Sep. 20, 1984
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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1x01 Pilot

4.5/5 (2 votes)
First Aired: Sep. 20, 1984 on NBC
Summary: When Theo brings home a bad report card, Cliff uses Monopoly money to teach him about economic realities. Meanwhile, Cliff is surprised by Denise's newest boyfriend, a former merchant marine who has spent time in a Turkish prison.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable played by Bill Cosby
Denise Huxtable played by Lisa Bonet
Theo Huxtable played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Denise's Friend played by Todd Hallowell (II)
Mr. McManis played by Keith Reddin

Episode Quotes

Clair: Cliff, why do we have four children?
Cliff: Because we did not want five.
Boyfriend in Pilot Episode: [points to his ear] Are you looking at my ear?
Cliff: No, I was looking at the earring in it.
Heathcliff Huxtable: Where are you going?
Denise Huxtable Kendall: I have a date, Daddy.
Heathcliff Huxtable: [referring to the belt on her leg] Uh, not like that, blood cannot get up to your brain from there! And besides, it's a school night.
Denise Huxtable Kendall: It's Friday, Daddy.
Heathcliff Huxtable: Yeah, but did you go to school today?
Denise Huxtable Kendall: Yeah...
Heathcliff Huxtable: And so it's a "school night".


  • Goof (revealing mistake): The exterior shots of the Cosby house shows a typical New York style attached town-home. These have solid common brick walls that separate the units. Therefore, there wouldn't be an window in the stair well in the living room showing the outside, the only thing on the other side of that wall would be the neighbor's living room.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The girls, and Claire refer to Theo as "Teddy" in this episode.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Cliff is talking with Denise's date, the date comments about being 'in a Turkish prison' but doesn't reveal how long he was in one. Later, upstairs, Cliff warns Denise about dating someone who had spent a year in a Turkish prison. How did he know that information if the date didn't tell him?
  • Goof (continuity error): In the first episode of the first season, the Huxtable living room design is completely different after the pilot episode.


  • This is the only episode where Theodore is called "Teddy" rather than "Theo" as in the rest of the series.
  • Cliff's full first name is Clifford in this episode. It would later be changed to Heathcliff.
  • The house in the pilot episode was different from the series. Also, it is stated that the Huxtables have four children, not five.
  • Many of the jokes in this episode were recycled from Bill Cosby: Himself.
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