The largely successful NBC sitcom The Cosby Show ran for eight successful seasons before the final show aired on April 30, 1992. The groundbreaking show centered on an upper-middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.
The Cosby Show starred Bill Cosby, a widely known comedian before the show debuted, who played Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable, an obstetrician. Phylicia Rashād played Clair Hanks Huxtable, an attorney.
Together they had five children, Denise Huxtable Kendall (Lisa Bonet), Theodore "Theo" Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), Vanessa Huxtable (Tempestt Bledsoe), Rudith "Rudy" Huxtable (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux (Sabrina Le Beauf). In season six, watchers were introduced to Olivia Kendall (Raven-Symoné), who played Cliff Huxtable's step-granddaughter.
The Huxtables held the highest ratings in their prime-time spot for five consecutive seasons between 1984 and 1989.
The popularity of The Cosby Show allowed for the spin-off of A Different World, based on the fictional historically Black college Hilman College. The series received several Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Comedy in 1986.
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