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The Cosby Show: Season 8 (2008)

Bill Cosby , Phylicia Rashad  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad
  • Format: Box set, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: First Look Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00116GEES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cosby Show: Season 8" on IMDb

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The Cosby Show appeared on NBC from 1984 to 1992, becoming one of the most popular programs in the history of television. The Cosby Show depicted a close-knit and prosperous African-American family (The Huxtables) that dwelled in New York City. Dr. Heathcliff (OB-GYN) and Clair (attorney) Huxtable were a happily married, dual-profession couple with aspirations of raising their 5 children in an uplifting, positive environment. The Cosby Show held TV's #1 slot for a record 5 consecutive years (1985 to 1990) and stayed in the Top 20 shows for all eight seasons it was on NBC.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Curtain Goes Down On The Huxtables April 27, 2008
By 1991 The Cosby Show was not exactly the commercial powerhouse it had been in the mid to late 80's but remained the hottest game in town. As with many a last season this series ties up many loose ends. There are five main plot points the generally extend throughout the seasons,sort of as mini story arcs: Cousin Pam trying to apply to collage and coping with Charmaine going away to collage,Cliff trying to build a private room for Clair now that most of the kids are away,Theo preparing for his upcoming graduation,somewhat of a teenage "love traigle" between Rudy,Kenny and their respective loves interests and new collage student Vanessa's truly bizzare relationship with the older but self sufficiant Dabnis,whom Cliff takes a shining to because of his abilities as a tinker. There are some funny moments this season but for the most part the episodes concentrate on developing and closing the story arcs and thus the characters themselves. Another important part of this season is that this is the very first season of The Cosby Show where Lisa Bonet doesn't make even a single physical appearance in the show;Dennise is only refered to casually in select episodes and is only spoken to over the phone (we don't hear her voice) in the finale. That finale is the 44 minute "And So We Commence",involving Theo's collage graduation and Olivia departing to join Dennise and Martin in Singapore (as well as finding out she's becomming a big sister). So this is a pretty good season but the wacky humor and individually great episodes are sacrificed in favor to tieing up the loose ends for the shows enevitable conclusion. It was kind of a sad day when the Huxtables left the airwaves in 1992;I personally believe prime time family comedy just hasn't been the same since then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell to a memorable piece of television history December 14, 2007
The Cosby Show began its eighth and final season on September 19,1991. The opening and closing montages intended for the season 7 run are finally used this season. Again,the cast is moving in rhythm to hip-hop featuring a trumpet and a snare drum. The reason for the delay of this opening's use:a mural seen in the background was not an original created by a group of artists. Bill Cosby finally received permission from the artists to use the facsimile(the group,in fact threatened NBC with a lawsuit if this was done without permission). This montage contained appearances by Lisa Bonet and Joseph C. Phillips which were deleted due to Bonet's termination and Phillips' write-out as a regular after season 7. So we see Erika Alexander in face and name this season(due to the recycling of the season 6 opener last season,only she appeared in name). So the regular cast went from eleven members(in 1990-91) to nine(this season). Gordon Cartrelle served as executive producer this season,succeeding Steve Kline(in 1990-91). Cartrelle was even a fashion designer and mentioned in the season 1 episode A SHIRT STORY. Now for the highlights:in the premiere episode,Vanessa(Tempest Bledsoe) announces her engagement to her college Lincoln University custodian Dabnis Brickney(William Thomas,recurringly). Cliff(Bill Cosby) and Clair(Phylicia Rashad) were not very delighted by the news,probably due to the fact that Vanessa was only 18 years old. It was written that Bonet's and Phillips' characters,Denise Huxtable Kendall and her lieutenant husband Martin had moved to Africa since Martin had been assigned to a naval base there. Martin's daughter Olivia(Raven Symone) was not allowed to join him and her stepmother,so she remained in Brooklyn with Cliff,Clair,Rudy(Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Clair's cousin Pam Tucker(Alexander). Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. Merlin Santana, Loved the Show! May 13, 2008
This season was a pretty good season to me, even though I was disappointed that Pam went without a boyfriend and we stopped seeing her on the quirky episodes with Sly, but I got two new couples to look at. Rudy with Stanley (played by the late Merlin Santana) and Kenny with Deidre. Those four were amusing, specifically the ongoing beef between Kenny and Stanley, and my favorite episodes were "Particles in Motion" and "Some Gifts Aren't Deductible." The looks Stanley would give Kenny would crack me up more than the dialogue; Santana was dead-on with his acting.

I was also excited to see Special Ed on "WARNING: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown" and really interested in Theo as a teacher. I enjoyed the group of kids Theo mentored as well as Cliff's "For Men Only" when talking about the "lost generation." Not too many shows talked about the stereotypes that brothas were getting at that age as deadbeat dads, the job issues, and talent.

Cons: I outgrew the look-how-cute-the-kids-are episodes quickly and fast-forwarded through those. After Rudy became a preteen, I just wanted to see the grown-ups, so I wasn't really interested in Olivia and the twins. Olivia was a recyled version of Rudy, so most of Olivia's episodes seemed like deja vu (ex. both of them wanted dogs [although Rudy got hers], both had best friends who were boys [runaway Peter and Bud for Rudy], both of them irritated the next oldest person, both did the grown-up woman singing performance), and I was content with leaving Rudy as the baby, plus I think I wanted Claire and Cliff to have the house to themselves too so the writers would have them doing new stuff. And somehow, Vanessa and Sandra were kinda boring as they got older.

This season was a little weird for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Cosby one of my favorites.
This is a good clean family comedy show. It shows values and teaches lessons. The way Bill Cosby raises his kids and the everyday growing up family issues are handled very well by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dianal
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam or Denise?
Lisa Bonet was off the show during this season. I know she was a bit of a "problem actress" for the show, but her character added another dimension; this season (8) doesn't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Salman A. Al-farisi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Positive Show on TV.
In the Turbulent times of the 80's and 90's, The Cosby Show was a Rock of Optimism. Along with "Cheers", it was a Thursday Night Friend for Years.
Published 2 months ago by Jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter and son in law love the series
It was a gift and very we'll received they were happy to get the next seasons. It is great for whole family.
Published 3 months ago by DLL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Great examples for all
Great family show back 10 - 15 years ago and still a hit for today.
Fun, educational, and humourous.
love this show.
Published 6 months ago by dshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good packaging, discs in great condition; I love this show!
This product was packaged correctly. The discs did not have any scratches or cracks, and have not skipped as of yet. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shelby Verneau
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
What I expected and as usual a great series of Bill Cosbys. My family and I enjoy watching several times a month.
Published 7 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars cosby mania
Product is absolutely perfect for my mother who enjoys watching Cosby over and over. She loves his work and is a die hard fan
Published 8 months ago by 4everTX
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS!
My children are totally absorbed in this series even after all these years. The Huxtibles are completely a part of our family and we love the lessons being taught. Read more
Published 11 months ago by julie Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic family entertainment
I received as expected and promised. Took care to package for shipment & was in great condition and included case with inserts. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J B Fletcher
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Complete collection?
Haven't read anything about it but they're only like $20 a season lol. No reason to wait for a complete collection well at least not for me since i'd be re-buying seasons I already have.
Mar 19, 2008 by David L. Lee |  See all 4 posts
The seasons 3-6 sets feature English and Spanish subtitles while the others feature "play all".
Aug 25, 2008 by andy8047 |  See all 3 posts
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