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Bill Cosby Show - The Best of Season 1 (2011)

Bill Cosby , Joyce Bulifant , Various  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill Cosby, Joyce Bulifant, Olga James
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HHX9JQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Bill Cosby Show, Cosby's Emmy-nominated first situation comedy is a fresh mix of intelligent character studies and real-life situations, seamlessly infused with his trademark sense of humor and positive outlook. Featuring 10 fully restored uncut episodes from the 1969-70 season, this outstanding collection also includes music by; Quincy Jones and guest appearances by Academy Award-winner Lou Gosset Jr., Cicely Tyson, Henry Fonda, Elsa Lanchester, Allan Oppenheimer and more!

Bill Cosby's first solo foray in TV, after his co-starring role in I Spy with Robert Culp.

The first time an African American starred in his or her own eponymous series.

Ran for 2 seasons on NBC.

Nominated for 4 Emmy Awards.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! I've been waiting for this one. March 7, 2006
By D. Paff
When I was a kid (about 35 years ago) this was just about my favorite show. It was funny, creative and decent, the whole family could watch it. There was no laugh track and it was better for it I think. I've always enjoyed Bill Cosby's comedy (spent many hours listening to records of his comedy routines) and I've been hoping this t.v. series would become available on DVD some day so that I could enjoy them again. If you like Cosby at all go ahead and order it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten Cosby show is back! October 11, 2006
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I remember watching this show on television as a child and loving it. I loved Bill Cosby and the funky soundtrack, and the fact that this show tended to deal with real life in a funny and optimistic way, and there was no soundtrack. This show doesn't need to tell you when to laugh.

I've mentioned this show to friends over the years and nobody knew what I was talking about. I thought that perhaps for some reason Bill Cosby himself had decided to never let this show see the light of day again.

Well, I was wrong and I am thrilled to be able to see this show in color since my family had only a black-and-white TV back in 1969. And, they even put it on one-sided discs! They did the packaging right!

So, why not kick back and watch one of the very best TV shows ever. In a way it's rather dated, but it's rather timeless too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Classic with Some Unforgettable Episodes January 24, 2010
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This is a 4-disc set of Season I of the first Bill Cosby Show, the 1969 series - not to be confused with "The Cosby Show," the more recent Show. No, this was the original Cosby. Here he plays a bachelor high school coach. Cosby's loose ad lib style is already brilliant and fully developed in this series, and you might find you actually prefer it to his long-running turn as a family man. These episodes have more a slice-of-life feel than a staged sitcom feel. And the young people featured in this earlier series have unpredictable personalities that run the spectrum from shy to self-assured. They aren't uniformly smart-alecky and precocious, as almost all the children in modern sitcoms tend to be.

The adults aren't stereotyped either. They aren't boxed into being humorous by way of being self-absorbed. This isn't a series of one-liners, of zingers-and-retorts delivered like shoot-outs. People still have conversations here. This is something really different, something with heart.

A number of big-name stars show up occasionally. You'll see Henry Fonda, Elsa Lancaster, Cicely Tyson, and others. But you might not notice them, because they too blend in with the warmth of everyday neighborhood life.

One of the series' funniest episodes, perhaps one of the funniest episodes of all time, is entitled "Goodbye Cruel World" and features Wally Cox. Cox plays a lovelorn cafeteria server at Coach Kincaid's high school. When all of Kincaid's advice to Cox about how to ask that special woman for a date fails - Cox decides he's going to commit suicide. This might not sound as if it would make likely material for a comedy, but believe me, it turns out to be hilarious.

Kincaid (Cosby) is again unpredictable. He doesn't feverishly try to dissuade Cox, as one might expect.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cos That Refreshes!! August 23, 2006
Finally! One of the great sitcoms of all time is back. I always thought that the '80s "Cosby Show" was too self-consciously good. Cosby was a buffoon, his wife was too intelligent and the kids were too well-behaved. The original "Bill Cosby Show" drew humor from real-life situations. As Chet Kincaid, Cosby spends entire episodes looking for a valve needle to blow up his volleyballs, trying to get some sleep, trying to borrow a television to watch the Rams/49ers, attempting to find a letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, and many more. The premises were strokes of genius; 22 minute lessons in morality, love, and friendship, all without hitting the audience over the head with messages or even canned laughter. The guest stars were always amazing: from the famous: Henry Fonda, Will Geer, Cicely Tyson - to cult favorites like Antonio Fargas, Herb Edelman (hilarious, trying to quit smoking) and Len Lesser ("Seinfeld"). Jazz and blues fans should take note because you never know when a cameo appearance by Cosby idols like Jimmy Witherspoon (as a gym janitor) stroll by. Savor each episode; this is television at its best. Cos unfettered; his best stand-up routines brought to life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bill Cosby Show Season One June 29, 2010
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Like many others, I never knew there was a Bill Cosby Show; I'd only known the Cosby Show. I wasn't expecting this show to be excellent that's for sure, but that's what I got. It's an incredibly underrated, funny and vastly forgotten TV show. I found out about this show, by the theme song "Hikky Burr" on a best of Bill Cosby album. I always loved the song, so when I found out Quincy Jones made it with Bill for the Bill Cosby Show; I knew I just had to buy it. This television show follows the life of gym teacher Chet Kincaid (Bill Cosby) who works at a high school in California. When I placed the disc in the DVD player, I was expecting canned laughter. I didn't get that, that's right, there's no canned laughter and that's exactly what Bill Cosby wanted. It took me a few episodes to get used to it, but I'm glad Bill made that decision. NBC wanted canned laughter and when Bill Cosby's contract was completed NBC canceled the show. And like that this is a forgotten masterpiece.

One of my favorite episodes is "Rules is Rules", it's all about Chet getting a valve needle to inflate some flat basketballs. That's it, but all these ridiculous problems stand in Chet's way. Another great episode is "Really Cool" when Chet recounts an important track meet for the school paper. I just love the way one problem takes so long to be solved for Chet, dogs barking, being stuck in an elevator, just so many problems which makes a great show. Also included in this DVD set is an interesting interview with Bill Cosby about the Bill Cosby Show, it's around twenty minutes and gives us more insight on this short lived TV show. Also, so you don't have to guess which episodes what, they have an episode guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice item, thanks.
Published 1 month ago by SHR Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Bill Cosby
Love this show. Cosby at his best. A hidden gem
Published 1 month ago by DANIEL J. STUART
4.0 out of 5 stars Such wonderful innocence
I got the distinct impression the producers were sitting on Cosby to prevent him from being too funny. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Valerie K. Lerman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great blast from the past.
I remember watching this show as a kid. It turns out that as an adult, the shows have a multi level appeal not apparent to a kid. And the great surprise laugh track.
Published 6 months ago by Dave Rosene
5.0 out of 5 stars A TV show that was actually GREAT
You can't go wrong with this old TV show starring Bill Cosby. I find this TV series to have interesting, creative plots that never get boring or old. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LadyS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good show!
The whole family enjoys this show. I definitely plan to get the second season. I just wish there were more seasons available!
Published 9 months ago by LoveMyFamilyBunches
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny show
1st disc the sound is a little weird, but the shows are awesome. the music is
another thing that is really great, love Quincy.
Published 10 months ago by Joyce Billman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun blast from the past that the whole family can enjoy!
We LOVE Mr. Bill Cosby and ANYTHING he does is for the benefit of the whole family!!! Remember watching this show when I was a child and laughing at the good, clean fun!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by DAVID ABRAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gem
I do not have cable or satellite television. I like to control what comes into my house. I am always on the lookout for unique things to watch with my children. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Bill Cosby
I am a huge Cosby fan. I love all his work. I was a little disappointed in this though. I had never seen these shows and I was expecting it to be humorous and it wasn't. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Baker
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