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The Cosby Show

8 Seasons

Season 8
4.7 out of 5 stars (50) IMDb 7.5/10

Vanessa gets engaged. Theo starts graduate school at NYU. Denise is pregnant. Cliff finally fixes the long broken doorbell.

Starring:
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

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Season 8

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1. With This Ring?

Vanessa, home from college, announces, "I'm engaged."

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: September 19, 1991
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2. There's No Place Like Home

Cliff reveals plans to build an extension on the house.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: September 26, 1991
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3. Pam Applies to College

Pam laments her low grades. Now a senior, Pam wants to attend a college like Hillman with her best friend, Charmaine.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 10, 1991
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4. Particles in Motion

Theo faces his first parent-counselor night at the community center; and, much to Kenny's horror, Rudy encounters first love.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 3, 1991
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5. It's Apparent to Everyone

When Cliff temporarily confines the twins in an overturned playpen while he vacuums up cookie crumbs, Sondra explodes, accusing him of cruelty.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 24, 1991
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6. Olivia's Field Trip

Olivia's class trip to the natural history museum lacks one chaperone; provided there's no singing on the bus, Cliff agrees.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 7, 1991
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7. The Iceman Bricketh

Russell's heard from "reliable sources" that Vanessa is engaged.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 31, 1991
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8. Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown

Rudy and two girlfriends don makeup and trendy clothes to crash "The Exchange," an "Over 16" dance club in New York City.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 17, 1991
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9. For Men Only

Russell's adventures in babysitting for Olivia include an eye-popping, ear-splitting indoctrination into the wild world of video games.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 14, 1991
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10. Two is a Crowd

Kenny arrives to "console" Rudy with a huge smile on his face

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 5, 1991
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11. You Can't Stop the Music

Latin Jazz stars Mario Bauza and Willie Colon guest-star in this special musical episode.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 26, 1992
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12. Olivia Comes Out of the Closet

Olivia is upset because Martin is leaving for the Orient.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 21, 1991
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13. Clair's Place

`Tis the season to hang Christmas lights and bake Christmas cookies.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 19, 1991
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14. Theo's Future

Even with his job at the community center, making ends meet is still hard for Theo.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 2, 1992
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15. The Price is Wrong

Pam decides tohelp when a group of senior citizens complain of the higher prices and poorer quality at the supermarket chain store.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 9, 1992
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16. Bring Me the Lip Gloss of Deirdre Arpell

Eager for extra cash, Pam fills in for Cliff's regular assistant.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 16, 1992
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17. The Getaway

The moving van is loaded, but Cliff still has his doubts.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 6, 1992
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18. Cliff Gets Jilted

Russell arrives with gossip about Vanessa; supposedly, Vanessa and Dabnis have finally set a wedding date.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 6, 1992
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19. Cliff and Theo Come Clean

Preparing for a school project, Olivia seeks out a more reliable source after Cliff tells her a bunch of outrageous stories

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 13, 1992
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20. Clair's Reunion

Clair hosts a group of Hillman College alumnae who have gathered to plan a testimonial for a much-loved professor.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 20, 1992
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21. Rudy's Retreat

Sondra and Elvin want to provide for the twins in their will.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 27, 1992
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22. Some Gifts Aren't Deductible

Clair begs Cliff to just hand over his receipts and let her and the accountant thrash out the tax return.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 23, 1992
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23. And So, We Commence

Cliff invites a host of relatives and friends to celebrate Theo's graduation from NYU.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 30, 1992
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24. And So, We Commence

Eight years of magic, love and laughter with the Huxtable family come to an end.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 30, 1992
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By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2008
Format: DVD
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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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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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 Bill Cosby. Its a great older show and much better than the stuff on TV today.
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By Onesimus on February 28, 2015
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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.
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So, this is it, the last season's worth of hurrah for the principal cast of The Cosby Show. Just as many changes with just as many laughs as the previous three seasons. Who would ever have guessed at the beginning of the series that Theo would get anywhere close to earning his bachelor's degree? Or that litle Rudy would go through the usual trials and tribulations of a typical American teenager? And, what about Vanessa's of-again-on-again engagement to an older guy that finds her annoying? And, watching all of them is as funny as ever.

We don't actually see Denise Kendall on camera throughout this season, as she and Martin are now living in Singapore (Theo and Olivia plan to visit them at the show's close). And, who ends up moving into the house in their place? Sondra, Elvin - Winnie and Nelson. Who else could bring Dr. Huxtable first to put a playpen over their heads, then to point a dust buster at his own skull? (I ask you, folks!)

But, nothing in the world, funny, dramatic, surrealistic, whatever can match the last scene when Cliff finally repairs the doorbell (malfunctioning throughout that season), grabs hold of Clair and literally dances her out into the audience and through the studio exit. Dancing to the showtune, "If I Were a Bell..."

One of the details of the series finale,"And So, We Commence" is a flashback to the series pilot, when Theo has gotten a report card full of D's and tries to pass it off as a result of not being brilliant like Cliff & Clair. This detail gives this reviewer a certain attitude about the series on the whole. It really wasn't as much about Dr. Huxtable or the family on the whole. It was about Theo and his struggles to harness his true intellectual potential. [Certainly, he had the greatest character arc and was the focus of both the first and last episodes.] I wonder if Malcolm realizes this.
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