Bill Cosby Show - The Best of Season 1
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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.
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 ›
In the Bill Cosby Show, Chet (Cosby) is a mildly hip school teacher dealing with the hassles of everyday life. The humor comes from the situations, ranging from getting his car repaired to the mediocre performance of his student basketball team to his own prowess at handball. The supporting characters come through as unique individuals struggling for minor success against an adverse environment of hazards that are more funny than threatening. Best of all Cosby has most of the funny lines, whether giving advice to others or musing on his own intentions and motivations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brought back memories. Bill is simply great! "Whowah, going to get some razzmatazz!!!Published 20 months ago by Toney
I got the distinct impression the producers were sitting on Cosby to prevent him from being too funny. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Valerie K. Lerman