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Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
"Frodis"  [FR],  Tom Alger, Rina Fox
references:
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THE BILL COSBY SHOW
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Jemmin, Inc. Production
for
NBC (Sundays 8:30pm EST)
Executive Producer, William H. Cosby, Jr.
Produced by Marvin Miller
US Situation Comedy series 1969-1971  52 episodes x 30 min color film
release date 14 September 1969 (2 seasons)
Starring
Bill Cosby
as Chet Kincaid
Olga James as Verna Kincaid
Lillian Randolph as Rose Kincaid #1 (1969-70)
Beah Richards as Rose Kincaid #2 (1970-1971)
Lee Weaver as Brian Kincaid
Joyce Bulifant as Mrs. Marsha Peterson
Sid McCoy as Mr. Langford
Joseph Perry as Max Waltz

Premise:
Bill Cosby plays the athletic coach at a Los Angeles high school.
The emphasis on warmth rather than comedy.
 
"The Bill Cosby Show" was notable for NOT having a laugh track, unlike
"The Cosby Show" sitcom of the 1980s and 90s.
Casting by Joe Scully  

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NBC Sundays 8:30pm EST

1.01 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE FATAL PHONE CALL (pilot episode)
14Sep69 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Vic Tayback ......... Calvin (of "Alice" fame)
John Hawker ......... Mack
Victor Millan ....... 1st Detective
Craig Chuoy ......... 1st Policeman
Jay Powell .......... 2nd Policeman
Synopsis:
A day of jogging turns into chaos when Chet answers a pay phone. [FR]

1.02 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: LULLABY AND GOODNIGHT
21Sept69 NBC Sun (Network rerun 12Apr70)
Synopsis:
Chet can't sleep when his neighbor's barking dog keeps him up all night. [FR]

1.03 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE {LONGEST} HOOK SHOT ON THE WORLD
(a.k.a. "The Best Hook Shot on the World")
28Sep69 NBC Sun
Synopsis: Chet tries to give a short boy a fair chance at making the basketball team. [FR]

1.04 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: A GIRL NAMED PUNKIN
5Oct69 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet agrees to take care of a lonely settlement house child. [FR]

1.05 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: RULES IS RULES
12Oct69 NBC Sun
Synopsis 1:
Chet spends his whole day trying to find a air valve
to pump up his basketballs. [FR]

Synopsis 2:
Chet gets snarled in red tape as he tries to obtain a basketball
valve needle. The first step is a whopper: getting on the good side
of Holmes High's formidable secretary to obtain the necessary
requisition slip. [TA] (Canadian airdate: 1Jan70 CBC network)

1.06 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: LET `X' EQUAL A LOUSY WEEKEND
26Oct69 NBC Sun
Guests:
Hilly Hicks .......... Eddie Tucker
Bill Zuckert ......... Phil
Ron Foster ........... Mr Madeo
Daniel F. Martin ..... Mr Brizel
Felix Nelson ......... Mr Paskins
Glenn Dixon .......... Mr Roman
Ethelinn Block ....... Janet Spencer
Synopsis:
Chet substitute teaches an Algebra class, but a missing page in
the answer book leaves Chet in big trouble. [FR]

1.07 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: TO KINCAID WITH LOVE
02Nov69 NBC Sun
Guests:
Hilly Hicks
Synopsis:
A gym student turns hostile when his girlfriend develops a crush on Chet. [FR]

1.08 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE KILLER INSTINCT
09Nov69 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet cuts a student from the football team and has a run in with the mafia. [FR]

1.09 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE SUBSTITUTE
16Nov69 NBC Sun
Synopsis: Chet tries to hook up with a substitute teacher, but everything
seems to get in the way. [FR]

1.10 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: BROTHERLY LOVE
23Nov69 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet's brother moves in after having an arguement with his wife. [FR]

1.11 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: GOING THE ROUTE
30Nov69 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet takes over a paper route when his nephew gets sick. [FR]

1.12 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
07Dec69 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet gets his chance at fame when he stars in a tv commercial for
Corn Whispies breakfast cereal. [FR]

[--] 14Dec69 - no details

1.13 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: A CHRISTMAS BALLAD
21Dec69 NBC Sun
Guests:
Rex Ingram
Sam Christopher
Synopsis 1:
After inadvertently getting him fired, Chet helps an old man find a new job at Christmas. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet helps an old man get a job as Santa Claus at a community center.

1.14 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: HOME REMEDY
28Dec69 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
When Chet is sick, leave it to his relatives and friends to make him feel better. [FR]

1.15 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: GROWING{,} GROWING{,} GROWN
04Jan70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet is asked to chaperone a high school dance. [FR]

1.16 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE ELEVATOR DOESN'T STOP HERE ANY MORE
11Jan70 NBC Sun (verified in TV Guide)(others sources 01Feb70 - Frodis)
Script by Stan Daniels
Directed by: Coby Ruskin
Guest Stars:
Henry Fonda ........... Richards
Elsa Lanchester ....... Mrs. Wochuk
Synopsis:
An unlikely trio is trapped when the school elevator grinds to a stop between floors.
Bill Cosby is the ebullient gym teacher Kincaid,
Henry Fonda, plays Richards an untouchably reserved English teacher, and
Elsa Lanchester, as the unflappable Mrs. Wochuk, a cleaning lady whose
English is limited to "How do you do?" [TA]

1.17 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: LOVER'S QUARREL
18Jan70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Moms Mabley
Synopsis:
Chet tries to intervene when his aunt and uncle's bickering gets out of hand. [FR]

1.18 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE WORST CROOK THAT EVER LIVED
25Jan70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet tries to befriend a young boy that likes to steal. [FR]

1.19 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE GUM-BALL INCIDENT
01Feb70 NBC Sun (verified in TV Guide) (other sources 11Jan70 [FR]
Guest Cast:
Tom Bosley ........... Cookie Maharg
John Harmon .......... Gustaitis
Frederick Downs ...... Judge
Roy Glenn Sr. ........ Jailer
Dennis Cross ......... Policeman
Synopsis 1:
Chet tries to prove his innocence after being jailed for breaking
a gumball machine. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet's belief in the American legal system gets tested when he fights a
storeowner's charge that he broke a gum-ball machine. Payment of $20
would settle the matter nicley, but Chet wants to have his day in court. [TA]

1.20 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD
08Feb70 NBC Sun
Guests:
Wally Cox
Alice Backes
Synopsis 1:
Chet tries to stop a man that is down on his luck from committing suicide. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet helps a shy friend get a date with a girl he has a crush on.

1.21 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION
15Feb70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Marsha Kramer
James Milhollin
Synopsis:
Chet tries to teach a nervous student to drive.

[--] 22Feb70 - no details

1.22 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: BLIND DATE [UCLA]
01Mar70 NBC Sun
executive producer, William H. Cosby, Jr.
producer, Marvin Miller
director, Ralph Senensky
writer, Warren Murray.
Editor, Anthony Ippolito;
photography, Arnold Rich;
music, Quincy Jones.
Cast/perfomers:
Bill Cosby, Cicely Tyson, Olga James, Gail Cameron, Kim Hamilton,
Vernon H. Porter.
Synopsis 1:
Cosby has a blind date and falls for a girl who is just visiting
from out of town.
"Cicely Tyson provides the love interest in The blind date. Chet's
fit to be tied because he allowed himself to be trapped into a blind date.
 Once he meets the girl, it's a whole different scene-- Chet really digs her" [UCLA]
Synopsis 2:
Chet allows himself to accept a blind date, but is happy when he sees his date.
Synopsis 3:
Chet has a blind date with a woman who is visiting from out of
town, and ends up falling for her. [FR]

1.23 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME
08Mar70 NBC Sun 7:30pm KARD-TV Kansas City
Guest Cast:
Dane Clark ...... Dave Baxter
Marlene Clark ...... Vicki
Synopsis 1:
Chet lets poor sportsmanship get the best of him when he plays in
the city handball finals. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet 's use of psychology lands him in the city handball finals.
Certain of victory, he invites two friends to cheer him on: an
attractive English teacher and a student who needs to learn about
good sportsmanship. [RF]

1.24 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE RETURN OF BIG, BAD, BUBBA BRONSON
22Mar70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Louis Gossett, Jr .... Hurricane Smith
Don Pedro Colley ..... Big Bubba Bronson
Ben Baker ............ Mr. Apollo
Lloyd Kino ........... Postman
Pepe Brown ........... Boy #3
Tony White ........... Boy #1
Rene Sanchez ......... Boy #2
Raquel Williams ...... Girl #1
Synopsis:
Chet takes boxing lessons when he finds out that an old high
school bully is coming to settle the score. [FR]

1.25 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THIS MOUTH IS RATED X
29Mar70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet deals with a student on the basketball team that has a foul mouth. [FR]

1.26 [--] The Bill Cosby Show: REALLY COOL
05Apr70 NBC Sun
Guest: Bob Diamond
Synopsis:
Chet recalls an embarrassing moment that happened to him at a track meet. [FR]
Note:
A Cosby monologue about an important track meet is the basis of this episode.

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NBC Summer Reruns (12Apr70-06Sep70)
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[--] 12Apr70 rerun of "Lullaby and Goodnight" (first aired 21Sep69)

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NBC Sundays 8:30pm EST

2.01 [27] The Bill Cosby Show: ANY TIME YOU'RE READY, CK
13Sep70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Gordon Hoban ......... Alex
Eldon Quick .......... Greg Samuelson
Glenn Capers ......... Stan
W. Alex Clark II ..... Bert
Mark Malmborg ........ Ron
Alberto Isaac ........ Alberto
Synopsis 1:
Chet tries to improve the football team's performance by filming them in action. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet buys a movie camera and has fun making silent movies.

2.02 [28] The Bill Cosby Show: OPEN HOUSE
20Sep70 NBC Sun (rerun 29Jun71)
Guest Cast:
Richard X. Slattery ... Perry
Barbara Perry ......... Mrs. Perry
Paul Comi ............. Fred Thompson
Nancy Jerris .......... Jo Thompson
Synopsis:
Chet stands to make a cool $1000 by helping a friend sell a house when his
marriage begins to break up. It will be a battle: the divorce bound owners
are squabbling and the buyers are less than cooperative. [RF]

2.03 [29] The Bill Cosby Show: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
27Sep70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet does time in the hospital after hurting his back during a
parallel bars demonstration. [FR]

2.04 [30] The Bill Cosby Show: THERE MUST BE A PARTY
04Oct70 NBC Sun (rerun 06Jul71)
Guest cast:
Ta-Tanisha ......... Georgiana
Vonetta McGee ...... Ruth
Synopsis 1:
Chet believes that someone is throwing a surprise birthday party for him. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet recalls the time he hoped for a surprise birthday party. [RF]

2.05 [31] The Bill Cosby Show: THE OLD MAN OF 4-C
11Oct70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Will Geer
Synopsis:
Chet befriends a bothersome old man, and can't get away of him. [FR]

2.06 [32] The Bill Cosby Show: THE LINCOLN LETTER
18Oct70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet inherits a letter written by Abraham Lincoln. [FR]

2.07 [33] The Bill Cosby Show: THE RUNAWAYS
25Oct70 NBC Sun (rerun 22Jun71)
Directed by Bill Cosby
Guest cast:
George Spell ........... Raymond
James Westerfield ...... Old Man
Lynn Hamilton .......... Mrs. Carter
Gloria Hill ............ Waitress
Synopsis:
Since Chet can't persuade a young runaway to return home, he reluctantly
joins the boy on the road. [RF]

2.08 [34] The Bill Cosby Show: THE ARTIST
01Nov70 NBC Sun (rerun 24Aug71)
Directed by Ivan Dixon
Guest cast:
James Bradley Jr. ... Peter
Janet MacLachlan .... Laura
Michael Ansara ...... Fletcher Rodenberry
Synopsis:
Total artistic freedom in the hands of a 10-year-old can be scary,
and Chet finds out when he tries to help a talented young artist. [RF]

2.09 [35] The Bill Cosby Show: THE MARCH OF THE ANTELOPES
08Nov70 NBC Sun (rerun 20Jul71)
Guest cast:
David Choi .......... Harold
Jeffrey Kaufman ..... Ivan
Jim Pete ............ Ducky
Fabian Gregory ...... Tony
Synopsis 1:
Chet signs up to lead a group of kids on a camping trip but things
end up going from bad to worse. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet has a bumpy beginning to a camping trip and a bumpy end. [RF]

2.10 [36] The Bill Cosby Show: THE DELUGE (part 1)
15Nov70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet's neighbor is having a baby, but a terrible rainstorm
prevents them from going to the hospital. [FR]

2.11 [37] The Bill Cosby Show: THE DELUGE (part 2)
22Nov70 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet tries to help his pregnant neighbor deliver her baby. [FR]

2.12 [38] The Bill Cosby Show: SWANN'S WAY
13Dec70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Don Knotts ...... Leo Swann
John Amos
Synopsis:
Chet tries to keep his TV set from being repossessed. [FR]

2.13 [39] The Bill Cosby Show: THE POET
20Dec70 NBC Sun
w: Art Wallace
Guest Cast:
Joyce Bullifant ...... Mrs Patterson
Ric Carrott .......... Johnny
Isabelle Cooley ...... Miss Richards
Bill Wintersole ...... Mr Halprin
George Jacobs ........ Wallace
Jerry Fujikawa ....... Gentry
Antone Curtis ........ Bob
Alonzo Brown ......... Dave
Mark Hamill .......... Henry (student)
********** no synopsis available **********

2.14 [40] The Bill Cosby Show: TEACHER OF THE YEAR
27Dec70 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
William Wintersole .... Halperin
Margueritte Ray ....... Miss O'Connell
Jerome Guardino ....... LaRosa
Jay Adler ............. Abrams
Dick Balduzzi ......... Green
E.A. Sirianni ......... Harrison
Helen Funai ........... Miss Hillard
Stanley Clay .......... Anderson
Dale Ishimoto ......... Shimura
Synopsis:
Chet finds out that being teacher of the year is more trouble than it's worth. [FR]

2.15 [41] The Bill Cosby Show: TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS APPETITE
03Jan71 NBC Sun (rerun 27Jul71)
Guest Cast:
Hilly Hicks ......... Eddie
Barbara Clarke ...... Miss Simms
Dick Balduzzi ....... Welty
Synopsis:
Chet is struggling to get off the hook. The students, pleased with
his arbitration of a cafeteria-menu dispute, are now demonstrating  on other issues. [RF]

2.16 [42] The Bill Cosby Show: VIVA ORTEGA
10Jan71 NBC Sun (rerun 17Aug71)
Guest Cast:
Joaquin Martinez ... Ortega
Frank Campanella ... Lombardi
Marcus Hemphill .... Phil
Eunice Suarez ...... Catalina
Synopsis 1:
Chet tries to help an immigrant to become a US citizen. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
In a warmhearted story, Chet tries to help a Mexican carpenter
become a U.S. citizen by tutoring him in American history. [RF]

2.17 [43] The Bill Cosby Show: MIRACULOUS MARVIN
17Jan71 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Dick Van Dyke ....... Miraculous Marvin
Mary Frann .......... Louise
Louis Quinn ......... Louie
Bill Smillie ........ Minister
Edward Crawford ..... Rodger
Danny Rees .......... Juggler
Synopsis:
Chet tries to help a magician with a drinking problem back on his feet. [FR]

2.18 [44] The Bill Cosby Show: THE SESAME STREET RUMBLE
24Jan71 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Kelvin Cosby .............. Davey
Pedro Gonzales Gonzales ... Bob
Synopsis:
Chet invites all his friends over to watch the big game, but his tv set goes out. [FR]

2.19 [45] The Bill Cosby Show: THE GENERATION GAP
31Jan71 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Fred Pinkard ....... Pop
Consuela Neal ...... Sheila
Kathy McKee ........ Margo
Nelb Ziroe ......... Eloise
********** no synopsis available **********

2.20 [46] The Bill Cosby Show: TOBACCO ROAD
07Feb71 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Herb Edelman ....... Mr. Maher
Donald Ein ......... Swedish Man
Synopsis:
Chet tries to help a friend stop smoking. [FR]

2.21 [47] The Bill Cosby Show: A DIRTY BUSINESS
14Feb71 NBC Sun
2.xx [--] The Bill Cosby Show: (Unknown title - possibly "A Dirty Business")
(rerun 03Aug71)
Guest cast:
Darrell Larson ....... Chuck
Alberto Isaac ........ Alberto
Kip King ............. Sam Cutter
Synopsis:
A likely prospect for Chet's track team turns out to be an elusive kid who
leads Chet on a cloak-and-dagger chase. The boy wants to preserve his
anonymity for his chosen profession: espionage. [RF]

2.22 [48] The Bill Cosby Show: THE BARBER SHOP
21Feb71 NBC Sun (rerun 10Aug71)
Guest Cast:
Isabel Sanford ..... Bertha
Antonio Fargas ..... J.J.
Arthur French ...... Cartons
Rodney Bingley ..... Darryl
Jay Montgomery ..... Rudy
Synopsis 1:
A bet over a baseball catch turns a trip to the barbershop into trouble. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
Chet takes his nephew to get a haircut but winds up dragging the half-trimmed
youngster downtown to settle a baseball bet: can the barber field a ball
dropped from the top of a 400-foot hotel? [RF]

2.23 [49] The Bill Cosby Show: THE POWER OF THE TREES
28Feb71 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Elsa Lanchester ..... Mrs. Wochuk
Byron Morrow ........ Wilson Ingersall
Nathaniel Taylor .... Bob Steffen
Pat Morita .......... Tree Surgeon
Penelope Gillette ... Secretary
Joe Tornatore ....... Man
Synopsis:
Chet joins an ecology club that only has two members. [FR]

2.24 [50] The Bill Cosby Show: THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER
07Mar71 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet gives love advice to a student, but can't keep his own romantic
relationship with a fellow teacher in check. [FR]

2.25 [51] The Bill Cosby Show: THE LONG ROAD BACK
14Mar71 NBC Sun (rerun 31Aug71)
Guest Cast:
John Marley ........ John Sloan
Helena Hatcher ..... Mrs. Dixon
Peter T. Halton .... Tony
Jim Pete ........... Marty
Synopsis 1:
Chet meets an old man that can't let go of his childhood. [FR]
Synopsis 2:
An eccentric millionaire involves Chet in his plan to relive his past. [RF]

2.26 [52] The Bill Cosby Show: THE SATURDAY GAME
(final episode)
21Mar71 NBC Sun
Synopsis:
Chet's in a dilemma when his star baseball player can't play on
Saturday due to his religious beliefs. [FR]
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Summer Reruns - NBC Tuesdays (start ? - end 31Aug71)
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[--] 22Jun71 - rerun of #2.07 "The Runaways" (first aired 25Oct70)
[--] 29Jun71 - rerun of #2.02 "Open House" (first aired 20Sep70)
[--] 06Jul71 - rerun of #2.04 "There Must be a Party" (first aired 04Oct70)
[--] 13Jul71 - no details
[--] 20Jul71 - rerun of #2.09 "The March of the Antelopes" (first aired 08Nov70)
[--] 27Jul71 - rerun of #2.15 "To Each According to his Appetite" (first aired 03Jan71)
[--] 03Aug71 - rerun of (Unknown title - possibly #2.21 "A Dirty Business") (first aired 14Feb71)
[--] 10Aug71 - rerun of #2.22 "The Barber Shop" (first aired 21Feb71)
[--] 17Aug71 - rerun of #2.16 "Viva Ortega") (first aired 10Jan71)
[--] 24Aug71 - rerun of #2.08 "The Artist" (first aired 01Nov70)
[--] 31Aug71 - rerun of #2.25 "The Long Road Back" (first aired 14Mar71)
(final Network rerun of the show)

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1.xx [--] The Bill Cosby Show: THE LITTLE LEAGUE ??????
1969
Directed by Alan Sherman

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