The Cosby Show

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Classic family sitcom offers fun with its lessons.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 34 reviews

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age 7+

A classic

Many knows this show so no intro. Watch this with your family, and mind some out of context. But this show also got overshadowed by the Bill Cosby incident few years ago. In consumerism Little Bill toys as Defunctland said, and Little Bill.

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Too much sex
Too much consumerism
age 10+

Solid comedy with some unfortunate views on sex

This is a high-quality sitcom, but the father's attitude towards young women's sexuality is dated, to put it mildly. I would wait till kids are old enough to have a healthier attitude already in place and to discuss the dated views expressed on the show.

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