The Cosby Show

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Denise leaves for college. Theo learns about the March on Washington. Cliff turns fifty. Sondra gets engaged.
Starring
Bill CosbyPhylicia RashadMalcolm-Jamal Warner
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Food for Thought
    October 2 1986
    22min
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    After a friend has a mild heart attack, Cliff struggles with his cravings when Clair insists he cut down on fried and fatty foods.
  2. 2. Bring 'Em Back Alive
    September 25 1986
    22min
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    Havoc erupts in the Huxtable home when Rudy spots a snake in the basement and Cliff is determined to catch the slithery serpent.
  3. 3. Golden Anniversary
    October 9 1986
    22min
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    The whole Huxtable family joins together to make Grandma and Grandpa Huxtable's 50th wedding anniversary a special evening.
  4. 4. Mother, May I?
    October 23 1986
    22min
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    Cliff and Clair have their hands full with Vanessa, after the rebellious teenager ignores their order not to wear make-up - and comes home from school with the evidence all over her face.
  5. 5. Man Talk
    October 16 1986
    22min
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    Theo and friends are supposed to be studying for their college entrance exams but instead the conversation keeps turning to girls.
  6. 6. The March
    October 30 1986
    22min
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    When Theo receives a mediocre grade on a history paper that he thought he aced, his grandparents give him some insight on how to improve his grades.
  7. 7. Theo's Flight
    November 6 1986
    22min
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    Theo wants to take flying lessons after he is impressed by a guest speaker at his school - a World War II fighter pilot.
  8. 8. Vanessa's Rich
    November 13 1986
    22min
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    When Vanessa invites two friends over to visit, they see the large, well-furnished Huxtable home .
  9. 9. Denise Gets a
    November 20 1986
    22min
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    Denise is sure her English paper deserved an "A," but discovers the difference between high school and college when her professor gives her a "D."
  10. 10. War Stories
    December 11 1986
    22min
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    When Cliff's father and his old Army buddies join Cliff in a pinochle game, Cliff is frustrated because the older men keep talking about the Army.
  11. 11. Monster Man Huxtable
    January 8 1987
    22min
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    Sondra and Elvin visit the family on their way to the theater, just as Theo "Monster Man" Huxtable practices for a big wrestling match.
  12. 12. A Girl and Her Dog
    December 4 1986
    22min
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    While Clair is away, Cliff takes care of the family, which now includes a lost puppy that Rudy found.
  13. 13. Cliff in Charge
    December 18 1986
    22min
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    When Clair and her mother-in-law go to Hillman College to visit Denise; Cliff and his father are left in charge of the kids.
  14. 14. Rudy Spends the Night
    January 15 1987
    22min
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    Grandpa and Grandma Huxtable go all-out to entertain Rudy when the youngster spends the night at their home.
  15. 15. Say Hello to a Good Buy
    January 22 1987
    22min
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    A thrifty Cliff pretends to be a man of meager means when he shops for a new car.
  16. 16. Denise Gets an Opinion
    February 5 1987
    22min
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    Denise impatiently waits at home for her blind date, but is confused when Cliff leaves with the boy she thought she was to meet.
  17. 17. Calling Dr. Huxtable
    February 12 1987
    22min
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    It's a labor crisis when Cliff is called to the hospital to deliver three babies.
  18. 18. You Only Hurt the One You Love
    February 19 1987
    22min
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    When Theo and Rudy play wildly in the house, Vanessa warns them that someone is bound to get hurt.
  19. 19. The Shower
    February 26 1987
    22min
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    Clair and Denise attend a bridal shower for Denise's girlfriend.
  20. 20. Cliff's 50th Birthday
    March 12 1987
    22min
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    The Huxtable family and friends celebrate Cliff's 50th Birthday.
  21. 21. I Know That You Know
    March 19 1987
    22min
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    Theo receives a package of practical jokes in the mail and succeeds in fooling Clair, Vanessa and Rudy.
  22. 22. The Andalusian Flu
    April 2 1987
    22min
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    When Cliff and Clair are both bedridden with the flu, Theo volunteers, to the surprise of his parents, to run the household.
  23. 23. Shakespeare
    March 11 2032
    23min
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    Roscoe Lee Browne and Christopher Plummer guest-star as college professors who help Theo and Cockroach study Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."
  24. 24. Bald and Beautiful
    April 9 1987
    22min
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    Cliff and Clair look forward to a visit from their old friends, Scott and Jill Kelly.
  25. 25. Hillman
    May 7 1987
    22min
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    Cliff, Clair and Russell Huxtable visit their alma mater, Hillman College, with the whole family.
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Directors
Jay SandrichTony Singletary
Supporting actors
Keshia Knight PulliamTempest BledsoeLisa BonetSabrina Le Beauf
Producers
Marcy CarseyTom Werner
Season year
1987
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Auburn NiewiadomskiReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Cosby Show Season Three
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Season three's box set triumphantly says "still the greatest" but is this box set the greatest? The answer to that is...no. Urban Works really didn't put much effort into this set, the Cosby Show deserves first rate treatment but it seems like Urban Works just thought, "hey, I know let's not put the slightest bit of effort into these DVD's, I know the fans won't care either." Well they were wrong, after a stellar season two release my expectations were high for the release of season three but it's obviously not enough effort was put into this set. There isn't one bonus feature, and there aren't any episode descriptions, only each episodes title. It gets a little frustrating having to guess what episode you're looking for by the title. And the last disappointment were the DVD cases, there all slim cases with each disc in one case, I enjoyed seeing photographs of the actors on the previous releases but...sigh...I guess it's not too big of a deal. But like season two, there aren't any edited episodes, so I can't really hate on this release.

Season three had some great episodes if you ask me, a really funny one that I can recall is "Planning Parenthood", Cliff decides to take Rudy, Kenny and some of her other friends to a fancy restaurant. Kenny is hysterical and this is one of my favorite episodes that includes Kenny. Another one I absolutely love is "I Know That You Know", I won't get into the synopsis but I just had to say how great this episode was. Now earlier in my review I mentioned how there aren't any episode descriptions so I'll list them below.

Bring `Em Back Alive - Airdate: 9/25/1986 - Rudy finds a snake in the basement.

Food for Thought - Airdate: 10/2/1986 - Clair challenges Cliff to not eat any salty food for the day.

Golden Anniversary - Airdate: 10/9/1986 - It's Russell and Anna's 50th wedding anniversary.

Man Talk - Airdate: 10/16/1986 - Although he has a steady girlfriend, Theo wants to start dating someone else.

Mother, May I? - Airdate: 10/23/1986 - After Clair specifically forbids her from wearing makeup, Vanessa does it anyway behind her mother's back.

The March - Airdate: 10/30/1986 - Theo writes a report on the March on Washington, but gets a poor grade and is asked to redo his project.

Theo's Flight - Airdate: 11/6/1986 - Theo and Cockroach decide they want to learn to fly, but Cliff doesn't want to waste his money on another dream of his son's.

Vanessa's Rich - Airdate: 11/13/1986 - Some girls call Vanessa a stuck-up rich girl at school.

Denise Gets a D - Airdate: 11/20/1986 - Denise's college career starts with a D, but Denise is to scared to show her parents.

A Girl and Her Dog - Airdate: 12/4/1986 - Rudy and Peter find a dog and attempt to take care of it without her parents knowing.

War Stories - Airdate: 12/11/1986 - Cliff and his father's friend play a challenging game of cards; meanwhile Vanessa prepares to go to a skating party with a date, but soon finds a very cute guy crossing her path.

Cliff in Charge - Airdate: 12/18/1986 - Cliff is in charge when Clair leaves for a week.

Monster Man Huxtable - Airdate: 1/8/1986 - Elvin helps Theo with some wrestling moves.

Rudy Spends the Night - Airdate: 1/15/1987 - Cliff establishes the Huxtable Men's Club when the women are away to help Theo get over his sadness of a lost date.

Say Hello to a Good Buy -Airdate: 1/22/1987 - Cliff needs to buy a new car.

Denise Gets an Opinion - Airdate: 2/5/1987 - Denise has a blind date, but is really scared. So she asks Theo to grade him for her, but this soon leads to a big mix up.

Calling Doctor Huxtable - Airdate: 2/12/1987 - Cliff is called to the hospital for three deliveries.

You Only Hurt the One You Love - Airdate: 2/19/1987 - Rudy gets hurt from Theo's rough games.

The Shower - Airdate: 2/26/1987 - Denise holds a bridal shower for her pregnant and bride-to-be friend Veronica but finds out some disturbing information.

Cliff's 50th Birthday - Airdate: 3/12/1987 - It's Cliff's 50th Birthday.

I Know That You Know - Airdate: 3/19/1987 - When Sondra and Elvin announce their engagement, Clair and the children use the news to play a practical joke on Cliff.

Andalusion Flu - Airdate: 4/1987 - While Cliff and Clair have the flu, Theo is put in charge of taking care of the house.

Planning Parenthood - Airdate: 4/30/1987 - Cliff takes Rudy and her friends out to eat at a fancy restaurant.

Hillman - Airdate: 5/7/1987 - The Huxtable's arrive at Hillman College to attend a
ceremony in honor of its president's retirement.

To sum up this review, this release of season three was a disappointment but as long as I can watch the episodes and have some laughs whenever I feel like it, I'm satisfied.
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Andre S. GrindleReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Noticible Down-Turn From The First Two Seasons But Still Really Good
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It was during this season of the show that the close knit dynamic of the show began to slowly break apart and split off into different directions. For one the show loses one of it's original cast members as Dennise (Lisa Bonet) leaves the household for collage. She's included in the show's theme song but appears only in a handfull of episodes. Either way however this season is filled with some excellent episodes that are very funny. One of is "Bald And Beautiful",in which Cockroach ends up shaving his head when he and Theo believe they are to appear in a video by a rock band called The Manniquins. Another great Theo and Cockroach episode is "Theo's Flight" where the pair,inspired by a heroic story of the Tuskeegee Airmen become infatuated with flying and actually are commited to it until the learn about the financial logistics of the matter and decide (wisely) to concentrate on growing up. This also features the first appearance of Kenny (known to Rudy as "bud") and the beginning of their teasingly funny relationship. "Golden Anniversary" kind of replicates the the family dance routine only it's James Brown's "I Got The Feelin" now and Theo gets a chance to showcase some fancy footwork and is more the star of this show than Rudy was in the last;she basically replicates her miming "Baby baby baby" here. It's hard to watch this season without being aware of Phylicia Rashad's pregancy. Her frequent and convenient absenses from many of the episodes didn't make the same impression on me as all the methods used to hide her widening stomach in the episodes she was in-including the infamous "giant teddy bear" scene. "Vanessa's Rich" actually brings up a very important point in an entertaining way. Even my own family I've heard this show as promoting an affluent black family lifestyle (then known as "buppies") throughout it's run and that's exactly the situation the growing Vanessa faces in this episodes. It is explained very well to her by Clair that the Huxtables work hard for what they have and that "rich" is actually better defined as the "money working for you". "Say Hello To A Good Buy" features the first appearance of Sinbad,later from[[ASIN:B0009HBPEO A Different World]] as a car salesman as Cliff educates Theo as to the finer points of bargaining. Also of note this season is "Cliff's 50'th Birthday" where his kids present him with a list of things older than him which,by the way includes dirt. "The March" is another classic episode dealing with the written-word-versus reality of the 1963 march on Washington and,sometimes it's best to receive the nuances of history from someone who experienced it as opposed to the printed word-a wonderful creative detour from Bill Cosby's usual abvocacy of "traditional" acedemia but still very in keeping with the families cultural experiences. "The Shower" address's through one of Dennise's friends the issue of teen pregnancy-as blackmail,in the case in order to get married. So this season leans more toward "issue" episodes which find the kids especially dealing with mildly more grown up issues but in an entertaining fasion. The final episode "Hillman",while something of a hint at Lisa Bonet's forthcoming spin off series set at the fictional school is one of the weaker episodes of the show-having more to do with the changing over of school presidents and a lot of footage without dialog than the Huxtable family itself. The most involving scene is Clair singing in the school choir but it still seems mildly like a filler episode. While this season doesn't quite have the warmth and ammusing quality throughout that the first two Cosby seasons did it's still a great part of the shows legacy.
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Eric B. GordonReviewed in the United States on February 29, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lacking, but still brilliant.
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I actually find this season quite a joy to view. The reason I only give it four stars is the diminished presance of Phylicia Rahsad on camera. [It's almost as if you see more of Denise, the Hillman freshman, than you do of Clair.] Even knowing that she was on maternity restriction carrying then-husband Ahmad's fourth child doesn't really make up for the absence of Clair Huxtable during the middle part of the season. Although, I've got to admit, the tricks they played to mask her pregnancy are pretty charming, in retrospect.

Having gotten past that issue, this set still includes some of my favourite moments in the whole series ("Food for Thought," "Cliff In Charge," "Rudy Spends the Night," "Calling Dr. Huxtable," "The Shower," "I know that You Know" and "Bald and Beautiful." Also of significant note is the season finale, "Hillman," in which all seven Huxtables convine at Dr. & Mrs. Huxtable's alma mater (which never really existed) to honor its retiring president (Joe Seneca guesting). There, we hear Clair soloing with the college choir (I believe that's really Phylicia's voice). Partly on the heels of this episode, we see the creation of a spinoff show, A Diffeent World, which takes place right there at Hillman College.

I actually found the menu-diving very comprehensive and had no trouble navigating the options. And, the dual-act set-up is ideal, when there's a specific piece of an episode you want to see (such as the latter half of "You Only Hurt the Ones You Love"). Then again, I've only liked playing individual episodes. (If you want to jump from one to the next, you can just hit fast-forward on your remote.) I would've liked to see a bonus section, containing commentary or season bloopers, as with Season 2. But, what can you do? Jay Sandrich and company can only do so much at once.
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HollyReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Show that has stood the test of time
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My husband and I were newly married back in 1984 when this series first aired. Thursday nights were definitely the "must see" TV people talk about primarily due to this show. We rarely missed an episode and when we weren't going to be home, we recorded it on our VCR (remember those?).

Fast forward many years and with a daughter added to our family, we bought these in 2007 and watched the first three seasons again. Just a few weeks ago, we pulled out season 1 and laughed our way through it and then contintinued on through season 2. This past weekend we finished Season 3 and what a joy it was to know there are five more seasons to go. My daughter is 17, my husband 55, and I am 50 -- a wide range of ages and yet all of us are laughing from beginning to end and appreciating what a comic genius Bill Cosby is. The cast is incredible, the characters full of quirks and personality, the writing is stupendous.

If you haven't seen these before and are looking for good, clean fun give them a try. If you saw these years ago, give them another go since this is definitely a series that has stood the test of time.
Jesse RossReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not All It Could've Been, But Still Good
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I am happy that the powers at be decided to continue releasing The Cosby Show. However, it is my opinion that this set was not given as much attention or care as the first two seasons. For instance, there are no extras, no "Play All" feature, not even episode descriptions inside the package! At least the episodes continue to be uncut.

As for the shows themselves, they are great, with clean humor and light family fun. I liked the episode "Theo's Flight," and the others are good as well. Overall I am happy to own this set, because in the end the episodes are what counts.

I do recommend buying this set. It could've been better, but the episodes are very funny. Also one must take into account that if we (the fans) don't contine to support the series the studios won't release it at all next time.
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mikaReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best shows EVER.
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My family LOVES this show. It is so fantastic and family friendly, it is completely relatable (for real...). There are very few shows that can make you laugh uncontrollably, cry, sniffle, and start laughing uncontrollably all over again all in the space of one episode. Full House is probably the only show I can think of that has ever made me do this. The Cosby Show is probably one of the best shows ever!
AlmatReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love The Show! Love The DVD!
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I am a die-hard fan of "The Cosby Show." I always have been and always will be! I read a few reviews that talked about how the DVD packages weren't too great for episodes 3 and 4. While I respect the opinions of others, I wanted to voice my own. My case for season one has already broken and one of the DVD's isn't secure. I LOVE how they packaged seasons 3 and 4. Each DVD is in it's own case in seasons 3 and 4 and each case is inside a slip cover. The first two seasons are all packaged in a slip cover and are in the same case. While I don't mind that, if anything breaks in the cover for seasons one and two, they are much harder to replace. And I get to risk my DVD getting scratched because it's "floating around" in the case. With seasons 3 and 4, if something breaks in the case, no problem. I just run to Wal-Mart and grab a replacement case, move the label from the old case to the new one, and then place the DVD in the new case. So, I personally really like the way they have done the last few seasons. In my opinion, they are much better done than the first few seasons. I also really like the menu. None of the menus have bothered me though, so I don't really have an opinion on that one. Anyhow, "The Cosby Show" is the best! It always will be number one in my mind!!!
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cherub4873Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
They should have included in the description that there is ...
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They should have included in the description that there is no 'play all' option, I would have saved my money. Now I'm stuck with dvd's I will not watch
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