Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Cosby Show

I just watched an episode of the Cosby Show and thought it was lol-able.

The Cosby Show is about a close-knit, warm African American family experiencing everyday life.  It's a timeless TV show, one that people can laugh at ten years from now. 

Who?  What?
Made in the 1980s, The Cosby Show is a comedy starring comedian Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as his wife, lawyer Clair Huxtable, Sabrina LeBeauf as Sondra Huxtable, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, Malcolm Jamal-Warner as Theo Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, and Keshia Knight-Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable.  It's a hilarious TV show.  The Huxtables' antics are comic, but they're not far from real life.  The best thing is that every episode has you laughing out loud--usually from Dr. Huxtable, Bill Cosby. 
L to R: Top Row- Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), Theo Huxtable (Malcolm Jamal-Warner), Vanessa Huxtable (Tempestt Bledsoe).  Bottom Row- Mrs. Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad), Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby), and Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight-Pulliam).  Picture from http://www.carseywerner.net/cosbyshow_eng.htm.

*Sondra, played by Sabrina LeBeauf, is not in the picture.

Versus The Brady Bunch
I think another good factor to The Cosby Show is that all the children are varying ages, which means there's a huge variety to the situations they get in.  For example, Sondra is in college when the show begins, Denise is in high school, Theo is in middle school, Vanessa is in elementary school, and Rudy is young enough to have a bear named Bobo.  There's a huge age difference between Sondra and Rudy.  However, in the early seasons of The Brady Bunch, the six kids--Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy--are like stepping stones; not that far apart, which means there's a lack of variety to their experiences.  In general, the older kids are, the better.  So, while The Brady Bunch only prompts smiles in the first and second seasons, The Cosby Show is laugh-out-loud, even in the first season.

Content
In The Cosby Show, Dr. and Mrs. Huxtable are not lenient, and they exercise good disciplinary methods (I bet that sounds weird coming from a kid, but it's true!) with grades (Theo gets a D in several subjects), obeying (Rudy plays with her father's juicer, when he has specifically instructed her not to), and other various situations.  However, I believe that they're not as, let's say, involved in their children's school lives as my parents are.  Probably this is due to the fact that both have careers, there are 5 children, and just the general relaxedness to the American culture. 

Some episodes...
My dad bought us the "Best of the Cosby Show" DVD and the first two seasons of The Cosby Show.  Even though the "Best of the Cosby Show" DVD is extremely funny, I think that there are still others that could have been included in it.   

"Pilot Presentation" was the first episode in the existence of The Cosby Show.  A "pilot" is what TV folks call the tryout episode, the first episode of a potential TV show.  In "Pilot Presentation," several situations go on at once (unlike the other episodes, during which one situation finds center stage).  Dr. Huxtable is busy with his four children (I don't think they added Sondra till later), "killing" Theo when necessary, handling Denise's date (who apparently was in a Turkish prison; humorous), and telling Vanessa no, they will not get a dog.

"A Shirt Story" was in the "Best of the Cosby Show" DVD, and it is probably one of my favorites.  It was released during Season 1.  "A Shirt Story" is about fourteen-year-old Theo, who buys a high-end, $95 shirt for his date.  Dr. Huxtable forces Theo to give up the shirt and gives him $35 instead to buy another one.  Theo, on a brilliant inspiration, hires his sister Denise to make him a shirt.  I'm not going to tell you what happens, but I assure you, it's a hilarious outcome, and Theo learns that what's inside of you counts more than what you look like.

"The Juicer" is the second episode in Season 2.  The story follows Dr. Huxtable, who makes a purchase: a shiny, huge "Juicerator."  The Juicerator is too tempting, and Rudy (and her silent friend Peter) decide to make grape jelly with it.  Uh-oh...  Rudy learns the value of obedience in this episode, while the humor in the episode keeps the plot from becoming too dry.

The Cosby Show is a brilliant product of Bill Cosby's, and humor, good values, and its relevance to everyday life make it one of the most popular family sitcom television shows in the history of TV.

1 comment:

  1. Why...am I commenting on this old post...

    Okay but like I have to because I really like this post! Omg it's so descriptive and really well put together! Also I looove The Cosby Show--but where's Raven? You know, from That's So Raven? She was on there when she was really little. But maybe she came in later seasons.

    Anyway, awesome post, I really love it! I love going through people's old posts, haha

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