The Cosby Show – Box Set: Season 3
The Cosby Show appeared on NBC from 1984 to 1992, becoming one of the most popular programs in the history of television. The Cosby Show depicted a close-knit and prosperous African-American family (The Huxtables) that dwelled in New York City. Dr. Heathcliff (OB-GYN) and Clair (attorney) Huxtable were a happily married, dual-profession couple with aspirations of raising their five children in an uplifting, positive environment. The Cosby Show held TV’s #1 slot for a record five consecutive years (1985 to 1990) and stayed in the Top 20 shows for all eight seasons it was on NBC.
Season 3 of “The Cosby Show” proves to be much more than just comedy. After watching the first two seasons I can start to see some of the public service announcements and other educational lessons scripted to teach the characters a lesson, but clearly intending to educate the viewers. The big public service announcement for this season came in the form of episode 5 when Theo discusses the importance of fire safety and plans a fire drill for the family. Although none of the episodes delved into drug use this season, a direct public service announcement was made by Bill Cosby about the dangers of drug use preceding episode 9. Episode 6 gives the viewers a history lesson about the march on Washington in 1963, colored with some personal stories from the characters. I believe the writers wanted to provide family entertainment as well as instigate family discussions about these topics. Looking at “The Cosby Show” from this perspective, I started to realize that this is true with most of the episodes. Whatever the issue the solution comes down to communication within the family.
As with the previous two seasons, this third season of “The Cosby Show” is awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. It is a good choice for family morals and a few laughs too.