Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 20, 1984
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
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The Cosby Show - 01x01 Pilot
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1x01 Pilot

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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

Cliff: I love you, son.
Theo: Yeah, Dad, I know.
Cliff: Yeah, and maybe your mother loves you too.
Vanessa Huxtable: Dad, Denise pushed us out of the bathroom and wouldn't let me rinse the soap out of Rudy's eyes like Mom said and now Rudy might be blinded for life! If she is, can we get a dog?
Cliff: No, but I'll tell you what, you can *walk* your sister... down to my room and get her cleaned up!
Cliff: Theo, your mother asked me to come up here and kill you.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The girls, and Claire refer to Theo as "Teddy" in this episode.
  • Goof (continuity error): In the first episode of the first season, the Huxtable living room design is completely different after the pilot episode.
  • 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): 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?

Trivia

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