By: Krystle Crossman
One of the hottest television shows in the 1980s and early 90s was The Cosby Show. Bill Cosby portrayed father and husband Cliff Huxtable. Phylicia Rashad played wife and mother Clair Huxtable. Together they worked through family life, careers, and civil issues on the show that was based on the stand-up comedy of Bill Cosby. The show was a hit and aired for 8 years. Families at home fell in love with the Huxtables and learned a lot from the show while having some laughs too.
Even after the show ended it was still run on syndicate stations so that people of all ages could enjoy the show that they may not have been able to watch originally. It had a great run until the Cosby scandal came about. Once Bill Cosby was accused of $exual assault stations began banning The Cosby Show. No one would run the repeats due to the controversy that surrounded Bill Cosby. There were many who were upset about the ban as they still enjoyed the show despite what the news was, but the stations did not want to run the risk of having their brand associated with a possible criminal.
Cosby has yet to be convicted of any charges. His trial will begin sometime next year, no later than June 5th, 2017. The judge stated that he was to have assistance in the courtroom due to an issue with his sight. Currently there are 13 women who have filed claims of assault while they were intoxicated. The prosecution has stated that they want all of them to testify at the trial when it begins. It has been almost a year since the first complaints were filed with the courts. Word of the scandal broke quickly and the media ran with it as fast as they could. Because of this Bill Cosby’s name became synonymous with assault which meant that anyone associated with him could be too in the viewers’ eyes. Stations began dropping The Cosby Show reruns left and right.
Bounce TV has recently decided that they are going to end the ban and they will begin showing episodes again beginning on December 19th. A spokesperson from Bounce TV stated that there were a lot of requests for the show to be aired again. They feel that people watching the show will be able to see the difference between the character on the show and Bill Cosby himself.