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5 Mysteries Surrounding The Cosby Show

Kara Kovalchik
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When The Cosby Show premiered in 1984, many media critics tripped over themselves trying to point out that no "real" African-American family lived like the Huxtables. Cultural relevance and political correctness aside, syndicated reruns have taught us that The Cosby Show endures because it delivered laughs along with warm fuzzies. The Huxtables provided a loving family atmosphere (along with an impressively appointed house) where audiences could escape for 30 minutes each week.

1. Why Rudy was a girl

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2. How the Huxtable family suddenly grew

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3. The mystery of the disappearing characters

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4. How the Cos handled his Wild Child

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5. How Bill Cosby's life subtly intertwined with Cliff Huxtable's

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Learn juicy tidbits about Cheers, Frasier, The Golden Girls and more in Kara's TV-Holic Archive.

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