The Cosby Mysteries
|The Cosby Mysteries|
|Created by||David Black|
|Composer(s)||Craig Handy, David Weiss|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||19 (18 + pilot)|
|Running time||60 minutes per episode|
|Production company(s)||Sah Enterprises|
Columbia Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||January 31, 1994 –|
April 12, 1995
The Cosby Mysteries is an American mystery drama television series that starred Bill Cosby that aired on NBC from January 31, 1994 to April 12, 1995. 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/comedian Mos Def appeared in several episodes (credited as Dante Bezé).
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).
The show was created by David Black and William Link. Link's previous series included Columbo on NBC and Murder, She Wrote on CBS. 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, as it was cancelled in April 1995.
- Bill Cosby as Guy Hanks
- Rita Moreno as Angie
- James Naughton as Det. Adam Scully
- Mos Def as Dante
- Lynn Whitfield as Barbara Lorenz
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"The Lottery Winner Murders"||Jerry London||Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Edward Tivnan & Alfonse Ruggiero|
Story by: David Black & William Link & Ed Zuckerman
|September 21, 1994|
|2||"Our Lady of Cement"||Philip Sgriccia||Teleplay by: Alfonse Ruggiero|
Story by: Robert Van Scoyk
|September 28, 1994|
|3||"Self Defense"||E.W. Swackhammer||Edward Tivnan||October 5, 1994|
|4||"Only You"||E.W. Swackhammer||Siobhan Byrne||October 12, 1994|
|5||"One Day at a Time"||John Whitesell||Charles Kipps||October 19, 1994|
|6||"Home, Street Home"||Corey Allen||Charles Kipps||October 26, 1994|
|7||"The Fine Art of Murder"||Alan J. Levi||Teleplay by: Edward Tivnan|
Story by: Edward Tivnan & William Link
|November 2, 1994|
|8||"Expert Witness"||Corey Allen||Teleplay by: Charles Kipps & Siobhan Byrne & Nancy Miller|
Story by: William Link & Edward Tivnan & Nancy Miller
|November 16, 1994|
|9||"Mirror, Mirror"||Gwen Arner||Teleplay by: Harold Schechter & Eric Overmyer|
Story by: Harold Schechter
|November 30, 1994|
|10||"Camouflage"||Neema Barnette||Eric Overmyer||December 14, 1994|
|11||"Last Tango"||John Bowab||Teleplay by: Max Eisenberg & Lonon Smith & Edward Tivnan|
Story by: Max Eisenberg & Lonon Smith
|January 4, 1995|
|12||"Comic Book Murder"||Lou Antonio||Teleplay by: Kenneth Cosby & Siobhan Byrne|
Story by: Kenneth Cosby & David Black
|January 11, 1995|
|13||"Baker's Dozen"||Nick Havinga||Teleplay by: Charles Kipps & Jack Richardson|
Story by: Jack Richardson
|February 1, 1995|
|14||"The Hit Parade"||Neema Barnette||Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin||March 8, 1995|
|15||"Big Brother is Watching"||Alan J. Levi||Terence Winter||March 15, 1995|
|16||"The Medium is the Message"||Alan J. Levi||Paul Robert Coyle||March 22, 1995|
|17||"Goldilocks"||Win Phelps||Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin & Terence Winter||April 5, 1995|
|18||"Dial H for Murder"||Lou Antonio||R.J. Stewart||April 12, 1995|
In popular culture
- In an episode of The Simpsons, "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", Homer Simpson laments the cancellation of The Cosby Mysteries, saying "That show had limitless possibilities!"
- An episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Patrick Stewart on February 5, 1994, did a parody sketch of The Cosby Mysteries. Adam Sandler played Cosby as a buffoonish character, who rambles on incoherently with dialog full of made up nonsense words.
- "The '95 TV Season: Who's Gone? Who's New? Who's Back?". Ebony. 50 (12): 94. 1995. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "The Cosby Mysteries (1994) (TV)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- Johnson, Robert E. (1994). "Bill Cosby Begins TV Season With New Mystery Series Co-Starring Lynn Whitfield". JET. 86 (21): 60–63. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- Randolph, Laura B. (1994). "Activist-Actor Celebrates 30 Years of Wedded Bliss, Continues Fight Against Black Stereotypes on TV". Ebony. 49 (7): 104. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "FuzzyMemories.TV – Saturday Night Live – "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994)". February 5, 1994. Retrieved 29 February 2012.