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 4 (1987-1988)

4x01 4 4x01 Call of the Wild
Cliff and Clair throw Sondra and Elvin a party to wish them well before graduate school. But instead of announcing plans to go to medical and law school, Sondra and Elvin announce that ...
Sep. 24, 1987
4x02 4 4x02 Theogate
Theo can't keep his story straight when he tries to hide the fact that he got in trouble.
Oct. 01, 1987
4x03 4 4x03 It's Not Easy Being Green
Rudy defies Clair getting Cliff in trouble when Clair tells her not to wear a certain dress. Meanwhile, when Robert comes to Cliff to complain about his love-life, Vanessa takes him ...
Oct. 08, 1987
4x04 4 4x04 Cliff's Mistake
Cliff loses a drill of his neighbor's which has high sentimental value. Meanwhile, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy create a haunted house in the basement.
Oct. 15, 1987
4x05 4 4x05 Shakespeare
Theo and Cockroach write a rap based on Julius Caesar for school. Meanwhile, Rudy is afraid to show Vanessa the story she wrote, because Vanessa always criticizes it. Vanessa is surprised ...
Oct. 22, 1987
4x06 4 4x06 That's Not What I Said
Cliff has to pick up Theo from the police station after he was caught riding in a car with a friend who only had a learner's permit, and tried to outrun the police.
Oct. 29, 1987
4x07 4 4x07 Autumn Gifts
The Huxtables try to get an elderly neighbor to take her medication for diabetes. Meanwhile, Sondra and Elvin try to convince the family to camp out in the backyard and try out their ...
Nov. 05, 1987
4x08 4 4x08 Looking Back (1)
The Huxtables tell Elvin about past experiences with their children after he has a fight with Sondra.
Nov. 12, 1987
4x09 4 4x09 Looking Back (2)
The Huxtables tell Elvin about past experiences with their children after he has a fight with Sondra.
Nov. 12, 1987
4x10 4 4x10 Where's Rudy?
Theo and Vanessa lose Rudy when they are watching her at the mall while Clair is there entering her squash in a contest.
Nov. 19, 1987
4x11 4 4x11 Dance Mania
Clair gets Theo two tickets to the taping of his favorite TV show, Dance Mania, and he decides to take Cockroach. Once they get there, the director won't let them in because of fire ...
Dec. 03, 1987
4x12 4 4x12 The Locker Room
Theo is not happy when Vanessa accepts a date with a guy in his locker room named Lyle who has a reputation of regaling guys with stories about his exploits with girls. Meanwhile, Cliff ...
Dec. 10, 1987
4x13 4 4x13 The Show Must Go On
Cliff takes Rudy and her friends to a tribute to Vaudeville, which they quickly become bored of until the Emcee livens up the show with his physical comedy. Meanwhile, Clair encourages ...
Dec. 17, 1987
4x14 4 4x14 Bookworm
When Clair's book club decides to invite men to their meeting for the first time, Cliff pretends to be unprepared knowing nothing about the book, but he's really playing a trick on ...
Jan. 07, 1988
4x15 4 4x15 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Cliff and Clair go to a meeting with Rudy's teacher after she tries to hide a letter from her teacher from them. Rudy is afraid that the letter is something bad because she believes ...
Jan. 14, 1988
4x16 4 4x16 The Visit
Theo is uncomfortable visiting a friend in the hospital with cancer. Meanwhile, when Sondra goes away for the weekend, Clair invites Elvin over to spend the night.
Jan. 21, 1988
4x17 4 4x17 The Drum Major
Vanessa is upset after she auditions for drum major, and it goes perfectly, but the job is given to a guy who dropped his baton twice. She is even more upset after she finds out that ...
Feb. 04, 1988
4x18 4 4x18 Waterworks
Clair and Theo hire a crew recommended by Sondra to fix a leaky pipe in the bathroom before Cliff takes a sledgehammer to it. Meanwhile, Rudy tries to work on Vanessa's nerves when ...
Feb. 11, 1988
4x19 4 4x19 Once Upon a Time
Rudy dreams that the fairytale that she wrote has come to life.
Feb. 18, 1988
4x20 4 4x20 Petanque
Clair invites her friends, Dr. & Nicole Harmon, over for dinner. Once they get there, Cliff is very excited to finish his game of Petanque with Dr. Harmon. Meanwhile, Theo hasn't seen ...
Feb. 25, 1988
4x21 4 4x21 Trust Me
Clair gets everyone to leave Cliff alone after he was on a 22 hour shift, then she helps her friend, Diana, who is thinking of getting a divorce, reconcile with her husband, Richard. ...
Mar. 03, 1988
4x22 4 4x22 Home for the Weekend
Everyone is excited when Denise comes home for the weekend, but the family soon becomes disappointed when she doesn't make any time for them and spends it all with her friends.
Mar. 17, 1988
4x23 4 4x23 The Prom
Theo and his friends decide to make a statement at the prom by arriving in a helicopter. It just so happens that things don't go the way they planned. Meanwhile, when Vanessa and Rudy ...
Mar. 24, 1988
4x24 4 4x24 Gone Fishin'
While fishing, Theo catches a corpse. Meanwhile, Rudy and Kenny find a nest full of baby birds that have no mother. They ask to keep them, but Clair suggests notifying the ASPCA.
Apr. 28, 1988
Season Guides

Season 4 Characters

Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable played by Bill Cosby
Clair Hanks Huxtable played by Phylicia Rashad
Theo Huxtable played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Vanessa Huxtable played by Tempestt Bledsoe
Rudy Huxtable played by Keshia Knight Pulliam
Kenny played by Deon Richmond
Elvin Tibideaux played by Geoffrey Owens
Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux played by Sabrina Le Beauf
Russell Huxtable played by Earle Hyman
Denny played by Troy Winbush
Peter Chiara played by Peter Costa
Gerald played by Eddie Castrodad
Smitty played by Adam Sandler
Denise Huxtable played by Lisa Bonet
Walter 'Cockroach' Bradley played by Carl Anthony Payne II
George played by Khalif Bobatoon
Kim Ogawa played by Naoka Nakagawa
Paul Chiara played by Alex Germain
Robert Foreman played by Dondre Whitfield
Janet Meiser played by Pam Potillo
Lyle Thompson played by Dennis Singletary
Cliff's Patient played by Freda Foh Shen
Dr. James Harmon played by Sullivan Walker
Dyan played by Meg Foster
Eddie Bartholomew played by Bill Irwin

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Season 4 Videos

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Season 4 Quotes

04x01 - Call of the Wild Season 4 / Episode 1: - Call of the Wild

Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux: Mom...
Clair Huxtable: Yes?
Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux: I'm not going to law school
Clair Huxtable: [Trying to be calm] What?
Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux: I decided not to go to law school
Clair Huxtable: What do you mean you decided not to go to law school?
Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux: Well this is our dream. So I'm going to take a temporary job while the Wilderness Store opens then I'll be working side by side with my husband
Clair Huxtable: Sondra what are you saying? You have always wanted to go to law school, you haven't talked about anything else!
Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux: I changed my mind
Clair Huxtable: Change it back! After all that money we spent sending you to Princeton? Sondra, you owe US seventy-nine thousand six hundred and forty-eight dollars and twenty-two cents! And I want my money NOW!
04x22 - Home for the Weekend Season 4 / Episode 22: - Home for the Weekend

Justine Phillips: [as Theo approaches Justine after receiving Cliff's car keys and money, Justine is Angry at Theo about the Prom Night she had] Please, I have a lot of things inside of me that I want to say to you, but I can't because I'm inside of this house, Thank you and good night Dr. and Mrs. Huxtable.
Theo: [as the girls leave the house] I've been here before.
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Season 4 Trivia

  • Episode 04 - The title of this episode refers to the mistake Cliff makes in losing Jeffery's power drill.
  • Episode 10 - TV acting debut of Adam Sandler.
  • Episode 08 - Goof (revealing mistake): One of the actresses wanders on to the set without her costume. However, there was insufficient time to re-shoot the scene, and thus, it can still be seen in syndication.
  • Episode 02 - The title is an allusion to the Nixon era Watergate affair.
  • Episode 08 - Actor Joseph C. Phillips is seen in this episode as "Daryl" who attends college in Ohio, and goes on a date with Sondra when she and Elvin are having troubles in their relationship. Later in the series, Joseph C. Phillips appears again, when he becomes Denise's husband, Martin.

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