->''"This is Bill Cosby coming at you with music and fun, and if you're not careful, you may learn something before it's done. So let's get ready, okay? Hey, hey, hey!"''

Creator/BillCosby created this Creator/{{Filmation}} series, based on his boyhood in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} (and, more directly, on his StandUpComedy routines of the 1960s, like ''AudioPlay/IStartedOutAsAChild''). Cosby also appeared on camera as a {{Narrator}} and performed some of the character voices, including Fat Albert himself. The show ran [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday mornings]] on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1972 to 1984, followed by one additional season in first-run UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}. In addition to a good income and setting up a ready audience for ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' to rule the airwaves in the 1980s, Cosby also used this series to earn a Doctorate in Education, and become Dr. Cosby.

In every episode, Fat Albert and his inner-city gang became involved in some comic misadventure, either learning [[AnAesop a moral lesson]] or demonstrating a lesson for someone else. As on ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'', every ''Fat Albert'' episode included at least one song. In later seasons, Fat Albert and his friends followed the exploits of their favorite TV superhero, [[Franchise/TheGreenHornet the Brown Hornet]], who had adventures with morals that typically paralleled the main story. The first-run syndicated episodes had "Legal Eagle," a FunnyAnimal parable told by Mudfoot to serve the same story purpose.

At Christmas 2004, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox released a live-action ''Film/FatAlbert'' feature film starring Kenan Thompson [[note]]The same Kenan Thompson who was on ''Series/AllThat'', ''Series/KenanAndKel'', and currently ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[[/note]] in which the cast of the ''Fat Albert'' cartoon step out of the TV to make a little girl's life better. It wasn't well received by critics and the box office.

In 2013, the series was licensed to [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation DreamWorks Classics.]]

In January 2013, Cosby announced on his Facebook page that a new version of ''Fat Albert'' is being developed. [[DevelopmentHell As of yet, it has not surfaced]], and with the subsequent controversy regarding Cosby's sexual conduct, it probably never will.

A [[Characters/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids character page]] is in the works.

!!Hey hey hey! This show features the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: One episode is focused around a classmate of Fat Albert's being abused by her mother. In the end, Fat Albert convinces her to tell their teacher what's happening.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Fat Albert is surprisingly agile for a person of his size, being able to run extremely quickly and jump very high.
* AnAesop
* AnimatedSeries
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Tyrone was a JerkassWoobie ever since his wife Martha died, including yelling at poor children and ruining fun for Albert and his friends. Mudfoot shoots him a question that actually gets through to Tyrone, [[HeelFaceTurn eventually making him change his attitude toward the end of the episode]]
-->'''Mudfoot''': "Now what do you think Martha would say if she could see you now?"
* AuthorAvatar: Bill. Curiously, he was one of the most minor characters -- you'd have never guessed he was based on Cosby himself if not for the name.
* BoardGame: The show had one, with cardboard tokens of the characters stuck in giant plastic sneaker feet.
* ButtMonkey: Rudy. Russell was often the one to put him in his place.
-->'''Russell''': "Rudy, you're just like school in the summertime: no class."
* CatchPhrase: "Hey, hey, hey!" Live-action Bill Cosby was usually wearing a t-shirt with this catchphrase on it over a picture of Fat Albert's head.
* ChristmasSpecial: Which somehow managed to combine the YetAnotherChristmasCarol ''and'' AwayInAManger plots.
** There was also a HalloweenSpecial and an EasterSpecial.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The first-run syndicated episodes were able to get into darker material than the networks would never allow, such as "Busted" with its hard edged prison tour, and another with a murder. One episode included the gang encountering a racist Neo-Nazi group. In earlier episodes, the antagonists often realized the error of their ways and reconciled with Fat Albert and the gang. However, this was not always the case in later episodes where they often had to pay dearly for their actions.
* DeadpanSnarker: All characters to an extent, but Weird Harold in particular.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Mudfoot Brown is either a homeless person or the proprietor of the junkyard that the gang hangs out in. Whether or not this means he actually owns the junkyard or is just employed as a caretaker is another story. He seems to have his own little shack in the junkyard but it's anyone's guess whether or not it's his only abode.
* DeusExMachina: PlayedForLaughs in ''The Brown Hornet'' ShowWithinAShow. Every episode would begin with last week's CliffHanger, with the heroes caught in a DeathTrap... which the Hornet would instantly escape by simply snapping his fingers.
* EdutainmentShow: In the form of behavioral and social education rather than book-learnin'.
* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: Walking, running, playing their musical instruments....
* EyeObscuringHat: Dumb Donald subverts this trope. His knitted hat falls below his eyes, but he has made two eyeholes in the fabric to see through.
* FatComicRelief: Guess who?
* GoodParents: All the parents, especially Fat Albert's, are fine upstanding examples whom the kids can always turn to when needed.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Mudfoot Brown, an elderly homeless man who often imparted sage advice to the gang.
* JacobMarleyWarning[=/=]JerkassHasAPoint: The aforementioned prison episode has a pair of unnamed inmates speaking to Fat Albert and company during their "scared straight" visit. They are very direct and not at all friendly; Some are downright creepy. they tell the kids how horrifying prison is and how torturous their experience has been. One even explains that he's serving a twenty year sentence and he'll never be same again once he gets out since all he has ever known is prison life.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rudy, the emphasis of many episodes.
* LimitedAnimation: It's Filmation, what do you expect? Moreover, lot of animations are taken from ''The Archie Show'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' (though the latter premiered the same year as Fat Albert, so it's tough to tell what was taken from where).
* LimitedWardrobe
* LiveActionAdaptation
* LivingCrashpad: Fat Albert himself serves as one.
* LongRunners: A 12-season run on Saturday morning network TV and syndication, albeit not always with new episodes each season, a great run for an ''educational'' series.
* TheMovingExperience: This trope forms part of the plot for the episode "Moving." After the gang loses a game because Fat Albert was sick, his friends vote to kick him out of the gang, but have a change of heart when they learn he's moving. Everyone makes amends, then learn that he's moving to another place at the end of the block.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: In the Brown Hornet segments.
* NoSwastikas: Notably averted in one of the 1980s ''New Fat Albert'' episodes. The gang encounters a White Supremacist group called the Double Cross (their insignia being two X's). However, the rest of the episode includes explicit verbal and visual references to Adolf Hitler, The Nazis, Swastikas, and The Holocaust.
* OncePerEpisode: Russell will tell someone (usually Rudy) that they have "no class."
* PresentDayPast: Kind of. Since the characters are supposed to represent figures from Bill Cosby's childhood (including his own youthful self), the show ought to be set in the late 1940s or early '50s. It sure looks, sounds and feels like TheSeventies, though. One episode from the final season involved a computer hacker.
* ScareEmStraight: One 1980s syndication episode dealt with a terrifying "Scared Straight"-style tour of a prison.[[note]]Furthermore, the episode itself had ''uncensored swearing'' (which Bill Cosby himself warns about at the beginning of the episode).[[/note]]
* SharePhrase: Members of the group, especially Russell, will frequently say "No Class" in response to other members doing dumb things.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Brown Hornet'' (an InNameOnly parody of ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'') and ''Legal Eagle''.
** "Captain Cougar", a cartoon with an AnimalThemedSuperbeing, featured prominently in one episode.
* StockFootage: A tradition for Filmation.
* StoutStrength: The title character
* TeamPet: The gang originally had a pet duck as seen in the opening, but [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome the duck was dropped for some reason.]]
* ThematicThemeTune: ''"Naa naa naa, gonna have a good tiiiime!"'' (EarWorm worthy!)
* TokenWhite: Margene, a friend and classmate of Fat Albert. In the 1980s version, there are many more such characters.
* TrashCanBand: Which may or may not include Rudy[[note]]Who is at least, somewhat better off than the others.[[/note]]. In close-ups during songs, he's seen playing an actual instrument ([[https://images.talkbass.com/attachments/woxmkyz-jpg.2352434/ an electric guitar, which even has a monogrammed "R"]]), but in long shots with the rest of the group, he is shown playing [[https://images.talkbass.com/attachments/latest-cb-20120304214053-jpg.2352435/ a crude makeshift banjo]].
* TheUnintelligible: Mushmouth ''is'' understandable, but just barely. Specifically, he speaks Ubbi Dubbi.
** [[ShoutOut The Dentist]] understood him perfectly.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Practically every episode, particularly because it did not fit the typical convention of most Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s.
* WhamEpisode: In one episode, Fat Albert befriends a Latino kid whose older brother is involved in a gang. [[spoiler:The kid is later killed when he sees someone pull a gun on his brother and he [[HeroicSacrifice pushes the brother out of the way, taking the bullet himself]]. And the whole thing is dealt with the severity it deserves. There is some {{Narm}} involved near the end of the episode when a memorial plaque is revealed which doesn't have the kid's name or picture, just a picture of his hat.]] The ScareEmStraight episode also qualifies, especially its use of ''uncensored swear words''. The 1984 series had the gang confront a White supremacist group and Lane Scheimer's (son of Lou Scheimer) convincing voice performance as the ringleader George is quite chilling given the other Filmation voice roles that he is known for (''SportBilly'').