The Cosby Show

Pilot

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Clair is furious when Theo brings home a report card with 4 D's. He tells Cliff that he has no intention of going to college, as he feels that he is destined to be a "regular person." Cliff uses Monopoly money to teach him about the economic realities that many blue-collar workers must face. He assures Theo that he only wants him to try his best. Cliff is alarmed to meet Denise's latest beau, a former merchant marine who once spent time in a Turkish prison.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lisa Bonet

    Denise Huxtable

  • Bill Cosby

    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudy Huxtable

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Clair Huxtable

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theo Huxtable

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Loved the entire show....but there was room to be better

    By giggles9800, Apr 27, 2007

  • I have never laughed so hard

    By angelegod2121, May 18, 2006

  • The answer to why The Cosby Show was so successful is in this episode.

    By RCC2K5, Oct 31, 2005

  • Classic starter to a great show

    By LainiTiye, Jul 15, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Clair: New rule in this house starting now! Nobody's to touch anybody anywhere with anything for the rest of their lives!

    • Cliff: I love you son. Theo: Yeah Dad, I know. Cliff: Yeah, and maybe your mother loves you too.

    • Vanessa: Dad, Denise pushed us out of the bathroom, so the soap's in Rudy's eyes and she wouldn't let me rinse out the shampoo like Mom said and now Rudy might be blinded for life! If she is, can we get a dog?

    • Cliff (eyeing Theo's messy room): Hard to get good help around here these days.

    • Cliff: Theo, your mother asked me to come up here and kill you.

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    Notes (19)

    • Phylicia Rashad was credited as Phylicia Ayres-Allen for the first two seasons of the series.

    • When they are all eating dinner Vanessa calls Theo Teddy which is the only time he is ever called that.

    • When Cliff is talking to Denise's date, Clair comes down the stairs, mad at the kids and their bickering and she goes off yelling to them in Spanish something that translates to: "Don't tell me you won't because you will have to do it anyway!" Clair going off in Spanish when she got mad was intended to be a trait of her character. However, as the show gained shape this idea was discarded. Clair can be seen in later episodes speaking some Spanish, but only when talking to Hispanic characters ("Mr. Quiet") or when posing as a hispanic character on a hypothetical situation ("Particles in Motion"), but not because she gets mad.

    • During the first scene of all episodes of The Cosby Show, the producers, director, and writer are credited in the begining, with a shot of the house in the backrgound. For this episode only, these credits are during the final scene, before going into the ending sequence.

    • On the original broadcasts of each episode, there was a brief clip of the logo as well as a shot of Bill Cosby (from the opening sequence) when going into the commercial break. This is not shown in syndication, but can be seen in the collector's edition DVD set.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Another thing Cliff forgot to deduct from Theo's "Monopoly" salary: utilities (power, water, etc.) for his apartment in Manhattan or New Jersey.

    • One thing Cliff left out of Theo's "Expenses": gas and insurance for his car/motorbike. It is highly unlikely that $200 or $100 would cover a car/bike payment plus gas and insurance, even in 1984.

    • When this show was originally pitched, the Huxtables were intended to be a blue collar family. Cliff was supposed to be a chauffeur and Clair was supposed to be a housewife.

    • Goof:After Theo gives up an extra $100 for clothes, he is clearly holding $300 left in his hand. However when the camera switches back to Cliff, who asks how much is left, it switches back to Theo, who is only holding $200 left.

    • The nameplate outside Cliff's office says: "Clifford Huxtable, M.D." This continues for a few episodes until it is revealed that Cliff is short for "Heathcliff," not "Clifford." After this, the nameplate is seen from a distance--too far to be read by viewers.

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