This page contains a list of episodes for the third season the  NBC-TV sitcom The Cosby Show. The series aired from September 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992 with 201 episodes produced spanning eight seasons.

Series overview [edit | edit source]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD set release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 24 September 20, 1984 May 9, 1985 August 2, 2005

January 21, 2014 (re-release)

May 19, 2008 October 4, 2006
2 25 September 26, 1985 May 15, 1986 March 7, 2006

January 21, 2014 (re-release)

August 25, 2008 February 7, 2007
3 25 September 25, 1986 May 7, 1987 June 5, 2007 October 13, 2008  April 4, 2007
4 24 September 24, 1987 April 28, 1988 June 5, 2007 February 9, 2009 November 7, 2007
5 26 October 6, 1988 May 11, 1989 November 6, 2007 -- March 5, 2008
6 27 September 24, 1989 May 3, 1990 November 6, 2007 -- July 9, 2008
7 26 September 20, 1990 May 2, 1991 April 8, 2008 -- January 13, 2010
8 25 September 19, 1991 April 30, 1992 April 8, 2008 -- January 13, 2010

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Season 4 (1987–88)[edit | edit source]

  • This season comprises 24 episodes
  • Bill CosbyPhylicia RashādMalcolm-Jamal WarnerTempestt Bledsoe and Keshia Knight Pulliam appear in all the episodes
  • Geoffrey Owens was absent for 16 episodes
  • Sabrina Le Beauf was absent for 17 episodes
  • This season's opening sequence features the cast dancing happily to vocal funk/jazz. The vocals were sung by Bobby McFerrin. Bill Cosby is seen at the end of the credits dancing to the music as the producer credits appear and at the end, he quickly turns his head, takes off his top hat and looks into the camera before the sequence cuts to black. Unlike the first three seasons, the opening credits featured the cast wearing some formal '30s-style clothing with Bill Cosby wearing a top hat and tails, Tempestt Bledsoe wearing a Navy uniform similar to what performers would wear when performing to the troops in the USO. Malcolm-Jamal Warner wore a business suit and is seen looking at his watch then starts tapping his feet, etc. Geoffrey Owens (Elvin Tibideaux) is introduced to the regular cast by Cosby leading him into Sabrina LeBeauf's credit scene, symbolizing Heathcliff Huxtable "giving away" his daughter Sondra to her new husband. Before the producer credits appear, Bill Cosby is briefly seen holding a picture of Lisa Bonet (Denise). Bonet does not appear as a regular this season, having departed for the spinoff series, A Different World.
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75 1 "Call of the Wild" Jay Sandrich Gary Kott September 24, 1987 0402

The newlywed Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon with shocking news for Cliff and Clair: they want to abandon their dreams of being a lawyer and doctor and open an outdoorsman's "wilderness store."

NoteGeoffrey Owens (Elvin) becomes a regular cast member. 

76 2 "Theogate" Jay Sandrich John Markus October 1, 1987 0401

Theo and Cockroach come home unusually late from a track meet, and the Huxtables got a phone message earlier from the track coach. They both deny anything out of the ordinary happened, but attorney Clair knows better. A mock trial is held for Theo and Cockroach at the Huxtables' for Clair to get to the bottom of the situation. Theo finally confesses that he and Cockroach were kicked off the track team after making fun of an overweight female employee at a fast-food restaurant the team had stopped at on the way home.

NoteBill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam appeared on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

77 3 "It Ain't Easy Being Green" Carl Lauten & Regge Life John Markus & Carmen Finestra October 8, 1987 0408
Rudy wants to wear summer clothes in fall to a party, while Cliff tries to get rid of an old water heater.Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 
78 4 "Cliff's Mistake" Carl Lauten & Regge Life Janet Leahy October 15, 1987 0405

While setting up the house as a "haunted house" for Halloween, Cliff discover's he's lost a power drill that his neighbor loaned to him.

Note: This is the first appearance of Wallace Shawn as Jeffrey Engels. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

79 5 "Shakespeare" Jay Sandrich Matt Robinson October 22, 1987 0323

Christopher Plummer and Roscoe Lee Browne appear. Theo must read Julius Caesar for school, but complains that it is boring. Russell and his friends read scenes from the play aloud, and Theo is enthralled. Later, the men read from a different work of literature-a story Rudy wrote.

Note: This episode was originally produced for season three. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

80 6 "That's Not What I Said" Jay Sandrich Carmen Finestra October 29, 1987 0403

Cliff and Clair have a marital argument after Theo gets detained by police for riding in a car with an unlicensed driver.

Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

81 7 "Autumn Gifts" Carl Lauten & Regge Life Matt Williams November 5, 1987 0404

Rudy goes to an older widowed lady's (Eileen Heckart) house each afternoon to have tea and play cards, but notices that she refuses to take her daily medication for diabetes. She tells Cliff, who devises a plan to try to convince her that she needs the meds to live.

Note: Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam appeared on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. 

82 8 "Looking Back" (Part 1) Jay Sandrich John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott November 12, 1987 0413A
Sondra and Elvin have their first marital fight, and Elvin comes to the Huxtable house for comfort and support. Clair shares about the difficulties in their house as flashbacks are shown. 
83 9 "Looking Back" (Part 2) Jay Sandrich John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott November 12, 1987 0413B
Flashbacks are shown while history is shared with Elvin. 
84 10 "Where's Rudy" Tony Singletary Gary Kott November 19, 1987 0409

Theo and Vanessa lose track of Rudy in a mall while Clair enters a squash exhibition.

NoteEarle Hyman (Russell) appeared on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

85 11 "Dance Mania" Tony Singletary Matt Williams December 3, 1987 0410

Theo and Cockroach have tickets to appear on television on the dance show "Dance Mania", but are told that only one of them can enter the studio during the filming because of fire laws. Theo miscalculates by offering to let Cockroach go in (thinking he'll refuse) and gets angry when Cockroach takes him up on the offer.

Note: This is the first appearances of Troy Winbush as Denny and Adam Sandler as Smitty, and the final appearance of Carl Anthony Payne II as Cockroach. Bill Cosby appeared on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

86 12 "The Locker Room" Jay Sandrich Janet Leahy December 10, 1987 0406
Theo and his classmates brag about their dates with girls in the locker room, but Theo's mood changes when one of the guys goes out with Vanessa and brags about it the next day.Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 
87 13 "The Show Must Go On" Jay Sandrich John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott December 17, 1987 0414
Vaudeville is shown to Rudy and her friends, who are unimpressed.Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 
88 14 "Bookworm" Jay Sandrich Janet Leahy January 7, 1988 0411

Clair drags Cliff to her book club meeting, and he's the lone male there. Much to Clair's surprise, Cliff knows quite a bit about the book in question! Meanwhile, the kids attempt a sleepover at Sondra and Elvin's run-down studio apartment, but are overwhelmed by the noise and lack of utilities.

Guest appearancesAngela Bassett and S. Epatha Merkerson

89 15 "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" Carl Lauten & Chuck Vinson Teleplay: John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary KottStory: Chris Auer and John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott January 14, 1988 0407
Rudy has to play the violin in music class at school, but gets jealous because she thinks her classmates' instruments are more fun.Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 
90 16 "The Visit" Regge Life John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott January 21, 1988 0416
Theo visits a friend in the hospital who has cancer.

Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf 

91 17 "The Drum Major" Regge Life Matt Robinson February 4, 1988 0412
Vanessa tries out for the drum major at school. Theo playfully mocks her efforts, but learns from friends that Vanessa is the target of sexism and intervenes on her behalf. Meanwhile, Cliff cooks up a batch of extremely spicy chili as Russell tries to pay off a loan from an old friend (Dub Taylor).Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 
92 18 "Waterworks" Tony Singletary Janet Leahy February 11, 1988 0417
Clair tries to stop Cliff from fixing a leaky pipe by hiring a team of professionals: friends of Sondra and Elvin from Princeton. 
93 19 "Once Upon a Time" Tony Singletary John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott February 18, 1988 0415
Rudy writes a fairy tale, and the colorful story is acted out in her fantasy. Members of the family play the roles of a village full of happy people and a mean group that ruins their fun. At the end of the episode, Rudy declares that when she becomes "president of the world", she will put a stop to all mean people. Cliff and Clair proceed to watch news reports of weapons' testing and bombings, and urge her to "hurry, because we need you right now". 
94 20 "Petanque" Regge Life Matt Williams February 25, 1988 0418

Cliff and a friend play pétanque.

Note: First appearance of Sullivan Walker as Dr. James Harmon. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens

95 21 "Trust Me" Jay Sandrich John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott March 3, 1988 0420

A friend of Clair's has marital problems; Cliff takes a "mini-vacation" in the house as Theo, Rudy, and Vanessa try to stump each other with riddles

Note: Guest appearances by Meg Foster as Dyan and Joe Fabiani as Richard. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

96 22 "Home for the Weekend" Tony Singletary John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott March 17, 1988 0421
Denise comes home from college, but seems to have more time for her friends than for the family.

Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

97 23 "The Prom" Tony Singletary Janet Leahy March 24, 1988 0422

Theo, Denny and Smitty go to great lengths to impress their dates for the senior prom but fail disastrously; Cliff and Clair relive their own prom, since Clair never went to hers, since Cliff was in college taking final exams.

Notes: This is the first appearance of Michelle Thomas as Justine. Phylicia Rashād appeared on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

98 24 "Gone Fishin'" Tony Singletary John Markus & Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott April 28, 1988 0419

When the Huxtable men go fishing, Theo catches the dead body of a gangster that the police have been chasing, and soon attracts attention from the news media. This success goes to his head, while Rudy and Kenny find a nest of baby birds, but the mother bird is missing. The two stories eventually cross in a surprising-and rather humiliating-lesson for Theo.

Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

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