The Cosby Show: Season 1


# Air Date Title
1 Sep 20


Clair is furious when Theo brings home a report card with 4 D’s. He tells Cliff that he has no intention of going to college, as he feels that he is destined to be a …

2 Sep 27

Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr. Fish)

When Rudy’s pet fish, Lamont, dies, Cliff tries to bring the family together for a funeral in the bathroom. The festivities end when Rudy gets bored and leaves to watch T…

3 Oct 04

Bad Dreams

Vanessa claims that she is old enough to watch a scary movie, but Cliff still forbids it. Vanessa sneaks out anyway, but ends up having nightmares as a result.

4 Oct 11

Is That My Boy?

Freshman Theo tries out for the football team and makes it. Cliff is overjoyed, but his pride falters when he discovers his son will never be a star. Theo, however, is just hap…

5 Oct 18

A Shirt Story

Theo wants to impress a girl by wearing an expensive shirt by designer Gordon Gartrelle. Since Cliff and Clair will not pay for it, Denise offers to make a copy of the shirt fo…

6 Oct 25

Breaking With Tradition

Cliff’s father, Russell, pays a visit and begins questioning Cliff about the kids’ college choices. He asks Denise about Hillman, his and Cliff’s alma mater.…

7 Nov 01

One More Time

While Clair cares for a friend’s baby, she begins to consider having another. Cliff desperately tries to talk her out of it, claiming that babies are “false adverti…

8 Nov 08

Play It Again, Vanessa

Vanessa plays clarinet in the school’s orchestra. Though she tries her best and practices daily, she simply cannot play the instrument. She plays an embarrassing solo at…

9 Nov 15

How Ugly Is He?

Denise has a new boyfriend, David, but is reluctant to bring him home. She fears that Cliff will, like always, make fun of the boy and ruin her chances with him. Cliff and Clai…

10 Nov 22

Bon Jour Sondra

Sondra, the eldest Huxtable child makes her first appearance when she visits home for Thanksgiving. She plans on going to Paris for the summer, and hopes that her parents will…

11 Dec 06

You're Not a Mother Night

Clair is exhausted from constantly caring for the children. Cliff decides to take her out on the town for “You’re Not a Mother Night.” They go to a fancy rest…

12 Dec 13

Rudy's Sick

Clair could be named partner at her law firm if an interview goes well-but Rudy is sick! Cliff vows to take care of her while Clair works, and engages in some unique doctoring…

13 Dec 20

Father's Day

Cliff complains about the poor quality of his annual Father’s Day gifts. He challenges the children to find some better presents for a December Father’s Day. They g…

14 Jan 10

Independence Day

Theo gets his ear pierced to impress a girl, but Denise thinks it might be infected. She is correct, and Theo must go to Cliff. Cliff hopes that Grandpa Huxtable will punish Th…

15 Jan 17

Physician of the Year

Cliff is set to receive an important award, but a woman goes into labor right before the ceremony. Theo delivers his speech for him. Aleta Mitchell as Mrs. Randall, Elisa de la…

16 Jan 31

Jitterbug Break

Cliff tries to impress Denise’s friends by teaching them how to jitterbug. Some of Clair’s friends also show off their dance moves. Soon, the whole house is full of…

17 Feb 07

Theo and the Joint

Clair discovers a marijuana joint in one of Theo’s school books. She and Cliff confront him about it, and accept his explanation—another boy slipped it in. Theo confronts…

18 Feb 14

Vanessa's New Class

Vanessa is placed in an advanced science class. She creates a model of the solar system, but learns that she will have to work harder than ever if she hopes to succeed. First a…

19 Feb 21

Clair's Case

A sneaky mechanic tries to swindle Sondra. It’s Clair to the rescue as the two battle in court. David Langston Smyrl as the man in court, Shawn Elliott as Mr. Wilson, Ala…

20 Feb 28

Back to the Track, Jack

Cliff’s college track coach contacts him and asks to run in a charity event between Hillman and its rival, Norton College. Heathcliff “Combustible Huxtable” t…

21 Mar 14

The Younger Woman

Cliff and Clair receive a visit from an old friend-and he has a new girlfriend that is half his age. They are initially suspicious, but learn that judging by appearances isn…

22 Mar 28

Slumber Party

Rudy invites all of her friends over for a slumber party. It’s Cliff’s job to watch over them, and he demonstrates some unique games to wrangle the youngsters. In t…

23 May 02

Mr. Quiet

Cliff, Clair, and the Huxtable clan volunteer at a local community center. There, a battered boy tries to find help, and the owner—Tony Castillo—does his best to lend assistanc…

24 May 09

Cliff's Birthday

Cliff is turning 48, and as usual, he is trying to find out what his birthday present is ahead of time. Clair, with the help of the kids, orchestrates a huge trick. Cliff is fo…

About The Cosby Show

Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin. They eventually married and had twins; but not before stunning their families by announcing the fact that Elvin was dropping out of medical school to open a camping store, and Sondra was dropping out of law school to help her husband in his endeavor. Denise was the “unique” child, the black sheep of the family. She had her own way of doing things, right down to the style of clothing she wore. After graduating high school, she left for Hillman College in 1986 (a year later, this would become the setting for the spin-off A Different World), but returned two years later with news that she was dropping ou