The Cosby Show

Season 5 Episode 11

Is There a Hamster in the House?

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 1988 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • In syndication, the scenes at the veterinary clinic are shortened or cut out. These include a segment where Rudy asks to pet the sea lion, and when they hear an elephant giving birth outside.

    • At the 1989 Young Artist Awards, the series was honored as Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special. The award went to Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lisa Bonet, Sabrina LeBeauf, Geoffrey Owens and Deon Richmond (Kenny). The how was also nominated for Best Family Television Series.

    • Sabrina LeBeauf and Geoffrey Owens do not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Cliff's reference to the replacement hamster as "Darrin #2" is an allusion to the 1960's sitcom Bewitched, in which Dick Sargent was often referred to as "Darrin #2" after replacing Dick York in the starring role of Darrin Stevens midway through the series.

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