7x01 Same Time Next Year
First Aired: Sep. 20, 1990 on NBC
Summary: Cliff is overwhelmed with joy on the first day of school. Vanessa, who has taken summer classes to graduate high school a year early, leaves for college, Denise starts her first semester at Medgar Evans, and Olivia begins preschool. Rudy is going to start sixth grade, but she refuses to go…
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Main Characters in this Episode
|Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable ||played by Bill Cosby|
|Theo Huxtable ||played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner|
|Margie ||played by Bryce B. Barard|
|Amy ||played by Avanti Taylor|
Rudy: This is woman stuff. I really need to talk to Mom.
Cliff: I'm a gynecologist, and you want to talk to a lawyer?
- The title is from the 1975 play/movie Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade about an affair whose meetings occur every year on the same day for 24 years.
- The sequence before the credits with Olivia wearing a Bart Simpson mask is a reference to the fact that Fox scheduled The Simpsons up against this show, which made national news. Some sources erroneously reported that the animated series beat The Cosby Show in the ratings, but this is inaccurate. For the two years the shows were on at the same time, Cosby won in the annual Nielsen ratings. It came in 5th place in the 1990-1991 season and in 18th place in the 1991-1992 season; The Simpsons did not make the Top 30 either season.
- The first shows of the show's next-to-last season had an opening in front of a Mother Hale mural. However, when there was a disagreement over what compensation would be paid to the kids who painted the original mural, the show switched back to its previous season's Apollo Theater-themed opening with an added graphic for Erika Alexander, who became a regular on the show. Some shows began with Bill Cosby and Raven-SymonÃ© telling the viewers that it was not a repeat. The final season used a slightly modified version of the Mother Hale opening.