first aired on NBC / Sept. 20, 1984
The idea of The Cosby Show which was rejected by ABC, because they felt that America was not ready for the concept of an intact, black middle class family, was picked up by a cautious NBC that only ordered six episodes of the show about a Black family whose parents were a doctor and a lawyer. This soon changed as the first episode of The Cosby Show outdistanced every regular show on television. The stunning showing sent shock ways through the industry. It proved it was no fluke by holding on the number one position in the Neilson ratings for the remaining five episodes.....The Cosby Show earned the title of "King of the sitcoms"....and altered the perception of Blacks on television.
(by Athony Crenshaw)
what perceptions need altering