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Loosely based on the BBC show "One Foot in the Grave," this series features Bill Cosby as Hilton Lucas, a man forced into early retirement from his job as an airline executive. Denied the preoccupation of the nine to five, Hilton gets under his family's feet, alternately complains about and misses his former job, and finds new ways to occupy his time when life is no longer a series of deadlines by being a grumpy but well-intended nuisance.

While much of the show draws from the BBC original on which is was based, there are also a great many uniquely Cosby themes, including episodes with names like "Kids Eat the Darndest Things" and quite a bit of improvisation on the part of the star. Hilton's interactions with his wife Ruth (Phylicia Rashad) and daughter Erica (T'Keyah Crystal Keym

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4 Seasons, 96 Episodes
September 16, 1996
Comedy
6.6/10
Cast: Bill Cosby, Doug E. Doug, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Phylicia Rashad
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Cosby Full Episode Guide

  • Hilton passes his advice along to Erica and Darien on how to keep the romance alive in marriage.

  • Hilton suffers from insomnia for several days, falling asleep during the day at inopportune moments, causing Erica and Ruth embarrassment.

  • Griffin tries to encourage both his students and the Lucases to eat healthier foods.

  • A foster child in Erica's class wants to move in with the Lucases.

  • Hilton discovers that a former high school buddy is now homeless.

  • Griffin's inability to deal with the return of his estranged father, who abandoned him 15 years earlier, causes problems in his relationship with Rebecca.

  • For a school paper, Keisha discovers intriguing facts about Ruth's past.

  • Griffin, Erica and Darien try to convince a drug-addicted friend to enter rehab.

  • Hilton finds himself in the middle of a bank heist.

  • When Ruth teaches Erica how to play golf, a rivalry begins between the two women that even extends to cooking.

  • Darien's late arrival to an important family dinner causes a fight between Hilton and Ruth.

  • Out of character, the surviving cast members of "Cosby" remember Madeline Kahn, who just died of ovarian cancer and had started chemotherapy shortly after the show started production.

  • Ruth and Pauline try to help save a friend's failing bookstore by annexing it to the Flower Cafe.

  • Erica visits a student's home to get his mother more involved in his education.

  • Griffin has a dream in which teachers are given the same elite status & salary as professional athletes or actors.

  • Griffin has a dream in which teachers are given the same elite status & salary as professional athletes or actors.

  • A strange woman comes to the shop under the impression that Hilton is her husband, Charlie

  • Getting through a typical day is hard enough, but it becomes an ordeal for Griffin when everyone demands his time on the day he is preparing for a date with a beautiful flight attendant.

  • When Griffin tries to prepare for Y2K by installing a generator, he causes a premature blackout for the entire neighborhood.

  • Hilton urges Griffin to do something to replace his school's outdated textbooks, and Erica and Darien return from their honeymoon.

  • Hilton has to pay the wedding organizers for their services as Erica's wedding nears, but Ruth is more concerned with why the bride isn't falling apart yet.

  • Hilton falls asleep during an "I Spy" marathon. He dreams that he and his old partner Kelly Robinson have been put on a new case in Hong Kong. However, Erica keeps interrupting Hilton's dream to discuss her wedding preparations.

  • Griffin's trust in his new girlfriend Anita is put to the test when her job as a conference planner puts her smack in the middle of a young millionaires' convention, on the season finale.

  • When Hilton and Ruth hear that their "little girl" is getting married, they couldn't be happier for her, or themselves, since this would mean one less person in their crowded house.

  • When Griffin finds himself face to face with the group of tough, unmotivated students, he struggles to find a way to reach them and open their minds to the wonders of learning -- something fellow teacher Mr. Fleming lost enthusiasm for a long time ago.

  • Hilton is stunned when 11-year old Jurnee, left in his care while her father is away, returns from a friend's birthday party drunk.

  • Hilton is caught in the middle when his curmudgeonly friend, Tim, stages a rent strike against his landlord.

  • Hilton volunteers as a reader for a retired, blind English literature professor and, upon realizing his gift for teaching, urges him to return to the classroom.

  • Hilton is attempting to help Jurnee with her "Romeo and Juliet" homework assignment when his true feelings about The Bard come out: Why couldn't Shakespeare simply speak in plain English rather than using all of that fancy, confusing language?

  • Jurnee is aghast when she finds out that her dad intends to date the "meanest" teacher at her school. Del is so troubled by Jurnee's reaction to his interest in Ms. Malone that he's ready to call off their date.

  • While searching for a rare part for his beloved turntable, Hilton bumps into an old friend from his bachelor days, Fred.

  • Hilton and Ruth recall their first date many years ago. Their flashbacks are done through animated sequences, and of course, both of them have widely different versions of what happened.

  • After the Lucas home is burglarized, Hilton invests in a security system -- only to discover that the thief is someone he knows.

  • Griffin contemplates quitting the teaching profession when his first day as a substitute teacher is a disaster.

  • Hilton is beyond frustrated when his newly purchased state-of-the-art refrigerator breaks down and he can't get any customer satisfaction.

  • Del's new girlfriend Karen agonizes over a secret she's worried about sharing with him: the youth who passes as her kid brother is actually her son.

  • Hilton becomes nervous when, after a two-year silence, he hears from an old friend who only makes contact when he needs a handout.

  • When Hilton offers to make Jurnee's Thanksgiving Day Parade turkey costume from scratch, it comes out to be just that.... a turkey of a costume.

  • Hilton's steaming when a klutzy customer spills coffee on her dress, admits it's her own fault---and then sues the Flower Cafe for $3000.

  • After Jurnee expresses her fondness for schoolmate Kevin and he retaliates by shoving her on the school playground, amateur psychologist Hilton explains his theory of how "playground scarring" can affect a woman for life.

  • When Griffin accompanies Hilton to "Grandparents Day" at Jurnee's school and adds his two cents to the science lesson, it quickly becomes apparent that he is a natural at teaching and holding the kids' interest. Who would have thought??

  • A major argument erupts when Ruth accidentally discovers that Erica has been hiding all the gifts she has given her over the years.

  • Petty differences about irritating personal habits threaten to escalate into a major brawl when Ruth and Pauline plan a "girls' night out" in Manhattan, and Hilton insists on acting as their chauffeur.

  • Hilton is devastated to learn that Erica is breaking up with her latest boyfriend, Gil -- a handsome, well-educated jazz musician who is everything that Hilton could ever want in a guy and more.

  • Griffin and Erica work out a financial deal to move into Griffin's house on a landlord-tenant basis -- thus giving Hilton and Ruth back their privacy -only to have Griffin's house accidentally burn to the ground.

  • Hilton's new responsibility, looking after 11-year-old Jurnee while her dad is at work, becomes a little too hot to handle when Jurnee asks him a complicated question about the birds and bees.

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