I was surprised to discover how hard it actually is to obtain The Cosby Show on DVD in continental Europe. But fear not, Amazon to the rescue! I decided to buy the boxed set, even though the last two seasons leave much to be desired in terms of storylines. (Like many successful US comedies that are allowed to outrun their creativity for economic gain, by season 6 of The Cosby Show we are seeing recycled story lines, new characters that don't really fit, and celebrity guests as "normal folks" in an attempt to shore up interest.)On the plus side, these are the uncut episodes; when it was broadcast in S. Europe in the 80s and 90s the edited "rerun" version for US television was used, in which entire subplots were cut out in order to allow for more commercial time. Restoring these lost scenes means that several of the episodes make a great deal more sense than when I first saw them broadcast.
The packaging and menus are in Dutch, but the episode list is in English, with a few strange errata (Rudy becomes "Ruby" for example). Unfortunately, there are no English subtitles available, only Dutch. Accustomed as I am to all English-language DVDs having English captions for the hearing impaired, this was a great disappointment. It makes me wonder if the US DVDS are captioned, and if so, why the captions were not used for the European market, since many non-native speakers of English find English subtitles helpful.