The Cosby Mysteries

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The Cosby Mysteries
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Created byDavid Black
William Link
StarringBill Cosby
Robert Stanton
James Naughton
Rita Moreno
Composer(s)Craig Handy, David Weiss
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19 (18 + pilot)
Running time60 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Sah Enterprises
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 31, 1994 (1994-01-31) –
April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12)

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 (19941995).[1] Actor/comedian Mos Def appeared in several episodes (credited as Dante Bezé).[2]


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).[3]

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,[4] 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.

The Cosby Mysteries has been re run in the United Kingdom on digital channel ITV1, and in the US on A&E, STARZ! Mystery and TV One.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Lottery Winner Murders"Jerry LondonTeleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Edward Tivnan & Alfonse Ruggiero
Story by: David Black & William Link & Ed Zuckerman
September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21)
2"Our Lady of Cement"Philip SgricciaTeleplay by: Alfonse Ruggiero
Story by: Robert Van Scoyk
September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28)
3"Self Defense"E.W. SwackhammerEdward TivnanOctober 5, 1994 (1994-10-05)
4"Only You"E.W. SwackhammerSiobhan ByrneOctober 12, 1994 (1994-10-12)
5"One Day at a Time"John WhitesellCharles KippsOctober 19, 1994 (1994-10-19)
6"Home, Street Home"Corey AllenCharles KippsOctober 26, 1994 (1994-10-26)
7"The Fine Art of Murder"Alan J. LeviTeleplay by: Edward Tivnan
Story by: Edward Tivnan & William Link
November 2, 1994 (1994-11-02)
8"Expert Witness"Corey AllenTeleplay by: Charles Kipps & Siobhan Byrne & Nancy Miller
Story by: William Link & Edward Tivnan & Nancy Miller
November 16, 1994 (1994-11-16)
9"Mirror, Mirror"Gwen ArnerTeleplay by: Harold Schechter & Eric Overmyer
Story by: Harold Schechter
November 30, 1994 (1994-11-30)
10"Camouflage"Neema BarnetteEric OvermyerDecember 14, 1994 (1994-12-14)
11"Last Tango"John BowabTeleplay by: Max Eisenberg & Lonon Smith & Edward Tivnan
Story by: Max Eisenberg & Lonon Smith
January 4, 1995 (1995-01-04)
12"Comic Book Murder"Lou AntonioTeleplay by: Kenneth Cosby & Siobhan Byrne
Story by: Kenneth Cosby & David Black
January 11, 1995 (1995-01-11)
13"Baker's Dozen"Nick HavingaTeleplay by: Charles Kipps & Jack Richardson
Story by: Jack Richardson
February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01)
14"The Hit Parade"Neema BarnetteLee Goldberg & William RabkinMarch 8, 1995 (1995-03-08)
15"Big Brother is Watching"Alan J. LeviTerence WinterMarch 15, 1995 (1995-03-15)
16"The Medium is the Message"Alan J. LeviPaul Robert CoyleMarch 22, 1995 (1995-03-22)
17"Goldilocks"Win PhelpsLee Goldberg & William Rabkin & Terence WinterApril 5, 1995 (1995-04-05)
18"Dial H for Murder"Lou AntonioR.J. StewartApril 12, 1995 (1995-04-12)

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "The Cosby Mysteries (1994) (TV)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "FuzzyMemories.TV – Saturday Night Live – "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994)". February 5, 1994. Retrieved 29 February 2012.

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