The Cosby Show Turns 30! Surprising Facts About the Hit Series

September 22, 2014 3:20 PM

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The Cosby Show Turns 30! Surprising Facts About the Hit Series

In Nov. 1984, just two months after a brand new TV show called The Cosby Show first debuted on NBC, John Markus, a writer on the series, visited his family in London, Ohio for Thanksgiving. He took a walk at 8 p.m., looked inside living room windows from the sidewalk and saw The Cosby Show playing on every television set. "It hit me that we were reaching a lot of people and it was quite moving," recalls Markus, who became the show's head writer and went on to win Emmy and Peabody awards for his work on the series. "In the context of the viewing public, it showed me what our show meant and also drove home the idea that I had the privilege of working on something so much bigger than any of us."

When The Cosby Show premiered on September 20, 1984, it dominated the ratings, reaching 21.6 million viewers (even surpassing the heavyweight 60 Minutes). For years, the show was on top. Audiences clamored to to see how Clair and Cliff Huxtable dealt with the joys and challenges of raising their kid...

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