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The Bill Cosby Show - Season One
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Chet Kincaid (Cosby) is a gym teacher at an urban high school in Los Angeles, an all-around good guy and an inspiration to his friends, family and students. Chet's good heart gets him into tons of predicaments, such as losing a one-on-one basketball game to a student he considered too short to make the team, his accidental involvement in a domestic dispute when he answers a pay phone and going on a date in a borrowed garbage truck.
Includes music by Quincy Jones and guest appearances by:
Academy Award-winner Lou Gossett Jr. (An Officer And A Gentleman)
Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
Cicely Tyson ("Roots")
Elsa Lanchester (Bride Of Frankenstein)
Wally Cox ("Mr. Peepers")
And many others
- 26 episodes on 4 discs
- New on-screen interview with Bill Cosby
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a sad commentary on the television industry's selection processes that The Bill Cosby Show only got 2 seasons and is forgotten while The Cosby Show got 6 seasons and is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by peterg
Brought back memories. Bill is simply great! "Whowah, going to get some razzmatazz!!!Published 14 months ago by Toney
I got the distinct impression the producers were sitting on Cosby to prevent him from being too funny. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Valerie K. Lerman