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The Cosby
Cosby
Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC
NBC
from September 20, 1984, until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York. The Cosby
Cosby
Show spent five consecutive seasons as the number-one rated show on television. The Cosby
Cosby
Show and All in the Family
All in the Family
are the only sitcoms in the history of the Nielsen ratings to be the number-one show for five seasons. It spent all eight of its seasons in the top 20.[1] According to TV Guide, the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes."[2] TV Guide
TV Guide
also ranked it 28th on their list of 50 Greatest Shows.[3] In addition, Cliff Huxtable was named as the "Greatest Television Dad".[4] In May 1992, Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
stated that The Cosby
Cosby
Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows with a predominantly African-American cast, from In Living Color
In Living Color
to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[5] The Cosby
Cosby
Show was based on comedy routines in Cosby's stand-up act, which in turn were based on his family life. The show led to the spinoff A Different World, which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993.

Contents

1 Premise

1.1 Episodes

1.1.1 Pilot

2 Background and production

2.1 Conception and development 2.2 Production notes 2.3 Theme song and opening sequence

3 Cast and characters 4 Reception and Legacy

4.1 Broadcast history and ratings

5 Syndication

5.1 Pulled from broadcasting

6 Spin-off 7 Awards and honors

7.1 Awards won 7.2 Nominations 7.3 Other honors

8 Albums 9 In popular culture 10 DVD releases 11 References 12 External links

Premise[edit] The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family, living in a brownstone in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Heights, New York, at 10 Stigwood Avenue.[6] The patriarch is Cliff Huxtable, an obstetrician and son of a prominent jazz trombonist. The matriarch is his wife, attorney Clair Huxtable.[7] They have four daughters and one son: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy. Despite its comedic tone, the show sometimes involves serious subjects, like Theo's experiences dealing with dyslexia,[8] inspired by Cosby's dyslexic son, Ennis.[9] The show also deals with teen pregnancy when Denise's friend, Veronica (Lela Rochon), becomes pregnant.[10] Episodes[edit] Main article: List of The Cosby
Cosby
Show episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[11]

First aired Last aired Rank Rating Tied with

1 24 September 20, 1984 (1984-09-20) May 9, 1985 (1985-05-09) 3 24.2 N/A

2 25 September 26, 1985 (1985-09-26) May 15, 1986 (1986-05-15) 1 33.7 N/A

3 25 September 25, 1986 (1986-09-25) May 7, 1987 (1987-05-07) 1 34.9 N/A

4 24 September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24) April 28, 1988 (1988-04-28) 1 27.8 N/A

5 26 October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06) May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11) 1 25.6 N/A

6 26 + Special September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03) 1 23.1 Roseanne

7 26 September 20, 1990 (1990-09-20) May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02) 5 17.1 N/A

8 25 September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) April 30, 1992 (1992-04-30) 18 15.0 N/A

Pilot[edit] Main article: Pilot (The Cosby
Cosby
Show) The Cosby
Cosby
Show pilot episode uses the same title sequence as the rest of the first season, and is widely regarded as the first episode. However, it is notable for a number of differences from the remainder of the series. In the pilot, the Huxtables have only four children.[12] Following the pilot, the Huxtables have five children, with the addition of their eldest daughter, Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf), who is mentioned in episode four and appears first in episode 11. The character was created when Bill Cosby
Cosby
wanted the show to express the accomplishment of successfully raising a child (i.e., a college graduate).[13] Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
was considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable. Houston, however, was unable to commit to the full-time television production schedule in the NBC
NBC
contract, as she was intending to be a full-time music recording artist.[14][15] Most of the story in the pilot presentation is taken from Bill Cosby's classic comedy film, Bill Cosby: Himself. Cosby's character is called "Clifford" in the early episodes of the first season (as evidenced by his name plate on the exterior of the Huxtable home). His name was later switched to "Heathcliff." Additionally, Vanessa refers to Theo as "Teddy" twice in the dining room scene. The interior of the Huxtables' home features an entirely different living room from subsequent episodes, and different color schemes in the dining room and the master bedroom. Throughout the remainder of the series, the dining room is reserved for more formal occasions. Background and production[edit] Conception and development[edit]

The cast of The Cosby
Cosby
Show in 1989

In the early 1980s, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, two former executives at ABC, left the network to start their own production company.[16] At ABC, they had overseen sitcoms such as Mork & Mindy, Three's Company, and Welcome Back, Kotter. The two decided that to get a sitcom to sell for their fledgling company, they needed a big name behind it. Bill Cosby, who starred in two failed sitcoms during the 1970s, produced award-winning stand-up comedy albums, and had roles in several different films, was relatively quiet during the early 1980s. Outside of his work on his cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Cosby
Cosby
was doing little in film or television, but Carsey and Werner were fans of Cosby's stand-up comedy and thought it would be the perfect material for a family sitcom.[17] Cosby
Cosby
originally proposed that the couple should both have blue-collar jobs, with the father a limousine driver,[18] who owned his own car, and the mother an electrician.[19] With advice from his wife Camille Cosby, though, the concept was changed so that the family was well-off financially, with the mother a lawyer and the father a physician.[20][21] Cosby
Cosby
wanted the program to be educational, reflecting his own background in education. He also insisted that the program be taped in New York City
New York City
instead of Los Angeles, where most television programs were taped.[22] The Huxtable home exterior was filmed at 10 St. Luke's Place near 7th Avenue in Manhattan's Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
(although in the show, the residence was the fictional "10 Stigwood Avenue").[23] Production notes[edit]

The brownstone used in The Cosby
Cosby
Show

The earliest episodes of the series were videotaped at NBC's Brooklyn studios (now owned by JC Studios).[24] The network later sold that building, and production moved to the Kaufman Astoria Studios
Kaufman Astoria Studios
in Queens.[25] Even though the show was set to take place in Brooklyn, the exterior façade was actually of a brownstone townhouse located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
at 10 Leroy Street/ 10 St. Luke's Place.[26] The pilot was filmed in May 1984, with season one's production commencing in July 1984, and the first taping on August 1, 1984 (Goodbye Mr. Goldfish).[27][28] During its original run on NBC, it was one of five successful sitcoms on the network that featured predominantly African-American casts. The other sitcoms were 227 (1985–90), Amen (1986–91), Cosby
Cosby
Show spin-off A Different World
A Different World
(1987–93), and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–96). Four other NBC
NBC
sitcoms of that time also featured Black actors and actresses in lead starring or supporting roles--Nell Carter and Telma Hopkins
Telma Hopkins
on Gimme a Break
Gimme a Break
(1981−87); Leonard Lightfoot, and later Franklyn Seales and Alfonso Ribeiro
Alfonso Ribeiro
on Silver Spoons (1982−86); Kim Fields
Kim Fields
on The Facts of Life (1979−88), and Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman
and Todd Bridges
Todd Bridges
on Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes
(1978–85). Although the cast and characters were predominantly African American,[29] the program was unusual in that issues of race were rarely mentioned when compared to other situation comedies of the time, such as The Jeffersons.[30] However, The Cosby
Cosby
Show had African-American themes, such as the Civil Rights Movement, and it frequently promoted African-American and African culture represented by artists and musicians such as Jacob Lawrence, Miles Davis, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miriam Makeba.[31] The show's spin off, A Different World, dealt with issues of race more often.[32] The series finale (taped on March 6, 1992)[33] aired during the 1992 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
riots, with Cosby
Cosby
quoted in media at the time pleading for peace.[34][35] During the third season of the show, actress Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
was pregnant with her daughter Condola Rashād. Rather than write this pregnancy into the character of Claire Huxtable, the producers simply greatly reduced Rashad's scenes or filmed in such a way that her pregnancy was not noticeable.[36] Another pregnancy of one of the main stars, that of Lisa Bonet, almost caused the actress to be fired, especially coming in the wake of appearing in the film Angel Heart, which contained graphic sexual scenes with actor Mickey Rourke. Bill Cosby
Cosby
strongly disapproved of Bonet appearing in the film, but she was allowed to retain her role on A Different World
A Different World
until returning to The Cosby
Cosby
Show after her pregnancy. Tensions remained, however, and Bonet was eventually fired from the show in April 1991.[37] Theme song and opening sequence[edit] The show's theme music, "Kiss Me", was composed by Stu Gardner and Bill Cosby.[38] Seven versions of this theme were used during the run of the series, making it one of the few television series to use multiple versions of the same theme song over the course of a series. For season four, the theme song music was performed by musician Bobby McFerrin.[39] Due to legal complications regarding the background mural, the opening for season seven (filmed in August 1990) was replaced with the one from the previous season.[40][41][42] The original season-seven opening, with slight modifications, returned to use in the beginning of season eight. Cast and characters[edit] Main article: List of The Cosby
Cosby
Show characters

Actor Character Seasons

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Bill Cosby Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable Main

Phylicia Rashad* Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable Main

Lisa Bonet Denise Huxtable–Kendall Main Recurring Main

Malcolm-Jamal Warner Theodore "Theo" Huxtable Main

Tempestt Bledsoe Vanessa Huxtable Main

Keshia Knight Pulliam Rudith "Rudy" Lilian Huxtable Main

Sabrina Le Beauf Sondra Huxtable–Tibideaux Recurring Main

Geoffrey Owens Elvin Tibideaux

Recurring Main

Joseph C. Phillips+ Lt. Martin Kendall

Main Recurring

Raven-Symoné Olivia Kendall

Main

Erika Alexander Pamela "Pam" Tucker

Main

* Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
was credited as "Phylicia Ayers-Allen" during season one and the first fourteen episodes of season two. +Prior to joining the cast as a regular, Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl, a potential boyfriend for Sondra in season two (episode: "Cliff in Love"). Reception and Legacy[edit] The show's portrayal of a successful, stable black family was praised by some for breaking racial stereotypes and showing another part of the African-American experience.[43][44] However, it was criticized by others, including Henry Louis Gates, for allowing white audiences to think that racism and poverty were problems of the past.[45] As a result of the sexual assault allegations against Cosby, Malcolm-Jamal Warner has stated that the show's legacy is "tarnished".[46] Broadcast history and ratings[edit] The Cosby
Cosby
Show aired on Thursdays at 8:00 pm for all eight seasons.[47] In its first season, the show was the beginning of a Thursday NBC
NBC
schedule that was followed by Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court, and Hill Street Blues.[48] The Cosby
Cosby
Show is one of three television programs (All in the Family and American Idol
American Idol
being the others) that were number one in the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive seasons.[49][50][51]

Season Season premiere Season finale Time slot (ET) Ranking Households (in millions)

1 1984–85 September 20, 1984 May 9, 1985 Thursday at 8:00 pm No. 3[52] 20.546 (24.2 rating)[52]

2 1985–86 September 26, 1985 May 15, 1986 No. 1[53] 28.948 (33.7 rating)[53]

3 1986–87 September 25, 1986 May 7, 1987 No. 1[54] 30.503 (34.9 rating)[54]

4 1987–88 September 24, 1987 April 28, 1988 No. 1[55] 30.502 (34.9 rating)[55]

5 1988–89 October 6, 1988 May 11, 1989 No. 1[56] 23.142 (25.6 rating)[56]

6 1989–90 September 21, 1989 May 3, 1990 No. 1 (tie with Roseanne)[57] 21.275 (23.1 rating)[57]

7 1990–91 September 20, 1990 May 2, 1991 No. 5[58] 15.920 (17.1 rating)[58]

8 1991–92 September 19, 1991 April 30, 1992 No. 18[59] 13.815 (15.0 rating)[59]

Syndication[edit] Carsey-Werner Distribution handles domestic distribution, while CBS Television Distribution handles international distribution of the series, and has done so since 1997. In the United States, The Cosby Show began its television syndication run in September 1988 in broadcast syndication, shortly before the show's fifth-season premiere, and was at the time distributed by Viacom; many stations that carried the series were Big Three network affiliates, though since the mid 1990s, the show has largely begun airing on independent stations and minor network affiliates. Fort Worth, Texas-based independent station, KTVT, carried the series until 1995, when it ceased operating as a regional cable superstation and became an affiliate of CBS. TBS, then a national cable superstation, carried the series for nearly a decade beginning in 1999. Fellow superstation WGN America
WGN America
began carrying the series shortly thereafter, and continued to until September 2010. Viacom's Nick at Nite
Nick at Nite
began airing reruns of the series in March 2002, and its sister network TV Land
TV Land
began airing reruns in 2004, making The Cosby Show one of the few series that were shown on both Nick at Nite
Nick at Nite
and TV Land at the same time. Pulled from broadcasting[edit] Reruns of The Cosby
Cosby
Show have been pulled as a result of sexual assault allegations against Cosby. In November 2014, TV Land
TV Land
pulled the series from its lineup.[60][61] In December 2014, the Magic Johnson owned network Aspire removed the show from its lineup.[62] BET's Centric (another Viacom
Viacom
unit) stopped airing reruns of The Cosby Show. At the same time, barter syndication The Program Exchange ceased distributing the latter show.[63][64] Bounce TV, however, resumed airing the series in December 2016. On May 19, 2017, TV One began airing reruns of the show. Spin-off[edit] Main article: A Different World The Cosby
Cosby
Show's producers created a spin-off series called A Different World that was built around the "Denise" character (portrayed by actress Lisa Bonet), the second of the Huxtables' four daughters. Initially, the new program dealt with Denise's life at Hillman College, the fictional historically black college from which her father, mother, and paternal grandfather had graduated. Denise was written out of A Different World
A Different World
after its inaugural season, due to Bonet's pregnancy, and the following season was revamped, with the addition of director Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen
(Phylicia Rashad's sister) and new characters.[65] Denise later became a recurring character on The Cosby
Cosby
Show for seasons four and five, and a regular again in seasons six and seven. Awards and honors[edit] Awards won[edit] Emmy Awards[66]

Outstanding Comedy Series (1985) Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (1985) – Michael Leeson and Ed. Weinberger
Ed. Weinberger
for the pilot episode Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series (1985) – Jay Sandrich for "The Younger Woman" Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series (1986) – Jay Sandrich for "Denise's Friend" Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (1986) – Roscoe Lee Browne for "The Card Game" Outstanding Editing for a Series – Multi-Camera Production (1986) – Henry Chan for "Full House"

Golden Globe Awards

Best TV Series – Comedy (1985) Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Comedy – Bill Cosby (1985, 1986) 2 wins

NAACP Image Awards

Outstanding Comedy Series (1988) Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(1988, 1989) 2 wins Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1989, 1993) 2 wins

Peabody Award
Peabody Award
(1986) People's Choice Awards

Favorite New TV Comedy Program (1985) Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program – Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1985) Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program – Phylicia Rashad (1985) Favorite TV Comedy Program (1985–89) 5 wins Favorite Male TV Performer – Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1986–92) 7 wins Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer – Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1986–88, 1990–91) 5 wins Favorite Young TV Performer – Keshia Knight Pulliam (1988) All-Time Favorite TV Program (1989) Favorite Female TV Performer – Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(1989) Favorite All-Around Male Star – Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1989) Favorite TV Comedy Series (1990, 1992) 2 wins

Nominations[edit] Emmy Awards[66]

Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/video control for a series – 1985 Outstanding Live
Live
and Tape Sound Mixing and Sound Effects for a series – (1985) 2 nominations Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series – (1985–86) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Phylicia Rashad (1985–86) 2 nominations Outstanding Comedy Series (1986–87) 2 nominations Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Lisa Bonet (1986) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Keshia Knight Pulliam (1986) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1986) Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special
Special
– (1986–87) Outstanding Editing for a Series (multi camera production) – (1987) Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Jay Sandrich (1987) Outstanding Comedy Series – (1987) Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series – Eileen Heckart (1988) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr.
(1989)

Golden Globe Awards

Best TV Series – Comedy – (1986–1987) – Two nominations Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Comedy – Bill Cosby (1987)

Other honors[edit]

1993: TV Guide
TV Guide
named The Cosby
Cosby
Show the All-Time Best Family Show in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.[67] 1997: TV Guide
TV Guide
ranked the episode "Happy Anniversary" #54 on their list of the 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time[68] 1999: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
placed show's debut at #24 in its list of the "100 Greatest Moments in Television"[69] 2002: TV Guide
TV Guide
placed The Cosby
Cosby
Show at #28 in its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time[70] 2004: TV Guide
TV Guide
ranked Cliff Huxtable number 1 on its 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time list[71] 2004: Bravo ranked Cliff Huxtable #44 on its list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters[72] 2007: Time magazine placed the show on its unranked list of "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME"[73] 2007: USA Today's web site ranked the show as #8 in its list of the "top 25 TV moments of the past quarter century"[74] 2008: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
selected Cliff Huxtable as the Dad for "The Perfect TV Family"[75] 2013: TV Guide
TV Guide
ranked The Cosby
Cosby
Show #26 on its list of the 60 Best Series.[76]

Albums[edit] Two albums were produced that included various theme and background music from the show. The albums were presented by longtime Cosby collaborator Stu Gardner. They were:

A House Full of Love: Music from The Cosby
Cosby
Show (1986) Total Happiness (Music from the Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show, Vol. II) (1987)

In popular culture[edit]

During the series' run, the character of Cliff Huxtable frequently wore an array of knit sweaters that were often brightly colored and featured abstract, asymmetrical patterns or themes. The sweaters were erroneously thought to be designed by the Australian clothing company Coogi, but were actually designed by Dutchman Koos Van Den Akker.[77][78][79]

They were dubbed " Cosby
Cosby
sweaters", a term that is used to describe sweaters that are generally deemed garish and unappealing.[80][81] In May 2008, Cosby's daughter Evin auctioned a batch of the sweaters that her father had kept on eBay. The proceeds of the sales went to the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby
Cosby
Foundation, a non profit charity named for Ennis Cosby. Ennis, Cosby's only son, was murdered in January 1997.[82]

The character of Dr. Hibbert, who is featured on the long running animated sitcom The Simpsons, is modelled after Dr. Cliff Huxtable. The Simpsons
The Simpsons
writing staff decided to make Dr. Hibbert
Dr. Hibbert
a parody of Cliff Huxtable after the Fox network moved The Simpsons
The Simpsons
to Thursday nights airing opposite the top rated The Cosby
Cosby
Show.[83]

In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Oil Drums", Starfire says "I would like to watch The Crosby Pudding Half Hour Show of Sweaters. Theo, get your glorp-nops off the kitchen table. Rudy!" DVD releases[edit] All eight seasons of The Cosby
Cosby
Show have been released on DVD in Region 1. Seasons one and two were released by UrbanWorks which was subsequently acquired by First Look Studios, who then released the remaining six seasons. Seasons One and Two contain special features, including the ninety minute retrospective documentary entitled The Cosby
Cosby
Show: A Look Back, which aired on NBC
NBC
in May 2002. It contains interviews with cast members, bloopers, deleted scenes and audition footage. In December 2010, First Look Studios filed bankruptcy, and all its assets were subsequently acquired by Millennium Entertainment, who also took over distribution of The Cosby Show DVD releases. As of 2013, these releases have been discontinued, and are now out of print. On November 5, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series. They have subsequently re released all eight seasons on DVD.[84][85][86][87] On September 1, 2015, Mill Creek released a sixteen disc complete series set entitled The Cosby
Cosby
Show – The Complete Series.[88] In Region 4, Magna Pacific
Magna Pacific
has released all eight seasons on DVD in Australia
Australia
and New Zealand. The first two seasons have similar artwork to the North American copies, although season two is red rather than blue. Each Australian cover also features the tagline "In a house full of love, there is always room for more". Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released Seasons 1 to 4 in Region 2 (United Kingdom).

DVD title Ep # Release dates

Region 1 Region 2 Region 4

Season 1 24 August 2, 2005 January 21, 2014 (re release) May 19, 2008 October 4, 2006

Season 2 25 March 7, 2006 January 21, 2014 (re release) August 25, 2008 February 7, 2007

Season 3 25 June 5, 2007 April 15, 2014 (re release) Oct 13, 2008 April 4, 2007

Season 4 24 June 5, 2007 April 15, 2014 (re release) Feb 9, 2009 November 7, 2007

Season 5 26 November 6, 2007 January 6, 2015 (re release)

March 5, 2008

Season 6 26 November 6, 2007 January 6, 2015 (re release)

July 9, 2008

Season 7 26 April 8, 2008 June 16, 2015 (re release)

January 13, 2010

Season 8 25 April 8, 2008 June 16, 2015 (re release)

January 13, 2010

25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition 202 November 11, 2008 September 1, 2015 (re release)

Collector's Edition 202

August 6, 2014

Note: The Millennium Entertainment
Millennium Entertainment
release of season one contains the edited versions of the episodes aired in syndication. However, all subsequent DVD releases (including the complete series set) contain the original, uncut broadcast versions. In 2011, Millennium quietly released season one uncut in Region 1, which featured the special features from The Complete Series set. References[edit]

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Television in the United States portal Comedy portal

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Characters

Cliff Huxtable Clair Huxtable Sondra Huxtable Denise Huxtable Theodore Huxtable Rudy Huxtable

Episodes

"Pilot" "Goodbye Mr. Fish"

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top-rated United States network television show

1950s

50–51: Texaco Star Theater 51–52: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts 52–53, 53–54, 54–55: I Love Lucy 55–56: The $64,000 Question 56–57: I Love Lucy 57–58, 58–59, 59–60: Gunsmoke

1960s

60–61: Gunsmoke 61–62: Wagon Train 62–63, 63–64: The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
(S1, S2) 64–65, 65–66, 66–67: Bonanza 67–68: The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
(S8) 68–69, 69–70: Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

1970s

70–71: Marcus Welby, M.D. 71–72, 72–73, 73–74, 74–75, 75–76: All in the Family
All in the Family
(S2, S3, S4, S5, S6) 76–77: Happy Days
Happy Days
(S4) 77–78, 78–79: Laverne & Shirley (S3, S4) 79–80: 60 Minutes

1980s

80–81, 81–82: Dallas (S4, S5) 82–83: 60 Minutes 83–84: Dallas (S7) 84–85: Dynasty 85–86, 86–87, 87–88, 88–89: The Cosby
Cosby
Show (S2, S3, S4, S5) 89–90: Roseanne
Roseanne
(S2)/The Cosby
Cosby
Show (S6)

1990s

90–91: Cheers
Cheers
(S9) 91–92, 92–93, 93–94: 60 Minutes 94–95: Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(S6) 95–96, 96–97: ER (S2, S3) 97–98: Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(S9) 98–99: ER (S5) 99–2000: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

2000s

00–01: Survivor
Survivor
(S2-AO) 01–02: Friends
Friends
(S8) 02–03, 03–04, 04–05,: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (S3, S4, S5) 05–06, 06–07, 07–08, 08–09, 09–10: American Idol
American Idol
(S5, S6, S7, S8, S9)

2010s

10–11: American Idol
American Idol
(S10) 11-12: NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football 12-13: NCIS (S10) 13-14, 14-15, 15-16, 16–17: NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football

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Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

The Governor & J.J. (1969) The Carol Burnett Show
The Carol Burnett Show
(1970) All in the Family, season 1/season 2 (1971) All in the Family, season 2/season 3 (1972) All in the Family, season 3/season 4 (1973) Rhoda, season 1 (1974) Barney Miller, season 1/season 2 (1975) Barney Miller, season 2/season 3 (1976) All in the Family, season 7/season 8 (1977) Taxi, season 1 (1978) Alice/Taxi, season 1/season 2 (1979) Taxi, season 2/season 3 (1980) M*A*S*H, season 9/season 10 (1981) Fame (1982) Fame (1983) The Cosby
Cosby
Show, season 1 (1984) The Golden Girls, season 1(1985) The Golden Girls, season 1/season 2 (1986) The Golden Girls, season 2/season 3 (1987) The Wonder Years, season 1/season 2 (1988) Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
(1989) Cheers, season 8/season 9 (1990) Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Bridge (1991) Roseanne, season 4/season 5 (1992) Seinfeld, season 4/season 5 (1993) Frasier, season 1/season 2 & Mad About You
Mad About You
(1994) Cybill
Cybill
(1995) 3rd Rock from the Sun, season 1/season 2 (1996) Ally McBeal, season 1 (1997) Ally McBeal, season 1/season 2 (1998) Sex and the City, season 2 (1999) Sex and the City, season 3 (2000) Sex and the City, season 4 (2001) Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
(2002) The Office (UK) (2003) Desperate Housewives, season 1 (2004) Desperate Housewives, season 1/season 2 (2005) Ugly Betty, season 1 (2006) Extras (2007) 30 Rock, season 2/season 3 (2008) Glee, season 1 (2009) Glee, season 1/season 2 (2010) Modern Family, season 2/season 3 (2011) Girls, season 1 (2012) Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Nine-Nine, season 1 (2013) Transparent, season 1 (2014) Mozart in the Jungle, season 1 (2015) Atlanta, season 1 (2016) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 1 (2017)

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series

The Red Skelton Show
The Red Skelton Show
(1952) I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
(1953) I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
(1954) Make Room for Daddy (1955) The Phil Silvers Show
The Phil Silvers Show
(1956) The Phil Silvers Show
The Phil Silvers Show
(1957) The Phil Silvers Show
The Phil Silvers Show
(1958) The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
(1959) The Art Carney Special
Special
(1960) The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
(1961) The Bob Newhart Show (1962) The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1963) The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1964) The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1965) The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1966) The Monkees (1967) Get Smart
Get Smart
(1968) Get Smart
Get Smart
(1969) My World and Welcome to It (1970) All in the Family
All in the Family
(1971) All in the Family
All in the Family
(1972) All in the Family
All in the Family
(1973) M*A*S*H (1974) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(1975) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(1976) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(1977) All in the Family
All in the Family
(1978) Taxi (1979) Taxi (1980) Taxi (1981) Barney Miller
Barney Miller
(1982) Cheers
Cheers
(1983) Cheers
Cheers
(1984) The Cosby
Cosby
Show (1985) The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
(1986) The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
(1987) The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
(1988) Cheers
Cheers
(1989) Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
(1990) Cheers
Cheers
(1991) Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
(1992) Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(1993) Frasier
Frasier
(1994) Frasier
Frasier
(1995) Frasier
Frasier
(1996) Frasier
Frasier
(1997) Frasier
Frasier
(1998) Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
(1999) Will & Grace (2000) Sex and the City
Sex and the City
(2001) Friends
Friends
(2002) Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
(2003) Arrested Development (2004) Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
(2005) The Office (2006) 30 Rock
30 Rock
(2007) 30 Rock
30 Rock
(2008) 30 Rock
30 Rock
(2009) Modern Family
Modern Family
(2010) Modern Family
Modern Family
(2011) Modern Family
Modern Family
(2012) Modern Family
Modern Family
(2013) Modern Family
Modern Family
(2014) Veep
Veep
(2015) Veep
Veep
(2016) Veep
Veep
(2017)

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TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

The Cosby
Cosby
Show, season 1 (1985) The Cosby
Cosby
Show, season 2 (1986) It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, season 1 (1987) Frank’s Place, season 1 / The Wonder Years, season 1 (1988) Murphy Brown, season 1 (1989) The Simpsons, season 1 (1990) Murphy Brown, season 3 (1991) Seinfeld, season 3 (1992) Seinfeld, season 4 (1993) Frasier, season 1 (1994) Frasier, season 2 (1995) Frasier, season 3 (1996) The Larry Sanders Show, season 5 (1997) The Larry Sanders Show, season 6 (1998) Sports Night, season 1 (1999) Malcolm in the Middle, season 1 (2000) Malcolm in the Middle, season 2 (2001) The Bernie Mac Show, season 1 (2002) The Daily Show
The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart, season 7/season 8 (2003) Arrested Development, season 1 (2004) Arrested Development, season 2 (2005) The Office, season 2 (2006) The Office, season 3 (2007) 30 Rock, season 2 (2008) The Big Bang Theory, season 2 (2009) Modern Family, season 1 (2010) Modern Family, season 2 (2011) Louie, season 2 (2012) The Big Bang Theory, season 6 / Parks and Recreation, season 5 (2013) Louie, season 4 / Veep, season 3 (2014) Inside Amy Schumer, season 3 (2015) Black-ish, season 2 (2016) Atlanta, season 1 (2017)

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Bill Cosby

Comedy albums

Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is a Very Funny Fellow...Right! (1963) I Started Out as a Child (1964) Why Is There Air? (1965) Wonderfulness (1966) Revenge (1967) To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (1968) 200 M.P.H. (1968) 8:15 12:15 (1969) It's True! It's True!
It's True! It's True!
(1969) Sports (1969) Live: Madison Square Garden Center (1970) When I Was a Kid (1971) For Adults Only (1971) Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1972) Fat Albert (1973) My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? What Must I Do? (1977) Bill's Best Friend
Bill's Best Friend
(1978) Bill Cosby: Himself (1982) Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
(1986) Oh, Baby! (1991)

Music albums

Silver Throat: Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings (1967) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! (1968) Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band (1971) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Talks to Kids About Drugs (1971) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band (1972) At Last Bill Cosby
Cosby
Really Sings (1974) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is Not Himself These Days (1976) Disco Bill
Disco Bill
(1977) State of Emergency (2009)

Compilations

The Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1969) More of the Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1970) Bill (1973) Down Under (1975)

Singles

"Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)" (1967) "Yes, Yes, Yes" (1976)

Television

The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show (1969–71) The New Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show (1972) Fat Albert and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids (1972–85) Cos (1976) The Cosby
Cosby
Show (1984–92) A Different World
A Different World
(1987–93) The Cosby
Cosby
Mysteries (1994–95) Cosby
Cosby
(1996–2000) Little Bill (1999–2004) Fatherhood (2004–05)

Stand-up comedy films and specials

Himself (1983) Bill Cosby
Cosby
77 (unreleased)

Family

Camille Cosby Ennis Cosby Erika Cosby

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People's Choice Awards
People's Choice Awards
for Favorite New TV Comedy

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
(1978) Mork & Mindy (1979) Too Close for Comfort
Too Close for Comfort
(1981) Private Benjamin (1982) Cheers
Cheers
(1983) Webster (1984) The Cosby
Cosby
Show (1985) The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
(1986) ALF (1987) A Different World
A Different World
/ My Two Dads
My Two Dads
(1988) Roseanne
Roseanne
(1989) Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
(1990) In Living Color
In Living Color
/ The Simpsons
The Simpsons
(1991) Home Improvement (1992) Martin (1993) Frasier
Frasier
/ Grace Under Fire
Grace Under Fire
(1994) Ellen / Friends
Friends
(1995) Caroline in the City (1996) Cosby
Cosby
(1997) Veronica's Closet
Veronica's Closet
/ Dharma & Greg (1998) Jesse / Will & Grace (1999) Stark Raving Mad (2000) Ed (2001) My Wife and Kids
My Wife and Kids
(2002) 8 Simple Rules
8 Simple Rules
(2003) Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
(2004) Joey (2005) My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
(2006) The Class (2007) Samantha Who?
Samantha Who?
(2008) Gary Unmarried
Gary Unmarried
(2009) Glee (2010) $h*! My Dad Says
$h*! My Dad Says
(2011) 2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
(2012) The New Normal (2013) Super Fun Night
Super Fun Night
(2014) Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin
(2015) Scream Queens
Queens
(2016) Man

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