The Cosby Show

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin. They eventually married and had twins; but not before stunning their families by announcing the fact that Elvin was dropping out of medical school to open a camping store, and Sondra was dropping out of law school to help her husband in his endeavor. Denise was the "unique" child, the black sheep of the family. She had her own way of doing things, right down to the style of clothing she wore. After graduating high school, she left for Hillman College in 1986 (a year later, this would become the setting for the spin-off A Different World), but returned two years later with news that she was dropping ou

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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials April 1992 May 2002 2
Season 1 September 1984 May 1985 24
Season 2 September 1985 May 1986 25
Season 3 September 1986 May 1987 25
Season 4 September 1987 April 1988 24
Season 5 October 1988 May 1989 26
Season 6 September 1989 May 1990 26
Season 7 September 1990 May 1991 26
Season 8 September 1991 April 1992 25
Unassigned Episodes 3
Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials 0
Season 1 September 1984 May 1985 24
Season 2 September 1985 May 1986 25
Season 3 September 1986 May 1987 25
Season 4 September 1987 April 1988 23
Season 5 October 1988 May 1989 25
Season 6 September 1989 May 1990 26
Season 7 September 1990 May 1991 25
Season 8 September 1991 April 1992 24
Unassigned Episodes 9
Absolute ordering places all episodes in a single ordered season. This is generally used for anime.
Season From To Episodes
Season 1 0
Unassigned Episodes 206
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Jay Sandrich 83 09/20/1984 - 04/30/1992
John Markus 72 10/04/1984 - 03/22/1990
Carmen Finestra 62 02/14/1985 - 03/22/1990
Gary Kott 57 11/07/1985 - 03/15/1990
Tony Singletary 40 10/30/1986 - 04/26/1990
John Bowab 16 11/08/1990 - 04/23/1992
Carl Lauten 12 03/12/1987 - 02/20/1992
Chuck Vinson 10 01/14/1988 - 02/06/1992
Mark St. Germain 9 12/15/1988 - 04/11/1991
Hugh O'Neill 7 10/24/1991 - 04/30/1992
Regge Life 6 03/12/1987 - 02/25/1988
Adriana Trigiani 6 09/19/1991 - 02/13/1992
Neema Barnette 5 11/09/1989 - 10/24/1991
Malcolm-Jamal Warner 5 04/05/1990 - 01/30/1992
Bill Cosby 4 09/20/1984 - 05/19/2002
Chris Auer 3 12/04/1986 - 01/14/1988
Ellen Falcon 2 10/11/1990 - 10/25/1990
Oz Scott 1 02/07/1991
Bill Prady 1 01/11/1990
Nancy Stern 1 05/19/2002
Linda M. Yearwood 1 10/03/1991
Anne-Louise Wallace 1 02/20/1992
Alan Smithee 1 03/26/1992
Art Dielhenn 1 01/10/1991
Jeff Lewis 1 01/11/1990
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Matt Williams 19 12/13/1984 - 02/25/1988
Janet Leahy 19 04/02/1987 - 04/30/1992
Ehrich Van Lowe 10 02/08/1990 - 05/02/1991
Gordon Gartrelle 10 10/11/1990 - 04/30/1992
Bernie Kukoff 9 10/04/1990 - 05/02/1991
Lore Kimbrough 9 02/08/1990 - 03/21/1991
Matt Robinson (I) 9 01/10/1985 - 04/04/1991
Elliot Shoenman 8 12/20/1984 - 02/02/1986
Courtney Flavin 6 10/31/1991 - 04/30/1992
Steve Kline 6 09/27/1990 - 03/21/1991
Bryan Winter 4 09/27/1990 - 02/28/1991
Walter Allen Bennett Jr. 3 10/10/1991 - 11/14/1991
Earl Pomerantz 3 09/27/1984 - 11/01/1984
Elaine Arata 2 01/03/1991 - 01/10/1991
Jerry Ross 2 11/08/1984 - 11/22/1984
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson 1 11/21/1991
Ross Brown 1 01/16/1986
Nina Combs 1 02/27/1992
Korby Siamis 1 12/06/1984
Ed Weinberger 1 09/20/1984
Stuart Silverman 1 02/06/1992
Jill Condon 1 01/30/1992
Oliver Hailey 1 04/30/1987
Margaret Beddow Hatch 1 11/13/1986
Matt Geller 1 11/20/1986
Lisa S. Benjamin 1 02/27/1992
Thad Mumford 1 01/30/1986
Karyl Geld Miller 1 12/06/1984
Michael Loman 1 11/22/1984
Elizabeth Hailey 1 04/30/1987
Leslie Strain 1 01/30/1992
Gardenia Gabrielle 1 03/26/1992
Susan Fales 1 10/23/1986
Winifred Hervey 1 02/21/1985
Lisa Albert 1 02/21/1991
Michael Leeson 1 09/20/1984
Emily Tracy 1 05/02/1985
Ben Gramin 1 03/26/1992
Marcia L. Leslie 1 02/20/1992

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