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The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time 

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List Rules Best Cosby Show episodes, no matter how popular they are. of All Time

List of the best Cosby Show episodes, as determined by voters like you. Starring stand up comedian Bill Cosby, this show chronicles the lives of the Huxtable family. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Cosby Show episodes of all time are. Fans of The Cosby Show are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Examples of episodes on this list include "And So We Commence" and "Looking Back." What is the best Cosby Show episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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Theo's Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Theo's Holiday Episode: 22, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Apr 03 1986

After Theo claims that he'll have no problem making it in the "real world", the Huxtables convert their house in the "Real World Apartments" and teach him a lesson about the ...more
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Happy Anniversary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Happy Anniversary Episode: 3, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 10 1985

For Russell and Anna's 49th wedding anniversary, the family commissions a portrait of the couple as newlyweds, and offers them a cruise to Europe. Later in the evening, the whole family performs ...more
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Off to See the Wretched ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Off to See the Wretched Episode: 23, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 6

Original Airing: Apr 05 1990

Vanessa and her friends sneak out of town to attend a concert in Baltimore, but encounter huge problems along the way. Afterwards, she must face the wrath of Cliff and an infuriated Clair.
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Cliff's Wet Adventure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Cliff's Wet Adventure Episode: 9, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 6

Original Airing: Nov 16 1989

Denise invites Martin's ex-wife Paula for Thanksgiving dinner. Clair continues to send Cliff to the store for last-minute groceries, despite the fact that it is a cold and rainy Thanksgiving ...more
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If the Dress Fits, Wear ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
If the Dress Fits, Wear It Episode: 10, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 5

Original Airing: Dec 08 1988

Clair secretly goes on a crash diet and exercise program to lose five pounds in a week so she can fit into a dress. Appearance by Debbie Allen; voice-over by Ahmad Rashād (Phylicia Rashād's ...more
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Pilot Episode: 1, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 1

Original Airing: Sep 20 1984

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 ""regular ...more
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Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr. Fish) Episode: 2, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 1

Original Airing: Sep 27 1984

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 TV.
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Mrs. Westlake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mrs. Westlake Episode: 12, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Jan 02 1986

Theo's math teacher comes for dinner, to Theo's extreme consternation. He thinks she plans to tell his parents of a bad grade on a math test. To his surprise, Mrs. Westlake comes to dinner ...more
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Slumber Party is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Slumber Party Episode: 22, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 28 1985

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 the end, Russell drops by and ...more
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First Day of School is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
First Day of School Episode: 1, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Sep 26 1985

Cliff and Clair are overjoyed with the arrivial of the new school year, as their children are finally out of the house.
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Looking Back (1) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Looking Back Part 1 Episode: 8, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 4

Original Airing: Nov 12 1987

Sondra and Elvin have their first marital fight, and Elvin comes to the Huxtable house for comfort and support. Clair shares about the difficulties in their house as flashbacks are shown.
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How Do You Get to Carneg... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Episode: 9, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 5

Original Airing: Dec 01 1988

Vanessa, Janet and Kara want to be professional singers; Russell wins a prize in a sweepstakes, which turns out to be a toaster. Pam Potillo as Janet. Elizabeth Narvaez as Kara. Guest appearance ...more
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Father's Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Father's Day Episode: 13, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 1

Original Airing: Dec 20 1984

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 give him thoughtful-if not ...more
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The Juicer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Episode: 2, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 03 1985

Cliff, who has a fetish for electronic appliances, buys a juicer. Rudy and Peter, bored from Vanessa's inattentive baby-sitting, decide to use it even they are not allow to use appliances. David ...more
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Cliff's Birthday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Cliff's Birthday Episode: 24, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 1

Original Airing: May 09 1985

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 fooled, and doesn't ...more
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A Touch of Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
A Touch of Wonder Episode: 18, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Feb 20 1986

After his limo collides with Denise's car, Stevie Wonder (appearing as himself) invites the Huxtables to a recording session. Wonder performs "I Just Called to Say I Love You" with ...more
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Golden Anniversary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Golden Anniversary Episode: 3, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 3

Original Airing: Oct 09 1986

Russell and Anna's 50th wedding anniversary. The family performs James Brown's "I Got the Feelin' " in this sequel to Season 2's "Happy Anniversary". Earle Hyman as Russell. ...more
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Dance Mania is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Dance Mania Episode: 11, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 4

Original Airing: Dec 03 1987

Theo and Cockroach have tickets to appear on television on the dance show "Dance Mania", but are told that only one of them can enter the studio during the filming because of fire ...more
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Bookworm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Bookworm Episode: 14, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 4

Original Airing: Jan 07 1988

Clair drags Cliff to her book club meeting, and he's the lone male there. Much to Clair's surprise, Cliff knows quite a bit about the book in question! Meanwhile, the kids attempt a sleepover at ...more
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Clair's Case is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Clair's Case Episode: 19, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 1

Original Airing: Feb 21 1985

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, Alan North as Judge
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Clair's Toe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Clair's Toe Episode: 10, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Dec 05 1985

While preparing to go out on a proposal anniversary dinner, Clair breaks her toe, but tries not to let it upset her routine. In the end, she develops a unique piece of footwear to hide her
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Rudy's Walk on the Wild ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side Episode: 18, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 6

Original Airing: Feb 08 1990

Rudy steals money from Clair to buy a sweatshirt (Rudy and her friend Kim do the Electric Slide). Deon Richmond as Kenny.
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Clair's Liberation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Clair's Liberation Episode: 12, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 7

Original Airing: Dec 06 1990

Clair enters menopause. She takes the news fine, but the kids treat her as if she's losing her mind.
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Theo and the Older Woman... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Theo and the Older Woman Episode: 5, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 24 1985

When friend Suzanne accompanies Denise to observe the Huxtables' normal behavior, a smitten Theo behaves far from normally. Robin Givens as Suzanne. Blair Underwood as Mark.
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Theo and Cockroach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Theo and Cockroach Episode: 15, Season: The Cosby Show - Season 2

Original Airing: Jan 30 1986

Theo and his friend Cockroach scheme to pass a test on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", which neither one has read. First appearance of Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Phylicia ...more