TV Episodes 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
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
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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Cliff's Wet Adventure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Off to See the Wretched is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Looking Back (1) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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If the Dress Fits, Wear It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Mr. Fish (a.k.a. Goodbye, Mr.... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Father's Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Slumber Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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) 11 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Clair's Case is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Theo's Gift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Oct 19 1989 Theo is diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability which contributed to the academic problems he has had over the years. Michelle Thomas as Justine.

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Dance Mania is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Mrs. Westlake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Bookworm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Theo and the Older Woman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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The Locker Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Dec 10 1987 Theo and his classmates brag about their dates with girls in the locker room, but Theo's mood changes when one of the guys goes out with Vanessa and brags about it the next day. Troy Winbush as ...more

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Golden Anniversary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Cliff's Birthday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Theo and Cockroach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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

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The Juicer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Looking Back (2) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Nov 12 1987 Flashbacks are shown while history is shared with Elvin.

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Rudy's Sick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Dec 13 1984 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 methods. Clair is ...more

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Theo's Dirty Laundry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mar 15 1990 Cliff and Clair discover that Theo has moved in with Justine. Last Appearance Of Michelle Thomas as Justine. Victoria Rowell as Paula.

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Clair's Liberation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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 Kids (1) is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Apr 25 1991 Theo, who is majoring in pediatric psychology, begins an internship as a junior counselor at the community center; he soon suspects that one of the children there is dyslexic. First appearances ...more

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Clair's Toe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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A Touch of Wonder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Play It Again, Vanessa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Nov 08 1984 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 the school concert, but ...more

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Jitterbug Break is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Jan 31 1985 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 dancers. Blair Underwood as ...more

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The Physical is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Oct 13 1988 Cliff prepares for a physical. John Amos as Dr. Bradley Herbert, Jr.

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Waterworks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Feb 11 1988 Clair tries to stop Cliff from fixing a leaky pipe by hiring a team of professionals: friends of Sondra and Elvin from Princeton.

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Just Thinking About It (1) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Nov 01 1990 Under pressure from her boyfriend to become sexually active, Pam considers using birth control. Karen Malina White as Charmaine. Allen Payne as Lance. Mushond Lee as Slide.

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The Dentist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Feb 02 1986 Peter goes to the dentist, but has Rudy come along for moral support so Peter won't be afraid of the dentist anymore. Danny Kaye (in one of his last appearances) as Dr. Burns, who is also ...more

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Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Oct 31 1985 Vanessa has a Halloween party. venessa has a crush on a one Robert Forman, day dreamming about her love she drops an entire tray of glasses and embarrasses herself in front of the guests. Pam ...more

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Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kinderga... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Jan 26 1989 Clair appears as a panelist on a local Sunday morning talk show entitled "Retrospective". Clair buys a new couch and Cliff tries to keep the old one. Clair's law firm is identified as ...more

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Andalusian Flu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Apr 02 1987 While Cliff and Clair have the flu, Theo tries to keep the house going.

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Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mar 21 1991 Rudy has a nightmare about Olivia always getting her way.

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And So We Commence (2) is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Apr 30 1992 As Theo graduates from NYU, Cliff remembers how a 14 year old Theo received D's in 9th grade and had no desire to attend college at all. Denise telephones and reveals that she is pregnant. ...more

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I Know That You Know is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mar 19 1987 When Sondra and Elvin announce their engagement, Clair and the children use the news to play a practical joke on Cliff, who launches a counter-offensive of his own. Geoffrey Owens as Elvin.

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Home for the Weekend is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mar 17 1988 Denise comes home from college, but seems to have more time for her friends than for the family.

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Cliff and Jake is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Apr 11 1991 Clair tries to prevent Cliff from buying a new appliance from his friend Jake (Lost episode from Season 6). Guest appearances by Red Buttons and E. G. Marshall. Last appearance of Lisa Bonet as ...more

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You Can Go Home Again is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Nov 15 1990 Seeking privacy, Denise and Martin decide to look for their own apartment.

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An Early Spring is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Mar 20 1986 Theo's math teacher has a baby and Cockroach shows a different side. Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Sonia Braga as Mrs. Westlake. Cockroach's real name, Walter Bradley, is revealed in this ...more

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Rudy Spends the Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Jan 15 1987 Cliff establishes the Huxtable Men's Club when the women are away to help Theo get over his sadnes of a lost date. Venessa is very excited that big sister Denise is letting her go to the Village ...more

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What He Did for Love is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Apr 27 1989 Theo's friend Denny finds an expensive watch and gives it to his girlfriend, but it is soon revealed to be stolen merchandise. Troy Winbush as Denny. Alex Ruiz as Lou. Vanessa A. Williams as

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Clair's Place is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cosby Show Episodes of All Time
Dec 19 1991 As Christmas approaches, Clair gets a wonderful present: the completion of her special room.