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Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids: The Complete Series (2013)

Bill Cosby , Bill Cosby  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Cosby
  • Directors: Bill Cosby
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, 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: 15
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 2340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RMQ56M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

• Hey, Hey, Hey . . . It’s The Story Of Fat Albert: One-Hour Documentary

• Still Galleries

• DVD-ROM: Script And Storyboards


Editorial Reviews

Premiering in 1972 on CBS this classic animated series was created, produced and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. The show, based on Cosby's remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert and his friends. The show always had an educational lesson emphasized by Cosby's live-action segments, and the gang would usually gather in their North Philadelphia junkyard to play a rock song on their cobbled-together instruments at the end of the show.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS A LOT SHOUT FACTORY FOR THE COMPLETE SERIES April 8, 2012
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At last we can own the complete series, which includes the best original 36 1972-75 Episodes, all 24 1979-81 episodes and all 50 1984 episodes.

IGNORE THE OTHER REVIEW WHO ADMITS AT COMPARING MY REVIEW: He Is Jelous & Goes By Repeated Synication Dates, Not Just Original Premiere Dates, Because they for a fact didn't premiere new episodes of Fat Albert Every Year Between 1972-1989, Only A Few years out of them all featured New Episodes, Including 1972/1973/1975/1979/1980/1981/1984.

Unfortunately in past DVD Releases, only episode 1-24 In Two Volumes have been released seperately in the original fan favourite series, which are still easy to buy now at cheap overstock prices from third party sellers, MEANING I Want The whole series anyway - But for anyone who only wants the original 36 episodes, there is a catch out of you having to buy the whole series, specially for the last 12 episodes of the original series which never quite made it to Region 1 DVD Separately, inclduing the 11 out of the missing 12 which were released exclusively somewhere in the USA, but is now very hard to find.

This DVD Set Is meant for adult fans who want to own the full series of every Fat Albert Cartoon ever made.

The running time suggests it doesn't have the TV Specials because it only just makes enough time for the series to be complete.

Shout Factory tend to always include DVD Extras on complete series box sets, so hopefully this will have loads of extras which might include the TV Specials.

Like with G.I.Joe, Jem & M.A.S.K. Etc.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show Extremely Poor DVD Set July 6, 2013
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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is perhaps one of the very best Saturday Morning Cartoons to ever grace the TV screen. The shows never failed to deliver comedy and an important lesson with every episode. The show has a well earned spot in the hearts and minds of the kids, like myself, who were fortunate enough to see these shows when they first aired. How many of us in the 70s were constantly using the 'no class' lines from this show?

I eagerly purchased this set after waiting for over a year since the first announcement that this was coming to DVD. I was so looking forward to reliving these great shows at long last. I haven't seen most of these episodes since they went off the air over 30 years ago. My excitement turned to disgust as I watched the first 8 discs in this set.

First, the 1972-76 episodes have six episodes that use the 1984 The Adventures of Fat Albert opening titles and ending credits. However, these six episodes do appear to be unedited and complete with the exception of the incorrect opening titles and end credits. Of the remaining 30 episodes, they do have the correct opening titles, but they all contain the 1976 ending credits. No where are the original 1972, 1973, and 1975 ending credits.

The first season episodes 1-3, 7-16 and the season 2 episodes 17 and 18 are edited episodes. These episodes are edited to a running time of 19:45. They are missing the two minutes after the musical number which have the tag scene and the repirse of the song. The rest of the season 2 (1973), season 3 (1975) and season 4 (1976) episodes seem to be complete and uncut.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The long-running Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was one of those instances in which the content might have transcended the limited animation.

I don't know if there is research available as to whether the dozens of social issues tackled on this series had direct effect on young people as they grew up, but I would imagine that ultimately there is no way to quantify them among the many millions who watched Fat Albert on CBS and syndicated TV.

Based on Bill Cosby's classic comedy routines about his childhood, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids combines comedy, drama and Cosby himself. Every episode also features a voice role by a member of the Scheimer family: Filmation head Lou Scheimer plays Dumb Donald and most adult males; his wife Jay plays most adult females, including teacher Ms. Wucher (which was her maiden name); their son Lane Scheimer, who also voiced Andy on Filmation's My Favorite Martians, plays most of the troubled young people for the entire run of the series; and daughter Erika picks up many of the younger female and male voices after about a third of the series' run, taking on the voice of Russell (originally done by Jan Crawford) in the syndicated shows.

I had no idea there were 110 episodes! They appeared in small quantities over the years on CBS Saturday mornings, then 50 more were produced for syndication. In the Episode Guide below, I have listed the syndicated 50 as if they were Monday-Friday, even though Shout! lists them as weekly in their DVD booklet.

The scripts (some written by our late friend Earl Kress) are amazingly tight considering how much they had to convey. Each show has some moments in which Fat Albert and his friends have some fun, then one of them--but more often, a Guest Protagonist - is revealed to have some sort of problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic and a gem
Full of moral stories and ethical dilemmas that teach kids lessons they can draw on for life. They just don't make T.V. programming like this anymore. Read more
Published 29 days ago by J. Atwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price and quality was as I expected
This was a lot cheaper than buying the individual seasons. Great show from when I was a kid. Definitely worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Miracle
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fat Albert
This is one of the classic. Great series set. Never realized Bill Cosby wore sandals during the intro. Very Funny.
Published 3 months ago by Tony Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brown Hornet!
This is a great set! Got a great price on it during Amazon's lightning deals (39.99). We had watched it on Netflix over a year ago, but they left out the Brown Hornet in every... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MSmom
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
Yes It bring back old memories! One thing I like about Fat Albert is The Brown Hornet! It would be nice if Fat Albert make a come back. That I would love to see.
Published 3 months ago by GeneBean66
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN TO WATCH
I've watched some of the first episodes and enjoyed them completely. The DVDs are so clear. I've wanted this set for a very long time so when the price dropped I took total... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Milionairess
5.0 out of 5 stars A show with Class
I enjoyed the Fat Albert series from its CBS run. Although the animation was "Typical Filmation" with repeated character designs, poses, and movements and a loud laugh... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Yee
5.0 out of 5 stars The big guy with the big heart is back!!!
Every episode has a very special moral that was important back then, and still is today. Fat Albert along with his friends Bill, Russell, Bucky, Rudy, Mushmouth, Dumb Donald and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patrick Dermody
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat Albert and the gang
i was so thrilled when I had seen the package finally arrived in the mail. I opened it up thinking it was going to be a bit bigger. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It was everything I was looking to get. Every single Fat Albert episode every created in one box set. Terrific.
Published 8 months ago by John D.
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