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

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 3 (1986-1987)

3x01 3 3x01 Bring 'em Back Alive
Everyone in the Huxtable family, except for Cliff is deathly afraid when they find a snake in the basement. Meanwhile, Theo and Cockroach plan a party at Cockroach's house, and decide ...
Sep. 25, 1986
3x02 3 3x02 Food for Thought
The whole family helps Denise pack and prepare for college. Meanwhile, Clair challenges Cliff to go one day without eating junk food. He eventually becomes so desperate that he gets ...
Oct. 02, 1986
3x03 3 3x03 Golden Anniversary
The Huxtables have a party for Anna and Russell's 50th wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, Sondra and Elvin argue the whole way home while bringing Denise back on a visit from college. ...
Oct. 09, 1986
3x04 3 3x04 Man Talk
Theo seeks advice from Cliff in his relationship with Tanya when he finds himself attracted to another girl, Randi Taylor, who repeatedly flirts with him. Meanwhile, Rudy and Cliff ...
Oct. 16, 1986
3x05 3 3x05 Mother, May I?
When Rudy reveals that Vanessa has make-up, Clair confronts Vanessa and reminds her that she is not allowed to wear make-up until she is 15. But Vanessa wears it anyway at the insistence ...
Oct. 23, 1986
3x06 3 3x06 The March
Cliff, Clair, and the grandparents help Theo after he gets a C on a paper about the 1963 march on Washington by telling what it was like to be there. Meanwhile, Rudy helps Vanessa build ...
Oct. 30, 1986
3x07 3 3x07 Theo's Flight
Theo and Cockroach decide it's their life's calling to be pilots after a member of the Tuskegee Airmen comes to speak to their class. They convince Cliff and Clair to let them take ...
Nov. 06, 1986
3x08 3 3x08 Vanessa's Rich
When two of the most popular girls in school come over to Vanessa's house and find out that she has an $11,000.00 painting hanging over her fireplace, they spread rumors around the ...
Nov. 13, 1986
3x09 3 3x09 Denise Gets a D
Denise blames her teachers not reminding her about deadlines when she gets her third straight D in English. Meanwhile, Rudy wants to play the Sun not the Wind in the school play because ...
Nov. 20, 1986
3x10 3 3x10 A Girl and Her Dog
When Rudy and Peter find a dog, they beg Cliff to let them keep it. He says they can keep it until they find the owner, but only if they promise to take care of it. And of course, they ...
Dec. 04, 1986
3x11 3 3x11 War Stories
When Russell and his war buddies share their war stories, everyone listens, but when Cliff tries to tell his old Navy stories, no one will listen because he served during a peaceful ...
Dec. 11, 1986
3x12 3 3x12 Cliff in Charge
While Clair is away at Hillman organizing a ceremony for their retiring president, Cliff is left in charge. Russell even comes to stay to try and help out, and is impressed by the way ...
Dec. 18, 1986
3x13 3 3x13 Monster Man Huxtable
After Sondra and Elvin admit that they are not fighting as frequently, Elvin confesses to Theo that he is thinking about asking her to marry him. Meanwhile, when Cliff convinces Rudy ...
Jan. 08, 1987
3x14 3 3x14 Rudy Spends the Night
Rudy decides to spend the night at her grandparent's house, but when she gets afraid and asks to come home, Anna and Russell cheer her up. Meanwhile, Vanessa is thrilled when Denise ...
Jan. 15, 1987
3x15 3 3x15 Say Hello to a Good Buy
When Cliff decides it's time to buy a new car, he dresses up in old, baggy, clothes to try and get a good deal. Meanwhile, when Vanessa suggests that Rudy get real pictures for her ...
Jan. 22, 1987
3x16 3 3x16 Denise Gets an Opinion
When Denise comes home for the weekend and sets up a blind date with a boy that she's been talking to over the phone, she mistakenly believes that a medical student visiting Cliff is ...
Feb. 05, 1987
3x17 3 3x17 Calling Doctor Huxtable
Cliff winds up with three women who are due to deliver at about the same time when he fills in for another doctor. Meanwhile, Vanessa is surprised when Cliff understands when her friend ...
Feb. 12, 1987
3x18 3 3x18 You Only Hurt the One You Love
Cliff tries to help but with no success when a kindly woman who cleans the doctor's lounge, Mrs. Granger, is laid-off. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Theo make up a cover story when Theo injures ...
Feb. 19, 1987
3x19 3 3x19 The Shower
Denise throws a bridal shower for her friend Veronica who no one else knows she is pregnant but Denise. But Denise is shocked to find out that her friend got pregnant on purpose so ...
Feb. 26, 1987
3x20 3 3x20 Cliff's 50th Birthday
Clair decides to let Cliff have some friends over to celebrate his 50th birthday, even though he wants to invite Mark, who used to be married to Clair's best friend. Meanwhile, Cliff ...
Mar. 12, 1987
3x21 3 3x21 I Know That You Know
When Sondra and Elvin stop by unexpectedly and announce their engagement plans, Cliff is the only one who doesn't know because he was at the office. So the whole family decides to pull ...
Mar. 19, 1987
3x22 3 3x22 Andalusian Flu
After Cliff catches the flue from Clair, Theo decides to take over and forces Vanessa and Rudy to do all the chores while he does nothing. They eventually become tired of this and stage ...
Apr. 02, 1987
3x23 3 3x23 Bald and Beautiful
Cliff is excited when his old Navy buddy, Scott Kelly, comes by for a visit. But when Cliff learns that Scott had a heart attack, he starts to eat healthier foods. Meanwhile, Cockroach ...
Apr. 09, 1987
3x24 3 3x24 Planning Parenthood
Cliff takes Rudy and her friends to a gourmet restaurant, and they decide they want hamburgers, not the fancy food on the menu. Meanwhile, Vanessa tries to convince Theo to teach her ...
Apr. 30, 1987
3x25 3 3x25 Hillman
The Huxtables go to Hillman to attend a ceremony for the retiring president of 53 years, Dr. Hanes.
May. 07, 1987
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Season 3 Characters

Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable played by Bill Cosby
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
Clair Hanks Huxtable played by Phylicia Rashad
Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux played by Sabrina Le Beauf
Russell Huxtable played by Earle Hyman
Walter 'Cockroach' Bradley played by Carl Anthony Payne II
Anna Huxtable played by Clarice Taylor
Kenny played by Deon Richmond
Elvin Tibideaux played by Geoffrey Owens
Lana Herman played by Ana D. Zenon
Peter Chiara played by Peter Costa
Mr. Davis played by Lou Myers
Tyrone Baxter played by Jason Warwin
Aaron Stokes played by Ermundo Russell
Davis Sarrette played by Sinbad
Dr. Hughes played by Rosalind Cash
Greg Martinson played by Don Franklin
Mark played by Douglas Turner Ward
Mr. Schrader played by Ray Baker
Mrs. Granger played by Rita Moreno
Paula Young played by Essence Atkins
Rebecca played by Nicole Fort

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Season 3 Videos

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Season 3 Quotes

03x12 - Cliff in Charge Season 3 / Episode 12: - Cliff in Charge

Russell Huxtable: I think you should go upstairs to bed.
Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable: No, I can't. Mrs. Roland is ready to deliver. Her labor pains are fifteen minutes apart and her husband's are seven minutes apart.
03x18 - You Only Hurt the One You Love Season 3 / Episode 18: - You Only Hurt the One You Love

Rudy Huxtable: [crying] I want to see a doctor.
Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable: I am a doctor.
Rudy Huxtable: [still crying] No you're not! You're Daddy!
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Season 3 Trivia

  • Episode 23 - The title is based on the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
  • Episode 11 - When the scene which Cliff meets Tyrone and talks to Tyrone about Vanessa whilst Cliff is playing a game of cards. Jason Warwin (Tyrone) made Bill Cosby (Cliff) lose it when he mispronounces Cliff's surname as "Husstable". They filmed the scene 3 times because Jason Warwin kept on mispronouncing Huxt
  • Episode 19 - Charnele Brown appears in an uncredited/non speaking role as one of the shower guests. Brown would later play Kim on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World.
  • Episode 05 - The title is based on the childhood game based on asking permission to move.
  • Episode 18 - Rita Moreno earlier appeared with Bill Cosby on the PBS Children's series The Electric Company.

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