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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated children's television series that aired in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. The program was created and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who based the characters on those he described in his stand-up routines. The series centers around Fat Albert, voiced by Cosby. A rotund and generally happy teenager, Albert is the moral center of a group of childhood friends doubling as a musical band. Included in this group are the sharp-dressed Rudy (Eric Suter), the large-tooth Bucky (Jan Crawford), Dumb Donald (Lou Scheimer), who wears a face-fitting cap, and the unintelligible Mushmouth. Cosby also included younger versions of himself and his little brother in the series. Each episode of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids starts with Bill Cosby appearing in a live action sequence to introduce the episode. It's followed by a situation one of the Kids or the entire gang gets involved in. The remainder of the episode involves the resolution of the issue from a solution Albert or one of the friends devises. Toward the end, the episode is summed up by a musical number featuring the Kids on instruments cobbled together from items they found in the nearby junkyard. Tweaks to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids were made as the show continued. After being retitled The New Fat Albert Show in 1979, a segment was introduced where the gang would get together to watch The Brown Hornet - a show-within-the-show featuring a space-faring superhero (voiced by Cosby) assisted by his companions Stinger and Tweeterbell. When the series moved to syndication as The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, more mature themes such as drugs and gangs were introduced. Produced by Filmation and directed by Hal Sutherland, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids made its Saturday morning premiere in September of 1972 on the CBS television network. It remained on the schedule for 12 years, then moved into syndication for the 1984-85 season.