The Cosby Show

Season 3 Episode 25

Hillman

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 07, 1987 on NBC
6.9
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The Huxtables attend the retirement ceremony for Dr. Hanes the president of Hillman. Cliff is asked to serve as master of ceremonies.

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  • powerful

    10
    Amazing episode! !! Love the choir scene when Claire sings.
  • The beginning was all right. The rest was pointless.

    3.0
    I know Cosby must have been trying to inspire young people to go to college with this episode, but it was still terribly dull and pretentious and did not make for good TV. It mostly consisted of Cliff reminiscing with his college professors, and then a very long commencement ceremony. Clair sang in the choir at the ceremony and the camera kept cutting to the doe-eyed awe and clasped hands of the Huxtable kids. It was just way too corny. The word "Hillman" is repeated so many times in this ep you would think Cosby was trying to encourage kids to go there--except it's fictional, so I don't see why so much time was spent fawning over Hillman, a college that doesn't even exist. The lady who was taking over the college gave the sappiest, most pretentious speech: "Why did I agree to accept this position as the president of Hillman? Because....it is....Hillman!" Snoozefest.moreless
  • The show depicts the changing of the guard from Dr Haynes (Dr Benjamin E Mays-Character) to Dr Bracey (Spelman Alumnae Like Pres.). The episode leans heavily on the traditions & historical aspects of Spelman/Morehouse filmed in Sisters Chapel at Spelman.moreless

    10
    This show introduces us to Hillman College a fictional depiction of the renowned historically Black Colleges Spelman and Morehouse of Atlanta, GA. The show draws heavily from the traditions and the activities of the Spelman College experience in a Founder\'s Day like celebration. The Show is filmed on the campus of Spelman College in Reynolds’s Cottage - home of the College President and the beautiful Sisters Chapel. Clair and Heathcliff Huxtuble return to their Alma Mater to participate in this changing of the presidential guard of the college episode along with the full Huxtable clan including the Huxtable Grandparents who are also Hillman Alumni. This is an excellent episode that probably led to the development of the spin-off show - A Different World which is based on the Hillman College campus. The messages and traditions are true to character of Spelman College and I found it to be most rewarding to see my Alma Mater depicted in this fictional episode. Keisha Knight Pullman (Rudy) claims this episode lead clearly guided her decision to attend Spelman and as we also know many other young girls to make the same decision. - An Excellent Episodemoreless
Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Denise Huxtable Kendall (seasons 1 - 3, 6 - 7, recurring seasons 4 - 5)

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Gloria Foster

Gloria Foster

Dr. Barbara Bracy

Guest Star

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Phyllis

Guest Star

Samuel Cosby

Samuel Cosby

Unknown

Guest Star

Clarice Taylor

Clarice Taylor

Anna Huxtable

Recurring Role

Earle Hyman

Earle Hyman

Russell Huxtable

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Denise introduces both Clair and Sondra to her roommate Phyllis. Clair was down at Hillman earlier that year, however, and should have already been introduced to Denise's roommate.

    • Goof: Denise takes a puppy calendar off of the wall and covers her sexy man calendar with it so her mom won't see. When her mom comes in her room, you can still see the puppy calendar on the wall that Denise took it from. When they leave the room, the puppy calendar is now covering the man calendar again.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • After this episode, Lisa Bonet left the series to star in the spinoff A Different World.

    • At the 1987 Emmy Awards, The Cosby Show was nominated for Best Comedy Series.

    • Phylicia Rashad performs "All Good Things Will Be Added Unto You" by Shelton Becton.

    • Dr. Harris was originally intended to be a regular character on A Different World. However, he is only credited as such in one episode, which didn't air until after the completion of the first season. After the show was revamped (most notably with the additions of Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison), he made just one other appearance, as a guest star.

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