6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2010
Season four's box set is identical to season three's, with the same unfortunate disappointments. Each disc is place in its separate slim case, and yet again no bonus material. But of course the main reason to buy this set is for the episodes and it is nice to have season four out on DVD. You can definitely tell the Huxtable kids are growing up, so the episode plots started to change gradually. There were a few big changes to the show in season four. Elvin and Sondra are married, but unfortunately Lisa Bonet (Denise) is not in season four because she was working on another show called "A Different World" which follows her experiences at Hillman College. But other than that, this season is fantastic and it was a great excitement when I first received it. I really enjoyed the episode "Once Upon a Time", it was a unique episode to the series because it pretty much takes place in Rudy's fantasy. But there are many great episodes from season four since there are no episode descriptions available for season four, I'll list them below.
Call of the Wild - Airdate: 9/24/1987 - The newlywed Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon with shocking news for Cliff and Clair; they want to abandon their dreams of being a lawyer and doctor and open a wilderness store.
Theogate - Airdate: 10/1/1987 - Theo and Cockroach come home unusually late from a track meet.
It Ain't Easy Being Green - Airdate: 10/8/1987 - Rudy wants to wear summer clothes in fall to a party but Clair won't let her.
Cliff's Mistake - Airdate: 10/15/1987 - While setting up the house as a haunted house for Halloween, Cliff discovers he's lost a power drill that his neighbor loaned to him.
Shakespeare - Airdate: 10/22/1987 - Theo must read Julius Caesar for school, but complains that it is boring.
That's Not What I Said - Airdate: 10/29/1987 - Cliff and Clair have an argument after Theo gets detained by police for riding in a car with an unlicensed driver.
Autumn Gifts - Airdate: 11/5/1987 - Rudy goes to an older widowed lady's house each afternoon to have tea and play cards, but notices that she refuses to take her daily medication for diabetes. She tells Cliff, who devises a plan to try to convince her that she needs to take her medication.
Looking Back (Part One) - Airdate: 11/12/1987 - Sondra and Elvin have their first marital fight, and Elvin comes to the Huxtable house for comfort and support. Clair shares about the difficulties in their house as flashbacks are shown.
Looking Back (Part Two) - Airdate: 11/12/1987 - Flashbacks are shown while history is shared with Elvin.
Where's Rudy - Airdate: 11/19/1987 - Theo and Vanessa lose track of Rudy in a mall while Clair enters a squash exhibition.
Dance Mania - Airdate: 12/3/1987 - Theo and Cockroach have tickets to appear on television on the dance show "Dance Mania", but are told that only one of them can enter the studio during the filming because of fire laws. Theo miscalculates by offering to let Cockroach go in (thinking he'll refuse) and gets angry when Cockroach takes him up on the offer.
The Locker Room - Airdate: 12/10/1987 - Theo and his classmates brag about their dates with girls in the locker room, but Theo's mood changes when one of the guys goes out with Vanessa and brags about it the next day.
The Show Must Go On - Airdate: 12/17/1987 - Vaudeville is shown to Rudy and her friends, who are unimpressed.
Bookworm - Airdate: 1/7/1988 - Clair drags Cliff to her book club meeting, but he's the lone male there. Much to Clair's surprise, Cliff knows quite a bit about the book in question! Meanwhile, the kids attempt a sleepover at Sondra and Elvin's run-down studio apartment, but are overwhelmed by the noise and lack of utilities.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Airdate: 1/14/1988 - Rudy has to play the violin in music class at school, but gets jealous because she thinks her classmates' instruments are more fun.
The Visit - Airdate: 1/21/1988 - Theo visits a friend in the hospital who has cancer.
The Drum Major - Airdate: 2/4/1988 - Vanessa tries out for the drum major at school.
Waterworks - Airdate: 2/11/1988 - Clair tries to stop Cliff from fixing a leaky pipe by hiring a team of professionals.
Once Upon a Time - Airdate: 2/18/1988 - Rudy writes a fairy tale, and the colorful story is acted out in her fantasy.
Petanque - Airdate: 2/25/1988 - Cliff and a friend play Petanque.
Trust Me - Airdate: 3/3/1988 - A friend of Clair's is having marital problems.
Home for the Weekend - Airdate: 3/17/1988 - Denise comes home from college, but seems to have more time for her friends than for her family.
The Prom - Airdate: 3/24/1988 - Theo and his friends go to great lengths to impress their dates for the senior prom but fail disastrously.
Gone Fishin' - Airdate: 4/29/1988 - When the Huxtable men go fishing, Theo catches the dead body of a gangster that the police have been chasing, and soon attracts attention from the news media. This success goes to his head, while Rudy and Kenny find a nest of baby birds, but the mother bird is missing. The two stories eventually cross in a surprising-and rather humiliating-lesson for Theo.
Season four's DVD release is similar to season three's and has the same disappointments but it's still highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Still Number#1" as Bill Cosby was so proud of noting during this time period this was the first season where their were serious changes in the works for the Huxtables. One of the most important things to note that's easy to notice actually is that during this time,all of the kids in this family were growing up. Lisa Bonet is out of the cast and maybe no one noticed but that rather smug picture frame "gag" during this seasons theme song kind of gives the impression that she won't be entirely missed by at least one cast member. Either way Denise not being present to a huge extent during this season changed some of the dynamics. First off we start off with the fact that the the newly married Sondra and Elvin (Geoffrey Owens officially joined the cast this season) surprise the Huxtable parents when they decide to blow off graduate school to open up a wilderness store. This seperates Sondra from her usual characterization of being the "most like her parents" on the education front and builds on some of her earlier advocasy of Denise "taking some time to live life" after high school. An ongoing plot point this season finds the couple involved in living in a slummy apartment and that provides some mildly funny moments. But overall this sets the tone for season. There are a lot of episodes in this season that look to take on serious issues. The relationship between Theo and Cockroach in downplayed as Theo himself is now in a basically adult body but as another reviewer pointed out "not quite funny as a man" yet.That is until Cockroach appruptly disappears,all over a haircut disagreement with Cosby so the story goes and Theo is left with a new group of friends one of whom is played by a young Adam Sandler as Smitty. This is all after the great episode "Dance Mania" as Theo and Cockroach become temporary rivals over an appearance on a Soul Train-like TV show. The character of Theo also faces an issue of one of cancer with another of his friends later on in the season. Rudy's growing pains are even more obvious.In one episode she weeps to "It's Not Easy Being Green",lamenting her awkward transitional stage to cute kid to preteen and there were signs the transition wasn't easy for her. She's lost in a mall too and then is reciting a story about her perceptions of war in the funny and also touching episode "Once Upon A Time". This makes for a season that doesn't always have the warm heartedness and laughs of earlier reasons but is more about a group of young people confronting the joys and pains of time and aging.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2007
Don't get me wrong... I love the Cosby Show but I was expecting to find extras in this release. There are no bloopers, deleted scenes, themes, etc. I was disappointed to not find those items.
on April 17, 2013
Airing from September 24, 1987 to April 28, 1988, The Cosby Show Season 4 continued to show one of the most groundbreaking sitcoms in television history. The fourth season of The Cosby Show starred Bill Cosby as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable, Sabrina LeBeauf as Sondra Huxtable-Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theo Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, and Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable. Season 4 continued to focus on doctor Cliff Huxtable and his attorney wife, Clair, raising their five children in Brooklyn, New York. The children consisted of the now-married, college graudate Sondra, married to the nerdy Elvin Tibideaux, the now-mature 17 year-old girl-crazy Theo, who enters his final year of high school, 14 year-old, boy crazy Vanessa, who enters her first year of high school, and silly, fun-loving 8 year-old Rudy. In season four, the Huxtables dealt with Sondra and Elvin dropping out of graduate school and opening a wilderness store, Rudy getting lost in a mall, Theo tries to cope with his friend being diagnosed with cancer, and Vanessa is the victim of sexism. Recurring characters this season include Denise Huxtable (played by Lisa Bonet), Cliff and Clair's second daughter who is off at college, Russell and Anna Huxtable (played by Earle Hyman and Clarice Taylor), Cliff's parents, Walter "Cockroach" Bradley (played by Carl Payne), Theo's mischievous scheming partner, Justine Phillips (played by Michelle Thomas), Theo's crush, Peter (played by Peter Costa), the Huxtable's neighbor and Rudy's shy and quiet friend, famous for running out of the house in times of trouble, and Kenny aka "Bud," Rudy's loud and chaunvinistic "boy" friend. Season two was placed at #1 in the summer of 1985 in the Nielsen Ratings, marking the beginnings of the series five-year streak as the number one show in America. Season three was placed at #1 in the summer of 1987 and season four was #1 in the summer of 1988. On June 5, 2007, First Look Studios released The Cosby Show Season 3 and The Cosby Show Season 4 on DVD. This is my review of Season 4. The show itself this season is a step down from the previous season due to lack of Denise, but extra emphasis on Sondra and Elvin makes up for it. There are more guest stars this season, including Adam Sandler, Angela Bassett and Lisa Bonet. First Look have decided not to put any bonus features into this set. The set is really cheap-looking when it comes to the packaging. The first two seasons had a Digipak cardboard foldout design. Seasons three and four use three slim cases, one for each disc. Season four has brown cases and the discs all look the same. They have the same image as the front cover art: Cliff standing in a white background with a brown bar at the top saying Season 4. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7. Disc 2 contains episodes 8-15. Disc 3 contains episodes 16-23. The menus are nice. The menus are brown and play the season four theme song (a tap dance theme). You can't play all of the episodes at once like the first two seasons. You have to play them individually. There are 24 episodes this season ("Looking Back" is a 2-part episode and it is seen in its original one-episode format). Here is a list of episodes:
Call of the Wild * (episodes with * next to them are my favorites)
It's Ain't Easy Being Green *
Cliff's Mistake *
That's Not What I Said *
Autumn Gifts *
Where's Rudy? *
The Locker Room
The Show Must Go On
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star *
The Drum Major
Once Upon a Time *
Home for the Weekend *
The Prom *
I recommend this DVD to literally anyone of all ages. Little kids will relate to Rudy. Teens will relate to Vanessa and Theo. Young adutls will relate to Denise and Sondra and Elvin. Adults will relate to Cliff and Clair.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2015
Cosby is a classic- the comedy is usually clean and I think the stories are usually touching.
I debated 3 stars because there are obvious agendas here and there that pop out occasionally, and sometimes I would like a movie/TV show that isn't pushing an agenda on me, however, it wasn't enough to downgrade this classic TV series in my perspective.