Cosby

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 21

    The Song Remains the Same

    Aired 4/28/00

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    A Long Night's Journey

    Aired 4/21/00

  • S 4 : Ep 19

    Kids Eat the Darndest Things

    Aired 4/14/00

  • S 4 : Ep 18

    Thursday's Child

    Aired 4/14/00

  • S 4 : Ep 17

    A Pair of Threes Beats a Flush Every Time

    Aired 4/7/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Cosby

    Hilton Lucas

  • Madeline Kahn

    Pauline Fox (1996-1999)

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Ruth Lucas

  • Jurnee Smollett

    Jurnee (1998-2000)

  • Doug E. Doug

    Griffin Vesey

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  • After being one of the ten-thousand people who were downsized at the airport, Hilton Lucas (Bill Cosby) is forced to retire and stay home with his wife Ruth (Phylicia Rashad) and his daughter Erica (T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh). Unfortunately for Hilton, Erica's friend Griffin Vesey (Doug E. Doug) is also staying with the family. At first, Ruth was not too thrilled of the idea of Hilton being home for the rest of his life, but eventually she got used to it. Ruth also owns her own coffee shop, along with long-time family friend Pauline Fox (Madeline Kahn). Witness the many hilarious moments and sometimes interesting situations on Cosby. Broadcast History Sept. 1996-July 1999 CBS Monday, 8:00 PM July 1999-Dec. 2000 CBS Wednesday, 8:00 PM Jan. 2000-Apr. 2000 CBS Friday, 8:30 PM Nielsen Ratings (Ranking) #23 in 1996-1997 Season #25 in 1997-1998 Season #28 in 1998-1999 Season #87 in 1999-2000 Season Awards & Nominations •1998 BMI TV Music Award - Won - Bill Cosby, Benny Golson •1997 BMI TV Music Award - Won - Bill Cosby, Benny Golson •1997 Emmy - Won Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) For a Comedy Series - Alan Walker (director of photography) For show #101. •1997 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video For a Series - Stephen A. Jones (camera), Karl Messerschmidt (technical director), Neal Carlos (camera), Tom Conkright (camera), Ritch Kenney (camera), J.A. Stuewe Prudden (video control), Theodore Ashton (camera) For show #101. •1999 Golden Satellite Award - Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Phylicia Rashad •2000 Image Award - Won Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett •2000 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1999 Image Award - Won Outstanding Comedy Series •1999 Image Award - Won Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett •1999 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1999 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Phylicia Rashad •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh •1997 Image Award - Won Outstanding Comedy Series •1997 Image Award - Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Phylicia Rashad •1997 People's Choice Award - Won Favorite Television New Comedy Series •2000 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actor in a Comedy - Bill Cosby •2000 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actress in a Comedy - Phylicia Rashad •1999 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actor in a Comedy - Bill Cosby Theme Song "Monk's Hat" Composed by Benny Golson and Bill Cosbymoreless

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  • Quotes (5)

    • Kid: Hey, look. Pauline: Oh. What is that man doing? He's breaking in to that apartment. (Later) Pauline: This is not good. I'm looking at myself in the camera and my face isn't symmetrical.

    • Debra: "I know you did it, Ruth. Oh, you just couldn't stand to see me on the cover of Jet, could you, girl? I know that! I know that!" Pauline: "Alright, now, listen here, Miss Red Dress Pulling Up Her Skirt And Jumping On Mr. Rhyming Man. Alright? Now, that is what you get for being all up in your daughter's Kool-Aid without knowing, without knowing what the flavor is! And in closing, I would add, and I am sorry about this, but darling, I think you have as much chance of being on the cover of "Jet" magazine as Lil' Miss Kathie Lee Gifford."

    • Jurnee: "How can you have sex without getting pregnant?"

    • Professor Christo: When I became inflamed with passion for the poetry, Mr. Lucas did not move. There he sat, steady as a stone wall. Hilton: That's what happens when you get old. Many people mistake slow reaction time for courage.

    • Hilton: That's my point. Marriage is a long dance. Once in a while, you're going to step on each other's feet. But you can't keep looking down at your shoes. You've just got to feel the music and go with it. Griffin: And if you can't dance, you can do that thing Mr. Lucas is doing. Hilton: Good one.

    Notes (33)

    • The opening credits for "Cosby" feature Bill (Hilton) walking around New York City.

    • The original story of this series was to be a continuation of "The Cosby Show" with Telma Hopkins as Claire Huxtable because they couldn't get in touch with Phylicia Rashad. Then, Bill Cosby changed the plot and story to do something different and created a new backstory. So, when Telma was dropped as Ruth Lucas and Phylicia Rashad was cast she didn't know about the plot change and thought she would still be playing Claire Huxtable and when she heard the news she was devastated but still a little happy at the thought of doing something new with Bill.

    • Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad previously worked together as husband and wife on The Cosby Show. They played Cliff and Clair Huxtable for eight years together and continue with more four more years together.

    • Audra McDonald was originally cast as Erica Lucas but was dropped with Telma Hopkins.

    • Telma Hopkins was originally cast as Ruth Lucas but due to lack of chemistry between her and Bill Cosby the producers got Phylicia Rashad.

    • Thirteen episodes in the series have the word "Lucas" or a form of "Lucas" in the title.

    • Earle Hyman played Bill Cosby's father of The Cosby Show

    • Keshia Knight Pulliam, Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad previously worked together on The Cosby Show. Keshia played the youngest daughter Rudy.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Cosby was actually a remake of the great BBC sitcom, "One Foot In The Grave".

    • This episode is based on the "One Foot In The Grave" episode "The Valley of Fear", in which Victor Meldrew forms a neighborhood watch organization. It also borrows an element from the episode "Warm Champagne" in which an elderly woman is wrongly brought from the hospital to Victor's house and is discovered sleeping in his bedroom.

    • The glass that Ruth uses in the kitchen while talking to her friend and while the dogs lays on the floor are the same glasses that are used throughout the Cosby Show series. They are little glasses with blue lines and decoration on them. You can see them in episode 152 "Bird in Hand" of the Cosby Show.

    • In this episode, Del seems very uncomfortable about discussing sex with Jurnee, but in "Love Intervention," it was shown that Jurnee had an older sister. Didn't Del have any talks with her first, and couldn't he ask Jurnee's sister for help in straightening Jurnee out?

    • Tom Poston and Dave Thomas also portrayed father and son in a number of episodes of Grace Under Fire during the same time.

    Allusions (11)

    • The title alludes to the 1982 movie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    • The title alludes to the 1967 movie, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

    • The title alludes to the 1932 Aldous Huxley book, Brave New World.

    • The title is an allusion to the 1965 movie with the same name.

    • The title alludes to the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own.

    • The title alludes to the 1957 movie with the same name.

    • Gilbert Gottfried: David Letterman! Gilbert Gottfried's reaction everytime he hears David Letterman's name is an old Vaudeville act called "Slowly I Turned". It was also featured in an episode of "I Love Lucy" and a "Three Stooges" short.

    • The title alludes to the 1992 John Gray book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

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  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Missing Episodes.

    By andrewhurricane10, Nov 09, 2013

  • You will learn plenty!

    By T_VFan, May 11, 2012

  • Premeiring in 1984 as M*A*S*H* was just saying goodbye, added another staple of late night television. It was based on a typical New York Family of seven, with mom who is a lawyer, and Dad who is a Doctor. Every week we laughed as a brlliant cast did.

    By bugsbunny04450, Jun 28, 2008

  • Great show!!

    By _Tamm_, Apr 12, 2008

  • OLD

    By Swrdzmanking, Jan 29, 2008

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