Why The Cosby Show is Important Presents… For Men Only
Skipping ahead to the eighth and final season, the show covered more serious topics that affected African American youth. In this episode Cliff teaches a class at the community center for young black men and what initially started with the discussion of careers, soon dissipated into topics of teen fatherhood and the struggles of being a black male in society.
This episode is important because as we’ve seen in recent news about young black males being victims of profiling and society harsh realities, we hear from the mouths of these young men themselves about the problems they have moving through a racist society.
"Aaron was really sweet. I think he was a good fit for Pam"
Why The Cosby Show is Important presents… Rudy Suits Up!
Who knew Cosby was a feminist? Certainty not I in my 51851565 times watching the show. If you’ve ever watched the series all the way through, you know about Cliff’s football background. In an episode early in season one called Is That My Boy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S5HO0rmAhY)Theo goes out for the football team, but only to end up being a bench warmer. In that episode we learned that children don’t always have to follow in their parents path to become successful.
A few episodes later, Rudy joins a little league football team and is quite successful at it. Most girls Rudy’s age are usually put into ballet classes or given piano lessons. However breaking from gender norms, Rudy decides she wants to join the football team and with the support of her family.
Why The Cosby Show is important
The Cosby Show has often been known for it’s depiction of African Americans as being a “normal” middle class family and has often strayed away from heavy handed subjects dealing with racism. But along the years there have been episodes that subtly have dealt with many social justice issues that shows that The Cosby Show is truly a revolutionary show.
That’s why I’m starting a new project on this blog called “Why The Cosby Show is important”. If you would like to submit your own reasons, you’re welcome to do so!
The first episode i’m going to highlight in this in this series is The Pilot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtZ9JSQsbe4
Out of the gate, the show dealt with the pressures of having two very successful parents and how not to succumb to it. Theo goes on spiel about how he has some sort of predisposition to being “regular” and that he’s just destined to be a normal person which excuses his bad grades in school.
At this point in a lot of popular sitcoms, a piano would come on in the background and the father would agree with the son. However as soon as Theo was done with his speech, Cliff said “Theo…That is the dumbest thing I’ve heard in my life!…” then he proceeds to read Theo his rights.
Later on in the series we learned that Theo had a learning disability, but the theme of this episode was to never accept mediocrity and even if he was destined for normalcy, it wouldn’t be because he merely accepted it.
BACK IN THE DAY |9/20/84| The first episode of The Cosby Show premiered on NBC.
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After the finale, Russel and Anna sold their place and started traveling around the country and abroad. However, Anna started to feel very ill forcing the couple to slow down their travels and move back to Brooklyn closer to Claire and Cliff. Anna health started to decline very rapidly and it was soon discovered that she had stage three Alzheimer’s. She didn’t recognize Cliff and had a vague awareness of who Russell was. Russell was obviously devastated by the news but kept in good spirits. He decided to start courting Anna again and their days would consist of taking Anna to their old favorite places and playing her music on his trombone. Unfortunately, Anna died in 1995.
Today, Russel still live next to Cliff and Claire and is remarried to a woman by the name of Catherine. He performs occasionally with a traveling Jazz band, but both of them enjoy their cozy life in Brooklyn.
After the finale, Nelson and Winnie enter into pre school. Sandra and Elvin made it a point to teach them about their culture and who they’re named after. Today, Winnie is getting her masters in African American studies and plans on moving to Egypt for a year to get more in depth with her history up close.
Nelson followed in his mother’s footsteps and decided to go to Law School and become a Civil Rights attorney.
After the finale and present time:
Theo goes receives his masters in industrial/organizational psychology at NYU. After he graduated from grad school, he moves to San Francisco for a few years to work for The Tartan Company, but didn’t feel fulfilled from his job, so he went back to school to get a degree in education. He moved back to Brooklyn and taught tenth graders. Today, he’s married to a school counselor with two kids and another on the way.
Vanessa, after the finale, continued to have an on again off again relationship with Dabnis for a year and a half. He finally broke it off when he realized the relationship wasn’t going anywhere. She took a year off of college to do some “soul searching” and abruptly moves to France with her tuition and only leaving a note behind. A year later, she comes back pregnant and with a boyfriend named Darren. Cliff and Claire are still upset at her for randomly leaving that they forbid her to live in the house. Vanessa and Darren moves in with her friend Carol for a short period of time until she they can get on their feet. Two months before the baby is born, Darren visa runs out and he has to move back to France. Panicked, Vanessa marries Darren to keep him the country. A month later they gave birth to a baby boy named Joseph. Today, Vanessa is divorced from Darren because she realized he used her to get into the country. She went back to school to get her degree in nursing and now works at the hospital. Her relationship with her parents is now repaired.
After the finale, Rudy enters high school. Stanley and her go out for five more months but then she breaks up with him because she feels like he’s too rude to Kenny. Kenny reveals his feelings to Rudy and she tells him that she doesn’t feel the same. They stop talking for a short while but they’re too close to be apart for too long. During high school, she experimented briefly with weed but gives up quickly after a bad high. She also drinks occasionally at parties, but after coming home drunk, her parents make her volunteer at their church for the next year everyday after school and every weekend. There she meets Jacob, a sixteen year old guy with a story. He’s adopted after his biological alcoholic mother beat him unconscious. Jacob now a straight A student and actively involved in the church help Rudy get on the straight and narrow before she gets out of control. A few months after meeting, they start dating. However, his adoptive parents plan to move which forces the young couple to breakup. Rudy is heartbroken, but she takes everything she’s learned from being with Jacob and still volunteers at the church. After high school, she went to Howard to get a degree in family studies and social work. Today, she’s engaged to a young pastor and works with a non profit helping foster children adjust to their new homes.
After the finale, Denise has her baby girl named Ella a few months later. She moved back to Brooklyn because she feels like her daughter needs some stability. Denise travels back with Martin every now and again leaving Ella with her grandparents. She has received her degree in special education and uses to home school Olivia and Ella. Today, her and Martin live at their own brownstone in Brooklyn. They have three children all together. Olivia, Ella, and Martin Jr.
After the finale, Sandra finally starts to practice her law degree. After a few years however, she doesn’t see being a lawyer as fulfilling and starts working at a non profit for abused women. Elvin still practicing medicine is worried about Sandra’s rash behavior. She thinks he’s being unsupportive and leaves him taking the children with her. He begs and pleads with her to come home and after two months she does. Today, they have a third child, a boy named Malcolm. Sandra now gives legal advice to the women and even sometimes represent them in court.
Olivia, moves to be with Martin and Denise. She makes friends with a few of the other kids, but misses her family back in Brooklyn. Martin and Denise sees how sad she is and they send her back to live with her grandparents. Today, she’s a traveling photographer. She met a young man named Clark and are now engaged.
Pam, went moved to California and went to a community college while saving money to go to Hillman to be with Charmaine. However, while in California, she has a glimpse of the glitz and glamour of hollywood when she works wardrobe for a movie. Today, she runs a blog talking all about hollywood fashion.
After the finale, Cliff and Claire still continued on as normal. They’re home started to get a little less crowded which was a bittersweet for them. Today, they’re both retired and help out at the community center to pass the time.
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