Heathcliff Huxtable is 70!
Bill Cosby turns 70 years old on Thursday. Seems like only yesterday he was giving us the "Cosby" shimmy during the opening theme music of his signature show. (So graceful yet nerdy that it convinced me I could actually dance at my Senior Prom. Sadly, I was mistaken. My therapist says I need to stop blaming Bill for my dance-hall phobia.)
Thanks to a career that spans far more than the '80s, Cosby's in the Cooperstown of TV history, but I'm going to make the case that the "The Cosby Show" (1984 to 1992) was his biggest contribution. (Yeah, even more that Pudding Pops.) It basically led off what became NBC's "Must See TV" night on Thursdays -- long before Tivo make such an idea obsolete. It was the top-watched TV show for five straight seasons (1985-90). And TV critics can debate all they want on whether the show should be chided for ignoring racial issues or celebrated for erasing racial stereotypes. The bottom line is that the show was as educational as it was entertaining.
Three examples of Dr. Huxtable's wisdom:
- "No 14-year old boy may wear a $95 jacket unless he's on stage with his four brothers."
- "Some of the greatest lies ever [are] told by you kids: 'No big deal.' 'I forgot.' 'I'll pay you back later.' 'It was like that when I found it. I swear, Mom, Dad...' "
- "I brought you in the world and I can take you out of it."
How well do you remember The Cosby Show? See if you can answer these five trivia questions:
1. For which pet do the Huxtables hold a funeral?
2. What singer do Denise and Theo meet during a car accident?
3. What is the name of the college from which Claire and Cliff graduate?
4. What is Denise's husband's name?
5. What does the last episode of the series end with?