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(out of 12 reviews)
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Educator and Parent Written bychristian-witness June 29, 2012
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6
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awesome!

Kissing between teenagers and their significant others, but nothing more. While not explicitly educational, kids might pick up on a few things about jazz or the civil rights era, plus great social lessons. Strong families, the importance of positive communication, the value of quality time spent with kids, taking responsibility for your actions, being proud of who you are, treating people fairly, etc.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byRockybalboa211 February 20, 2011
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3
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POSITIVE LIFE LESSONS!

PERFECT SHOW FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7, 11, and 13 year old Written bywildhearts_3 January 27, 2013
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13
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Caution

though in general this show seems fine. I think that you should sit down and watch it with your kids. What may be appropriate for some kids at a certain age may not be for another. There is an episode I just watched recently where Vanessa plays a drinking game with her girlfriends.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of an infant, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year old Written bymykidsarebabies April 14, 2015
AGE
2
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10+

UNLIKE RACIST STUFF LIKE THE CLEVELAND SHOW THIS SHOW IS BETTER FOR FAMILY.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byLowe's man December 14, 2014
AGE
6
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one of the best shows ever made

Bill Cosby knew exactly what he was doing. Although it's more common to see black people in professional jobs on tv now than it used to be, when this show premiered in 1984 this was rare. As for family shows about black families, this was one of the first such shows, and probably the first, to show the parents in upper-middle class jobs. While there are occasional episodes about the civil rights movement and other issues of importance to blacks, as well as occasional displays of African art and the like- all of which provide great insight and a potential springboard for viewers to find out more- most episodes are about things that can happen to any kid or family of any race, ensuring the show's extremely broad appeal. Cliff and Clair are calm with their children- most of the time anyway- and instill in them such values as hard work and honesty. There even were a few episodes where Bill Cosby's creative approach to education was seen. And, while Cliff and Clair introduce their children to jazz, they also let them listen to "their own" music. In other words, they know where to draw the line. The only honest criticism that can be made- if indeed any can be made- is the parents' attitude toward working class jobs. On one hand, whenever such characters appear on the show, they're portrayed in a positive light. On the other hand, the parents talk their children out of such jobs. This inconsistency makes it hard to tell what the parents- and Bill Cosby and the show's producers- think about such people and such jobs. A bit of inconsistency here. Still, that's just one small problem in a great show. Children ought to discover this show.
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 21, 2012
AGE
11
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Keep up the good work Cosby!

I love this show! It is REALLY funny.
Educator and Parent of a 15 year old Written byredjed December 19, 2009
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4
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Great for all Ages

GREAT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 20 year old Written byluvgoodshows November 2, 2008
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10
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Great family TV!

Adult Written bySuperJoe April 9, 2008
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Adult Written bytaterbug14 April 9, 2008
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great for family

this is a funny cute show, great messages. great for family
Adult Written byAngela33 April 9, 2008
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nothing for me to say.
Adult Written byddue2be April 9, 2008
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Its an okay show for the family.

There has been some questionable episodes, it has mild humor, but a great lesson.