Want to know the way to gauge how great a show is? Break it down by episodes. Take The Cosby Show for instance: For those who watched the series through it’s eight seasons, the debate is never whether or not the show was good, it’s which episode was the best. Ask as many people possible what is their favorite episode of The Cosby Show and get as many different answers. But pay attention and the nine we listed below may repeatedly come up the most often.
Who can forget Cliff as Harley Weedwax? When Theo thinks he has what it takes to make it in the real world, his whole family treats him to a rude awakening at the “Real World Apartments”.
I’M ‘IN’ WITH THE ‘IN’ CROWD
Every kid grows up having to learn their lessons the hard way, but few parents teach those lessons as creatively as Cliff and Claire Huxtable. When Vanessa — still not legally allowed to drink — comes home drunk after playing a drinking game with friends, Cliff and Claire take their youngest daughter Rudy and prank Vanessa by playing the same drinking game, only with a different kind of drink.
To honor Cliff’s parents on their 49th wedding anniverary, the Huxtable clan channel their inner Ray Charles with a musical tribute, and Rudy steals the spotlight for everyone.
THE SHIRT STORY
When Denise attempts to make Theo a replica of an authentic Gordon Gartrell, she fails, but Theo unexpectedly succeeds, and we laughed the entire time.
DAY OF THE LOCUSTS
Sandra comes down with strep throat, and as a consequence, Claire steals Sandra’s babies so they won’t get sick. What ensues is all out hilarity as both Claire and Sandra’s mother-in-law are found out by Sandra.
A TOUCH OF WONDER
Denise crashes her car into Stevie Wonder’s limo and as a result gets serenaded by the singer himself. “I Just Called To Say (I Love You)” becomes an even bigger smash hit after this episode.
A FULL HOUSE
This episode is famous for one scene, Denise’s friend from Jamaica enjoying the music channel. “I SAID ‘AY MAN! AY MAN!’”
To impress a female at school, Theo gets his ear pierced. Turns out, the ear gets infected, and Theo must reveal what he did to his dad, Cliff. Cliff attempts to get his son punished by his father, but instead, the tables are turned, and Cliff’s father — Theo’s grandfather — tells a story about how Cliff attempted to straighten his hair to impress Theo’s mother back when they were dating.
THE NIGHT OF THE WRETCHED
When Vanessa sneaks out, the wrath Claire unleashes is so furious, anyone who tuned in had to back away from their television. This episode was big fun, BIG FUN.