Bill Cosby will go down in history as being one of the best parents on television. “The Cosby Show’s” Dr. Cliff Huxtable was created at a time that Cosby was very unhappy with the state of parenting on television, and he did his best to remedy that problem with his character.
“I based the series on two important things: Number one … I hated those series where the children were brighter than the parents, and those parents had to play dumb,” he tells ABC News, via Yahoo News. “Number two was that I wanted to ‘take the house back.'”
Compared to similar TV dads of the time like Homer Simpson and Al Bundy, Huxtable was a breath of fresh air. But beyond just changing up the TV landscape, Cosby felt a strong parent on television set a good example for children at home.
He says that if you want to entertain children “at the expense of parenting, at the expense of keeping children out of harm’s way to get these laughs, to make these parents look stupid, to make kids look like they are ultra-bright but still lost, then we have a problem.” Cosby continues, “I’m not saying that parenting, you shouldn’t want to be well-liked, but you also have to have some kind of judgment.”
The complete series set of “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” is due in stores on June 25.