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7.6/10 TV

Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  12 April 1995
Program creators  William Link, David Black
5.5/10 IMDb

Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  2
Network  NBC
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Created by  David BlackWilliam Link
Starring  Bill CosbyRobert StantonJames NaughtonRita Moreno
Composer(s)  Craig Handy, David Weiss
Cast  Bill Cosby, Mos Def, Lynn Whitfield, Rita Moreno, James Naughton

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The Cosby Mysteries is an American television mystery series that starred Bill Cosby. It is the first television series to star Cosby since The Cosby Show (which ended in the spring of 1992) and lasted one season (1994–1995). Actor/Rapper Mos Def appeared in several episodes (credited as Dante Bezé).


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Cosby played Guy Hanks, a New York City Police Department criminalist who retired from the force after winning $44 million in the lottery. His peaceful retirement was frequently interrupted by his former colleagues, Detective Adam Sully (James Naughton) and Medical Examiner John Chapman (Robert Stanton), who ask him to consult on tough cases. As Hanks used his wits and his forensics knowledge to solve crimes, he dealt with his holistic housekeeper Angie (Rita Moreno) and his girlfriend Barbara Lorenz (Lynn Whitfield).

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The show was created by David Black and William Link. Link's previous series included Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. Link developed the series at Cosby's request, as Cosby wanted to make an intelligent, character-driven mystery series that did not rely on graphic violence.

The show began in January 1994 as a two-hour movie, and regular episodes began airing on NBC in September. Critics expressed hope that The Cosby Mysteries would fare better than Cosby's previous two ventures, Here and Now and the game-show remake, You Bet Your Life. The Cosby Mysteries only lasted 18 episodes.

The Cosby Mysteries has been re-run in the United Kingdom on digital channel ITV1, and in the US on A&E and TVOne.

  • In The Simpsons episode "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", Homer laments the cancellation of The Cosby Mysteries, saying "That show had limitless possibilities!"
  • A Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Patrick Stewart on February 5, 1994, did a parody sketch of the Cosby series. Adam Sandler played Cosby as a buffoonish character who rambles on incoherently with dialog full of made-up nonsense words.
  • References

    The Cosby Mysteries Wikipedia