Cosby Show Essays

  • The Huxtables In The Cosby Show

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    The Huxtables used tough love to encourage them to watch the choices they make. Before I begin with a particular episode of The Cosby Show, I just have to say how the Huxtables handled their middle daughter Vanessa with her traveling to Baltimore, Maryland and not telling her parents. I know my mother would have been very mad with me, because I did not tell her where I was going. As well as lying to her about what I was going to be doing. I know I would definitely get into a lot of trouble with my

  • Racial Stereotyping And Racism In The Cosby Show

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    racial stereotyping and racism still exist in America. The Cosby Show seeked to change racial stereotyping in television by portraying an upper-middle class African American family. The Cosby Show attempted to break barriers for African Americans in television and did so by paving the way for other major African American based sitcoms. “The End of Post-Identity

  • The Cosby Show Essay

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    The Cosby Show Addressed Issues in American Television The Cosby show was an NBC sitcom that lasted eight seasons from 1984-1992. Starring Bill Cosby, the show was centered on an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York, and were known as the Huxtable family with that being their last name. The members of the family included the father Cliff (Bill), mother Clair, five children (four daughters and one son); Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy. This show is viewed

  • Two Comedic Television Families, The Cosby Show and Rosanne

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    American families depicted in television comedy shows outwardly appear as stereotypical characters. Extreme contrasting types are used to exaggerate real life: wealthy or poor, urban or rural, and sophisticated or naïve. This is not only for entertainment value, it seems: the characteristics of these families can represent the diversity within the families across our nation. As a show develops it can reach out to the audience by touching on more realistic values. A demonstration of how a television

  • Fighting Charges of Assimilation in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and The Cosby Show

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    Fighting Charges of Assimilation in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and The Cosby Show The critical reception of The Cosby Show, an enormously popular television sitcom in the 1980's, roughly paralleled that of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry's highly acclaimed play of the 1950's. Both the television series and the play helped change the way Blacks are portrayed in the entertainment media. But despite being initially greeted with critical praise, both subsequently fell under heavy

  • Socially Constructed Stereotypes in All in the Family, The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show.

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    internalized by witnesses who render opposing viewpoints. This analysis will compare the depiction and rejection of socially constructed stereotypes relative to race and ethnicity in three situation comedies: All in the Family, The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show. Norman Lear, a political and social activist, teamed up with Bud Yorkin and formed Tandem Productions which developed and produced the sitcoms All in the Family and The Jefferson’s, among others. All in the Family (1971 to 1979) and The Jefferson’s

  • Impact Of The Cosby Show

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    Burks 11 Shadress Burks 20 March 2014 The Cosby Show and its impact on the Black Community I. Introduction For years various images of African Americans and their way of life has been displayed throughout the many outlets of the media. From music to dance, art to acting whether negative or positive, our way of life has been touched upon and broadcasted across the world. Although, some stereotypical and some bearing absolute truth; it has help shape the way other ethnicities view us. From the early

  • Response to Welcome to the City by Murray Forman

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    of a liberated consumer culture” (47). Since our course is focused on black popular culture, I thought it would be interesting to examine the portrayal of domestic space occupied by black families on television sitcoms, a genre defined heavily by shows from the 1950s. Additionally, Forman specifically mentions Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing projects as an example of urban housing development, and that seemed like an invitation to analyze episodes of Good Times. Understanding the ghetto as both a

  • African American Stereotypes Essay

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    remember plenty of races are being stereotyped, but African Americans are one of the most frequent racial groups stereotyped against. African Americans have been portrayed on television and other forms of media unfairly and unrealistically. Movies and TV shows have played a major role in stereotyping African Americans, mostly reflecting them as being less intelligent, more vulgar, poor, uneducated, and more violent than other ethnic groups. African Americans have been perceived to be someone they are not

  • Television: A Vast Wasteland

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    The Cosby Show was the pinnacle of American television. Based on an affluent African-American family in Brooklyn, New York, The Cosby Show demonstrated how to effectively raise a family. The sitcom starred Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable, a confident, assertive, and eloquent attorney. Alongside Rashad was Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable, an eccentric and whimsical obstetrician. Together, Clair and Cliff reared five children in the midst of several complex obstacles. When faced with Sondra’s decision

  • The Cosby Show America Theme

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    (and other people) and how, by building up those expectations, one sets oneself up to be let down. This is especially true for Ifemelu, who dreams of living in “a house from The Cosby Show, in a school with students holding notebooks miraculously free of wear and crease” (122). Ifemelu goes on to reference The Cosby Show several times, describing scenes therein as her idyllic dream of America. To her, Obinze, and many others in the Nigerian community to which she belongs, America is something of

  • Adam Sandler

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    University. He relied on the money that he earned in stand-up and from a recurring role on the hit Cosby Show as Theo Huxtable's dim-witted buddy. He spent some time doing stand-up in L.A., where former Saturday Night Live star Dennis Miller caught his act. Miller spoke to producer Lorne Michaels about him, and Adam Sandler was soon working for SNL. At first, he was mainly a writer who appeared on the show occasionally. However, his appearances were so popular (ie: Operaman, Canteen Boy) that his status

  • Gender Roles in The Cosby Show

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    Gender Roles in The Cosby Show On September 20, 1984 a show aired that changed the way we view gender roles on television. Television still perpetuates traditional gender stereotypes and in reflecting them TV reinforces them by presenting them as the norm (Chandler, 1). The Cosby Show, challenged the typical gender stereotyping of television, daring to go against the dominant social values of its time period. In its challenge of the dominant social view, the show redefined the portrayal of male

  • The Cosby Show Research Paper

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    popular trickster character can be found in the Uncle Remus The Cosby Show is iconic and highly praised and respected. It was created by successful comedian Bill Cosby and was based off f his real family life. The Cosby Show was one of the first television show to represent African Americans in a positive light. The show focuses on the Huxtable family who is an upper middle class black family living in Brooklyn New York. Bill Cosby played the husband and father, Dr Heathcliff Huxtable who was a doctor

  • My Pop Culture: The Cosby Show

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    My Pop Culture: ‘‘The Cosby Show’’ One pop culture that had a great influence on me was ‘The Cosby Show’. ‘The Cosby Show’ aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. Although it was based on comedy, the sitcom focused on real life family events. The Huxtable Family symbolized a typical African-American family who was financial stable and socially acceptable; which during that time was not the reality in the everyday life of an African American family. Nevertheless

  • The Impact of African-American Sitcoms on America's Culture

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    The Jefferson’s in the 1970s to The Cosby Show (1984) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990s, sitcoms featuring black casts and characters have always been controversial. However, their significance upon our American culture cannot be disregarded. During the 1950s and 1960s, 97% of the families were Caucasian. In the first five years of the 1990s, nearly 14% of the television families were African-American (Bryant 2001). These statistics obviously show the substantial impact our American

  • AfricanAmerican Representation in the Media

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    Readers, she discusses the way in which black women create meaning out of the mainstream text of the film The Color Purple. In Leslie B. Innis and Joe R. Feagin's article, The Cosby Show: The View From the Black Middle Class, they are examining black middle-class responses to the portrayal of black family life on The Cosby Show. In their respective articles, Bobo, and Innis and Feagin are investigating the representation of race, particularly African American race, in the mass media. The chief concerns

  • Interracial Relationships

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    abstract messages against interracial relationships. For example, television shows. Almost all of the families in these shows are racially separated. To name just a few of the "Black" family shows, we have The Cosby Show, Martin, Family Matters, and The Fresh Price of Bell Air. Some of the more "White" shows are Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Home Improvement, and Married With Children. For the most part these shows don't cast roles for couples to have interracial relationships. Television and

  • Similarities Between Blackish And The Cosby Show

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    The show “Blackish” is a family sit-com about the Johnsons, a three generation, black upper-middle class family living in the city of Los Angeles headed by two working parents, a show that can lead to comparisons with the "The Cosby Show." Black-ish is a sitcom that criticizes and debates modern day issues such as racism, upbringings, class, religion and politics via comedy whilst not being offensive to any particular group of people. Dre Johnson has it all: a great job, a beautiful wife “Rainbow”

  • Comparing the Huxtables with My Family

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    The Cosby Show is a great way to unwind from a stressful day at school. The show's characters are likeable and the storyline is humorous, but halfway through the program I usually turn the television off and return to the kitchen to wash the dinner dishes. Watching The Cosby Show makes me feel guilty. The Huxtables are too perfect. Their house is too perfect. In comparison to the Huxtables I feel like an unfit mother in a slovenly, dysfunctional family. The characters on The Cosby Show should