The Cosby Show premiered on NBC on September
20, 1984. The series is about Heathcliff Huxtable, commonly known as Cliff, and his family. Cliff delivers babies
for a living and has an office at home. His wife, Clair, is a successful lawyer. They have five children, ranging
from the youngest, Rudy, to the oldest, Sondra.The Huxtable residence is a New York City brownstone where Cliff
(an obstetrician) also maintains his office. He and his wife Clair (a legal aid attorney) try to bring up the kids
with a combination of love and parental firmness, while leading their own active professional lives. Sondra, the
oldest daughter was a senior at Princeton University during the first season, graduating early in the second; Denise
and Theo ("No Problem!") were the know-it-all teenagers; Vanessa, the rambunctious 8-year old; and Rudy
the adorable, if mischievous little girl.
"I just hope they get out of the house before we die," murmured
an exhausted Cliff as he sank into bed at the end of the premiere episode.