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'The Cosby Show - Seasons 7 & 8'
(Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Sabrina Le Baeuf, Lisa Bonet, Malcom-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Raven-Symone, Geoffrey Owens, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: The Huxtables changed television and audiences who tuned in weekly to laugh, learn, and love from their favorite family. Enjoy the last 2 seasons featuring 49 uncut episodes as the Cliff, Clair, and family remind us why it was one of the greatest show and end their fantastic series run.

DVD Verdict: The mother of all family sit-coms was aptly named after Bill Cosby, the "TV Dad of All Time" (according to TV Guide, among others), who stars in the role of Cliff Huxtable, an upper middle-class African-American obstetrician living in Brooklyn, New York. Upper middle-class African-American? Not that such a constellation is a very common sight. However, by presenting a working family life of blacks in this milieu, Cosby makes the difference, breaks traditional stereotypes, constitutes a positive example, raises awareness by portraying normalcy where you wouldn't expect it.

It is the same Bill Cosby who wrote TV history by playing a secret agent back then in the Sixties in "I Spy" at the side of his white partner, portrayed by Robert Culp. Showcasing an African-American in a leading role? In 1965 such outrageousness even led to bans of the programme by a couple of stations in the American south. Well, in other circles Cosby was rewarded with three consecutive Emmys. For exactly that show: "I Spy".

Later on Bill Cosby wouldn't submit his name anymore for Emmy consideration as competition between actors wasn't what "The Cosby Show" was all about. Five consecutive seasons ranking as #1 American TV programme however made clear that Cosby was on to something with his new sit-com. The show hit like a bomb and worked for African-Americans, Americans, and, well, eventually the rest of the world. Especially because entertainment and education have never been as indiscernibly close together as in a programme like this, where style, intent and themes succeed on multiple levels.

"The Cosby Show" has become legendary as it works not only across the racial, but also across the generational divide with ease, and a comedic powerhouse and role model like Cosby never dates - it was funny in the Eighties, for kids, parents, grandparents, and still is. Cosby ad-libs, Phylicia Rashad as his wife complements him beautifully and with verve, the kids are adorable and grow to own personalities in front of your eyes.

Here in the final two seasons, much like the entire run of "The Cosby Show," it tackles a wide range of issues you might expect from a family programme - coming of age problems, social ones, right down to dyslexia, teenage pregnancy and divorce. Never preaching, but realistic, always with humor. Cosby, father of five, has seen and lived through it all, including the death of his own son who was shot by an armed robber. He knows how to spell family values. In other words: Need advice on parenting? Then do yourself a favor and watch "The Cosby Show". Your kids will thank you. No joke!

Season Seven:

Disc One
1: Same Time Next Year Sept. 20, 1990 2: Bird in the Hand Sept. 27, 1990 3: The Last Barbecue Oct. 4, 1990 4: Period of Adjustment Oct. 11, 1990 5: It's All in the Game Oct. 18, 1990 6: Getting the Story Oct. 25, 1990 7: Just Thinking About It Nov. 1, 1990 8: The Infantry Has Landed (and They've Fallen Off the Roof) Nov. 8, 1990 9: You Can Go Home Again Nov. 15, 1990 10: It's a Boy Nov. 29, 1990 11: Clair's Liberation Dec. 6, 1990 12: It's Your Move Dec. 13, 1990

Disc Two
13: Theo's Final Final Jan. 3, 1991 14: Attack of the Killer B's Jan. 10, 1991 15: Total Control Jan. 31, 1991 16: Adventures in Babysitting Feb. 7, 1991 17: 27 and Still Cooking Feb. 14, 1991 18: The Return of the Clairettes Feb. 21, 1991 19: No More Mr. Nice Guy Feb. 28, 1991 20: Home Remedies March 7, 1991 21: Nightmare on Stigwood Avenue March 21, 1991 22: There's Still No Joy in Mudville April 4, 1991 23: Cliff and Jake April 11, 1991 24: Theo and the Kids: Part 1 April 25, 1991 25: Theo and the Kids: Part 2 May 2, 1991

Season Eight:

Disc Three
1: With This Ring? Sept. 19, 1991 2: There's No Place Like This Home Sept. 26, 1991 3: Particles in Motion Oct. 3, 1991 4: Pam Applies to College Oct. 10, 1991 5: Warning: A Double-Lit Candle Can Cause a Meltdown Oct. 17, 1991 6: It's Apparent to Everyone Oct. 24, 1991 7: The Iceman Bricketh Oct. 31, 1991 8: Olivia's Field Trip Nov. 7, 1991 9: For Men Only Nov. 14, 1991 10: Olivia Comes Out of the Closet Nov. 21, 1991 11: Two Is a Crowd Dec. 5, 1991 12: Clair's Place Dec. 19, 1991

Disc Four
13: Theo's Future Jan. 2, 1992 14: The Price Is Wrong Jan. 9, 1992 15: Bring Me the Lip Gloss of Deirdre Arpelle Jan. 16, 1992 16: Eat, Drink and Be Wary Jan. 30, 1992 17: The Getaway Feb. 6, 1992 18: Cliff Gets Jilted Feb. 6, 1992 19: Cliff and Theo Come Clean Feb. 13, 1992 20: Clair's Reunion Feb. 20, 1992 21: Rudy's Retreat Feb. 27, 1992 22: You Can't Stop the Music March 26, 1992 23: Some Gifts Aren't Deductible April 23, 1992 24: And So, We Commence April 30, 1992

These are all Widescreen Presentations (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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