Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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  • 1972
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.8  (2,212)

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.

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Watch That First Step
24. Watch That First Step
September 16, 1982
Fat Albert and the Cosby kids are excited about the upcoming father and son baseball game. Marcus, a friend of the kids, is upset that his dad won't be able to make the game. When Marcus's dad shows up at the game drunk, Fat Albert suggests Marcus and his sister Michelle go to a support meeting to help them deal with their situation.
Water We Waiting For?
23. Water We Waiting For?
September 9, 1981
Fat Albert and the Cosby kids go on a swimming trip to Cedar Lake. Even after being explained the safety rules, Rudy decides to play a prank on Russell while he is in the lake. Fat Albert and lifeguard Jeanine rescue both boys from the water and Rudy learns humility and the importance of obeying 'safety' rules.
Parking Dog
21. Parking Dog
September 8, 1981
Doreen and Cosgrove are overjoyed when their parents buy them a dog. However, they both neglect their responsibility and leave their dog Freddy tied up in the kitchen. Freddy escapes through an open window and they all find him in the middle of a busy freeway. The kids realize the importance of responsibility.
The Double Cross
20. The Double Cross
September 14, 1981
Fat Albert's friend Melinda joins the 'Double Cross' Organization and begins to avoid Fat Albert and the Cosby kids. Fat Albert approaches their leader George and discovers that this group does not accept minority groups. However, when George gets into trouble and Fat Albert rescues him, the truth behind the organization is exposed.
Two By Two
19. Two By Two
September 7, 1981
Baron and Arden, friends of Fat Albert and the Cosby kids, are in love and are considering dropping out of school to get married. Fat Albert is concerned about their decision as they are both very young and haven't finished their education. Fat Albert takes Baron to see Mudfoot for advice and they then decide to wait to get married.
The New Father
18. The New Father
September 13, 1981
Buffy, a friend of Fat Albert and the Cosby kids has become very close to her mom since her father's death. However, Buffy's mom enters into a relationship with a man named Ken, and they decide to get married. On the day of the wedding, Buffy runs away. When Ken rescues her she realizes that her mother has enough love for them both.
Habla Espanol
17. Habla Espanol
September 6, 1981
Roisita, a new classmate at the kid's school, speaks both Spanish and English. When Roisita sees a distressed lady speaking Spanish, Roisita translates for her and realizes that the lady's house is on fire! Fat Albert and Roisita help her and in the process the kids learn the importance of other languages.
Pot of Gold
15. Pot of Gold
October 18, 1980
Fat Albert and the Cosby kids are worried about their friend Patti's behavior. She seems to be spending a lot of time with a boy named Herb. The kids find out that the root of Patti's behavior is that she is smoking marijuana. When Patti carelessly wanders into a busy highway under the influence of the drug, the kids step in to help her.
Heads or Tales
14. Heads or Tales
October 12, 1980
Weird Harold 'invests' the Cosby kid's hard earned money on a horse race. Fat Albert knows that you should not gamble unless you can afford to lose but the other Cosby kids are willing to take a chance. When the horse loses, the kids learn that gambling doesn't always pay off.
Good Ol' Dudes
13. Good Ol' Dudes
October 5, 1980
Richard, a friend of the Cosby kids, has been taking them on a lot of joy rides in a 'borrowed' car lately. Richard's reckless driving makes Fat Albert nervous. When the kids get into a car accident they realize how dangerous driving too fast can be.
Easy Pickin's
12. Easy Pickin's
September 28, 1980
Steve and Claudia seem to always have money from selling things they no longer need. The bargains seem too good to be true! Fat Albert and the Cosby kids soon find out that they have been shoplifting and selling the goods. Everyone learns that when you steal you hurt others as well as yourself.
The Rainbow
10. The Rainbow
September 14, 1980
Kim, a friend of the Cosby kids, is a boy who comes from interracial parents. Elissa is having trouble understanding why Kim's parents both have different skin tones. When Elissa goes to the old factory to avoid Kim, she ends up in a dangerous elevator shaft and is saved by two unexpected people.
Pain, Pain Go Away
9. Pain, Pain Go Away
September 13, 1980
Usually when you are not feeling well you go to the doctors. However, the Cosby Kid's friend Darrell is having a hard time admitting he is unwell. Fat Albert is very concerned when they discover that Darrell has Hodgkin's Disease! The kids learn that it is best to seek help for any persisting illness.
Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids
Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids

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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.

  • Premiere Date
    September 9, 1972
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (2,212)