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Cosby Show: Season 1 [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bill Cosby , Phylicia Rashad , Jay Sandrich , Nancy Stern    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe
  • Directors: Jay Sandrich, Nancy Stern
  • Writers: Bill Cosby, Carmen Finestra, Earl Pomerantz, Ed. Weinberger, Elliot Shoenman
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Urban Works
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 575 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZSHR6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,407 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Looking back at season 1 of The Cosby Show, it's easy to forget that momentous history was being made. Not only did this immensely popular sitcom hold the #1 spot among all network TV shows for five consecutive seasons (a record that still stands), but it promoted an evolutionary progression that influenced the entire TV industry from that point forward. African Americans had enjoyed sitcom success in the past (on Julia, The Jeffersons, and Good Times), but the idealized family of Cliff and Clair Huxtable (Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad) represented a new and quietly revolutionary perspective; married for 21 years with five children (one in college, a detail unmentioned in the pilot episode), the Huxtables were happy and successful (he's a doctor, she's a lawyer), and issues of race were almost entirely irrelevant to the show's universal appeal. Making their Thursday-night debut on September 20, 1984, they were conceived by Cosby (as "executive consultant Dr. William H. Cosby Jr., Ed.D."), cocreators Ed. Weinberger and Michael Leeson, and executive producers Tom Werner and Marcy Carsey, with a matter-of-fact approach to upgrading the African American image, built upon Cosby's rubber-faced popularity as a stand-up comedian and rooted in the complete and unbiased integration of the black experience into the American mainstream. More to the point, The Cosby Show was eminently respectable family entertainment, perhaps too squeaky-clean for some tastes, but immediately popular at a time when Eddie Murphy (in Beverly Hills Cop) was honing a more profane image that Cosby disapproved of.

The show was also perfectly cast for mass appeal, from the irresistible precociousness of Keshia Knight Pulliam (as the youngest and most charming Huxtable daughter, Rudy) to the stylish adolescence of Lisa Bonet (years before her controversial role in Angel Heart) as 16-year-old Denise; Malcolm-Jamal Warner as outspoken teenager Theo; Tempestt Bledsoe as sensible younger daughter Vanessa; and Sabrina LaBeauf as college student and eventual mother of twins, Sondra. Combined with the effortless chemistry of Cosby and Rashad (credited in Season 1 as Phylicia Ayers Allen), the entire cast forged an easygoing, loosely-rehearsed dynamic that was genuinely familial.

Given The Cosby Show's immense popularity, it's deeply regrettable that the exorbitant cost of original music rights resulted in this DVD release of edited episodes that were shortened, with different music cues added, for perpetual syndication. Fans eager to see the original NBC broadcasts were understandably outraged, and this shortcoming should be addressed in DVD releases of subsequent seasons. In truth, the episodes (including "Goodbye, Mr. Fish," a perfect example of the show's universal appeal) are not significantly diminished by the careful editing; for casual fans, the difference is barely worth mentioning. And while the 90-minute bonus feature "The Cosby Show: A Look Back" (a clip show originally broadcast May 19, 2002) suffers from the conspicuous absence of Bonet (who by then had mostly retreated from show business), it duly conveys the long-term value (and moral values) of the series, which singlehandedly restored the fortunes of NBC while embracing familial togetherness that would inform many of the popular sitcoms that followed its noble example. --Jeff Shannon


Already a presence on television for much of the 1960s and 1970s, in 1984 Bill Cosby debuted his new series The Cosby Show, which went on to become one of the most popular shows on American television. Even in its very first year, The Cosby Show was the third highest rated show in America. On the programme, Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, who along with his wife Claire, an attorney, struggled to balance the challenges of their successful careers with the demands of their five children. The five kids all varied greatly in age and each had their own problems, which lead to a variety of plotlines for the sitcom to utilise. Cosby's goal with the show was to present a positive view of a regular, middle-class, and successful African-American family. The first series of the show features famous guest stars like Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne, and others who got their start on the program, like Blair Underwood, Iman, and Alicia Keys.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosby rocks 13 April 2006
i have to say that this is a must have for all families around. It is a realistic yet humourous comedy. Family drama the way it is in most of our homes and i guarantee that you can relate to most of the episodes. I cannot wait for season 3 to 8 to be delivered. I am a proud owner of both season one and two and i do not regret it at all. Cosby show is a show you can never get tired of. Amazing. Truly amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosby Show 27 Jan 2008
A great show, i just got seasons five and six and signed up for seven and eight when they come out

this family is just great Bill Cosby is superb as Cliff. y ou can tell there is so much love and laughter with this family a very happy household. one of the best series ever made and i would highly recommend people to get it.

glad it has been brought out on dvd a series to treasure indeed
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming and groundbreaking show 25 Sep 2008
The Cosby show is a very good American family comedy. It was made in the early 1980's and feautured the great comedian and actor Bill Cosby. The show follows the everyday trials and tribulations of DR Cliff Huxtable (played by Cosby) and his family. Which include his wife Claire whose a lawyer and his five kids, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and little Rudy. The kids cover all age groups and the show tackles many different issues the kids go through like dating, death of a pet, playing sports for school and many others. Even though it tackles some tricky subjects the show is always funny and shows how funny kids can be. Bill Cosby is also fantastic as Cliff and the way he works and talks to the kids is hillarious. The show was a huge success in America and was groundbreaking for the time as it was the first programme on tv to show a professional black middle class family. It showed people and the tv industry that black people didn't need to be shown as poor and working class to make a good programme. The show wasn't as big in Britain but those who did see it loved it. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is I know that the series gets even better during the next 7 seasons and hopefully they will bring the rest out on region 2 quickly. The first season contains 24 episodes and each episode is around 25 minutes, there are no extras which is a shame but the set still represents good value for money. The Cosby Show is a fine piece of 80s American comedy and deserves to be watched by everyone.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles available 30 July 2010
By XQlero
I agree with most reviews that The Cosby Show is great, I really enjoy seeing these episodes again, but I just cannot apreciate the unavailability of subtitles, so as a finished product, Playback/Universal Pictures UK have done a poor job. Therefore I have rated this item with only 1 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 13 Jun 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This series is about the Huxtables, an upper middle-class African-American family. They live in Brooklyn in New York. Cliff Huxtable is an obstetrician and his wife, Claire, is an attorney. They have four daughters and one son, called Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa and Rudy. It is very funny, even now, more than 20 years later. It also deals with quite serious topics and is pretty insightful about them. It showed from 1984 to 1992 and was regarded as the most successful TV show of the 1980s. I have read that it was based on Bill Cosby's stand-up comedy act, which in turn, was based on his own family life.
I loved this series when it was first shown in the UK. I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that it was the first time that I had ever thought about family life in another racial group than my own and (at the time) I found this series revelatory. Leaving that issue aside (and racial issues were seldom mentioned in it), this was a brilliant series. The Americans do slightly schmaltzy family series extremely well, for a start. Secondly, the towering talent of Bill Cosby lifted this series way above the average. He has such marvellous presence that he could have made almost any old rubbish seem marvellous - and this wasn't any old rubbish. Every character in the series was beautifully played and the episodes were just as beautifully written. In fact, it won a whole series of awards. Because Cosby's father in the series was supposed to be a jazz trombonist, many wonderful musicians featured in the programme, including BB King, Sammy Davis JR and Stevie Wonder. I think this is a wonderful series that stands the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Viewing 18 Mar 2014
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I bought this because I remembered enjoying watching it on TV a long time ago, and it doesn't disappoint. I have watched this series with my two children, aged 8 and 7, and they absolutely love it. It is very funny, with lots of laugh-out-loud moments, and the humour stops it from becoming too schmaltzy. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want Bill Cosby to be my Dad. 18 April 2013
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I used to watch this as a kid in the 80's....and always loved it. Watching it now as an adult makes me cry, because it's just so warm and funny !! Bill Cosby was brilliant as Cliff Huxtable....the way he spoke to his children was hilarious. They don't make em like this anymore...that's for sure. *also ...the funniest episode ever is on this DVD....Theo's Shirt :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent! 16 April 2013
By Nyarai
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My kids are now hooked! Lovely programme,am thinking of getting the whole boxset now! Too bad no subtitles for people that may genuinely need them but that's not a problem for us thankfully. Would recommend!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cosby Show: Season 1 DVD
Bought as a gift, however I remember these programmes from when they first ran in the UK. They are hilarious.
Published 15 months ago by Peggers Snr
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosby Show
Blast from the past, great DVDs bringing back memories. The kids love the shows too. I'd forgotten all about Bill Cosby and his many expressions.
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Fee
5.0 out of 5 stars series review
I remember watching this series when I was younger and really enjoying it. I found out that I could buy it online and I could'nt resist seeing the series again. Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by skywalker
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane
This show was every bit as funny as I remembered it. Bill Cosby is absolutely brilliant in it, and it is definately family viewing. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by Val Pacino
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV
Just as i remember the Cosby Show was one of the finest, funniest shows on TV although i didnt watch from the start i remember watching for age 8 and i think we were near season 5. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2009 by Mr. D. Pierce
3.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a Goody
The Cosby Show - Takes me back to teenage years watching channel 4 in the 80's. Its nice to see them all again. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by Hellyvision
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
I grew up spending a fair amount of time in the States and whenever I am over there one of the things on my to do list is watch the Cosby Show! Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2009 by AG Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars cosby show
Got this for someone else, but they love it. No problems and a great price.
Published on 2 Feb 2009 by K. M. Dowding
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