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5 Memorable Episodes of The Cosby Show

I was an 80s teen and I love covering all things relevant to Generation X.

The Original Huxtable Clan

The Original Huxtable Clan

Yes, I know...Bill Cosby's name has been besmirched for all time. He is a convicted rapist, and no sane person would condone such behavior, certainly not me.

Separate the man from the show and understand that The Cosby Show is one of the most influential television shows of all time; it is iconic classic TV at its finest, and that is what I am drawing upon here today.

Many of us from Generation X were glued to our televisions on Thursday evenings in the 80s to tune into the weekly happenings of Cliff, Clare, Sandra & Elvin, Denise, Vanessa, Theo and Rudy.

Let's travel back to the 80's to revisit some of the most memorable episodes of The Cosby Show.


The "Gordon Gartrelle" Shirt

Theo brings home a $100 shirt and Cliff rages that no 13 year old boy should have such an expensive piece of clothing, and he orders Theo to take the shirt back to the store and get a refund.

Denise steps in to play the best big sister in the universe by promising to be able to make him a knock-off version of the shirt, except that...she can't sew, she only thinks she can because she took a showing class. It is later proven that while Denise does have an "eye" for fashion, she absolutely does not have a hand for sewing.

I remember the Friday after this episode aired, everyone wanted a "Gordon Gartrelle" shirt, although not Denise's version of the shirt.


The Wretched & Big Fun

Vanessa...being Vanessa, lies to her parents and says she's going to spend the night with a friend. Instead, she and her friends cross the state line to attend a concert held by a fictitious rock group known as The Wretched.

They run into a whole lot of trouble and get into dire straights that they barely get out of, and only due to the kindness of a stranger.

When Vanessa gets caught, all Hell breaks lose when Claire finds out her daughter put herself and her friends in serious danger and lied to her and Cliff.

I think by the time Clare got finished with Vanessa on this occasion, all of us who watched felt like we had just gotten into trouble ourselves...


The Infamous Fender Bender

Denise takes her newly gotten car for a spin, and she goes to pick up Theo from a function. On the way from the function, Denise and Theo skid on the ice and get into a car accident.

The accident turns out to be minor (although Cleo acts like the car is totaled), however, when they get out of the car to exchange info with the other person involved in the accident, they learn that the limo driver who hit them was chauferring Stevie Wonder.

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The musical legend inquires into their safety and then he invites them and the rest of the Huxtable family to his studio for a jam session.


Denise's Friend Gets Into "Trouble"

This time its not one of the Huxtable kids who gets into trouble. In this episode, Stacey Dash, who would later star alongside Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, stars as Denise's friend who aims to get professional medical advice from Heathcliff, so Denise sets up a clandestine meeting for the two of them.

The girl has a delicate medical issue that she is hiding from her parents, so Cliff tries to help her as best he do know what type of physician Dr. Huxtable is, right?


Theo Learns About The Value of an Education

This episode is actually the pilot episode of the entire series. In this episode, Theo comes home with a horrible report card. His parents try to relay to him the seriousness of bad grades, but the boy couldn't care less about his grades.

According to Theo, he doesn't have to achieve good grades to be a "regular person," so he makes an impassioned plea about the importance of allowing teenagers to find their own way, as opposed to guided parental advice.

Heathcliff calls BS on Theo's speech and he plays a game of "real life" with Theo to get him to understand just how much "regular people" suffer without the aid of a good education...


Rachelle Williams (author) from Tempe, AZ on August 11, 2020:

Exactly, Liz! One person never totally makes a show! Thank you so much for reading and your input!

Rachelle Williams (author) from Tempe, AZ on August 11, 2020:

LaZeric, you are to be applauded for having the kindness of heart to consider other people's feelings. There are far too many people in the world who subscribe to the feeling that "People are too sensitive" - In my mind, if someone says I've hurt them in anyway, my first response is to apologize and find out how to rectify the situation, instead of telling them not to be "so sensitive." I guess people like you and I had "home-training..." Thanks for reading, and I appreciate your input!

Rachelle Williams (author) from Tempe, AZ on August 11, 2020:

Wow! It's crazy to think that this show touched people all across the entire world. Thank you so much for checking out my hub, Lisa!

Liz Westwood from UK on August 11, 2020:

It's very sad when a successful person lets everyone down by their actions big time, as in this case. But let's not forget that there were many other actors and actresses involved in the making of this show, which was successful in its day.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on August 10, 2020:

I still love The Cosby Show in the privacy of my own home. But I had to think twice when I wanted to bring DVDS to work, for fear of offending anyone.

Liza from USA on August 10, 2020:

Omg, I love The Cosby Show. I remember growing up watching this show on tv in Malaysia. TCS is still one of my favorite 80's tv show. Thank you for these five memorable episodes of the show, Rochelle. I have to check on them soon!

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