episodes. Williams is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and also served as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Home Improvement''.
** Matt Robinson wrote ten episodes. Robinson is best known for playing Gordon on ''Series/SesameStreet'' from 1969 to 1972.
** Bernie Kukoff wrote eight episodes. Kukoff is best known for co-creating ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''.
** Ehrich Van Lowe also wrote eight episodes. Van Lowe is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/HomeboysInOuterSpace''.
** Earl Pomerantz wrote three episodes. Pomerantz is best known as developer and executive producer of ''Series/MajorDad''.
** Winifred Hervey wrote an episode. Hervey is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''.
** Bill Prady co-wrote an episode. Prady is best known for co-creating ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Cliff's father was the voice of [[{{Thundercats}} Panthro]].
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