Sep. 20, 1984
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Cosby Show

Doctor Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy). The two oldest daughters eventually live adult lives and get married. As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good.


The Cosby Show Season 1 (1984-1985)

1x01 1 1x01 Pilot
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 ...
Sep. 20, 1984
1x02 1 1x02 Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr. Fish)
When Rudy's pet goldfish, Lamont, dies she is very upset. So Cliff decides to have a funeral for him.
Sep. 27, 1984
1x03 1 1x03 Bad Dreams
Vanessa sneaks into an R-rated movie her parents have forbidden her to see, and she has nightmares for days. Meanwhile, Denise decides to get back at a date who ignores her by ordering ...
Oct. 04, 1984
1x04 1 1x04 Is That My Boy?
Cliff is extremely excited when Theo makes the freshman football team.
Oct. 11, 1984
1x05 1 1x05 A Shirt Story
When Cliff denies Theo's request for the money to buy an expensive shirt, he turns to Denise to make him one like it, and things go horribly wrong.
Oct. 18, 1984
1x06 1 1x06 Breaking With Tradition
Cliff and his dad try to persuade Denise to go to their college, Hillman, because none of the other Huxtable children will go.
Oct. 25, 1984
1x07 1 1x07 One More Time
Clair becomes obsessed with the idea of having another child after babysitting for a friend. Everyone else in the family though, including Cliff, doesn't like the effect it would have ...
Nov. 01, 1984
1x08 1 1x08 Play It Again, Vanessa
After Vanessa becomes discouraged by her lack of ability and quits the clarinet, Cliff hires a music teacher, Mr. Hampton, to help her.
Nov. 08, 1984
1x09 1 1x09 How Ugly Is He?
Cliff insists on meeting Denise's newest boyfriend.
Nov. 15, 1984
1x10 1 1x10 Bon Jour Sondra
Sondra comes home for Thanksgiving and announces her plans to spend the summer in Paris with some friends.
Nov. 22, 1984
1x11 1 1x11 You're Not a Mother Night
When Clair gets fed-up with the children, Cliff gives her a "You're Not A Mother Night" in a hotel room away from the children.
Dec. 06, 1984
1x12 1 1x12 Rudy's Sick
Cliff has to look after sick Rudy while Clair is at an important meeting.
Dec. 13, 1984
1x13 1 1x13 Father's Day
Cliff wants his family to give him a present for Father's Day that he can actually use.
Dec. 20, 1984
1x14 1 1x14 Independence Day
When Theo reveals that he got his ear pierced for his girlfriend, stories come out about what stupid things all the Huxtable men did for love.
Jan. 10, 1985
1x15 1 1x15 Physician of the Year
When Cliff is not able to make it to an award ceremony where he is supposed to receive the physician of the Year award because of an early delivery, he has Theo accept it in his pl ...
Jan. 17, 1985
1x16 1 1x16 Jitterbug Break
Denise attempts to convince her parents to let her sleep in the street to try to get concert tickets.
Jan. 31, 1985
1x17 1 1x17 Theo and the Joint
Clair jumps to conclusions when she accidentally knocks one of Theo's books off the kitchen table and finds a joint.
Feb. 07, 1985
1x18 1 1x18 Vanessa's New Class
Vanessa does a poor job on her science fair project, and when she gets to school, she is so shocked by the high quality of the other student's projects, and the poor quality of hers, ...
Feb. 14, 1985
1x19 1 1x19 Clair's Case
Clair helps Sondra when she sues an auto mechanic who charges her for a job he didn't do.
Feb. 21, 1985
1x20 1 1x20 Back to the Track, Jack
Cliff decides to run with his old mile relay team members in a grudge match against the Norton University team.
Feb. 28, 1985
1x21 1 1x21 The Younger Woman
When Cliff and Clair invite a widower friend of theirs over, they are shocked by the age of his girlfriend.
Mar. 14, 1985
1x22 1 1x22 Slumber Party
Cliff lets Rudy have a slumber party when she feels left-out by her siblings.
Mar. 28, 1985
1x23 1 1x23 Mr. Quiet
Theo and Cliff help a little boy named Enrique who has become silent around strangers after the man who murdered his policeman father is released from prison.
May. 02, 1985
1x24 1 1x24 Cliff's Birthday
For Cliff's birthday, Clair surprises him by planning to take him to Lena Horne's nightclub.
May. 09, 1985
Season Guides

Season 1 Characters

Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable played by Bill Cosby
Clair Hanks Huxtable played by Phylicia Rashad
Denise Huxtable played by Lisa Bonet
Theo Huxtable played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Vanessa Huxtable played by Tempestt Bledsoe
Rudy Huxtable played by Keshia Knight Pulliam
Sondra Huxtable played by Sabrina Le Beauf
Russell Huxtable played by Earle Hyman
Denise's Friend played by Todd Hallowell (II)
Carrie Hanks played by Ethel Ayler
Christine played by Sonia Bailey
Coach Ernie Scott played by Al Freeman Jr.
David James played by Kristoff St. John
Dr. Wexler played by Sheldon Leonard
Janet Meiser played by Pam Potillo
Lena Horne played by Lena Horne
Marie played by Judith Jamison
Mr. Halifax played by Clarke Gordon
Mr. Hampton played by Dizzy Gillespie
Mrs. Jennings played by Anne Twomey
Mrs. Montgomery played by Iman
Saleswoman played by Doris Belack
Tony Castillo played by Tony Orlando
Anna Huxtable played by Clarice Taylor
Anthony Braxton played by Steven Thompson (XI)

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Season 1 Videos

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Season 1 Quotes

01x05 - A Shirt Story Season 1 / Episode 5: - A Shirt Story

Cliff: No 14-year-old boy should have a ninety-five dollar shirt, unless he is on stage with his four brothers!
01x15 - Physician of the Year Season 1 / Episode 15: - Physician of the Year

Dr. Wexler: [about Cliff Huxtable] His dedication to this hospital is so great that when other business at the maternity ward slowed down his wife came in pregnant.
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Season 1 Trivia

  • Episode 14 - Grandma Huxtable (Clarice Taylor) mentions Adda Mae Ward, her long-ago former rival for Grandpa's affections. Taylor famously played Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, in the musical The Wiz (1978).
  • Episode 01 - The house in the pilot episode was different from the series. Also, it is stated that the Huxtables have four children, not five.
  • Episode 22 - Goof (continuity error): When Cliff has Peter bouncing on his knee, there is a little toy piano on the table in one shot. In the next shot, the piano is gone.
  • Episode 01 - 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
  • Episode 01 - Goof (continuity error): In the first episode of the first season, the Huxtable living room design is completely different after the pilot episode.

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