The following is a list of episodes for the sixth 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

Season 6 (1989–90) Elijah Ray Sanders Debut[edit | edit source]

The First appearances of Elijah Ray Sanders

The First Time He Appear With Denise And Martin Kendall

  • This season comprises 26 episodes
  • In the opening sequence for seasons 6 and 7, the cast danced on a stage whose backdrop displayed the marquee of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. A classical jazz arrangement, featuring Craig Handy on saxophone, was used for the theme, which sounds very similar to "Shotgun" by Junior Walker and the All-Stars. When the credits ended, instead of looking at the camera, Cosby walked off the stage and commented, "This is the best elevator music I've ever heard!" This line was cut out of the credits when they were re-used the following year.
  • The captioning this season is said to be sponsored by Carsey-Werner Productions, MetLifeNBC, and The US Department of Education.
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125 1 "Denise: The Saga Continues" Tony Singletary Carmen FinestraGary Kott & John Markus September 21, 1989 0601

Denise returns from Africa, with a new husband and stepdaughter in tow, something Cliff and Clair had no idea about until she arrived home.

NoteJoseph C. Phillips and Raven-Symoné join the cast as Martin and Olivia Kendall. This is the last appearance of Peter Costa as Peter. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf and Geoffrey Owens 

126 2 "Surf's Up" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus September 28, 1989 0602

After recreating one of Cliff's adventures in college about washing the kitchen floor in a strange way, Theo and his roommates are kicked out of their apartment.

Note: This is the first appearance of Keith Diamond as Danny. Guest appearance by Anthony Quinn

127 3 "I'm 'In' With the 'In' Crowd" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus October 5, 1989 0603

Vanessa and her friends get drunk playing a drinking game.

Guest appearance: Bill Cosby's real-life daughter Ensa Cosby, upon whom the character Vanessa is loosely based. Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf, Geoffrey Owens and Joseph C. Phillips 

128 4 "Denise Kendall: Navy Wife" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus October 12, 1989 0605
Denise forgets to respond to a letter from the Navy and confirm that she and Martin want housing on the naval base in Rhode Island.

Absent: Sabrina Le Beauf, Geoffrey Owens and Malcolm Jamal Warner 

129 5 "Theo's Gift" Jay Sandrich Mark St. Germain October 19, 1989 0604
Theo is diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability which contributed to the academic problems he has had over the years. 
130 6 "Denise Kendall: Babysitter" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus October 26, 1989 0606
Denise and Olivia babysit Winnie and Nelson (Sondra and Elvin's twins), and suffer street-wide power outages, and worse, the power of infant twins. 
131 7 "Shall We Dance?" Jay Sandrich Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus November 2, 1989 0607

Rudy and one of her classmates have a crush on each other, but peer pressure could ruin things.

Note: Guest appearance by Elaine Stritch. Phylicia Rashād, Lisa Bonet, Joseph C. Phillips and Raven-Symoné appeared on the episode of A Different World which aired later that evening. 

132 8 "The Day the Spores Landed" Neema Barnette Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus November 9, 1989 0608

Cliff dreams that men worldwide have become pregnant caused by an eruption of a volcano in Peru—Some of these pregnant men including Cliff's son Theo, his sons-in-law Elvin and Martin, and himself. Each of the men give birth to something that they wanted growing up like a sports car, sailboat, or even a sandwich and soda.

Note: Voice-over by NBC News correspondent John PalmerAbsent: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tempest Bledsoe, and Raven-Symoné 

133 9 "Cliff's Wet Adventure" Jay Sandrich Carmen Finestra & John Markus November 16, 1989 0610
Denise invites Martin's ex-wife Paula (Victoria Rowell) for Thanksgiving dinner. Clair continues to send Cliff to the store for last-minute groceries, despite the fact that it is stormy Thanksgiving Day. 
134 10 "Grampy and Nu-Nu Visit the Huxtables" Tony Singletary Gary Kott & John Markus November 30, 1989 0609
Martin's parents (Moses Gunn and jazz singer Nancy Wilson) come for a visit. 
135 11 "Cliff la Dolce" Jay Sandrich Carmen Finestra & Gary Kott December 7, 1989 0611
Cliff is in charge while Clair and Denise are out of town. 
136 12 "Getting to Know You" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus December 14, 1989 0612
As Christmas approaches, Cliff and Martin get to know each other better. Denise and Martin recreate their wedding ceremony, which allows Cliff to give his daughter away. 
137 13 "Elvin Pays for Dinner" Jay Sandrich Gary Kott & John Markus January 4, 1990 0613
Elvin takes two female college friends to dinner to reminisce and Sondra becomes very upset. 
138 14 "Cliff's Nightmare" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus

Story by:Jeff Lewis & Bill Prady

January 11, 1990 0526

A story of what happened when Cliff eats a sausage sandwich at 3AM after coming back from a long hospital shift.

Guest appearancesThe Muppets performed by Jerry NelsonDave GoelzRichard Hunt, and Kevin Clash. Voice-over by Cliff's friend Jeffery Engels (Wallace Shawn). 

139 15 "Denise Kendall: Singles Counselor" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra & John Markus January 18, 1990 0614

Denise causes trouble while trying to help Vanessa get a date.

Guest appearanceMalinda Williams

140 16 "The Birthday Party" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus January 25, 1990 0615
Olivia's 4th birthday arrives, and her friends overpower Cliff. 
141 17 "Not Everybody Loves the Blues" Chuck Vinson Mark St. Germain February 1, 1990 0616
Theo thinks about proposing to Justine. Kenny, who was "born to sing the blues," gets the chance to sing with a legendary blues singer/guitarist, Riley Jackson (B.B. King). 
142 18 "Rudy's Walk on the Wild Side" Jay Sandrich Lore Kimbrough & Ehrich Van Lowe February 8, 1990 0617
Rudy steals money from Clair to buy a sweatshirt (Rudy and her friend Kim do the Electric Slide). 
"The Cosby Outtakes Show" Chuck Vinson Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus February 12, 1990

Phylicia Rashād, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Lisa Bonet, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Raven-Symoné host this special episode featuring bloopers from the past five seasons.

Note: Special appearance by Condola Phyleia Rashād (Phylicia Rashād's daughter). This episode was excluded from The Cosby Show regular syndication cycle, the episode however is included as a bonus feature in the Season 1 DVD set. 

143 19 "Mr. Sandman" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus February 15, 1990 0618
Rudy is forced to take tap dancing lessons for a school project. Cliff is presented with a tap-dancing challenge with Howard Sims he cannot resist. 
144 20 "Isn't It Romantic?" Tony Singletary Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus February 22, 1990 0619
Cliff, Elvin and Martin secretly compete to determine who is the most romantic husband in the Huxtable family, and try to find the best gift under $25, but the women find out and try to be unimpressed, but this fails when the magnitude of the gifts set in. 
145 21 "Theo's Dirty Laundry" Jay Sandrich Carmen Finestra, Gary Kott & John Markus March 15, 1990 0620

Cliff and Clair discover that Theo has moved in with Justine.

Note: This is the last appearance of Michelle Thomas as Justine. 

146 22 "What's It All About?" Jay Sandrich Carmen Finestra & John Markus March 22, 1990 0621
Clair is burned out from work and family pressures and hurries off to a cabin resort Cliff's doctor friend suggested. However, the place is nothing short of a disaster. 
147 23 "Off to See the Wretched" Carl Lauten &Malcolm-Jamal Warner Mark St. Germain April 5, 1990 0622

Vanessa and her friends sneak out of town to attend a concert in Baltimore, but encounter huge problems along the way. Afterwards, she must face the wrath of Cliff and an infuriated Clair.

Note: This episode marks Malcolm-Jamal Warner's Cosby Show directorial debut. 

148 24 "The Moves" Tony Singletary Mark St. Germain April 19, 1990 0623

The Huxtables' nerdy-but-friendly next-door-neighbor, author Jeffrey Engalls, reinvents himself after a divorce for a lovely friend of Clair's.

Guest appearanceMercedes Ruehl

149 25 "Live and Learn" Tony Singletary Matt Robinson April 26, 1990 0624

Denise wants to become a teacher... without finishing college.

Guest appearancesMax Roach and Suzzanne Douglass

150 26 "The Storyteller" Carl Lauten Lore Kimbrough May 3, 1990 0625

"Gram Tee", Cliff's 98 year old great aunt, comes to visit the family.

Note: Guest appearances by Minnie Gentry and Mavis Staples. Portions were filmed at St. James Presbyterian Church in HarlemNew York City

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