The Cosby Mysteries

Season 1 Episode 1

The Cosby Mysteries (Part 1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 1994 on NBC
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The Cosby Mysteries (Part 1)
After taking a bullet in the shoulder and winning the lottery all in one day, Detective Guy Hanks retires from the New York Police Department. However, the peace and quiet he hopes for is short-lived when his old partner, Adam Sully, calls him in to consult on the murder of a corporate executive. Meanwhile, Hanks tries to make time with his lovely physical therapist who is also a crime buff.moreless

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  • This TV movie introduces the characters, sets up the series AND still manages to provide a compelling mystery to be solved.

    With a script by William Link and David Black, "The Cosby Mysteries" comes out of the gate with a strong TV movie pilot. We are introduced to all of our characters and they are immediately real people. Guy Hanks is depicted as a full-fledged character - funny, smart, romantic, witty and dogged. This show really played up the forensics side of crime-solving. Guy was smart and asked the right questions (a la "Columbo"), but it's his analysis of crime scenes that leads him to nail the killer. The cast and Cosby play off each other like old pros. Although Alice Playten would not make the transition to the series, her Oona Dowd is in many ways a better character than Rita Moreno's Angie. James Naughton is a cop in the "Law & Order" mold and seems at times like a young Lennie Briscoe. Lynn Whitfield is at her best in this movie. Her character didn't act the same in the series...maybe the writers should have kept Guy and Barbara on the edges of a relationship for a longer time. And Mos Def is almost channeling a younger Cosby in his scenes.

    A good stand-alone mystery in its own right, "The Cosby Mysteries" is also a slam-bang start to the series.moreless
William Link

William Link

Ben Sapelsky

Guest Star

Alice Payton

Alice Payton

Oona Dowd

Guest Star

Saundra Santiago

Saundra Santiago


Guest Star

Robert Stanton

Robert Stanton

John Chapman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Guy learns of the reassignment of his old team, the names of all of the men mentioned are NBC executives or personalities. "Ohlmeyer" is Don Ohlmeyer, the former head of West Coast entertainment; "Littlefield" is Warren Littlefield, former president of NBC entertainment; "Brokaw" is Tom Brokaw, the long-time anchor of the NBC Nightly News.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Guy finds the suspect hiding in a bathroom stall)
      Guy Hanks: You going to be in there long? Make sure you flush before you come out of there.

    • Sully: (describing Chapman) This guy closes more cases than a bellhop.

    • (Guy arrives at a crime scene)
      Chapman: I thought you were retired.
      Guy Hanks: Everyone needs a hobby.

    • Reporter: Mr. Hanks, will winning the lottery change your life?
      Guy Hanks: What?
      Reporter: Will it change your life?
      Guy Hanks: No!
      (Next, we see Guy's apartment, where a construction crew is working on tearing down a wall)
      Guy Hanks: I don't want a second bathroom.
      Oona: You need a second bathroom!
      Guy Hanks: I don't WANT a second bathroom.

    • (After being shot, Guy is being wheeled into surgery)
      Sully: Hey Guy, your number's up!
      Guy Hanks: No, no, it's only a flesh wound.
      Sully: No! (holds up lottery ticket) Your number's up! You won!
      Guy Hanks: I won...(sits up on the gurney) I have to go. I...I won the lottery.

  • NOTES (4)